Lot #017

Alwin Reamillo

Matchbox Apothecary Series a.) Naturales / Igo San b.) Illustrado Medico c.) El Carpintero d.) Ang Cycling Crab
signed and dated 2015 (verso) each
mixed media on constructed wooden box and some found objects
a.) H:9” x L:6 1/4” x W:2 1/2” (23 cm x 16 cm x 6 cm) b.) H:9” x L:6 1/4” x W:2 1/2” (23 cm x 16 cm x 6 cm) c.) H:6 1/4” x L:8 1/2” x W:2 1/2” (16 cm x 22 cm x 6 cm) d.) H:10” x L:10 1/2” x W:4” (25 cm x 27 cm x 10 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 120,000
Part of his Matchbox Apothecary series, these works by Alwin Reamillo are an examination of our post-colonial identity using the dimensions of a box, as if to say that our notions of it are on the surface and essentially performative, and not located in the inside, in the soul. By juxtaposing depictions (in the tradition of Damian Domingo) of Filipinos during Hispanic times with contemporary imagery, the works argue how identities are essentially hybrid: an intermixing of conceptions of the past with the conditions of the present. The use of a matchbox as both found object and metaphor is a deliberate attempt to contextualize this identity in everyday life (a prominent brand of matches once depicted Jose Rizal on the packaging) which, in this case, has the theoretical capacity to set alight consciousness.