“PATOK”

Ricky Ambagan takes us in a Joy Ride

An artist is driven by personal experiences that have

shaped his life, particularly in one’s youth. These then become

the source of their visual images, providing a bedrock of

memories that linger not just in their memories but on their

canvases: creations and products of their artistic passions

transformed into a reality of figures and colors.

Ricky Ambagan is no exception. His current solo exhibition

at the Galerie Anna is drawn from a wellspring of memories,

and as the artist remarks, “ For me, riding a jeepney is like a

time machine experience, particularly the “Patok” jeepney. It

originated from the town of Montalban, Rizal. It was like riding

a sports loaded with loud music. The “Patok” jeepney has the

fast and furious ability to maneuver the traffic jam during rush

hours.”

With this show, Ambagan takes the viewer on a veritable

joy ride, re-creating for us, allowing us to experience the

physical thrill of the speedy ride, the dense crowd and

cacophony of noises which are the daily facts and travails of

living in the metropolis. But Ambagan does more than

physically illustrate this experience. Indeed, he derives and

imparts lessons on Pinoy culture, family relationships,

religiosity, and history, with amusing allusions to topical and

contemporary events, as reflected in our pop songs and

impassioned faith. Nationalism is prefigured by the National

Hero Jose Rizal in a jeepney, seated on its entrance floor.

Suggestive of the Christ is a long-haired and bearded passenger.

The immense crowd that gathered in the streets welcoming the

visit of Pope Francis, hardly seen in a blazing radiance of white

light, bespeaks of our country’s ardent Catholicism. Local color

is splashed in the balloons and cotton candies and iced drinks

that comfort the harassed drivers and motorists who are on the

verge of a road rage. Here are glimmerings of young love and

romantic assignations where the jeepney itself becomes the

frequent place of rendesvouz.

“PATOK”

Ricky Ambagan takes us in a Joy Ride

An artist is driven by personal experiences that have

shaped his life, particularly in one’s youth. These then become

the source of their visual images, providing a bedrock of

memories that linger not just in their memories but on their

canvases: creations and products of their artistic passions

transformed into a reality of figures and colors.

Ricky Ambagan is no exception. His current solo exhibition

at the Galerie Anna is drawn from a wellspring of memories,

and as the artist remarks, “ For me, riding a jeepney is like a

time machine experience, particularly the “Patok” jeepney. It

originated from the town of Montalban, Rizal. It was like riding

a sports loaded with loud music. The “Patok” jeepney has the

fast and furious ability to maneuver the traffic jam during rush

hours.”

With this show, Ambagan takes the viewer on a veritable

joy ride, re-creating for us, allowing us to experience the

physical thrill of the speedy ride, the dense crowd and

cacophony of noises which are the daily facts and travails of

living in the metropolis. But Ambagan does more than

physically illustrate this experience. Indeed, he derives and

imparts lessons on Pinoy culture, family relationships,

religiosity, and history, with amusing allusions to topical and

contemporary events, as reflected in our pop songs and

impassioned faith. Nationalism is prefigured by the National

Hero Jose Rizal in a jeepney, seated on its entrance floor.

Suggestive of the Christ is a long-haired and bearded passenger.

The immense crowd that gathered in the streets welcoming the

visit of Pope Francis, hardly seen in a blazing radiance of white

light, bespeaks of our country’s ardent Catholicism. Local color

is splashed in the balloons and cotton candies and iced drinks

that comfort the harassed drivers and motorists who are on the

verge of a road rage. Here are glimmerings of young love and

romantic assignations where the jeepney itself becomes the

frequent place of rendesvouz.