Sunday, February 19, 2012

Gerilya conquers the Philcoa overpass with the Pinoy Rangers Series

This street art photo was taken last February 12, 2012 at the Philcoa overpass, Quezon City and is by the artist's group, Gerilya and is part of the Pinoy Ranger series. Gerilya’s members are recent graduates of the University of the Philippines (U.P.) College of Fine Arts: Nico Zapanta, Jano Gonzales and Kube Villarete.

Gerilya was born when the three friends discussed the supposed demise of the local comics industry over lunch one day when Gerilya Komiks was born. They described their komiks as a mix of drama, action and comedy, tackling issues like corruption and killings.

This time they chose to focus their efforts on street art in what is called the “Pinoy Rangers” series, which culminates in their exhibit at the Kanto Gallery. The collection features paintings of youths in t-shirt masks inspired by 17th century flags, positioned in Japanese super sentai-inspired costumed superhero fighting poses.

The t-shirt mask is a tribute to farmers and laborers who use this to protect themselves against the elements, as well as to urban protesters who use this against teargas, and to ensure their anonymity.

(Photo by Chanda Shahani)

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