This particular collection is meant to tread on the buoyancy of being, the capability to explore on the lighter side of humanity – nothing acerbic, satirical or political, but a magical landscape of wonder and bewilderment toward the mundane and the mystical.
He simply wants to celebrate an inherent universal truth, which is the duality of man’s being and existence within the visible and invisible forces of the universe.
The rhythmic pulses of nature, for instance, are divided between night and day, fire and water, male and female, life and death, death and rebirth, and so forth – a two opposing realities yet in harmony with each other, creating the basic components of life on the planet.
The convergence of contrasting forces is intrinsic between man and nature. And it is for this reason that the artist explores an aesthetic sub-genre to portray the man and the beast in an anthropomorphic and fanciful manner, as co-existent and dependent from each other.
His fusion of animal heads with human bodies is a metaphorical portrayal of balance and harmony between man and beast, as seen from the perspective of a child. At times, his compositions can be whimsical yet, they depict a long-forgotten world of innocence and wonder, which is bereft of malice, bitterness and sarcasm.
Along with the artworks is a suite of profound and insightful poems written by a Filipino multidisciplinary artist, philosopher and multilingual poet Danny Castillones Sillada, a dear friend and fellow artist of Jon Jaylo.
The written verses further heighten the visual narrative of each painting or drawing, complementing both the diametric ontological representations of the entire aesthetic composition.
To sum, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven,” to quote the Ecclesiastes 3:1 – and Jon Jaylo’s art and his exhibit is one of those inevitable occurrences in this particular time and season!
-- Dave Lock