In Lyndon Maglalang’s ‘Behold’, we are taken into the environment of his contemplative nature. His life and art has always been interwoven heavily, narratives from his daily life are being given a new perspective. Sitting alone on a riverside to get a clear head has been one of his current preoccupations, helping him establish the mindset of an observer, and appreciator of the vast creations by a higher being. He also recounts a lot of interactions with the people around him as guiding posts in the continuing journey he’s taking part in, learning from the crafts of others and taking in the knowledge imparted by the elderly are some of the things he’s been thankful for. He presents these ideas in different ways–some in a somber approach, and some in a celebratory one, the focal point always being nature and how interactions with it create the environment and quality of life that we live. He insists on looking further and allowing nature to show us the way because time and time again, it never fails to be the mirror in which our lives reflect upon. A seed slowly germinating into a plant, signaling that the cycle of life once again is renewed; an overgrown collection of plants waiting to be explored; people in motion, doing their designated tasks for the day and keeping on living and giving life to things. These are the things that we celebrate life for, and these are also the things that we give time to pause and ponder upon. We are always bound to behold the grand creation that is life.
notes by Jerome Destacamento