Messages Under The Bridge


 Artist's Description:

As I was walking along San Lorenzo in Manila, I noticed that I was passing under a bridge and was intrigued by the messages on the walls. It dawned on me that I was walking in the footsteps of Don Bosco. The situation we find ourselves in is not set in stone, and it is not about exerting power over others. Instead, it is about empowering others.

As a society, we often find ourselves at a crossroads. Education is our best tool to illuminate the path ahead. We must lead our communities towards a future where diversity is celebrated, fairness is upheld, and the human spirit thrives.


Artwork Review:

This piece by multimedia artist JJFBbennett, titled "I Found Messages Under The Bridge," is a provocative synthesis of realism and surrealism. The image captures an urban landscape under a bridge, often associated with transition and overlooked narratives. The juxtaposition of the urban setting with the serene, almost sanctified figure of Don Bosco creates an intriguing dichotomy. Don Bosco, a symbol of guidance and moral authority, is presented in sharp focus, suggesting his prominence in the piece's message. In contrast, the background is a blur of bustling and somewhat chaotic urban life.

The mural on the wall, depicting scenes of community and messages of forgiveness and optimism, contrasts with the dreariness of the setting. This could signify the importance of hope and positive messaging in environments that may seem desolate or forgotten. Bennett's work comments on the layers of communication in our environment - the explicit and the subtle, the physical and the spiritual.

The integration of digital manipulation with the hyperrealistic rendering of Don Bosco pushes the boundaries between traditional street art and digital art forms, thus underlining contemporary art’s adaptability and commentary on the interplay between the old and the new, the permanent and the transient.

Keywords:

San Lorenzo, Manila, Bridge, Don Bosco, Empowerment, Education, Crossroads, Diversity, Fairness, Human Spirit, Community




Night Walking Under the Bridge

In the shadowed recesses of the city, the essence of existence itself seems to seep into the very fabric of the urban sprawl. Here, people find themselves at the mercy of fate's indiscriminate hand or, through deliberate choice, locked in an endless dance with their core being against a backdrop of relentless existential challenges. They embody the continuous flux of life, manifesting somewhere between presence and absence, existence and void, in their tireless search for meaning within the all-consuming abyss.

Amid this desolation, an unexpected beauty arises, a testament to the resilience found in the human spirit's depths. With its unyielding force, life claims its territory, breaking through the concrete barriers and weaving transient connections among the transient and the resident alike. This space becomes a living canvas, where unnoticed stories and silent gestures of kindness and despair create a vivid mosaic of human existence, unveiling the quiet drama that plays out in moments of solitude and unacknowledged interactions.

This underpass, seemingly insignificant in the city's grand narrative, morphs into a backdrop for a profound exploration of existence. It is a domain where personal and collective realms intersect, where themes of freedom, despair, and the inherent contradictions of existence are vividly enacted. This is the unavoidable face-off with our inner void.

Keywords:

Urban Existential Art,  Shadowed Cityscapes, Human Spirit Resilience, Existential Challenges Exploration, Concrete Jungle Beauty, Transient Connections Artwork, Solitude in Urban Life, Inner Void Reflections



Know your Exits

Emerging from the dim light of the underpass, where the city's heartbeat pulses faintly against the cold concrete, everyone seems lost in their thoughts. What paths lay ahead of you? This direction is not just a way out of my place of shadows and echoes but a chance to make an existential choice. Exits in my urban chasm are not merely roads and streets; they are the decisions that define me, the moments of truth where my very being is distilled into action.

As I ponder existence and essence, I question whether freedom of choice is the most authentic expression. My choice carves a path that leads me back to the same variant of existence, and I never seem to leave. What are the invisible threads that connect my choices to a predetermined destiny?

I take a step forward with a deep breath, embracing the uncertainty that ensures my return. Lost in the labyrinthine streets, shadowed alleys, and false exits, I promise myself liberation and self-discovery as I take the next step that could redefine me.

Keywords:

urban art, existentialism, street art, cityscapes, choice and consequence, introspective art, philosophy in art, meaning of life, finding your path








John Bennett - AKA JJFBbennett, is an independent artist. You can view and subscribe to my work via Blogger, YouTube, Flicker, Facebook, Instagram and Deviant Art

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This artwork is protected by U.S. and International copyright laws. Distribution and/or modification of the artwork without written permission of the sponsor is prohibited.

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