MANGO PEELER RUNS ISLAND TO ISLAND
Canadian-Filipino artist, teacher, and marathon runner MANGO PEELER (Jepoy Garcia) embarks on a journey to his roots in the Philippines. During his artist residency he will bring together arts and athletics with the local youth and surfers on a Secret Island, and bring the journey back home to Canada.
Pre-selected as the first international artist for this NOMADIC ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM IN THE PHILIPPINES by The Unifiedfield.
From my Jungle Program to my Space Travel Program, I teach kids that the world is round and colourful. They always remind me that travel keeps us young and our imaginations fresh.
For 3 years I have been part of the Visiting Artist Program at Children's art studio and have been creating exciting work with children from ages 3-7 years old. The funds will go to the studio so Lynn Jackson (Director) can continue her positive and innovative programming for youth.
*** 10% of the funds raised I will donate to Children's Art Studio at Artscape Wychwood Barns in Toronto, Canada. ***
Bamboo Hut Studio, Photo Courtesy of The Unifiedfield.
BENEFITS OF RESIDENCY & MOTIVATION
Back in 2008 after winning an award for Best Mixed Media at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, I embarked on a mission to my homeland in search of my roots. That trip was the first time I have visited as a practicing artist and it has influenced the trajectory of my work until now. Recently being invited to exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario, my artistic practice is reaching a new level and I feel the need re-invigorate this inspiration I felt with this residency. I am very interested in the cultural and artistic exchange with the local communities in the Philippines and bringing back the journey and knowledge to my students here in Canada. I also feel the combination of collaborative art making and athletics is an integral part of the future of art education. This residency will allow us the opportunity to expand and unify our international communities. I feel that as a Filipino raised abroad, my perspective is unique for this type of exchange.
Photo by Vuk Dragojevic
I am a Filipino-Canadian artist and work in a diverse range of media including collage, screen printing, installation, fashion, food, workshops, the internet, and performative athletics. My process involves the collecting, sorting and patterning of found ephemera. Known for my large scale installations and happenings, I'm interested in bringing people together through colour and energy. I have exhibited extensively in Canada and had solo exhibitions in Tokyo and Kyoto Japan where I explored my interest in healing power methods and mystics. I recently exhibited in The Art Gallery of Ontario’s Massive Party. With the theme of ‘Gold’, I created an extravagant Filipino-Baroque jungle featuring glittering costumes, and signature ‘Psych Bike Caravan’. I am a self-taught artist also known for my collaborative teaching methods and experimental residencies. I was the founder of Halo Halo Village (2009-2012), an exploratory impulse studio specializing in screen printing and experimental workshops. I continue to work extensively with students of all age groups at Seneca College, Sheridan College, Ontario College of Art & Design, The Art Gallery Of Ontario, Artscape, and I am also featured in The Royal Ontario Museum.
I am also a marathon runner and culinary artist. I use performative running groups, long distance races and Hot Pot Workshops to bring people together to celebrate health. Internationally known as Mango Peeler, my art, fashion and video have also been attracting commissions and collaborations from celebrities such as Drake, October’s Very Own, Josephine Foster, R.Kelly, and Diplo.
What we need for the residency & what you will get:
1. Secret Sandscape
Inspired by my favourite book 'Woman in The Dunes' by Kobo Abe, I will create work with sand while on the Secret Island and e-mail you a photograph during my residency.
You will be mailed a screenprinted map of the co-ordinates of the Secret Island in the Philippines where I will be working with the local youth and surfers. The map will be mailed out during my residency. Your contribution will also go towards art supplies during the residency and workshops.
On May 5th 2013 I ran the Toronto Goodlife Marathon (42.195 KM- The last 5K I ran with a palm tree!). You will receive a hand printed poster of my bib tag and runners high inspired images. The poster value of $42.20 is a dollar for every kilometer I ran. Your purchase will also go towards my travel costs Island to Island.
A short daily video documenting the 50 day residency will be made each day. The video will be dedicated to you and your name will appear somewhere in the video. The compilation of videos will be uploaded to my channel and you can share the journey with me. Your contribution will also be going towards a Go Pro and camera equipment.
I will be making 50 pieces of mail art while on the Secret Island for every day I am in the Philippines. The mail art could include collages, drawings, writing, photographs, found objects, sand, or a message in a bottle. The mail art will be sent out during the residency and you will receive it randomly. Your contribution will be going towards my residency fees and my host family on the island.
This hand printed T-Shirt is inspired by fly fishing for rainbow trout with my father on the Grand River in Canada. I will be learning how the islanders catch their fish on the Secret Island as it is their main source of food and livelihood. Your purchase will also go towards the T-Shirt printing workshops on the Island.
The shirt will be shipped to you in September. S / M / L / XL 100% cotton.
This hand printed T-Shirt is inspired by 'Traditional Philippines Music of Mindanao' on Folkways Records, and the warrior spirit of Indigenous people of the Philippines.
Limited varied editions of 50. The shirt will be shipped to you in September. S / M / L / XL 100% cotton.
You will receive a tube full of hand made posters. Some posters will be pulled during my residency and some in my studio in Toronto. You will receive the poster pack in September 2013. Your purchase will also go towards the screen printing supplies and workshops on the Island.
As a part of my residency, I will be creating 'Psych Kites' with the youth in the one school on the Island. Your patronage will help with the materials and creation of the kites. Your name will be written on the kite and it will fly in the sky in your honour.
A video will be made and the link will be emailed to you. Your contribution will also go towards a documentary that will be filmed during my residency.
Photo by Eleni Alpous
Since high school I have been creating 'Banks' filled with my collages, observations, collected detritus, and obsessions. I call these books/journals 'Banks' as I make deposits and save memories or I cash them and take the images for other projects. You will receive an original Bank that I make in the Philippines filled with daily peelings from my residency. Each of the 10 Banks will be dedicated to the sponsoring patron and the collection will be shown in Toronto in September 2013.
A 2 day workshop on Toronto Island will complete the Island to Island exchange. The workshop will include field recordings, silk screening 101, collaborative book/bank making, hot pot meals and running exercises. Your contribution will go towards studio space, materials, food, and travel to and from Toronto Island.
Funds will also be going towards my mentorship programming upon arrival in Toronto. I will also be continuing my mentorship work with Clutch, an arts program for Filipina Women, hosted by KPC. I have worked extensively with Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture which is a Filipino-Canadian community arts organization that has a space in downtown Toronto. Kapisanan has also agreed to support any exchange via internet or exhibition assistance upon return.
Photo by Vuk Dragojevic
During my residency I will be taking workshops with a master surfboard maker. The custom surfboards will be made from the native wood on the Island. Every morning during my residency I will be creating, painting and silkscreening the surfboards. I will use the board as a canvas and it will be ridden on the waves of the Pacific Ocean. Your patronage will be going towards the materials and creation of the surfboards, the workshop fee, shipping costs, and an exhibition in Toronto in September.
Photos of surfboards courtesy of The Unifiedfield.
Other Ways You Can Help
Many of you are my close friends and have seen my work grow over the years. I understand if you can not make a monetary contribution, but you can help share my journey and spread the word! To all my family, friends, followers, students and patrons that helped make this happen, THANK YOU. All my best thoughts and thanks for helping my vision come a reality.
A special thanks to Marta and Ivan my residency hosts at The Unifiedfield.
‘What struck me most about Jepoy and his work was the deep and genuine committment to the visual practice he’s completely invested in observing, exploring and making. He has a beautiful faciity for drawing and composition and uses this to consider his environment in ways that are both moving and provoking. His work is fresh, beautiful and often fun but it is also extremely smart and thoughtful.’ Nina Leo, TOAE Juror
‘Jepoy is ready to be your homeboy. He's down for whatever, always hustlin' but ready to party. Jepoy is a collage artist, working with the physical and cultural detritus of late-capitalist urban life. He's gonna take what he can get and make it better, for you and for me. This is the dream of Canada, and Jepoy here to tell the story JUST SO YOU DON'T FORGET IT.’ Zeesy Powers, Multi-Disciplinary Artist and Contemporary.
‘Your magic really was the perfect remedy. Our play was so energizing and invigorating. What a divine dose of FRESH you gave the class!! I don't know how to thank you for such a profound change you made in me.’ Patricia Molina, OCAD Sculpture Student.
FOLLOW ME ISLAND TO ISLAND