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Verve Gallery has selected JONAH CALINAWAN to exhibit in our On-line Featured Artist Exhibition. This category of our submissions allows an artist the opportunity to have their work shown to a larger audience via the internet. We hope you enjoy this selection of work.


Set in an imaginary landscape of the present day, A Million Suns tells a story of one man's confrontation with the unknown that leads him on a journey. His high-pressure existence comes crashing down one day when he encounters a fissure in the ground. This discovery triggers a chain of events that will send him to the ends of the earth and force him to face what his life may or may not be.

In this story that fuses autobiography and fiction, I search for meaning and purpose in the face of the unknown future. We once looked up at the stars to divine the future. How do we find this future now? Will there be a sign or a signal?

Using images that are collaged, montaged, layered, and drawn on, I portray my belief in the unlimited variations of the future. The collage approach, it appears to me, is like creating the future—we combine experiences and circumstances and move them around to see what fits and what makes sense. At any point, we may choose to go left or right, turn back or move forward. Each choice alters the trajectory and overall shape of our lives. There is a great mystery here: we are on a journey where there is no map—it is pieced together as we go along. Thus, we become the traveler and cartographer, the origin and the destination.

For this one man's quest, his journey is about to veer off its projected course, into the undiscovered land of a million suns.