Louie Cordero

The Happy Camper Pong

Adults can also “play” during SONSBEEK ’16, for example with the work of the Filipino artist Louie Cordero. Behind the Stadsvilla, you can play a round on one of his unusually shaped ping-pong tables, which have been outfitted with striking prints.

Louie brings a piece of Manila’s colourful and cheerful streets to Park Sonsbeek. For the prints, he used the same car paint that is used on the city buses (called Jeepneys) in Manila. There, painting the buses as originally as possible is a kind of sport: the crazier the design, the better. Ping-pong is also very popular there, not only as a sport, but also as a social activity.

Louie’s other work, a two-meter high, three- dimensional head made of foam and fiberglass, is not yet finished. This “progerial” head – a rare genetic disorder in which physical characteristics of aging are manifested at a very early age – is missing its “skin” on one side, which provides some insight into the human anatomy. Pieces of clay and gumball machines invite you to reconstruct the missing face. As you mold and chew, you can decide where you want to leave behind your own traces on the sculpture.

Unconsciously, you tread in the footsteps of the Western imperialists during the colonial era. Louie asks whether colonization, much like sticking pieces of gum on an object in public space, is also a form of vandalism.

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Louie Cordero (Foto: David Jonathan)
Louie Cordero