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_We are MangoRed

WELCOME TO THE NEW mangoBLOG.

Our healthy crew is composed of photographers, illustrators, layout artists who are just as passionate about our work as the two of us. We are comfortably and chummily left-of-center. We have to confess that we’ve never been to art schools nor earned a major design degree…coz despite its pluses, we reckon this isn’t for everyone..let alone for us. In our case, the real world is the best course.

Our vision is based on principles of openness, directness, irreverence, democracy and a dislike of institutions and pretensions.

We’re always looking for the culturally relevant work and staying current with the hive mind. It’s intuitive, a lot of it. We think it’s just experiencing how far you can keep your mind open on a daily basis, and paying attention.

We’d like to describe our work as a tickle in your brain. It’s not just the quality of the idea, it’s the quality of the execution, the finish. the unique spin in colors, the lines, perspective..when these elements align, they create a visual perfume.

_Francis & Mayone

{ FRANCIS BALBARIN & MAYONE BAKUNAWA }

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_ L I F E i s  a  m a t t e r  o f  a  m i r a c l e  t h a t  i s  c o l l e c t e d  o v e r  t i m e

by moments flabbergasted to be in each other’s presence.

The world is an exam to see if we can rise into the direct experiences.

Matter is here as a test for our curiosity.
Doubt is here as an exam for our vitality.

Our eyesight is here as a test to see if we can see beyond it.

We’ve decided to accept the confrontation between our souls.

It’s like freeing the brave reckless gods within us all.

Life was  r a g i n g  all around me ,

and every moment was magical.

And as one realizes – that one is a dream figure…

in another person’s dream,

that is  s e l f – a w a r e n e s s .

I woke from a dream.

It wasn’t like a typical dream. It seemed more like I’d walked into an alternate universe.

It’s  R E A L .

This is the most exciting time we could have possibly hoped to be alive.

And things are just starting.

A thousand years is but an instant.

Build beautiful artifacts, solve problems,
explore the secrets of the physical universe.

Savor the input from all the senses.

Feel the joy and sorrow, the laughter, the empathy, compassion…

and tote the emotional memory in your travel bag.

We have  a billion years of memory to draw on.

This is where we inherit our instincts.

We have begun to find our answers.

Although it will seem difficult,

the rewards will be great.

Ultimately it’s, “ Yes, I give in. Yes, I accept. Yes, I embrace.

They say that dreams are real only as long as they last.

C a n ‘ t  y o u  s a y  t h e  s a m e  t h i n g  a b o u t  L I F E ?

We dreamt with our hands. We dreamt with our minds.

It’s just that moment, which is holy.

Like this moment, it’s holy.

I’m rapturously breathing in all the odors and essences of life.

I’ve been to the brink of total oblivion.

I remember & ferment the desire to remember everything.

It was a time to give form and coherence to the mystery.

It was a time to become conscious,
And I had been a part of that.

It was a  g i f t .

There’s only one instant, and it’s right now.

A n d  i t ‘ s  e t e r n i t y .

We’ve somehow momentarily punctured through this illusion,
this veil of time.

We are all coauthors of this dancing exuberance…

We are the authors of ourselves,

mangoRED x RABBITHOLE CREATIVES | Collage artwork/MixedMedia by Geof Gonzales. Transcripts from Richard Linklater’s WAKING LIFE.