Roland Tiangco dreams of one day living in a cabin in the mountains with a private gondola lift to transport him direct to his New York studio. While that day may remain a pipe-dream – at least for now - the New York element is already swinging into action; he is currently freelancing at Tsang Seymour’s studio in the big apple, as well as working for himself and various clients. ‘I am working on the second poster in my poster series, and other projects, like a book that has an accompanying short video that documents its printing process.’ Tiangco stumbled across communication design when, as a teenager, he made the latest of his many school transfers, where he would pick up a new major each time. ‘’I liked the idea that my work could potentially be seen by many outside the confines of a gallery space.’ As time went on, he fell deeper for his chosen profession. ‘I most enjoy the idea of imparting on the viewer the ability to make new things, whether it be the ability to complete a story, repurpose the work, rearrange things physically, create new work, or destroy the work. I think if a response is elicited that creates any direct engagement with the work and creates new work, either in actuality or figuratively speaking, I'm happy with what I have made. If I made a coffee table book and it was used as a coaster, I think I would be pretty pleased.’ For Tiangco, after all, it is all about the process, not the finished article. ‘I am process driven. And always in progress. Maybe … ‘process in progress’.’ We’ll second that as a maxim.
Most influenced by:
It always depends on context for me. My context is often New York, so I guess one could say I am very influenced by New York. Its such a weird place with an energy that will seep into you no matter how much you like getting out of the city.