These coming days seem to be busy with the excitement of new experiences. I guess it’s that summer feeling, since there are no rains in the way. The sun can shine all it wants, it’s simply putting a light on what we want to do.
For example, it helps us see things again that we might have forgotten. On April 9, vintage and antique costume jewelry will be on display at Warehouse 17, La Fuerza Compound, in “The Vintage Collection.” A first-time viewing, it showcases the collection of Vicki Kim of Minetani. The event will be held 4-8 p.m.
These have been collected by Kim over the years, and you will appreciate her eye for when it comes to jewelry. She looks through thrift stores and markets around the globe for finds that have been enriched by time.
You will also see how each piece carries a story, not only of how it was found, but also of its previous owner, and the setting she grew up in.
Kim’s passion project for antique jewelry began during her university days in the United States and France. It’s safe to say that through the process of getting these rare pieces, her eye as a second-generation jeweler has been trained quite well. It tells of a person who educates herself in the field she excels in.
For anyone, I think it’s always best to look at the past in order to know exactly what we can reinvent today, and what we should look forward to in the future.
Pieces range from the Georgian era to retro, and are all one-of-a-kind—all worth looking at and experiencing, not just as jewelry, but also as art pieces.
Speaking of art, one should drop by León Gallery International for “In The Near Distance.” The exhibit presents six of the best artists we have in the country, with expertise in various mediums. Feast your eyes on the works of Ian Anderson, Olivia d’Aboville, Henri Lamy, Leeroy New, Mark Nicdao and Enzo Razon.
In this exhibit, the artists dare to explore what is outside the usual constraints to find something both new and familiar. Cultural consultant and exhibit curator Lizza Guerrero Nakpil says of the show: “Art is prophecy wrapped in immediacy. And yet, it is that immediacy that creates the paradox of propinquity, that quality of the thing nearest you that can attract or repel.”
She adds: “‘In the Near Distance’ is intended to unite the various outlooks of the Filipino artist as global nomad, travelers to and from the familiar as well as the forgotten, the men and women with one foot squarely on the land of their birth while the other was more or less out the door by happenstance. It would be a parable of what was near as well as of what was distant, and all the places in between.”
You will see these themes expressed in various mediums: photography, mixed media, sculpture and installation. The exhibit formally opened March 25 to a crowd of art lovers, practitioners and celebrities.
“In the Near Distance” will run for two weeks until April 8.