You see, an emotion can easily be conveyed by a singer by doing his own interpretation of a cover. But the words of that song are not his. It's just that whatever he's feeling coincides with what the song is trying to say. But visual art is different. Another artist could draw or paint, let's say, Starry Night, but whatever feeling he wishes to convey with Starry Night can't mean the same thing as what Vincent Van Gogh was feeling when he was doing his masterpiece. I believe visual art is more than just looking if a painting or a sculpture is pretty but what feeling it exudes when you look at it.
A few nights ago, I had the privilege to attend the opening of Trilogy Create Preserve Restore Exhibit at the LRI Design Plaza in Makati, and I just had an amazing time seeing wonderful art pieces that are truly Filipino
PR - TRILOGY Create Preserve Restore
What makes art or design distinctly Filipino? This question has always been asked, posing a challenge to visual arts and national identity. A few decades ago, this was not much of an issue but through the years, historical buildings, churches, monuments, homes, iconic structures, architectural designs have been devastated by earth quakes and other natural calamities or intentionally torn down.
TRILOGY is an exhibition that brings the audience into the world of heritage: how it is created, how it is nurtured, and how it is brought back to life. Is heritage the building? Is it the city? Is it the memory of what was then? Or is it the person who is the keeper of knowledge passed on from one generation to the next? Perhaps it is all of these, for heritage defines identity. It is who we are - when we learn to accept it. Through the objects, buildings, and environments that were created throughout our people's history, we are made to experience how it is to be Filipino.
TRILOGY is composes of three stories: the world of craftsmen of Betis, Pampanga, another that illustrates how Vigan celebrates an entire city's heritage and the last one that tells us that what had been lost in Intramuros during the war is worth definitely recuperating. In all three, countrymen and government work hand-in-hand to keep the knowledge, memory and the manifestations of our identity intact
TRILOGY invites us all to participate in the work of creating, preserving and restoring our heritage, so we may be able to transmit thee to future generations of Filipinos, as our identity is on our hands.