If the Shoe Fits

Pete Jimenez always finds the little gems hidden in junk shops around Metro Manila.  What most of us see as useless, become treasures in waiting.  They just need to be in the good hands of an artist like Jimenez.

In If the Shoe Fits, Jimenez shows us that his favorite weapon of choice — that is scrap iron, can be combined with wooden shoe lasts and have second lives as interesting art pieces.  The exhibit runs at The Water Dragon Gallery at the 2nd Floor of the Yuchengco Museum from May 28 to June 20, 2009.

Principal's OfficeThe shoe lasts are not new to Jimenez. These wooden pieces he got from Marikina have become mainstays in his studio-garage in Quezon City for more than 5 years now, waiting to be used at any point in time.  These shoe lasts were once a part of an article written about Jimenez (by Alya Honasan) when it was stated that his next plan was to incorporate these pieces together with his scrap iron.

It was a challenging task for Jimenez to create art pieces using the shoe lasts since it was his first time to ever think of works with wooden “shoes”.

On exhibit are about 20 pieces of varying sizes, from an 8-inch high “Iron Lady’s Crocs”, made up of an old flat iron and welded on a piece from a tractor used in the farm lands, to a 5-foot high “Principal’s Office”, made from flat bars that look like a slender rendition of a school chair with “shoes”.  Jimenez continues to love the challenge of creating new objects with recycled iron, which keeps him busy almost every weekend.  He also relishes how he has been able to show another angle of his creative side beyond his day job in the advertising post-production industry.

And his enthusiasm rubs off when you listen to him talk about his works.  “Guest Speaker” is one of the most unique pieces in this exhibit because “ I was able to use for the first time a pair of shoe last and a discarded gasoline tank of a motorcycle.  When I combined these with an old manual water pump, I already knew what shape it would take…it looks like an animated character! I would say it is a very powerful piece”.

Bounty HunterAnother piece that catches Jimenez’s eye is “Bell Bottom Blues”.  He describes it as a transparent-polka-dotted-skinny-jeans.  It is made up of cut-up pieces from an old steel matting used as fences during the 1950’s.  The material was given to him by an officemate who was about to throw it away.  “You will feel the motion as one looks at the pieces suggestive of the pose and footwork of Elvis Presley”, notes Jimenez.

Such ideas just come from everyday encounters, says Jimenez.  And when his mind captures them like Polaroid snapshots, he is definitely in his element.  Once he is in his studio-garage with all the scrap iron at his imaginative and creative disposal, get ready to be amazed.

Guest Speaker


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