January 8 – 26, 2018
Commons Gallery

Flesh/Water is a group exhibition of photographic-based work that brings together diverse stories of artists from around the country as they interpret and express their own relationships to water. This theme can be interpreted in several ways, and is open to each artist’s ways of awareness and understanding. Works included are analog, digital, color, or black and white. Curated by Kelly Ciurej.

Curator’s statement:
This exhibition is a visual exploration of water as it relates to flesh, as an infinite metaphor for that which is transformative, strong, and mystifying.

Flesh/Water assembles diverse stories from artists based around the country as they interpret and express their own relationship to water. Some of these artists reside by the sea; some on islands, near oceans, lakes, rivers, or ponds. Some, by contrast, are landlocked. And yet, despite our geographic separations, water—the world’s most vital resource—binds us together as one.

Sometimes elegant, sometimes haunting, the photographs in Flesh/Water hover between the worlds of anxiety and serenity, forming a portrait of water that functions as an evolving question about the past, present, and future relationship humans have both with each other and the natural world.

Participating artists:
Kara Birnbaum
Kelly Ciurej
Drew Cornwall
Andrew Crane
Keri Cronan
Annie Donovan
Sally Enfield-Rabinowitz
Juan Giraldo
Alex Hartley
Amanda Lomax
Katie Lovins
Ashley Moog
Andriana Nativio
Madeline Ott
Atis Pumpai
Amanda Rosenblatt

SPONSORS: University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Art + Art History and College of Arts + Humanities

Gallery hours + admission:
Mon. – Fri. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sun. 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Closed Saturdays; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 15.

Free admission. Donations are appreciated.
Parking fees may apply.

Keri Cronan
I’m Sorry You Feel That Way pt. XI, 2017
5″ x 5″
archival inkjet print