November 5 – November 30, 2018
Commons Gallery

This exhibition poses an artistic challenge to two contemporary Hawai‘i painters, Debra Drexler and Kalani Largusa. They have agreed to create a new series of large-scale paintings that investigate the formal, referential and symbolic aspects of the color PINK, including its relationship to technology, culture, psychology, literature, science, art history and gender.

Debra Drexler, Professor of Drawing and Painting at the University of Hawai‘i, maintains studios in both New York and O‘ahu, and her work is informed by her unique bi-coastal experience. She has had over thirty solo and over 100 group exhibitions in national and international venues. Recently, she has also worked with a number of galleries in New York, Brooklyn, and New Jersey, including Gallery Gary Giordano (two-person, 2017), The Dorado Project (solo, 2016), Van Der Plas Gallery (solo, 2017; solo, 2015; three person, 2014), and H.P. Garcia Gallery (solo, 2009, 2010)). In 2017 she received strong reviews in Whitehot Magazine and Arte Fuse, and was featured on The Kalm Report. Group exhibitions include The Drawing Center, Exit Art, The Curator Gallery, Ground Floor Gallery, Denise Bibro, Sideshow Gallery, Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, Creon Gallery, and AFP.

Kalani Largusa is from Kapahi, Kauai. He earned his MFA from the University of Hawai‘i in 2016. He previously studied drawing and illustration at the California College of Arts [CCA] and received his BFA in painting studio practice from the School of Art Institute of Chicago in 2013. He was a San Diego Comic Convention invitee to the Comic Scholar Poster Session, a guest speaker at San Francisco’s WonderCon, and the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo to present his paper entitled ‘The significance of Kato and the evolution of his role as the Green Hornets sidekick.’ Kalani was also a feature artist in Chicago’s Next Generation, 18th annual Asian American Showcase in 2013.

Largusa’s work centers on process of painting filtered through Polynesian tattoo symbolism and methodology, and ‘almost western’ comic book iconography. Whether sharp detailed draftsmanship, mixed-media journaling, or large non-representational paintings, Largusa’s work is ultimately an investigation of marks.

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Art + Art History and College of Arts + Humanities; and supported by Waikiki Parc Hotel – Hospitality Sponsor for the Arts at UH Mānoa; and anonymous donors.

Gallery Hours + Admission
Mon. – Fri. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sun. 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Closed Saturdays; Nov. 6, Election Day; Nov. 12, Veterans Day; Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Day; Nov. 23, Non-instructional day.

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

Debra Drexler
Courtesy of the artist.

Kalani Largusa
and for a moment, stood, 2018 (detail)
84 x 84 inches
Courtesy of the artist.

Information may be subject to change.