Fall 2006 Programs
Artist's lecture by Maria Elena Gonzalez
The Contemporary Museum's 2006 Catalyst Artist in Residence is Cuban-American artist Maria Elena Gonzalez in partnership with Honolulu Habitat for Humanity. Maria Elena will create two outdoor sculptures drawing from the Waimanalo home of the Kamaiopili Family. The Kamaiopili family's home is currently being rebuilt by Habitat for Humanity. One sculpture, Nani's House, will be located at The Contemporary Museum in Makiki Heights and will recreate the floor plan of the family's home at the museum. The other sculpture, The Muse at the Park, will be located at Waimanalo Beach Park and will recreate the floor plan of The Contemporary Museum. In tandem, the sculptures will create a conceptual exchange between the Contemporary Museum and the Waimanalo community where the Kamaiopili family lives. They will also highlight the work that Honolulu Habitat for Humanity does to address the problem of affordable housing and the difficulty that families have in finding affordable housing.
This program is a collaboration between The Contemporary Museum and Honolulu Habitat for Humanity. Assistants for the project are Jean Pitman and Richard Kupihea Romero.
co-sponsored with The Contemporary Museum
Eddo Stern (September 12-15, 2006)
Exhibition: Dark Machinima, a four-video installation
An electronic media artist, Eddo Stern was born in Tel Aviv and grew up in Israel’s southern Negev Desert. He received his BA in Philosophy, computer sciences, and Visual Arts from the University of California Santa Cruz in 1997 and his MFA in Art and Integrated Media from the California Institute for the Arts in 2000. Stern is currently a visiting faculty member at both Cal Arts and the University of Southern California.
He was once a computer game programmer and now powerfully comments on this technology and the vernacular in his work. Stern interests span new narrative and documentary modes and cross-cultural/cross-media representations in film, computer games and on the Internet. Since 1998 his work has been exhibited in 8 solo exhibitions and in group exhibitions at Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Tate Liverpool, Walker Art Center, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, and New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. Stern has been the recipient of Rhizome NetArt Commission award, Creative Capital Grant: Emerging Fields, and ZKM International Media Award.
Stephen Andrews (October 10-27, 2006)Public Lecture
Tuesday - October 10 at 7:30pm
UHM Art Building Auditorium
Exhibition: "(T)here," October 15 to 27.
Stephen Andrews was born in Ontario, Canada and lives and works in Toronto. Since 1984, Andrews has had 30 solo exhibitions, most recently at the Cue Art Foundation, New York, and has participated in many international group exhibitions. He has received numerous awards and grants from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council.
As an artist, he is known for a unique mark-making technique that both evokes the mechanical process of offset printing yet retains a very human touch. Through inscribing, mark-making and pattern making, his exquisite drawings attempt to retrieve feelings and images that are themselves about a retrieval of the vaguely remembered and forgotten. Andrews’ work is engaged in current politics, in particular on the war in Iraq. His methodology of using found imagery circulated via electronic or print media is especially expressive of our time. Scott Watson, Director/Curator of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, writes “Andrews’ work deals with the transformative powers of love and desire and the closure of death. They deal with the place of the individual within the larger systems that confer ‘identity’. They assert very forcefully a sense of freedom and volition, a sense that it must be possible to act”.
Binh Danh, artist
These lectures are held in conjunction with the art exhibition
November 5-December 13, 2006
For the exhibition Reconstructing Memories, twelve artists consider the relationship between memory and history, and demonstrate the fragility and tenuous nature of human memory, upon which history is based. Many of the artists draw inspiration from the cultural depositories of knowledge, the stories of their families, or visits to historical sites. Their multi-media artworks recall tales and episodes of history, especially those born of catastrophe, which might easily fade away. By considering core issues of constructing historical narratives and the obscuring of cultural and personal memory, the artists were able to recreate family or collective history and at the same time, question the nature of the historical process.
Over the course of the exhibition and with the help of volunteers, Katsushige Nakahashi, will build a full-scale replica of the Japanese Zero airplane that was used in the attack of Pearl Harbor and subsequently crash-landed on Ni'ihau. Nakahashi meticulously photographed every square inch of a 1:32 scale model of the Zero and subsequently produced 25,000 full-scale images that must be carefully taped together to create the life-sized plane. On the last day of the exhibition, the Zero will be carried from the gallery to the site of a bomb shelter built on the lawn in front of Hawai'i Hall prior to December 7, 1941 where it will be burned to commemorate the anniversary of the Japanese pilot's demise, a little-known incident of World War II. Nakahashi has presented several similar Zero projects at historically significant sites in Japan, Australia, and the United States.
Binh Danh, who was born in Vietnam following that country's bloody civil war, only intuitively experienced its history and memory. Danh's parents, who immigrated to the U.S. in 1979 when he was still an infant, were reluctant to tell their children about the violence and hardships they experienced during the war. However, by collecting images of Vietnam and the war, Danh fabricates or reconstructs a representation of his family's possible experiences. Using the process of photosynthesis, Danh developed a new technique in which the images are actually grown into leaves and foliage. The image becomes part of the leaf's living tissue. Like people, transient in their existence by nature and with memory imbued in their being, Danh's leaves grow, fade, lose the clarity of their memories, lose their life force, and eventually decay. To hold the leaves in suspended animation and to capture their historical memory, Danh encases them in resin, reminiscent of prehistoric insects trapped in amber.
There are many more events planned in conjunction with this important exhibition, including an opening reception, additional lectures and panel discussions. For more information, please visit the University of Hawai'i Art Gallery's website.
Reconstructing Memories is curated by Aaron Kerner. For more information on the twelve participating artists and their works, please see the curator's website.
co-sponsored with The University of Hawai'i Art Gallery
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