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DEBRA DREXLER AT GROUND FLOOR

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DEBRA DREXLER included in LAZULI and Small Blue Thing
Feb 11th – Feb 28th, 2016
Artists Reception : Friday Feb 19th 6 – 9pm
Closing Reception : Sunday Feb 28th 3 – 5pm
Ground Floor Gallery 343 5th St., Brooklyn NY 11215
Gallery Hours : Th/Fri 2 – 6pm Sat 12 – 6pm Sun 12 – 5pm
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LEE CHESNEY 1920 – 2016

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Artist and ART Professor Emeritus LEE CHESNEY passed away in Los Angeles on January 21, 2016. He was 95.

Chesney taught at UHM from 1972 to 1984. He was born in Washington, D.C. and studied art at the University of Colorado with James Boyle, receiving his BFA in 1946. Chesney continued his studies at the University of Iowa where he worked with Mauricio Lasansky and James Lechay, earning his M.F.A. Further studies took him to Universidad de Michoacan in Mexico where he studied with Alfredo Zalce, and to the renowned experimental printmaking workshop Atelier 17 in New York, under the supervision of founder Stanley William Hayter.

Chesney’s work has garnered numerous awards which included a Fulbright Fellowship in 1956/57. He is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; National Gallery of Art, Stockholm; Tate Gallery; Bibliothèque nationale de France; Victoria and Albert Museum; Smithsonian Art Museum, National Gallery of Art; Library of Congress; Museum of Modern Art; Brooklyn Museum; Philadelphia Museum; Honolulu Academy of Arts; Oakland Museum; Seattle Museum of Art; Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles County; Portland Art Museum; Art Institute of Chicago; the Butler Institute of American Art and numerous university collections.

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JAN DICKEY / PIECES OF NAPOLEON BLOWNAPART

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Pieces of Napoleon Blownapart
by JAN DICKEY
UHM Commons Gallery
February 7 – 19
M-F 10am – 4pm
Su 12 – 4pm

Pieces of Napoleon Blownapart is a room-sized flash fiction story about a doomed collection of material objects once possessed by the legendary Napoleon Blownapart. Conglomerates of polymers, minerals, fibers, and other substances from the Capitalocene era will be held on display for two weeks.

Jan received his BFA from the University of Delaware and is currently an MFA candidate at UHM. Dickey has had solo exhibitions at the Louise Jones Brown Gallery (Duke University) and the sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Chapel Hill. He has exhibited in New York, Delaware, North Carolina, and Hawaiʻi and was a recipient of the North Carolina Regional Artist Project Grant.

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WENDY KAWABATA TO AUCKLAND

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In the Land, WENDY KAWABATA‘s exhibition travels from Honolulu to Auckland. Details here.

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CHEN + DICKEY + KAWAI + KELECHI + TAKAUCHI @HARAJUKU STATION

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HARAJUKU STATION
ART students MICHELLE CHEN + JAN DICKEY + ALINA KAWAI + KENYATTA KELECHI + MONET TAKAUCHI joins forces with Indie Visualist and Artafterdark @Honolulu Museum of Art.

Check out their wares on Friday, January 29, 2016.

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BRAD EVAN TAYLOR IN CERAMICS MONTHLY

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BRAD TAYLOR‘s ceramic sculpture Mass Compressed, Rolled and Cubed, graces a story on the Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale in the February 2016 issue of Ceramics Monthly. download the story here.

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STARADVERTISER REVIEW OF CHARLIE COHAN’S MAUI CURATORIAL PROJECT

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StarAdvertiser reviews CHARLIE COHAN‘s curatorial project STATEMENT ON NATURE: A SURVEY OF PRINTMAKING TODAY at the Maui Arts & Culture Center. click image to enlarge.

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REEM BASSOUS REVIEW

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StarAdvertiser review of Lecturer REEM BASSOUS‘ current exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art. click to enlarge.

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DEB NEHMAD : WASTED

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Deborah G. Nehmad : WASTED
Honolulu Museum of Art / Holt Gallery
January 29, 2016 – May 08, 2016

At first encounter, the large works in Honolulu artist MFA alum Deborah G. Nehmad’s installation WASTED appear to be abstract triptych tapestries. Upon closer examination, however, the patterns of holes and stitches convey a powerful, poignant symbolism, functioning as catalogues of tragedy.

WASTED gradually reveals that nothing has changed in terms of gun violence in the United States over the past decade. The burned holes in wasted represent the number of children killed by guns in 2003 (left panel), 2004 (center panel) and 2005 (right panel). The holes in wasted (ii) represent the number of adults killed in the same years. Wasted (iii) records the annual average of gun fatalities from 2009 to 2013. The stitched red crosses represent homicides, the black x’s suicides and the burned holes left bare are accidents or of unknown intent. Casualties by police intervention are stitched over in red and black.

Using woodblocks that were burned during the process of creating the wasted pieces, Nehmad inked and rubbed the surface of the blocks to develop the series of printed works titled black and blue. The constellation of blue dots represents victims caught in the crosshairs of gun violence over the last 10 years.

While all artists want their work to be discussed, Nehmad has a greater mission—the possibility that viewers will talk about the issues involved, with the hope that there will be change in the future.

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ERIN WILLIAMSON MULT-AWARDS + ACCOLADES

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Since leaving Hawai‘i MFA alum ERIN WILLIAMSON has since applie her art school skills toward a establishing a design firm based in Austin TX, with projects across the country.

Erin Williamson Design recently won the prestigious Wayfair Tastemaker Award for Best Design Innovator 2015, and was named Best of Houzz Design 2015. The studio has been featured on YNN network’s TV show House Proud, Published in Bungalow Magazine and Make it Over Magazine, and showcased on leading design sites like Apartment Therapy, Notcot, and Pop Sugar. Erin’s home was recently published in Apartment Therapy’s Complete and Happy Home book, and featured in Architectural Digest and Elle Decor as part of Loloi Rugs’ ad campaign.

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