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DEBRA DREXLER + LIAM DAVIS’ NEW NEW YORK OPENS IN NEW YORK

The second iteration of MFA alum LIAM DAVIS and Professor DEBRA DREXLER‘s curatorial project New New York: Abstract Painting in the 21st Century opens in The Curator, a New York Chelsea Gallery, next week.

Join the curators Davis & Drexler for a walk-through of the exhibition on Tuesday, March 28th, 6-8pm.


JOHN SZOSTAK’S IMAYO OPENING IN TOKYO

Professor JOHN SZOSTAK‘s curatorial project IMAYO that opened at UHM last year is moving early next month to the Shoto Art Museum in Tokyo.


BATAAN MEMORIAL : KELLEY HESTIR

Documentary film “Bataan: The Making of a Memory” follows the creation of the Bataan Death March Memorial by MFA alum, KELLEY HESTIR. The film will be aired by NPR affliate KRWG-TV 22.

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DEBRA DREXLER NEW YORK SOLO

DEBRA DREXLER solo at Van Der Plas Gallery (New York) opens on March 29.


ALUM SPOTLIGHT : DAVEN HEE

Daven Hee (facing forward) with students

[ 3.19.2017 ] DAVEN HEE received a BFA from UHM in 1999 specializing in ceramics.

UHM: Daven, What have you been up to since your BFA and what are you doing at the moment?

DH: I received my MAVA (MFA) from the Australian National University in 2004 and I am teaching at Mid-Pacific Institute. As you know, also sometimes teach at UHM in the Summers. I am constantly making and showing work, both utilitarian and non-utilitarian forms. I was the featured potter for the Vintage Cave restaurant in Honolulu and Mourad restaurant in San Fransisco.

Nationally speaking I will be doing a demonstration at this year’s NCECA ceramic conference, and included in a concurrent invitational exhibition in Portland where I will be also be doing demonstrations. And I am working on an article for Pottery Making Illustrated. I have taught workshops in Canada (Saskatchewan, Saskatoon), and in San Antonio.

I make it a point to enter all the local juried exhibitions and am a regular in HJCC, and Hawai‘i Craftsmen, etc. I have even been HC’s featured artist. Ten of my works have received purchase awards from the State Foundation for Culture and the Arts. I am also in the Honolulu Museum of Art permanent collection. I am in national shows now and then. Last year I won the Best of Show at Strictly Functional.

UHM: How did your time at UH contribute to your your profession (art or non-art) and/or your art practice?

DH: My time at UH was immensely important to my development. The critiques from each class helped me be aware of the bigger picture of artmaking. While an undergraduate I served as an assistant for all my instructors. I ran the ceramic studio as its technician. I did every single demonstrations for any visiting groups. I ran the studio for any of the East West Ceramic workshops for Professor Emeriti Suzanne Wolfe. She even flew me to HNL to run her workshop for the Hongik Ceramic workshop with In Chin Lee!

UHM: If applicable, what extra-curricular activities did you pursue while in UHM that was particularly valuable to you personally and professionally? Why?

DH: I was encouraged to enter every juried exhibition to expose my work to the public. I taught workshops at private high schools to help develop my connection to the students and practice public speaking. I offered my time to made centerpieces for educational, arts and cultural events. All of these endeavors helped me to understand how to interact with the general audience and how to become a professional artist. One of most important things of being an artist is your name and reliability.


YUMIKO GLOVER : LOVE, PEACE, DREAMS, AND BOMBS

“Tomoko vs Mr. A,” acrylic on canvas

BFA alum YUMIKO GLOVER, currently working toward her MFA at UC Santa Barbara, just organized a collaborative project entitled LOVE, PEACE, DREAMS, AND BOMBS. The project combines an exhibition of new artwork by Glover alongside talks by UCSB students and scholars A. Colin Raymond (History of Art & Architecture), Carl Gabrielson (EALCS), Sabine Früstück (EALCS), and another UHM alum Travis Seifman (History), as well as video interviews conducted by activist Naoya Matsushima. An experiment in collaborative expression through art, scholarship, and activism, the aim of Love, Peace, Dreams, and Bombs is to promote more complex and globally-situated understandings of Japan.


WENDY KAWABATA / CUT & PASTE

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WENDY KAWABATA included in Cut & Paste: Contemporary Collage
at Site:Brooklyn
Februyary 25 to March 19


DEBORAH G. NEHMAD SOLO IN HOUSTON

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MFA ALUM DEBORAH G. NEHMAD / TARGETED DISSONANCE
at Cindy Lisica Gallery.com (Houston, TX)
Opening Reception: Friday, February 10th, 6-8:30PM
Exhibition Dates: February 10th – March 11th, 2017
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:30AM-5:30PM

The deeply moving artwork of Deborah G. Nehmad brings stunning layers of materials and concepts, revealed through multiple series of an extensive body of work. Her contemporary style embodies a seamless blend of Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism to present mixed media works that engage audiences in rhythmic patterns and designs. The artist’s latest series, on view for the first time, turns to the more traditional craft of needlepoint and the use of QR codes that can be read with cell phones to convey powerful messages to the viewer. The visually enlightening effects of her techniques employed on paper include burning, etching, scraping, scoring, stamping, puncturing, typing, writing, and drawing. Each individual mark or hole provides its own narrative, marking of time, process and presence.

Initially stemming from the artist’s own personal pain, her work from the wasted series addresses anguish on a broader scale, incorporating compulsive mark making to translate what cannot always be conveyed adequately through verbal interactions. The tension applied to and implied by her artwork draws serious attention to disquieting issues, such as gun violence and political turmoil in the United States. This exhibition urges the viewer to unmask and recognize our humanity in troubling times, while also introducing seductive, captivating and aesthetically arresting material. targeted dissonance is accompanied by an illustrated catalog.

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MICHAEL CONNOLLY + ANDREW YAMAUCHI / POP-UP

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LANDSCAPE + LAVA
Two-person exhibition featuring the work of
MICHAEL CONNOLLY + ANDREW YAMAUCHI

One night only! Join us for this highly anticipated opening reception for artists Andrew Yamauchi and Michael Connolly. Connolly’s bold, dynamic ceramics will be exhibited alongside Yamauchi’s moody, ethereal landscape paintings on canvas. Free and open to the public. After the opening reception viewing of the works will be by appointment only.

Opening Reception : Friday, February 3, 6-9 PM
Pacific Guardian Center, Mauka Tower Suite 100 (737 Bishop Street)
Free Validated Parking. Enter parking lot from Alakea Street, just after turning from Ala Moana Blvd.

Showing by appointment throughout the month of February. contact (msconnol@hawaii.edu)


VISITING SCHOLAR/CURATOR : DEFNE AYAS

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VISITING SCHOLAR/CURATOR : DEFNE AYAS
Lecture: Art in the Age of Crisis
Friday March 10, 2017, 4pm @ UHManoa ART Auditorium

How does the creation of art relate to forms of energy and raw material? To oil, gas, or alternative sources such as the sun? Could it even fly on rays of cosmic energy?

Defne Ayas will relate art to the question of crisis, be it aesthetic, geographic, communal and even spiritual. She will also be looking at how artists can be active (co-)creators of possible future vectors of realities, politics, institutions and their representation.

Ayas is a curator and publisher in the field of contemporary visual art and its institutions. She is currently the Director of Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, where she oversees an exhibition program devoted to artists, writers, and curators from across the globe. Since 2012, she has commissioned and (co-) curated numerous long-term projects and exhibi­tions including the recent WERE IT AS IF by Bik van der Pol, Bit Rot by Douglas Coupland and the three-part Art In The Age of… series. Ayas has worked on a number of biennial projects as: curator of the Pavilion of Turkey in the 56th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale; co-curator of the 6th Moscow Biennale; co-cura­tor of the 11th Baltic Triennale; city curator for the 9th Shanghai Biennale and curator-at-large at PERFORMA in New York and Spring in Hong Kong. In 2013, Ayas launched WDWReview.org as Witte de With’s esteemed online arts & culture journal, together with Adam Kleinman as its Chief Editor.

This event is made possible by the late Dr. Dai Ho Chun through his estate gift, which established The Dai Ho Chun Endowment for Distinguished Lecturers at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Colleges of Arts & Sciences. Dr. Chun was a distinguished and visionary educator. This lecture is also sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities and the College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature.

Contact: Jaimey Hamilton Faris | hamilton.faris@hawaii.edu



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