DEPARTMENT OF ART & ART HISTORY
ALUM SPOTLIGHT : NIHO KOZURU
[ 9.22.2016 ] NIHO KOZURU received a MFA from UHM in 2001 specializing in glass and mixed media. A few highlights since include creating an outdoor installation for The Institute of Contemporary Art
Boston, receiving a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship Grant, having work acquired for DeCordova Museum’s permanent collection, and being commissioned to create a large sculpture in response to Song of the Bird by Isamu Noguchi for the Sheldon Museum.
UHM: Niho, What have you been up to and what are you doing at the moment?
NIHO: I have been working as a full-time artist from my studio in the South End neighborhood of Boston. I have continued to create sculptures, often tower-forms, in cast rubber since developing the method during my thesis show at UHM. Over the last 5 years I’ve started to develop a way to use casting techniques to make two dimensional wall-works as well. I dismantle the segments of my towers and use these individual pieces to arrange patterns. Rubber is poured in or around those segments, creating bold positive and negative areas. This is my own process for exploring the balance between negative and positive and color vibration. The result feels like a low relief, a hybrid of 3D and 2D. I’m still figuring out what to call them; poured panels, wallworks, wall objects, mono-cast?
It’s been very exciting to develop this new way of working in new directions and vocabularies. I am always reminded that learning from doing is best and that it is surprises that keep me going in the studio. I am grateful to work with very talented and wonderful studio interns and assistants. My husband Jeff is a designer and illustrator who’s also an integral part in my studio practice.
This Summer has been packed with creating new works for a group show Plastic Imagination at Fitchburg Art Museum, a solo at Miller Yezerski Gallery (Boston), and keeping up with NIHO Candles, my line of beeswax candles that use the same casting techniques as my artwork. The candles are individually poured by hand in my studio using local sources of beeswax.
UHM: Did your time at UH contribute to your practice in anyway?
NIHO: Huge contributions! I arrived to UHM as a glass student and left as a rubber caster. I learned how to use rubber for mold making in a sculpture class and quickly took up the practice in using rubber to create the artwork itself. Later, on the recommendation of Professor Pat Hickman, former head of the Fiber Area, I went to visit the Mission House Museum. I was surprised to learn that the House had been shipped board by board from Boston in 1821. I was utterly stunned by the way it closely resembled the one I grew up in near Boston. I was so inspired my thesis project ended up exploring New England Colonialism in Hawai‘i through the lens of my own personal experiences living in Massachusetts.
The strong political and social awareness of my teachers and advisors helped me understand how “textbook history” is written and told from one point of view. This was a time of awakening to a broader perspective that continues in my outlook toward life and the world. I am truly grateful for that time and value having been able to break my own mold and see myself and the world in a new light.
Pat also pushed me to explore outside of my comfort zone and encouraged me to take a class with Robert Jahnke who was a Rockefeller Fellow at UHM at the time. I also later worked as his studio assistant. He helped me understand the point of view of Polynesian indigenous cultures.
more about NIHO
CHAN/CHEN/LIU IN 陳 陳 陳 CHEN CHAN CHEN
GAYE CHAN / DIANE CHEN / CONSTANCE LIU join forces in upcoming Honolulu Museum of Art exhibition 陳 陳 陳 / Chen Chan Chen – opens on Sept 30 until March 2017. The exhibition was conceived when the artists discovered that they have the same family name in addition to similar diasporic histories.
They gave themselves the task of each starting out with an identical set of Chinese Cultural Revolution figurines. Check out the show to see what they do with them.
MARQUEZ HANALEI MARZAN FASHION IN REBOOT : FASHION FUTURE
BFA alum MARQUEZ HANALEI MARZAN’s (pictured right) wearable art is featured in Fashion Annex at Ala Moana, to coincide with upcoming Fashion Month in November. Noe Tanigawa interviews Marques on HPR. Listen to it HERE.
Marzan is also currently the Cultural Resource Specialist at Bishop Museum. The department is excited that Marques has agreed to teach ART 189 (Introduction to Hawaiian Art) in Spring 2017. It will be great to have him back in the department.
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RUJUNKO PUGH WINS AUSTRALIAN PRIZE
ALUM SPOTLIGHT : AMY NGO
[ 9.6.2016 ] AMY NGO received a BFA from UHM 2012 specializing in graphic design. She is currently an in-house designer at Sullivan Family of Companies (Foodland) and works primarily with print and product design in the retail industry. She was kind enough to answer some of our questions and reflect on her time at UHM.
AMY: My studies at UHM taught me the basic, fundamental skills and rules in design to produce work that can be creative and functional. The courses and projects helped me to think outside the box, develop my creative process, and apply critical thinking skills. Overall, the program gave me the skills and tools to my find my niche in the design world.
I’ve continued to work hard to improve my skills since graduating from UHM, pushing myself to be a better designer. Through this and the work I’ve produced, I’ve experienced and felt a sense of joy and accomplishment seeing my work in public and being used by people. I never realized how many of the things we do, or the things we use in our daily lives, are heavily influenced by design. Seeing someone simply pick up a brochure or purchase a bag that I’ve designed is a rewarding feeling.
While I was at UHM I was also a student member in AIGA, an international professional association for designers. Joining the group allowed me to network within Honolulu’s design community, meet new designers and learn about various companies in the state.
more about AMY
NIHO KOZURU UPCOMING BOSTON SOLO
PETER CHAMBERLAIN’S SOLO USHERS IN FALL2016!
PHIL JUNG FEATURED IN CNN.COM!!
CALL FOR BOXJELLY/FISHCAKE RESIDENT ARTIST
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