If you missed the opening of IRA VILLAFRANCA‘s ambitious mural project at the Surface Gallery (Spaulding House) Honolulu Museum of Art, it will be up until the end of 2017.
DEPARTMENT OF ART & ART HISTORY
DEBRA DREXLER SOLO IN ITALY
“Dipinti” DEBRA DREXLER Solo – an exhibition of abstract paintingS
September 12 to November 12, 2017
Historic Palazzo dell’Annuziata, Matera, Italy
At first glance the paintings seem effortless and playful, but upon closer examination the work is intricate and multifaceted. Numerous layers, which contrast areas of depth and flatness, organic and synthetic color, matt and gloss surfaces, create complex spatial interactions. In places, the bare canvas is allowed to shine through, while other zones of the painting are encased in over forty layers of paint. The edges of the mark tell the story of excavation, history, and time. Sometimes the same brushstroke in the same place is repeated over and over, belying the illusion of spontaneity it presents.
The exhibition is curated by Pino Nicoletto, of Arte Internazione, who writes about Drexler’s work in the catalog essay, “The compositions of Debra are singular and of noted interest for their irregular geometry with large marks loaded with color. These marks are flexible and live organically in the atmospheric saturation of color. They delineate a zone in which the reds, the greens, the yellows, the blues are full-bodied and modulated with the light. A light, of course, which suggests then atmosphere of Hawai’i, a magnificent place where the artist works, alternating between there and New York. The luminous poignancy of these forms has no prefixed scheme, because it alludes to the huge vitality of nature. In the works, the color has a limpid transparency evocative of an atmosphere that doesn’t suggest an outlook, but an intensity of color.”
CHARLIE COHAN : Catharine E.B. Cox Award Exhibition
CHARLIE COHAN is selected as the 14th recipient of the Catharine E.B. Cox Award for Excellence in Visual Arts by the Honolulu Museum of Art.
GROUND : November 30, 2017 – March 25, 2018
Honolulu Museum of Art
Ground features new work by Cohan, including large-scale prints and print blocks from his Samish series, the horizontal-line images from his Ground series, as well as a collaborative installation with fellow printmaker Abigail Romanchak. Through the exhibition, Cohan contemplates nature’s evolutionary process, and the way memory can sometimes fix that which is in flux. He concentrates on two experiences: the eruption of Mount St. Helens and the removal of trees that, until 2015, grew on his family’s land in Washington State.
In collaboration with Romanchak, Cohan brings focus to the interpretative process of “sensing” seismological phenomena—a practice that connects the geological histories of Samish Island, Washington, where Cohan is from, and Hawaiʻi nei, where Romanchak is from—and a deep sense of loss after the land of his earlier years suddenly no longer matched his memories of that place.
PERCY LAM – ART NEXT EXPO (HONG KONG)
JAMES KURODA SOLO AT FIRST HAWAIIAN CENTER
Foolishness of Things: Paintings by alum JAMES KURODA
James Kuroda’s bright, abstract paintings evoke otherworldly visions. Seas of white filled with curious creature-like forms stand out against the background in a harmonious and playful dance across the canvas. For him, painting is a way to cultivate the spirit and record emotions.
August 24, 2017 – November 03, 2017
First Hawaiian Center
TOMMY HITE SOLO
KENT NISHIMURA + MINNY LEE + ATIS PUAMPAI ON LENSCRATCH
WELCOME NEW FACULTY JOSE FERREIRA
Introducing JOSE FERREIRA, who has joined our department to lead our sculpture area.
MORE about JOSE
JAIMEY HAMILTON FARIS IN ART JOURNAL
Art Journal Open just published “Restructuring Place in Hawai‘i,” a conversation between JAIMEY HAMILTON FARIS and Margo Machida and Hawaiʻi-born artists Sean Connelly and Lynne Yamamoto.
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University of Hawai'i at Manoa
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