Staring into the Sun: A Solo Exhibition by Debra Drexler

Read the Honolulu Weekly’s article on Professor Drexler’s exhibit here.

Debra Drexler presents her solo exhibition Staring into the Sun from November 2 through December 1, 2012 at The ARTS at Marks Garage. Reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 6-9pm. Gallery opening on First Friday, November 2, 2012 from 5-10pm.

Staring into the Sun is Drexler’s first solo show in Hawai’i since Gauguin’s Zombie debuted at The Honolulu Museum (formerly Honolulu Academy), and filled the Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s Schaefer International Gallery approximately a decade ago. Gauguin’s Zombie toured to New York as well with Drexler’s first NY solo exhibit at White Box (2005). More solo exhibitions in New York followed as Drexler returned to her roots as an abstract painter. Debra Drexler created a series of abstract solar paintings in the late 1980’s.  Recently, she returned to theme to reflect the meditative experience of merging into the sun.   Drexler translates the inner experience into outer form through a vigorous athletic painterly process. Drexler’s large-scale canvases are imbued with light and color recalling the Hawaiian landscape.

Through her recent curatorial projects and exhibitions Debra Drexler has served as a bridge between Hawai’i and New York. Drexler maintains studios in both New York and Oahu, and her work is informed by her unique bi-coastal experience.  Drexler’s Brooklyn studio is in the heart of a burgeoning process-driven painterly movement. Now Debra Drexler is bringing her experiences of working in New York back to the islands. Recent New York solo exhibits include: Pool Art Fair, Chelsea Hotel (2007), Blue Mountain Gallery (2008) and HP Garcia Gallery (2009 and 2010). In addition, Drexler has exhibited in group shows in New York including Denise Bibro Gallery (2008), Exit Art (2010-11), Art Finance Partners in the Fuller Building (2011), and Stephan Stoyanov Gallery (2012). In addition, Drexler curated exhibitions of University of Hawai’i graduate students at The Lab Gallery, NY and faculty and alumni in The Pool Art Fair at the GershwinHotel, NY exposing the New York art world to the richness and diversity of work coming out of Hawai’i.  Drexler has been in hundreds of exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally. Debra Drexler is a Professor and Chair of the Drawing and Painting Program at the University of Hawai’i where she has worked since 1992.

The November 15 reception for Debra Drexler will feature, a performance of Singing Crystal Bowls by Bryan Jordon. Kailua Catering and Event Planning will be providing appetizers. Silvert and Saibene will be performing a wine tasting. The proceeds of the sale of one of Drexler’s paintings will benefit Families of SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) in memory of Kal Warrington Silvert.

Rich Richardson (Executive Director of HAPA: Hawaii Academy of Performing Arts) and Drexlerhave a long history of collaboration. Drexler helped connect New York Curator Peggy Cyphers with Richardson to curate “The Scroll Show” (2009) at The ARTS at Marks Garage. Drexler curated “The Bat Show” at Marks in 2003. In 1999, Drexler curated an exhibition of local women artists “Skin” which debuted at Richardson’s former gallery salon5, and toured Australia. In 2000, Drexler also curated “True Blue” an exhibition of local artists at salon5.

The ARTS at Marks Garage is a 10-year old, community-based gallery located in the Downtown-Chinatown ArtsDistrict with the mission: “To transform our community with the power of the arts, and establish Chinatown, Honolulu as the creative capital of the pacific.” It is the only collaborative, nonprofit, artist-run, multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary community arts center in Honolulu.

Gallery hours: Tue – Sat, 11 to 6, FREE.

For more information and high-resolution images contactRich Richardson at (808) 521-2903 or