Liminal Matter

February 13, 2022 - February 24, 2022
Mānoa Campus, Commons Gallery, Art Building Add to Calendar

The Department of Art and Art History, UHM, is proud to highlight Jake Everett, one of its six MFA candidates in 2022. Everett presents "Liminal Matter," his MFA thesis exhibition.

Thesis defense via Zoom on Friday, Feb. 18, 1:30 p.m.

Go to: www:// for the Zoom link, meeting ID, and passcode

"Liminal Matter" investigates the industrial landscape as a permanent state of liminality. Broken down into three main bodies—"The Doors of Separation," "The Limen," and "The Vehicles of Initiation"—the exhibition is physically characterized by discarded matter that facilitates a rite of passage for the material, the artist, and the viewer.

The artist’s studio overlooks a loading dock, an environment in flux where materials come and go. The exhibition interprets discarded material and objects as liminal matter; no longer serving their previous existence as commodities, they posess an ambiguous identity that hovers between form and intended function.

First coined by Arnold van Gennep, the term liminality is used to describe the time in which people are on the threshold of entering a new phase in their life, having left the previous one behind. The limen, said to act as a membrane, holds the tension between one space or condition and another. It is in these transitional moments that transformation can happen.


Jake Everett (b. 1991, Colorado Front Range) received his BFA in painting from Colorado State University where he was a recipient of the Tracie Noah Memorial Scholarship. Inspired by the paradoxical relationship between nature and culture, Everett gathers discarded objects, assembling them into three dimensional paintings. His walks around Honolulu have led him to view discarded objects as cultural relics embodied with the spirits of our natural histories. Recently, his work was presented in Los Angeles, California, in "Collecting Community History Initiative: The West During COVID-19" and "Collecting Community History Initiative: Black Lives Matter Protests in the West," Autry Museum of the American West, as well as the international exhibition, "Art in the Time of Corona," Dab Art Co.

Image: Jake Everett, "Liminal Matter," 2022 (detail). Courtesy of the artist. Information is subject to change.

Ticket Information
Following current covid-19 protocols. Gallery hours: Sun.–Thur. 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.; Closed Fri., Sat., holidays. Viewable through gallery windows.

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Art & Art History, Mānoa Campus

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