The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Outreach College/Pacific New Media is proud to present works by emerging photographers in solo shows at The ARTS at Marks Garage. The first annual Thresholds 2016: Solo Shows by Emerging Photographers will be held February 2–13 and will feature exhibitions by local photographers Jon Shimizu and Leslie Gleim. An artist reception will be held on Friday, February 5 as well as a free slide show/discussion by the artists on Thursday, February 4.
Shimizu was born and raised in Honolulu and spent most of his life here in the islands. He attended the University of Southern California, graduated from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in architecture, and, over the course of his career, worked in Los Angeles, Tokyo and various locations in Hawaiʻi.
Photography first interested Shimizu in childhood and a deeper interest was rekindled recently through classes at Pacific New Media. Shimizu’s primary interests are in the social documentary, street, architecture and landscape genres of photography.
Artist’s Statement: To honor a last request, Shimizu’s mother agreed to care for her two older sisters in their home. After hearing her stories of home care—at times humorous, at others tragic—Shimizu started to document the family’s experiences with the intent of conveying the broad spectrum of emotions felt, resonating with American psychologist Carl R. Rogers’ statement, what is most personal is most general, a theme recurring in PNM coursework.
Gleim is originally from southern Ohio before coming to Honolulu in 2007. She holds a masters degree in education from the University of Dayton. She has worked for 37 years in early childhood education and currently works in the role of pedagogista in the Mid-Pacific Reggio-inspired preschool. Through her work she spends a considerable amount of time photographing to document the children’s stories and learning processes.
After coming to Hawaiʻi, her passion for photography shifted from in the classroom to outside the classroom where she became interested in a documentary/street and macro photography. Through Pacific New Media’s photography classes she has deepened her understanding or vision of photography as craft in developing her individual style as an artist.
Artist’s Statement: Gleim’s vision for her body of work was to capture the metaphors that are held within the complex simplicity of her subjects. Each image has been stripped to the raw element of black and white, causing the mind’s eye to read the unique nuances of each subject. The dance between light, shape and form is used to capture an intrinsic understanding of the subject as well as the photographer’s intentional metaphoric vision for her images which dances along the edge of simplicity.
Thresholds 2016: Solo Shows by Emerging Photographers will be held February 2–13 at the The ARTS at Marks Garage. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 12–5 p.m. The artists reception will take place on Friday, February 5, 6–8 p.m. The free slide show/discussion by the artists will be held on Thursday, February 4 at 7 p.m. in Krauss Hall 012 at UH Mānoa.
For more information, visit the Outreach College website.