HPU Art Gallery Calendar of Events
The Hawai‘i Pacific University Art Gallery is pleased to announce its 2011 - 2012 exhibition schedule. The primary focus of the gallery is to showcase the work of artists who live and work in Hawai‘i. HPU Gallery Curator, Sanit Khewhok, noted, “Our gallery program continues to draw the attention of artists and audiences alike. Annually we review far more portfolios of work than we can possibly accommodate. Our selection this year includes an exciting diversity of media and styles.”
2011-2012 Hawai‘i Pacific University Art Gallery Schedule
July 24 – September 16, 2011
Blue Feet: Tales from the Life of an Indigo Dyer
Homayounpour’s most recent body of work focuses on patchwork informed by the pojagi, a Korean textile tradition of the Choson Dynasty (1392-1910). Pojagi were used as wrappers to cover, store, and carry objects both large and small, ordinary and valuable. For the artist, the minimalism of line, shape, and color of this textile tradition have become a form of meditation. The world has, to say the least, not been itself lately. These patchwork pieces are meditations on disintegration that help to put things back together again. They are recycled from fragments of silk wedding dresses, kimono, and other discarded textiles, hand-dyed, usually with natural dyes, and pieced.
September 25 – November 11, 2011
Elizabeth R. Curtis
“The Visitors” is a solo show featuring the photographs of Elizabeth R. Curtis. For this project, Curtis has created formal portraits of visitors to the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Battleship Missouri Memorial, and Waimea Bay Beach Park. Sometimes humorous, sometimes serious, the works explore the relationships between people (both tourists and locals) and the places that they visit.
November 20, 2011 – January 13, 2012
Mark Hamasaki & Kapulani Landgraf
Kailua i ke oho o ka Malanai
Kailua i ke oho o ka Malanai (Kailua in the wisps of the Malanai breeze), an exhibition featuring contemporary photographs (silver gelatin prints not digital images) of Mark Hamasaki and Kapulani Landgraf, collaboratively known as Piliāmo‘o. The photographs document the significant cultural, geographical, historical places within Kailua. In an ancient epic of the goddess Pele and her family, “Kailua i ke oho o ka Malanai” is chanted by Hi‘iaka, the youngest sister of Pele, while traveling through Kailua. The Malanai is known as a gentle breeze, contributing to “Kailua in the calm.”
January 22 – March 2, 2012
Shadows to Shallows
For those who have lost a loved one, life is often lived in the penumbra of a persistent darkness. Through the trauma of loss, once fixed horizons become unmoored, passages between points in time collapse, and concealed specters suddenly emerge. The works in this exhibition invoke the ocean and its underwater forces and life forms as metaphors with which to explore the spatial and temporal dimensions of grief, as well as on-going processes of healing. Created from a repetitive process of imaging, erasure, re-imaging and refinement, they allude to the emergence and evanescence of sensation, the permeability of memory, and the cadence of change.
March 13 – April 22, 2012
HPU Annual Exhibition featuring Sophie Breton
My Little Gecko
An exhibition of artwork in various media by artists from the HPU community, including HPU’s talented students. This exhibition will feature Sophie Breton. “My Little Gecko” captures the hearts of everyone who admires him. Remarks such as “I love My Little Gecko” and “He’s Cool” echo the rooms where viewers observe the fascinating creature playfully circling a noni fruit. The inspiration to create “My Little Gecko” came from a love of everything in Hawaii and an original photo taken by me at the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu. Other works to encompass the loveable lizard will include Hawaiian Flora and Vegetation paintings in oils and pastel that were also created from photos taken on Oahu and later magnified…
May 6 – July 13, 2012
Takahira approaches printmaking in a labor-intensive manner and the processes deeply relate with his concept of art. His devotion to printmaking is one of a very technical and experimental method. “In the process, you have to devote your energy for printmaking activity, including many of technical or some experimental methods through making image to rolling ink. But once you pressure your image on a paper, all of your activity is gone by transferring the image to the paper in a moment. This process always reminds me a Japanese old wisdom, ‘A moment is in everything, and everything is in a moment,’” and the idea of present moment has always been a basic concept of his art.
July 22 – September 14, 2012
In the Pool
“In the Pool” is an exhibition of woodcut prints using the swimming pool as a metaphor for the larger world in which we live. Swimming pools with their orderly shape, defined by the grid of tiles and walls, have a refreshing order in contrast to the disorder of the real world.
Pools contain swimmers, sometimes only one. A single swimming figure represents the isolation of the small, sometimes insignificant person who is overwhelmed by the greater world, just as the swimmer seems so small in the large pool. Can the swimmer negotiate the deep end of the pool?
The Hawai‘i Pacific University Art Gallery is located on HPU’s windward Hawai‘i Loa campus, 45-045 Kamehameha Highway, in Kaneohe. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information call 544-0228.