HPU Events

HPU Art Gallery Opening: Discovery and Summation by David Behlke

November 18, 2012 10:00 AM - November 18, 2012 02:00 PM

Location: Hawaii Loa Campus,

Discovery and Summationby David BehlkeAn exhibition of works titled Discovery and Summation, by David Behlke, will open with a reception from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the HPU Art Gallery this Sunday, November 18.  The exhibit will run until Friday, January 11, 2013.

Images from the exhibition, Discovery and Summation, have been in the making for the past two years.  As the artist explains, “‘Discovery’ because the narrative landscapes are based on a subconscious and loosely drawn grid.  When text is found in the work the text becomes the title that ‘pops into [his] head,’ and hopefully, reinforces the image to the viewer.  Second, [he] has been fascinated with the sense of ‘inner light’ in the majority of [his] work for the past three decades and is directly related to my love and practice of stained glass as a designer and fabricator.  ‘Summation’ is found in the eight pointed stars that came streaming off of [his] pallet after [his] Mother died a year ago - around Thanksgiving.  The eight-pointed star has been part of [his] visual expression since the mid 1980’s and ebbs and rises at different points in [his] life.

 Eight pointed stars are found formally as far back as the Old Kingdom in Egyptian bas-relief, in Sumerian art, in parts of Asia and are still used extensively in contemporary near eastern tile work and in quilt making around the world (home and hearth).  Eight pointed stars are associated with the sun, the cross, as a symbol of blessing, and in ancestor charts used by native peoples globally.  A case can be made that the symbol may also be found in etched rocks as far back as the Paleolithic period, (c. 12,500 bce).

[He] does not copy any one particular previously made design or interpretation of this archetypal symbol. [He] makes [his] art to be personal and internalize the ‘feeling tone,’ subconsciously using the making and constant looking at the work as a device for meditation.  [He] has over the years called them [his] Meditation Medallion series.  Therefore, it seemed only natural to use them as a vehicle for dealing with the grief, working through the loss of [his] Mother.

 The narratives have a life of their own, hence [his] ‘Discovery.’  The occupants of this invented space are in secret places near the sea.  Destinations and habitats for the journey of life and the drama we encounter, usually of our own making and conditioning.  It is always a matter of the choices we make on our unique global travels and in our dreams and machinations.  Each image is about a starting or ending place and ships and or small boats are provided those enclosed in this seemingly claustrophobic space, for transit from one place to somewhere new.  It is [his] hope that you, the viewer, may relate to these images and can reflect on your own unique discoveries.”

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 and parking is free and the public is invited.  For more information call: 544-0228.