Friday, October 30, 2009

Compress exhibition features Faculty, Alum, and Students

Compress a new exhibition up at Art at Marks Garage features the work of Faculty: Gaye Chan, Charles Cohan, Duncan Dempster, and Scott Groeniger , current MFA students: Lian Lederman and Alison Uttley, and Alums: Eric Beyer, Cassandra Locke Jackson, Ariana Kaneakua, Alan Konishi, Robert Molyneux, Erika Johnson Molyneux, Deborah Nehmad, Matthew Ortiz, Dieter Runge, and Thomas Wasson

The exhibition,
curated by Erika Johnson Molyneux, is a discourse on technologies take over of communication. 26 artists were asked to participate, but under one condition- all the pieces had to be related to printmaking.

The show opened on October 13 and is running until November 21st. Be sure to attend the opening reception on November 6th [ First Friday Artwalk] from 6 - 10. Don't worry if you didn't make the opening there is a closing reception on November 19th from 6- 10. Art at Marks Garage is located at 1159 Nuuanu Ave. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday 11 am - 6 pm.

Release of Bamboo Ridge Issue # 94, Featuring Fred Roster, Lisa Yoshihara, and Ka-Ning Fong

Bamboo Ridge Press announced the release of Issue 94 of Journal of Hawai‘i Literature and Arts. Featured artist in this issue is Fred Roster (faculty). The veteran sculptor’s work has always been provocative, humorous, and inventive. A portfolio of his work is accompanied by an article by Lisa A. Yoshihara (Gallery Director).

Also included in this anthology, new writing by Joseph Stanton (faculty) accompanied by the
Ka-Ning Fong
(faculty and alum) painting that inspired it.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Gaye Chan in VendorBar

Faculty member Gaye Chan's project, EATING IN PUBLIC, will be included Kirby Gookin and Robin Kahn newest curatorial endeavor VendorBar hosted by the Editions/Artists’ Books Fair 2009 (E|AB’09) to take place November 6th-8th, 2009.

VendorBar presents artists who will directly engage the public by presenting actions, exchanges and services that result in the production and distribution of artists editions made specifically for the event. As part of this year’s “E|AB’09 Special Events” series, VendorBar intends to create a unique site where interaction supersedes transaction.

Participating artists include:

ARTifariti- Western Sahara Collective
Mike Bidlo
Gaye Chan and Nandita Sharma
Geoffrey Hendricks
Nancy Hwang
Amanda Keeley
Alison Knowles
Cary Leibowitz/candyass
Larry Miller
Ken Montgomery
Peter Nadin
Yoko Ono
Tom Otterness
Sal Randolph
Elaine Tin Nyo

Chan gets to momentarily rub shoulders with art celebs like Yoko Ono and Mike Bidlo. ;-)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Alumni Steve Coy launches The Detroit Projection Project

Steve Coy [MFA Alum] has launched a new project this fall, The Detroit Projection Project. The DPP brings art out of the private sphere by projecting works of art [national and international] onto public spaces in the city of Detroit, Michigan. The DPP is currently exhibiting large scale video instillations at the Museum of New Art [MoNA] in Dertoit. The exhibition featuring work of the DPP is called "Breeding Ground : New Detroit Sculpture". There was an opening reception on October 3rd and the exhibition will be running until November 21st 2009.

Alumni Jeff Nisbet featured in "Television and Fire"

After receiving his BFA in Spring 2009, Jeff Nisbet moved to Long Beach and recently taken up the position of curator at Sipology Galerie and his body of work "television" is featured in a two person exhibition at Phantom Galleries LA

Jeff says : ‘television’ is a body of work that deals with physical application processes, light projection, and aleatory operations. It focuses on the object quality of television. Juxtaposed are tiles drawn from commercial signage, emphasizing the social politics of the television as a network for consumerism. The tiles have been consciously situated to subvert an advertising message. The true chance occurrence is the smear."

The exhibition "Television and Fire" will be running from September 26, 2009 to October 29, 2009. Review in District News

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Alumni featured in "Hi`iakaikapoliopele: Visual Stories by Contemporary Native Hawaiian Artists"

Mark Chai [BFA Alum], Puni Kukahiko [MFA Alum], Marques Hanalei Marzan [BFA Alum], Matthew Kawika Ortiz [BFA Alum], Abigail Romanchak [MFA Alum], and Maika'i Tubbs [BFA Alum] all have work featured in "Hi`iakaikapoliopele: Visual Stories by Contemporary Native Hawaiian Artists".
The exhibition draws inspiration from the epic tale Hi`iakaikapoliopele, Ka Mo`olelo O Hi`iakaikapoliopele, by Ho`oulumahiehie which highlights Hi`iaka's role as a healer, a source of inspiration and icon of the hula traditions. The exhibition is at the Maui Art & Cultural Center from September 12, 2009 to October 24, 2009.

Pictured above are: weaving by Marques Hanalei Marzan, Mark Chai, and Maile Andrade (alum and exhibition consultant) with Abigail Romanchak .

Pat Hickman Solo in New York

Pat Hickman [ professor emeritus] will be having a solo show "Through the Eyes" at The Phoenix Gallery [210 Eleventh Ave. Suite 902 NY, NY 10001]. The show will run from November 5, 2009 to November 28, 2009. There will be an opportunity to have a walk through with the artist on Saturday November 14, 21, 28 2009

Diana Nicholette Jeon

Diana Nicholette Jeon [BFA Alum] has work in three upcoming exhibitions - Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, Vermont, Hexagon Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland, and at the Port Pirie Regional Art Center in Port Pirie, Australia, where Jeon will participate in the exhibition Southern Summer Northern Winter / Northern Summer Southern Winter [SSNW/NSSW] bi-annual print exchange.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

UH Design Program Receives Local, National and International Recognition

The UH Design Program was honored this year by national and international designers and design critics. Work by BFA students was solicited for the Designing with Type website (initiated by the well-known designer, James Craig – and hosted by Cooper Union in New York City).

Additionally, two student projects from the Design Program won awards of excellence at the Hawai‘i Pele Awards (a local advertising competition sponsored by the American Advertising Federation). One of these projects, the Hawai’i Environmental Council Annual Report, was selected in a national competition to be included in the Design Annual of HOW Magazine. Given that there are over 3,000 graphic design programs in colleges and universities nationwide and only ten student projects were selected, this is a singular honor for our students.

A third student project, Reading the Urban Landscape, was selected for the new book (just released) Design Confidential: Extraordinary Design Projects from International Design Schools. This book was co-authored by Lita Talarico of the School of Visual Arts in New York City and Steven Heller, editor of the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) publication VOICE, contributor to international graphic design publications such as Print Magazine, EYE and Baseline, and past Art Director for the New York Times. We are particularly proud of this last publication. Not only did the editors invite our participaton, but UH was one of only fifty design schools internationally who were asked to participate.

Having student work from our Program showcased with work from such notable, larger design programs as the Rhode Island School of Design, the Royal College of Art (London), School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Ulster: School of Art and Design, and the Berlin University of the Arts is a special honor. Together these awards represent the work of over twenty graphic design students at UH. We are pleased with their accomplishments—ones that few professional designers in Hawai‘i can claim.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Degrees of Distinction: Alumni Invitational Exhibition

Opening Sunday October 25th is the Alumni Invitational Exhibition .  The show will feature works from 24 artists and art historians who are alumni.  These 24 artists are recognized for their work as artists, educators, designers, researchers, and museum professionals.  The artists featured in the upcoming show are: Maile Andrade, Reiko Brandon, Sean Browne, Momi Cazimero, Willa Cox, Allen Hori, Grant Kagimoto, Harold Koda, John Koga, James Kuroda, Mary Philpotts McGrathJason Minami, Wayne Miyamoto, Wayne Morioka, David Naito, Aaron Padilla, Abigail Romanchak, Gordon Sasaki, Laura Smith, Noe Tanigawa, Inger Tully, Junko Wong, Shige Yamada, Carol Kouchi Yotsuda.   The opening reception is Sunday October 25th from 3 - 5 pm and the exhibit will be up until December 11, 2009.  Gallery Hours are Monday through Friday 10:30 - 5:00, and Sunday from 12:00 - 5:00.  
Every Sunday beginning November 1st there will be gallery tours from 2:00 - 3:00, admission is free. 
Also be sure to attend the following special events that are in conjunction with the exhibition:

Sunday October 25th - Panel Discussion- Artists Who Work in Museums
UHM Art Auditorium from 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Panelists : Willa Cox, James Kuroda, Aaron Padilla, Gordon Sasaki, Inger Tully

Wednesday October 28th - Visiting Artist Talks by Jason Minami and Gordon Sasaki
UHM Art Auditorium Art Building 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Tuesday November 17th - Lecture- Behind Blythe: Creative Direction Behind Pop Icon and Book Signing of Na Wahine 'Auili'i  by : Junko Wong
UHM Art Auditorium, Art Building 6:00 pm


Friday, October 9, 2009

Kate Lingley presents at Hong Kong University

Kate Lingley (art history faculty) will be presenting at Extra Ordinary Dress Code, a multifaceted Conference at Hong Kong University, December 8 - 10th. Extra Ordinary Dress Code examines local and global histories of clothing. Lingley will be presenting her paper " Cross-dressing and the Silk Road Fashion in Early Tang" about "the fluidity of ethnic and gender categories in early Tang women's dress."

Yongsheng Yang's Thesis Exhibition reviewed in World News

MFA student Yongsheng Yang's thesis exhibition "From My Position" received coverage from Shijie Xinwen [World News], a major Chinese language newspaper out of San Fransisco, with national circulation.

Students and Alum create props for hit TV Show LOST

Alumni Al Ness, current students Alyssa Olivier (MFA) and Kanako Nagai (BFA) have all recently made props for the hit TV series LOST.

Pictured above is a bottle that Al Ness made for season five - episode fifteen "Follow the Leader".

With Nagai's help, Alyssa Olivier created large scale tapestries in March 2009 which appeared in the last season's final episode.

Suzanne Wolfe Wins Korean Bronze Prize

Faculty member Suzanne Wolfe won the bronze prize in the 3D category of the 2009 Ulsan International Onggi Competition. There were five categories: grand, gold, silver, bronze, and special. Suzanne won bronze for her piece "Domestic Interior", pictured above. This vessel is made of earthenware clay and formed using a method similar to the way Onggi vessels are made.
The 2009 Ulsan International Onggi Competition parallels the opening of the Onggi Culture Center in Ulsan, South Korea.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Live Painting By Katie Small


 First year MFA student Katie Small gave a live painting performance at First Friday Art Walk October 2nd, 2009.  She was "live painting" outside the Louis Pohl Gallery at 1111 Nuuanu Ave Honolulu HI.  Working in rhythm to the concurrent musical performance of Out of the Blue, Katie painted from 6 to 10 pm, creating the art work pictured left.  To add to the whole performance element Katie set up a video camera and projected her act of painting onto the wall of the gallery above her.  Throughout the night there was much interest and inquiry to Katie Small about her art work.  Katie hopes that this live painting performance will be the first of many here in Hawaii.