Monday, March 29, 2010

Allison Uttley: MFA Thesis Exhibition

MFA student Allison Uttley will have her Masters of Fine Art Thesis Exhibition, Five Feet in Front of the Horizon opening on Sunday April 4, 2010 at the Commons Gallery.
In Five Feet in Front of the Horizon recent Artist in Residence at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Allison Uttley stages an offbeat version of the 18th century historical panorama. Using screen printing and house paint, Uttley creates a landscape of massive color fields, upon which tiny characters play out their years. Various elements - clouds, butter, giant sunny-side up eggs, mustached men- turn up again and again in different scenarios. The center of the gallery is populated by peculiar larger-than-life balloons. Hovering and menacing they serve as Uttley's persistent memories that haunt her crooked horizon.
Five Feet in Front of the Horizon will be on display from April 4 -9, 2010, opening reception April 4 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Commons Gallery hours are M-F 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics

Currently on display in the Commons Gallery is Art Work: A National Conversation about Art, Labor, and Economics. Art Work is a collaborative effort between students in Assistant Professor Jaimey Hamilton's contemporary art history class and Chicago based artist initiative Temporary Services. The outcome of which is an interactive installation that addresses issues of working artists today. Temporary Services Art Work newspaper was the starting point. The 40 page newspaper written by artists, for artists, highlights the role art plays in our current economic situation.
The students decided to transform the Commons Gallery into an assembly line, a student run printing press produces hexagons upon which viewers are encouraged to create their own collages based off of selected texts from the Art Work newspaper provided by Temporary Services.
Joleen Oshiro recently published an article about Art Work in the Star Bulletin, to read click here.
Art Work will be on display until April 2, 2010, Commons Gallery Hours are M-F 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Gaye Chan

Department Chair Gaye Chan will have her work included in the upcoming international exhibition Love Never Dies showing at Form + Content Gallery and Traffic Zone Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This international exhibition explores the themes of marriage, family, relationships, aging,and generational change in the LGBTQ communities. The artworks were produced with a variety of media including collage, digital formats, film/video, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.
Love Never Dies will show at Form + Content Gallery from May 20- June 27, 2010 and will show at Traffic Zone Gallery from May 20 - July 16, 2010. Opening reception is June 5, 2010 7-10 pm, at both galleries the same night.

Maya Lea Portner

MFA Alum Maya Lea Portner had the production chapter of her thesis published recently in Jacquard. Jacquard is a six monthly journal put out by Fondazione Arte della Seta Lisio based in Firenze, Italy. The article focuses on Maya's process of paper molding, waxing, cutting and display.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Eternal Blinking: Contemporary Art of Korea

Eternal Blinking: Contemporary Art of Korea, the current exhibition at the University of Hawaii Art Gallery brings together 18 contemporary Korean artists who have been specially selected to highlight the historical dynamism of modern Korea. The artists experienced Korea's turbulent history from authoritarian military regimes through the dramatic democratization and flourishing industrial development of it's formative years. Their work, which reflects on the past but incorporates contemporary exchange with the global art community, has received international recognition. Eternal Blinking was organized by the Korea College Association of Art and supported by the Korea Foundation.
Eternal Blinking
was recently reviewed in the Honolulu Weekly by Marcia Morse, in the Star Bulletin by Joleen Oshiro, and on Hawai'i Public Radio.
Eternal Blinking, which opened February 21, 2010 will remain on display until April 9, 2010.
University of Hawaii Art Gallery hours are Monday - Friday 10:30 am- 5:00 pm and Sunday noon - 5:00 pm.

Wendy Kawabata

Assistant Professor Wendy Kawabata has an upcoming exhibition Pull, Poke,Fold at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, MI.
Pull, Poke, Fold showcases recent work by Wendy Kawabata. The work explores simple activities of the hand, remediation of everyday materials in contemporary art practice, and the power of repetitive process. The work is used as a presentation of visual research into the Japanese concept of Ma, a spatial concept that emphasizes interval over composition and simultaneous awareness of both form and space. Pull, Poke, Fold be on display from April 2 - May 28, 2010.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

82nd Annual Honolulu Printmaker Exhibition

UHM art faculty, students and alums are well represented as awardees of the 82nd Annual Honolulu Printmakers Exhibition.

Students: Peter Suzuki
Professor Emeritus: Ken Bushnell
Alums: Cari Saiki-Dela Cruz, Diana Nicholette Jeon, Mary Philpotts McGrath, Robert Molyneux, Deborah Nehmad, Maya Lea Portner, David Smith, Paul Weissman.

Works by many other UHM affiliates are included in the exhibition.
The 82nd Annual Honolulu Printmakers Exhibition is on display at the Honolulu Academy of Art Center at Linekona until March 19, 2010.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Scott Groeniger

Starting March 15, 2010 Assistant Professor of 2-D Digital Imaging Scott Groeniger will have his video The Ping Yao Continuum on year long rotational at e4c in Seattle, WA. e4c is 4Culture's storefront gallery for electronic arts, displaying works in rotation M-F from 7:00 am - 10:00 pm. The Ping Yao Continuum will cycle out of rotation in March of 2011.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Mary Babcock and Scott Groeniger in Repurposes

Assistant Professor and Fibers Area Chair, Mary Babcock and Assistant Professor of 2-D Digital Imaging Scott Groeniger have work featured in Repurposes.
Repurposes is a group exhibition is that seeks to present work representing themes of reexamining and reengaging convictions or finding new uses for what's been produced for other prospects.
Repurposes exhibition is held at the Ellin and Baron Gordon Galleries at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA from March 20-April 18, 2010.