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UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT MANOA

ART EXHIBITION:

Isotopia Pacifica, Stéfane Perraud Collaboration with Aram Kebabdjian

November 26, 2017 -- February 9, 2018

The Art Gallery at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Art Building

Isotopia is a fictional volcanic island invented by trans-media artist Stéfane Perraud and writer/collaborator Aram Kebabdjian. They describe an island with a military base somewhere between the 62nd and 63rd parallels--far from the normal sea routes--and populated by a few scientists, inhabitants, and a few visionaries. Perraud and Kebabdjian first explored this mirage in 2014 during an exhibition in La Malterie, in Lille, France. At the Galerie de Roussan, Paris, 2015, they hunted for isotopes on Isotopia.

In November 2017, the duo intends to investigate the possible links between Isotopia and the Hawaiian Islands. Perraud and Kebabdjian employ literary and sculptural machines that depict the immense power of the isotope and the legacy of the development of modern nuclear energy. Faux artifacts of the Cold War tests and secret bases in the Pacific are presented as clues to nefarious military operations--lost fleets of secret submarines, errant nuclear missiles, and a mega-reactor producing the un-seeable phenomenon of Blue Gorgon.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

My research is the nuclear spectrum: touching that which would be the sign or the form of the nuclear effect by imagining a radiant body, a material live, mutant and bombarded with isotopes.

Isotopia is the parallel world, utopia infernal, built from the table of isotopes which serves as a workshop and exhibition area--where visitors are invited to discover and reflect on this monstrous body of impossible matter.

SPECIAL EVENTS: All events are free and open to the public.

Sunday, Nov. 26, The Art Gallery

2:00 -- 3:00 p.m., Gallery walk-through with Stéfane Perraud

3:00 -- 5:00 p.m., Reception with music by Gunner Nagata & Billy Sage V

Tuesday, Nov. 28, The Art Gallery

3:00 -- 4:00 p.m., Gallery walk-through with Stéfane Perraud

Thursday, Nov. 30, Art Building, Room 101

4:30 -- 6:30 p.m., Public lecture by Stéfane Perraud

A Visual Poetry on the Most Dangerous Element, 49

Perraud discusses his collaboration with Aram Kebabdjian on Isotopia Pacifica and focuses on an isotope created during World War II--element 49, also known as plutonium 239.

ARTIST INFORMATION

SPONSORS: University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa's Department of Art + Art History and College of Arts + Humanities; Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i or grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; Student Activity & Program Fee Board, UHM; Student Athletic Fee Committee, UHM; SEED IDEAS, UHM; and supported by Waikiki Parc Hotel -- Hospitality Sponsor for the Arts at UH Mānoa; and anonymous donors.

ADDRESS, HOURS, + ADMISSION:

University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery

2535 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu (UH Mānoa campus)

Mon. -- Fri. 10:00 a.m. -- 4:00 p.m.; Sun. 12:00 -- 4:00 p.m.

By appointment: Dec. 17, 2017 -- Jan. 8, 2018. Contact: Rod Bengston, gallery director <bengston@hawaii.edu>; 808-956-6079

Closed: Saturdays; Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23; non-instructional day, Nov. 24; Christmas Eve, Dec. 24; Christmas Day, Dec. 25; New Year's Eve, Dec. 31; New Year's Day, Jan. 1; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 15.

Free admission. Donations are appreciated.

Parking fees may apply. See Map.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE UHM DEPARTMENT OF ART + ART HISTORY

Image:

Blue Flesh, 2017

plexiglass, pork gelatin, strontium

variable dimensions

Courtesy of the artist.

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