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University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery
The University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery is pleased to join the distinguished, international group of art spaces presenting FAX, an evolving exhibition that started in New York City in 2009.  Curated by João Ribas, and co-organized by The Drawing Center, New York and Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, FAX invites artists, architects, designers, scientists, and filmmakers to think of the fax machine as a drawing tool.  The result is an exhibition concerned with ideas of reproduction, obsolescence, distribution, and mediation.  Through the infinitely reproducible, yet erratic outcomes of producing works via the fax machine, this show displaces traditional notions of the hand that are still commonly associated with the medium of drawing, and instead foregrounds drawing as a generative process. 

The first iteration of the exhibition featured a core of works by nearly 100 artists, including seminal examples of early telecommunications art.  With every new incarnation, hosting institutions are encouraged to invite additional artists to submit works, which are then permanently added to the show.  The UH Art Gallery has invited ten Hawai‘i artists to contribute works to FAX; those works will be submitted via a live fax machine in the gallery throughout the run of the exhibition.  The artists are: Harrell Fletcher and students from the Department of Art and Art History, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; Sanit Khewhok; Kloe Kang; Barbara Pope; Analog Sunshine Recorders; Gordon Sasaki; Bundit Kanisthakhon; Dorothy Faison; Peter Vincent Studio Architects; and Scoop Brancisco.

Curator João Ribas will give a public lecture on the exhibition and on his current work at the MIT List Visual Arts Center. 

University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery Art Building. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
DATES                 February 26 – April 5, 2012
HOURS & ADMISSION           
Monday – Friday 10:30–5:00; Sunday 12:00–5:00. 
Closed Saturdays; Spring Break & Prince Kuhio Day, March 26–30.
Admission is free.  Donations are appreciated.
Campus parking usually free on Sundays—parking fees may apply all other days/times.

OPENING RECEPTION      Sunday, February 26, 3:00–5:00 p.m.  The public is invited.

Gallery Walk-through with
Gallery Directors                        Sunday, February 26, from 2:00–3:00 p.m. 
Curator’s Talk with
João Ribas                                     Monday, March 19, 6:00 p.m., UH Art Auditorium. 
Ribas will discuss the project’s historical and conceptual context, the interdisciplinary aspect of the exhibition, and some new projects he’s working on.  Ribas is curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center and organizer of the original exhibition of FAX at The Drawing Center in New York.
All program-related events are free and open to the public.
An exhibition catalogue of the works at The Drawing Center will be available for purchase.
Please visit for more information.
COMMONS GALLERY EXHIBITION                                    Faxtory
A concurrent exhibition titled Faxtory explores the theme of reproduction in drawing, printmaking, digital and electronic art. 
Commons Gallery, Art Building, UH Mānoa
March 12–16, 2012
Open Monday – Friday 10:30–4:00
Admission is free.  Donations are appreciated.
Parking fees may apply.

About FAX, its organizers, and supporters
FAX is a traveling exhibition curated by João Ribas, and co-organized by The Drawing Center, New York and Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. The exhibition and the accompanying publication were made possible, in part, by members of the Drawing Room, a patron circle founded to support innovative exhibitions in The Drawing Center’s project gallery; and by support to ICI from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Toby D. Lewis Philanthropic Fund, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and ICI’s Board of Trustees, ICI Benefactor Barbara and John Robinson, as well as the ICI Access Fund.
Additional local support of the exhibition is provided by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Art and Art History, College of Arts and Humanities, and Mānoa Arts & Minds, a partnership that cultivates the mind and spotlights the best of art, music, theater, dance and special performances at UH Mānoa; and supported by grants from the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i and by the National Endowment for the Arts; University of Hawaii’s Student Activity and Program Fee Board and the Waikiki Parc Hotel – Hospitality Sponsor for the Arts at UH Mānoa.
The Department of Art and Art History includes two galleries that serve the University of Hawaii's diverse academic community. The galleries exhibit faculty and student work, as well as organize and host exhibitions of contemporary and historical art. The University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery and the Commons Gallery provide students and faculty opportunities to conceive, coordinate, and view exhibitions in their own department.  The University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery, the larger of the two exhibition spaces, presents a varied program ranging from contemporary local and international artists to thematic exhibitions of art historically significant works.
University of Hawai‘i System
Established in 1907 and fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the University of Hawai‘i is the state’s sole public system of higher education.  The UH System provides an array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees and community programs on 10 campuses and through educational, training, and research centers across the state.  UH enrolls more than 50,000 students from Hawai‘i, the U.S. mainland, and around the world.  For more information visit

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