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STATE OF ART: new work exhibit opens Friday, August 3, at the Hawaii State Art Museum in downtown Honolulu
"Floating on Night Air" (detail) / Lori Uyehara / mixed media fiber and acrylic / 2017 / Art in Public Places Collection of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
WHAT -- STATE OF ART: new work exhibit opening reception
WHERE -- Hawaii State Art Museum, second floor of the No.1 Capitol District Building, 250 South Hotel St., Honolulu HI 96813
WHEN -- 6:00 -- 9:00 p.m., Friday, August 3, 2018
EXHIBIT DATES: August 3, 2018 -- September 2019
Honolulu, Hawaii--STATE OF ART: new work art exhibit opens at the Hawai`i State Art Museum in downtown Honolulu on Friday, August 3.
For more than fifty years, the Art in Public Places Collection of the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts has been recognized as one of the most significant collections of contemporary art of Hawaiʻi. This exhibit invites you to engage with a selection of recent additions to the collection from across the Hawaiian Islands. The thirty-one artworks acquired from eighteen exhibitions offer an insight into current trends and themes in the local arts scene and provides an opportunity to see the diversity of works being created in Hawaiʻi today. SFCA Executive Director Jonathan Johnson says "this exhibit is what's going on in Hawaiʻi through the eyes of artists."
Opening reception at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum on Friday, August 3, 2018, 6:00 -- 9:00 p.m. during the free, family-friendly First Friday event upstairs in the second floor Sculpture Lobby, with live performances by Shoji Ledward (acoustic guitar). The opening reception is free and open to the public.
The museum cafe, Artizen by MW, and the museum gift shop, HiSAM Gallery Shop x MORI will also be open, with live entertainment by Bridgefinder and Aloha Got Soul. The Friends of the Hawai‘i State Art Museum will be hosting a bar with wine and beer, as well as an opening reception for their Hawaiʻi Artists 2018 Portfolio Project. Valet parking will be available at the Richards St. entrance to the building.
"Kānehekili" / Charlton Kūpaʻa Hee / ceramic, aerosol enamel, parachord / 2017 / Art in Public Places Collection of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts / photo credit: Paul Hayashi
One of a series of works produced for the Honolulu Biennial 2017, this ceramic vessel is meant to embody the lightning form of the Hawaiian god Kane. A graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama, Kūpaʻa is a conservationist with the Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources. "Known as the god of man, Kāne is often associated with light, lightning, water and the sun. Kānehekili was imagined to be a being that was split between dark and light evoking the duality of thunder and lightning. So too is the piece dark and light. The faint designs within each half are meant to represent lightning with angular motifs and clouds with curvilinear motifs." -- Charlton Kūpaʻa Hee
"Red and Black Cliffs III" / Tom Lieber / oil on canvas / 2016 / Art in Public Places Collection of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts / photo credit: Paul Hayashi
Painter Tom Lieber is inspired by the Hawaiian landscape and abstract expressionism. His painting "Red and Black Cliffs III" is specifically inspired by being on a Nāpali trail at sunset. Lieber splits his time between Kauaʻi and Los Angeles, CA, and his work is exhibited internationally. His work is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco MoMA, Guggenheim Museum in New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, MoCA in Los Angeles and the Tate in London. This painting was acquired from the "An Affair in the Islands" exhibit at Galerie 103 in Koloa, Kauaʻi.
"Hollow Form Within a Form" / Jon K. Ogata / wood sculpture / 2017 / Art in Public Places Collection of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts / photo credit: Paul Hayashi
Born and raised in Waimea, Kauaʻi, Jon K. Ogata is a photographer and wood artist. "Hollow Form Within a Form" uses salvaged wood from Honolulu City & County tree trimming work along the avenues in Kaimuki. This piece was acquired from Hawaii's Woodshow 2017 in Honolulu.
"I experimented with the possibility of changing viewer response by devising a work having an inner form that is not fully visible to the viewer close up but when the viewer backs away from the piece, the inner form appears in all its dimensions." -- Jon K. Ogata
"Pussy Riot Kubie Gothic Triptych Series/Viktoria Naraxsa (open) The Two Sun Series/Cherry Blossoms and Koko Head (closed)" / Masami Teraoka / oil on panel with gold leaf frame / 2017 / Art in Public Places Collection of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts / photo credit: Paul Hayashi
This piece by Masami Teraoka is two artworks in one: open, it displays a three-part painting inspired by his work in Hawaiʻi with Russian performance art group Pussy Riot. Closed, it depicts a childhood memory of seeing two suns in the sky one morning as he walked to school, one from the east and one from the west. Later, he realized that the second sun he saw was the atomic bomb that had been dropped on Hiroshima. Teraoka's works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, the National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Tate in London. This piece was acquired from the "Angels and Transgressors" exhibit at the Koa Gallery (Kapiolani Community College, Honolulu).
"The Two Sun Series/Cherry Blossoms and Koko Head (closed)" / Masami Teraoka / oil on panel with gold leaf frame / 2017 / Art in Public Places Collection of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts / photo credit: Paul Hayashi
"Manaiakalani II" / Hana Yoshihata / seawater, acrylic pigments, sumi ink, charcoal, pastel / 2017 / Art in Public Places Collection of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts / photo credit: Paul Hayashi
Hawaiʻi Island artist Hana Yoshihata incorporated seawater collected during voyages with the Polynesian Voyaging Society on the Hōkūleʻa and the Hikianalia into her paintings in the exhibit Between Ocean and Sky: Hana Yoshihata, at the Honolulu Museum of Art at First Hawaiian Center. "Manaiakalani II" also uses acrylic pigments, sumi ink, charcoal, and pastel. A recent graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa, Hana continues to volunteer her time to voyaging canoes.
Artists in the exhibit: Doug Britt, Bai Xin Chen, Kelly Ciurej, Janet Davis, Elizabeth Forest, Yoko Haar, Dennis Hakes, Daniel Harano, Charlton Kupaʻa Hee, Brad Huck, Zenobia Lakdawalla, Tom Lieber, Robert Lober, Michelle Martin, Marques Marzan, Deyana Mielke, Yoonmi Nam, Paula Nokes, Mia O., Jon K. Ogata, Nisha Pinjani, Hiroko Sakurai, Marilee Salvator, Jennifer Stephens, Jonathan Swanz, Mark Tanabe, Masami Teraoka, Lori Uyehara, David Valdez, and Hana Yoshihata.
Artworks in STATE OF ART acquired from these exhibits: Abstract Only! 7th Juried Competition (Hawaiʻi Island), An Affair in the Islands (Kauaʻi), An After School Special (Oʻahu), Angels and Transgressors (Oʻahu), Art Kauaʻi 2017 (Kauaʻi), Art Maui 2017 (Maui), Beauty of Mokuhanga: Discipline & Sensibility (Oʻahu), Between Ocean and Sky: Hana Yoshihata (Oʻahu), Big Island Woodturners 19th Annual Exhibition (Hawaiʻi Island), Hawaiʻi Craftsmen 2017 Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition (Oʻahu), Hawaii's Woodshow 2017 (Oʻahu), Honolulu Biennial 2017 artist studio visit (Oʻahu), Hui Noʻeau Annual Juried Exhibition 2018 (Maui), Lift (Oʻahu), Master Printmakers: Visiting Artists Exhibition (Hawaiʻi Island), Paper Processes: Works by Denise Karabinus, Paula Nokes and Nisha Pinjani (Oʻahu), Trees: Hiroko Sakurai (Oʻahu), and Wall-Mounted Ceramics by Yoko Haar and Licia McDonald (Oʻahu).
Artworks in this exhibit were acquired by the Art in Public Places Program of the SFCA through exhibit and artist studio visits. The art selection process involves Acquisition Award Selection Committees (AASCs), composed of Visual Arts Consultants, SFCA board members, and SFCA staff. For more information about AASCs, including how to request an exhibit visit and how to volunteer as a Visual Arts Consultant, please visit the SFCA website: APP Relocatable Works of Art. The STATE OF ART exhibit shares a selection of additions to the collection from 2016, 2017 and 2018; information about exhibits visited and artwork added to the collection are available on the SFCA's website (SFCA News Blog: Art in Public Places Collection) and in the SFCA's Annual Reports, also available for download on the SFCA's website (SFCA Publications & Documents).
About the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum
Created as a venue to increase public access to the Art in Public Places Collection of the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA), the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum (HiSAM) displays artwork from the Art in Public Places Collection as well as from collaborations with the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (DOE). HiSAM is operated as a part of the Art in Public Places Program by the SFCA, and is the only museum in the United States operated by a state government arts agency. The museum is an important resource for education and cultural enrichment, providing a learning laboratory for the SFCA's arts education programs for DOE public and charter school students and teachers. The museum opened in the fall of 2002 on the second floor of the No. 1 Capitol District Building.
Museum Director Karen Ewald says "the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum is a space where people are welcome to experience contemporary art in Hawaiʻi in a variety of ways. It's a venue for community engagement and connectivity on top of being an extraordinary contemporary art museum on the island of Oʻahu. HiSAM welcomes visitors of all backgrounds to view, socialize and interact in our galleries."Location
No. 1 Capitol District Building
250 South Hotel St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tuesday - Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Admission is always free
808-586-9959 or 808-586-0300
Visitor Information on our website
Several bus routes stop in front of or close to the museum, including routes #1 Kahala Mall/Kalihi Transit Center, #2 Waikiki-Diamond Head-KCC/School St, #3 Kapiolani Community College/Salt Lake, and E Country Express! Ewa Beach. For route maps and timetables, visit TheBus online or call (808) 858-5555.
There is no parking on site. Paid parking is available nearby at the Ali`i Place building (parking ramp entrance at 1099 Alakea St), Kalanimoku Building, Kinau Hale/Department of Health, State Capitol Basement (metered parking only) Honolulu City Municipal Parking, and metered street parking in the area. $4 valet parking is available at the museums Richards St. gate, courtesy of the Friends of the Hawai`i State Art Museum.
No. 1 Capitol District Building, 250 South Hotel St. (corner of S. Hotel and Richards St.)
About the Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
The Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) was founded in 1965 as the official arts agency of the State of Hawai`i. The mission of the SFCA is to promote, perpetuate, preserve and encourage culture and the arts as central to the quality of life of the people of Hawai‘i. SFCA funding is provided by the State of Hawai`i and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The SFCA is administratively attached to the Department of Accounting and General Services(Hawai‘i Revised Statutes Chapter 9). Read more about the SFCA in the SFCA's 2017 Annual Report and 2019-2023 Strategic Plan.
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