Hawai‘i: Change & Continuity

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 in Current Exhibitions, Exhibitions
A kou wood sculpture left mostly as a natural wood form with structures carved into the top left portion of the tree stump

The Time of Change
by Kazu Kauinana
Kou Wood, 2015;
13″ x 27″ x 21″

 

Hawai‘i: Change & Continuity
Ewa Gallery
September 4, 2015 – TBD

Hawaii: Change & Continuity explores how artistic expressions define the character of our changing society and environment and how artists reveal our aspirations and make a profound contribution toward explaining who we are.

The exhibition, a part of the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts 50th anniversary celebration, features selected artworks from the SFCA’s Art in Public Places Collection. The exhibition, which includes 130 artworks by nearly 130 artists, tells the story of the past examining the overlapping influences of nature’s bounty and human impact on a fragile environment.

Image of hand with cut running up and down palm with info about this button linking to the art work in the Art in Public Places online catalog

This exhibit features work by the following artists: Satoru Abe, Hank Murta Adams, Ruthadell Anderson, Mary Babcock, John Balsey, Crystal Jean Baranyk, Pam Barton, Nicholas Black, Reiko Brandon, Doug Britt, Allyn Bromley, John E. Buck, Jonathan Busse, Chris Campbell, Gaye Chan, Hung Kwai Chan, Jean Charlot, Joey Chiarello, Kahi Ching, Vicky Chock, Francisco Clemente, Gregory Clurman, Charles Cohan, Douglas Doi, Jeffrey Dunn, Jodi Endicott, Solomon Enos, Bruce Erickson, Dorothy Faison, Howard Farrant, Robert Flint, Ka-Ning Fong, Sally French, Karen Gally, Curt Ginther, David Graves, Tom Haar, Yoko Haar, Jonathan Hamblin, Lynda Hess, Rebecca Horne, Renee Iijima, Atsuko Ikeda, Brian Isobe, Ralph Iwamoto, Claudia Johnson, Linda Kane, Kloe Kang, S. Kazu Kauinana, Virginia Kin, Paul Kodama, John Tanji Koga, Ron Kowalke, David Kuraoka, Kapulani Landgraf, Jacqueline Rush Lee, Mike Lee, W. Chris Lowry, Rochelle Lum, Huc Mazelet Luquiens, Masafumi Maita, Mark Maresca, Marie McDonald, Jim Meekhof, Wendy Kim Messier, Hanae Uechi Mills, Rick Mills, Mary M. Mitsuda, Shigeru Miyamoto, Melinda Morey, Hiroki Morinoue, John Takami Morita, Boone Morrison, Marcia Morse, Sayoko Kay Mura, Patrick Nagatani, Barry Nakasone, Deborah Gottheil Nehmad, Ben Norris, Craig Nutt, Timothy P. Ojile, Ira Ono, Carl Franklin Ka‘aila‘au Pao, Daniel Pardini, Louis Pohl, H. Douglas Pratt, Garnett Puett, Jeera Rattanangkoon, Margo Ray, Margaret Realicia, Martha Y. Ridgley, Abigail Romanchak, Fred Roster, Johannette Rowley, Laura Ruby, Mari Sakamoto, Franco Salmoiraghi, Georgia Sartoris, Gordon Sasaki, Mamoru Sato, Tadashi Sato, Antje Scharfe, Esther Shimazu, Joseph Singer, Kenneth Snelson, Willson Stamper, Edward Stasack, Bruna Stude, Diana Sultana, Toshiko Takaezu, Reuben Tam, Norman Tanaka, Madge Tennent, John Thomas, Ross Togashi, Michael Tom, David Ulrich, Lori Uyehara, Russell Wee, John Wisnosky, Kunane R.A. Wooton, Ming Wu, Glenn Yamanoha, Nora Yamanoha, Ray Yoshida, Robert Young, and Piliamo‘o (a collaboration by Mark Hamasaki and Kapulani Landgraf).

The HiSAM Exhibit Advisory Committee, originally convened to curate the inaugural exhibitions at the museum in 2002, reconvened with additional members to curate this special exhibition.

Advisory Committee members include: Momi Cazimero, founder/owner, Graphic House Inc.; Jay Jensen, Curator of Contemporary Art, Honolulu Museum of Art; Thomas Klobe, Director Emeritus, University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery; Greg Northrup, art consultant, The Fine Arts Associates Inc.; Duane Preble, author and Professor Emeritus of Art, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa; Maile Meyer, owner, Native Books & Beautiful Things; Inger Tully, former curator at The Contemporary Museum and Honolulu Museum of Art; Allison Wong, Deputy Director, Honolulu Museum of Art; Kelly Thune, Art in Public Places Curator; and Karen Ewald, Art in Public Places Manager.

The committee chose Klobe to oversee curating for the exhibit that will feature selected artworks from the SFCA’s Art in Public Places Collection. The committee also asked that it, as much as possible, represent current trends in the arts in Hawai‘i, of course, based on the diverse holdings of the State Foundation.

“The premise is one work by each artist,” Klobe said. “I want to make sure there is a broad representation of Hawai‘i artists.”

The exhibition was more than a year in the making and is located in the Ewa Gallery on the second floor of HiSAM.

As you walk through the exhibit, you will see art that reflects on the forces of nature and man’s intrusion. Relevant quotes are placed on walls to help the viewer understand the meaning.

“Hopefully the exhibition will express something of what this place is like. What Hawai‘i is like,” Klobe said. “It is important for us who live here and people who are visiting to understand.”