“Pacific To Atlantic” Exhibition

Westwood Gallery

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WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC presents a group exhibition of thirteen contemporary artists from Hawai’i entitled Pacific to Atlantic. The exhibition focuses on artists who live or work on the islands and the cultural, social and environmental influences in their work. All thirteen artists look to Hawai’i as a source of inspiration. Hawaiians often say “the past holds the future,” and each artist has produced bodies of work that embrace the rich cross-culture of their homeland. The exhibited works epitomize each artist’s commitment to Hawai’i, Polynesian culture, conceptual art, and the preservation of community.

This exhibition is in conjunction with the announced launch of Art Hawaii International (November 1-4, 2018), a new art fair in Honolulu by the owners of Westwood Gallery NYC (at Hawaii Convention Center). Pacific to Atlantic integrates Hawai’i’s growing hybrid of local and international contemporary arts and culture.

On view in the exhibition will be woven wooden forms inspired by fisherman’s knots from Aaron Padilla; examinations into intersection and transcendence captured on camera and film by Andrew Binkley; sculptures utilizing problematic ocean debris morphed from the childhood nightmares of Aurora Robson; superpositions of purposeful insect damage on photographs of the U.S./Mexico Border from Gaye Chan; visual meditations on scientific colonialism from Jane Chang Mi; otherworldly forms painted and sculpted by John Koga; negotiations of cultural containment heard from the Native perspective of Kaili Chun; arguments of industrial and environmental warfare by Kapulani Landgraf; preservation of the human eye into totemic forms from Charlton Kūpa’a Hee; configurations of beach trash photographed by Lawrence Seward; an austere view of the unadorned figure in the darkness of Berlin from Peter Shaindlin; extraterrestrial Polynesian voyagers by Solomon Enos; and a euphoric window into traditional kava ceremonies from Taiji Terasaki.

Collectively, the artists have relationships with the Oahu art community spearheaded by Honolulu Museum of Art and Spalding House, Hawai’i State Art Museum, Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Bishop Museum, the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Art Gallery and the Pu’uhonua Society.

“‘Umia ka hanu! Ho’okahi ka umauma ke kīpo’ohiwi i ke kīpo’ohiwi.” Hold the breath, be patient and persist! Walk abreast shoulder to shoulder. Be of one accord, as in exerting every effort to lift a heavy weight to the shoulder and to keep together in carrying it along. (Mary Kawena Pukui, ‘Ōlelo No’eau, Honolulu Bishop Museum Press, 1983, #2876)



from November 09, 2017 to December 30, 2017

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