Art & Design
My next design for T&C Surf has been printed and should be on the shelves of the local stores right now. Check out my "Fahrenheit", back design shown!
While making my way out the main house to the garden, I met the resident artist Robert Reed at the pool, setting up his luminous display in plastic, color and air. Unfortunately, his medium being light and vulnerable, the wind and rain seemed to make things a bit challenging.
This weekend and next, Orvis Artist in Residence Robert Reed performs an
'opening ceremony' for his installation 'Unnecessary Seduction.' Sunday, March
25 + Saturday, March 31 at 1pm. Let's hope that the weather will be cooperating, it sure will be eye catching and I am told there will be lots of balloons!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
As every year, the downtown Block Party will be a blast - although the whole deal of standing in line for hours to 'recycle' your beverages really sucks when you're a lady.
Word of advice: If you absolutely MUST go for the "Irish Car Bombs" (Guinness with a shot of Baileys) drink it fast or not at all. If you leave the mix standing and watch for a few minutes, you'll know what I mean...
Lastly, there are a couple of my shirt designs out and about for Murphy's again this year - check 'em out!
Coral Sea, from a previous show.
Today's art exhibit recommendation is the juried Honolulu Printmakers Annual Show at the Honolulu Art Academy. It is currently on view in the gallery right opposite the main entrance and shows a brilliant cross-cut of different printing techniques, subjects and textures from Hawaiian artists - and it is free!
Some of my favorites were a beautifully textured print in copper and dark blue called "Indigo" in the middle of the room, an enormous black print woodcut reaching from the floor to the ceiling, and a smaller print of a skeletol human hand called "tactile". But so many of the realistic or abstract prints are absolutely stunning, and it doesn't surprise me that while I was there today one lucky couple chose to purchase and take one of the art works with them to California as a momento. The museum employee took a photo of them smiling happily in front of the newly aquired print, I hope it brings them joy and happy memories for many years to come.
If you haven't visited the exhibit yet but are determined to go better hurry, the show is scheduled to end by this week-end on the 16th of March 2012!
Thursday, and it is my personal cultural fiesta of the week again: A day of art exhibits, movies, and sketching. It seems that work always keeps my cultural recreation time to a bare minimum, and once my 'free time' sneeks up on me without prior planning it kind of fizzles out in between TV, reading and Laptop time. So starting March began my personal 'One arts/cultural event per week' campaign.
Last week I dragged my husband to R&D / Interisland Terminal to watch one of their "Manufacturing Reality" series movies. "The City Dark" is a documentary about light polution, and the side effects on astronomy and limited scientific observation of the stars, endagerment of migrating animal populations, to changes in human behavior patterns, sense of security, and health risks of an altered sleep-cycle and exposure to artificial light. Humorous, insightful, informative - that's how I like my independent movie.
About R&D It is an all-together different thing to watch movies in a smaller independent design center/ book center, and I think even though the chosen movies might be available on Netflix it is still worth the experience. Go check out the book store, coffee shop or events if you have the time. http://www.interislandterminal.org/news/manufacturing-reality-documentary-film-series-the-city-dark/
On this week's culture day, I decided to make it all about art exhibits currently on display in Honolulu. First up was a visit to the "Hawaii Meth Project" art exhibit at the State Capitol rotunda basement. I had seen a post about it and decided to take a look, especially since I don't usually get to visit the State Legislature building. The 'Art' exhibit was thoroughly underwhelming, and the graffiti center-point mentioned in the post turned out to be nothing more than a balloon-lettered hasty airbrush rendition of the slogan. If it hadn't been for the Youth Art Exhibit pictures around the basement, it would have been an entire waste of time.
Good thing I had another stop planned: The Honolulu Museum of Art currently has a number of exhibits that are well worth the visit.
The first installation hits your eye right as you approach the entrance: Patrick Dougherty's 'Footloose' giant woven nests have a whimsial, mysterious, even darkly ambigious feel (depending on your own set of mind as you view it, the time of day or weather). The organic sculpture looks grown rather than crafted and corrosponds to the installation gracing the Academy entrance at the other side of Thomas Square. http://www.honoluluacademy.org/art/exhibitions/12379-patrick_dougherty
The Japanese Landscape Prints in Gallery 21 was my first target, if you plan on visiting this one you'd better hurry since it is only scheduled until next week. My favorite is definitely Hiroshige's New Year's Eve Firefoxes at the hanging Tree. The contrast, detail and precision of the print is just stunning.
But the "Anxiety's Edge" and "Hawaii Art Now" Contemporary Art galleries were definitely impressive as well. After the merger of HAA and The Contemporary Art Museum, the quality of exhibits have definitely gone up, and some loans are rounding up the Anxiety exhibit nicely.
Summing up this week's Culture Thursday, with some sketch time in the Buddhism gallery for an upcoming painting project of mine - this made my day complete! It restored my fill of inspiration and motivation to shape up new ideas.
It never fails: If you feel drained of creative drive, go native on the local cultural scene. There's sure to be something to fill up the spiritual batteries!
Art in Hawaii
Living in Hawaii is an inspiring experience, both artistically and spiritually.