Art & Design
"The Hawai'i Forgiveness Project seeks to make forgiveness a real, living experience in our State, a skill that we exercise in our daily lives. One way to do that is through the arts, a universal language that all can experience, regardless of our background.
That's why we started these Forgiveness Arts Awards. We'll share these images and poetry with the public and the press on Forgiveness Day, and after that with the whole world on the pages of this website.
The quality and diversity of the artistic community in Hawai'i is extraordinary; though we are small, we produce an astonishing diversity of artistic expression covering the full range of ancient to modern, abstract to literal, intimate to universal, natural to techno...we hope the entries for these Awards will reflect the depth of our precious Ohana."
White Dreams deals with themes of sex, love, death and the human condition. Similar to a dream, the work hints at reality but aims to move away from a strict literal representation. The dream-like portraits are stripped of unneeded components, leaving only essential human forms and negative space. Hints of Kamea Hadar’s Israeli and Hawaii background can be seen in both painted imagery and materials like Koa, a wood traditionally used within Hawaiian culture. The wood not only gives a natural and live quality, but also adds another dimension with its uniquely vibrant and three-dimensional grain. The twenty foot tall chandelier-like centerpiece takes this a step further and allows the audience a chance to interact with the work by climbing a staircase towards its central window. These interactions along with striking images, raw human emotions, and room for interpretation allow the audience to connect with the portraits and truly experience the work.
ABOUT KAMEA HADAR
Kamea Hadar grew up in the worlds of his Japanese/Korean mother and Israeli father. He began studying drawing and painting from a young age. As a child he took classes at the Honolulu Art Academy and University of Hawaii; and spent periods living, studying and creating at the Sorbonne in Paris, University of St. Louis in Madrid and the University of Tel Aviv, Israel. He currently resides in Honolulu, HI and is the youngest board member of the Hawaii Arts Alliance and one of the lead directors of Pow Wow Hawaii. His work has evolved over the years from his very traditionally schooled oil on canvas photo-realism to more surreal portraits that experiment with negative space, strip down their subjects to their purest forms, and aim to communicate more with less.
“White Dreams” new works by Kamea Hadar
Friday, July 20th, 2012 to August 19th, 2012
Opens Friday, July 20th
Opening: 5pm to 12am
831 Queen Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
The Honolulu Museum of Art has been putting together some really amazing contemporary or historic shows this year, and I make it a point to go regularly if I find the time to check out what's new. This time the main attraction for me was in the Temporary Exhibit Hall #1 to the right of the Doris Duke's Theater: Contemporary Tattoos and the History of Body Inking in half of the hall space; works of Utagawa Hiroshige's Japanese woodblock prints in the other. If you haven't visited the museum for a while, check out all other current shows at the Museum as well.
The Tattoo show features a variety of contemporary and vintage body artists, many of whom are born in Hawai'i or have at least at some point practiced on the islands. And it ties perfectly with the upcoming Pacific Ink & Art Expo August 3-5 @ the Blaisdell, where some of the artists shown will be having a booth. For more info check their website http://www.PacificInkandArtExpo.com/ .
Deadline is July 24, 2012
It's another art contest by DeviantArt.com, this time it's T-Shirt design. You have to be a member of the Deviant Art network to participate, but basic membership is free. Here is the header and description of the contest, link is active too. Good Luck! CJ
"Remember reading about Greek and Roman mythology in school? What about the
folklore you’ve heard while camping or during bedtime stories? We’re challenging
you to harness those tales of old and make a design for a t-shirt featuring
Think about fantastical beasts renowned in folklore and myth -- unicorns,
dragons, and other mythical animals that you’ve seen in films or books. Now, get
inspired by those creatures and let’s see something awesome!"
I've participated in the Winter Exhibition Contest last year. And although I don't have time to enter anything this time, putting your art into Online Exhibition is a great way to get exposure. Info and links are below. Good Luck! CJ
ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT TO SUBMIT!
The Creative Divergents Summer 2012 Showcase is accepting submissions!
All subjects, styles, and media are welcome. Challenge, explore, push boundaries! One submission will be selected to receive a $1,000 (USD) award, determined by creative vision, innovation, potential to engage an audience, presentation (i.e. quality of the images submitted), and overall impression.
Deadline: July 15, 2012 at 11:59pm EST
Full details are available on the Creative Divergents website: http://creativedivergents.com/faqs/
2. Take self-inventory - the pros and cons
Some people make lists or resumes, others do a mental break-down, but the basic idea is the same: Take a general look at yourself and your abilities, for example your latest projects and acomplishments, the skill set you have developed and the tools and techniques you are currently using.
When listing your draw-backs, be specific. When looking at past projects, which aspects were the most difficult or problematic? What was the most daunting challenge, perhaps there were jobs you declined? Maybe you lack the confidence in your drawing, technial skill or tool set?
The possible list of small kinks in the daily routine of an artist are too long to admit, sometimes. If you have trouble with this step you can ask open-minded former clients or friends to help you with this assessment - sometimes outside opinions can open up lots of new avenues for improvement!
Art in Hawaii
Living in Hawaii is an inspiring experience, both artistically and spiritually.