Art & Design
Coy giggles break the air-conditioned silence of the exhibition room, followed by an amused whisper "I didn't see THAT coming". The two visitors are surveying one of the more graphic mangas, featuring a dark femme fatale with a mechanical hand in a close-up of a few sequential panels.
An older lady of about 60 leans in closer to examine studies, sketches and final drafts of a woman entwined with a giant octopus (which, although it clearly shows origins and inspiration in Japanese background, reminds me of Klimt's "Danae") .
Another visitor browses enthusiastically through on of the several digital copies of manga excerpts provided on the walls.
"Modern Love" is the culmination of the three part exhibition series revolving around the development of sexuality in Japanese art over the last centuries. This current show focuses on works of the 20th century: drawings, paintings, photography, wood-cut style and manga form with a majority of female artists featured.
Worth even more than pictures and a thousand written words? An interview with one of the featured manga artists, Sakurazawa Erica was available at the Doris Duke Theatre last week for a Japanese / English talk with a brief time for questions from the audience at the end of the session (as usual, I only thought of questions that would have really been interesting to me personally AFTER the event was over - will have to work on being more prepared). She spoke at length about her career spanning work for Playboy magazine for a primarily male audience, and after that as a story-writer and self-taught manga artist in her own right for Japanese magazines. Her stories are driven by character development, interaction and conflict with playful erotic scenes, sexuality, frustration and adversity as part of the everyday lives of her protagonists. Her work "Love Vibes" is part of Modern Love exhibit.
"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/ .
Art in Hawaii
Living in Hawaii is an inspiring experience, both artistically and spiritually.