Art & Design
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.