Feb. 2, 2017

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Four artists have created immersive environments that challenge people's notion of an art experience

WHAT: Artists of Hawai‘i 2017
WHEN: Feb. 9–May 28, 2017
WHERE: Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St., Honolulu
COST: Museum admission $10 general, free for children age 17 and under
INFO: 532-8700, (publishable)
High-res images available on request.

HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I—The four artists selected for the next Artists of Hawai‘i have been working on their projects since last March. Now, on Feb. 9, the public can see what they have been up to.

The artists are: Kaili Chun and Hongtao Zhou (O‘ahu), Kasey Lindley (O‘ahu), and Kaori Ukaji (Hawai‘i Island). All artists worked closely with exhibition curator Healoha Johnston, the museum’s curator of the Arts of Hawai‘i. The show is unlike any Artists of Hawai‘i before it. Artists are busy installing their through Feb. 3.

In a shift away from the spectatorship approach to art, these four artists were granted large gallery spaces, which they have transformed into immersive environments that spur visitors to reconsider their relationship with art as something experienced passively to something experienced more directly.

Kaili Chun and Hongtau Zhou are collaborating on their installation Net_work, made of fishing nets. Kasey Lindley’s immersive video installation Intertidal Grandeur uses photography, video, and digital media to “articulate, understand and emphasize the artificial within contemporary landscapes.” Hawai‘i Island–based mixed-media artist Kaori Ukaji overcame health issues and tropical storm Madeline flooding her neighborhood and preventing access to her studio to create the monumental Serenely Proliferating, which includes clippings of her own skin dyed with red pigment and thousands of loops of yarn on canvases.

These installations are works of art that visitors enter and become part of, rather than look at on a wall. For many Honolulu residents, this Artists of Hawai‘i will be their first time experiencing this kind of art, and for the artists, it was an opportunity to push their creative envelopes.

This exhibition is made possible by Diane and Walter Dods, The Dods Foundation.

Special thanks to hospitality sponsor Outrigger Resorts and media sponsor Metro HNL.


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