Honolulu Museum of Art at First Hawaiian Center

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    Karen Gally. 'Rendition Section 2,' 2012. Graphite on paper. Photo: Bruna Stude

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    Herman Pi‘ikea Clark. Untitled, 2011 (detail). Mixed media.

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    David Kuraoka. 'Tall Neck SF3,' 2009. Stoneware.

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October 04, 2012 - January 11, 2013
First Hawaiian Center


Exhibition Overview

Evolution: Mixed Media Works by Karen Gally
This exhibition brings together Gally’s 10-year evolution from large quilts, through mixed media, and, finally, graphite drawings. Connecting the varied media is an obsessive attention to detail and consistant visual language of metaphorical and botanical imagery that, according to the artist, relates to concepts of vulnerability, danger, hope, power, and protection.

Wa‘a Moana / Wa‘a Kanaka: Recent Prints by Herman Pi‘ikea Clark
Born and raised in Hawai‘i, Herman Pi’ikea Clark is currently a professor and director at the Tokorau Institute of Indigenous Innovation in New Zealand. In his latest series, inspired by the Hawaiian wa‘a, or canoe, Clark has created large-scale mixed-media works that reference the patterns, connections, and materials of Pacific cultures.

Progressions: Recent Ceramics by Jennifer Owen and David Kuraoka
This exhibition showcases the extraordinary talent of two ceramic artists. David Kuraoka, whose commitment to ceramics has earned him recognition as a Living Treasure of Hawai‘i, presents his ongoing series Tall Necks, a body of work in porcelain and stoneware. Born on Kaua‘i, Kuraoka recently retired as professor and head of ceramics at San Francisco State University and maintains studios in the Bay Area and Kaua‘i.

Known for her wide range of styles and techniques, Jennifer Owen latest series Gathering Places was inspired by walking through buildings designed by Frank Gehry and sculptures created by Richard Serra. Owen’s combines geometric and organic forms to create sculptures that symbolize places for people to converge and contemplate. Owens is an Assistant Professor at University of Hawai‘i Maui College.

Exhibitions and programs at First Hawaiian Center are sponsored by First Hawaiian Bank.