April 12, 2014
May 31, 2014
Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House
The museum’s Orvis Artist in Residence program at Spalding House continues with O‘ahu-based artist Andrew Binkley. On weekends from April 12 to May 18, visitors will be able to see the artist at work on his installation A Space Between, as well as join in.
Binkley invites visitors to help him—they can choose to either look for cracks in the floor of the outdoor Surface Gallery or paint the cracks. Depending on what they choose, Binkley will give them a shovel or a cup of gold paint and a brush. Binkley describes the work as, “an invitation for an intimate connection with the grounds of Spalding House while encouraging a shift in how we perceive the overlooked aspects of history, fragility and change.”
The project is rooted in the ancient Japanese art form of kintsugi (golden joinery), where if a treasured tea bowl breaks, rather than throwing it away, the pieces are mended back together and the remaining fracture is dusted with gold. The act of doing this highlights the cracks and transforms it from being a rejected trace of the “imperfect” and the ephemeral, to a mark that is accepted, appreciated, and cherished.
The history of how these cracks developed hover over the work, as do the connotations of gold in this context. As both a symbol of honoring and adornment, revealing a value under the surface, it also holds with it the issues of funding, or lack thereof, in the realms of art and culture and what is deemed of value to preserve and promote. A pathway will be revealed by clearing a line of gravel in the direction from Spalding House to the Honolulu Museum of Art, thereby connecting the two museum spaces together.
A Space Between also works with transforming the fractures from being a split or separation into a path of connection; bridging the past, present and future through the acts of discovery and appreciation. The cracks are a record of time; a record of the results of conditions coming together, just as the gold paint is a record of the results of people coming together. This project creates both a connection to the place within each individual, but also a connection with each other as a group. It deals with the spirit of service and offering, and the spirit of acceptance and appreciation for both history and the fleeting moment at hand.
The project connects with two museum exhibitions—Light from Shadow: Gold in Japanese Art, on view at the Beretania Street location through June 1, and Come Undone: The Art of Entropy and Decay, on view at Spalding House through July 6. And during May, Binkley will expand A Space Between and connect it to a yet-to-be-announced exhibition in Kaka’ako dealing with the area’s history, water, land and people.
After attending art school, Binkley moved to China, which led to his being ordained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand and living the monastic life there for two years. In 2002 he moved to Hawai‘i and has been practicing art ever since.
Follow the progress of A Space Between on Instagram (@binkleyphoto and @honolulumuseum) and on the museum’s blog.
Join Andrew Binkley on his project on these days:
April 12-May 18
May 7, 10am-4pm (admission is free)