Sleep with the Fishes: Olek and Kozyndan | World Oceans Day Hawai‘i

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    Kozyndan (left) and Olek.

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June 06, 2014 - June 12, 2014
Honolulu Museum of Art School

Exhibition Overview

Internationally known artists Olek and Kozyndan make their Hawai‘i debut in this ocean-inspired exhibition featuring their original works. Part of World Oceans Day Hawai‘i.

Opening reception: June 6, 6-9pm
Join PangeaSeed and the Honolulu Museum of Art School for the opening reception of Sleep With the Fishes. The artists will be in attendance. Enjoy pūpū made from sustainably-grown ingredients, drinks and live music to celebrate the seas.

Olek and Kozyndan will also create site-specific installations in the Doris Duke Theatre—attend the World Oceans Day Hawai‘i Film Festival to see them!

About the artists


Los Angeles–based Dan and Kozue Kitchens, working under the name of Kozyndan, are known for their digitally painted pencil drawings of contemporary urban cityscapes and surreal interior spaces.

Since meeting in a college painting class in the late 1990s, the husband-and-wife team has created a series of personal works that often reflect their affection—and repulsion— for the urban sprawl and technological overload of everyday city life. Their detailed drawings of urban panoramas reveal often absurd scenarios. In one, for example, elderly Chinese women, armed only with dim-sum, stave off an aerial attack on San Francisco’s Chinatown, while in another, marauding day-glo bunnies take on Manhattan. According to Dan, the pair’s work portrays their “unease with and love of the modern world.”

Over the last several years their works has focused on wildlife, particularly aquatic animals and their habitats. As scuba divers, their travels have taken them to far flung parts of the world for close encounters with creatures big and small. Their goal is to raise awareness of conservation for these environments through their paintings.

Koznydan’s other work includes magazine illustrations and album covers for Usher, Weezer, John Mayer, and Daedelus. They’ve also done commercial projects for Puma, RES Fest, Electronic Arts, Converse, Nike, and Wieden+Kennedy. The couple has also exhibited work in galleries and museums from Los Angeles to London.

Brooklyn–based Olek’s crochet artwork has shown in museums and galleries around the world, and has been featured in the New York Times, New York Magazine. Born Agata Oleksiak in 1978 in industrial Poland, Olek addresses sexuality, feminist ideals and the evolution of communication through colors, conceptual exploration and meticulous detail. Her work consistently pushes the boundaries between fashion, art, craft and public art, fluidly combining the sculptural and the fanciful. 

In 2000, OLEK received a BA in Cultural Studies from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland and relocated to New York City. Using the old-fashioned technique of crocheting, she uses yarn to express everyday occurrences, inspirations and hopes to create a metaphor for the complexity and interconnectedness of our body and psychological processes. In 2012, Olek was part of  the 40 Under 40: Craft Futures exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, for which her entire crocheted studio apartment was exhibited. Recently, she has exhibited at Miami Art Basel as part of Women on the Walls at Wynwood Walls.