Spalding House: LESS = MORE

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    Kwang Young Chun. 'Aggregation 03-AU 130,' 2003.

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    Katagami (Stencil). Japanese, 19th Century. Handmade paper, persimmon extract. Technique: Layering and cutting of paper, coating with persimmon extract, smoking. Gift of James A. Michener, 1992 (24767.1-24767.20)

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    Kumi Yamashita. 'Mana,' 2011. Wood panel, brads, single sewing thread. Courtesy of Kumi Yamashita, 2014.

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    Richard Alexander and Michael LaFosse, wet-folded origami flowers, made while in residence at Spalding House from paper Alexander made himself.

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February 04, 2015 - May 31, 2015
Spalding House


Exhibition Overview

The process and presentation of art is filled with mathematic concepts. Less = More makes tangible the principles of addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication and  illustrates how they can be used to transform the simple into the complex.

On view are origami flower sculptures—comprised of a series of carefully calculated folds—by artist Michael Lafosse; sculptures by Chun Kwang Young, who creates highly textured surfaces by affixing enumerable paper triangles onto a large spherical form; and Kumi Yamashita’s portrait of her niece, made with a single nearly kilometer-long thread and thousands of brads. Traditional Japanese hand-cut katagami (paper stencils) demonstrate complexity through subtraction, and the concepts of duplication, multiplication, and exponents come to life in an installation mash-up featuring the work of French post-impressionist Pierre Bonnard and local printmaking collective .5ppi (who will have work in Artists of Hawai‘i 2015). Rounding out Less = More is an exploration into Euclidian geometry through the eyes of artist Kenneth Bushnell and his minimalist paintings.

Less = More is part of a series of academically aligned exhibitions created by museum educators with curatorial support with input from school teachers and university professors. These groundbreaking exhibitions are designed to serve as a valuable interdisciplinary resource for the students and teachers of Hawai‘i.

Artists: Pierre Bonnard, Ken Bushnell, Chun Kwang Young, Michael LaFosse and Richard Alexander, Vik Muniz, John Storrs, Kumi Yamashita, and art collective .5ppi.

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