At First Hawaiian Center: The Foolishness of Things, Hawai’i Crafts II + Abstractions in Paint, Wood, and Fiber

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    James Kuroda. 'Jester,' 2017. Acrylic on canvas.

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    Daven Hee. 'Toy Box,' 2016. Wheel-thrown assembled earthenware, underglazes, acrylic paint. Purchase, 2016 (2016-50-02a-i).

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    Emily DuBois. 'Split ASCII,' 2016. Hand-woven jacquard.

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    Pratisha Budhiraja. 'Widow,' 2017. Etching, woodblock print and paint on paper, wood.

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    Rio Suzuki. 'Matter II,' 2017. Acrylic and iron oxide on panel.

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August 24, 2017 - October 20, 2017
First Hawaiian Center

Exhibition Overview

The Foolishness of Things: Paintings by James Kuroda
James Kuroda’s bright, abstract paintings evoke otherworldly visions. Seas of white filled with curious creature-like forms stand out against the background in a harmonious and playful dance across the canvas. For him, painting is a way to cultivate the spirit and record emotions. 

Hawai’i Crafts II: Ceramics from Honolulu Museum of Art
This exhibition presents ceramic works by Hawai‘i artists made between 1970 to the present. This is the second of two shows commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Hawai’i Craftsmen. 
The artists: Arabella Ark / Susan Amoy / Joey Chiarello / Vicky Chock / Isami Enomoto / Linda Gue / Daven Hee / Charles Higa / Kenny Kicklighter / Wayne Morioka / Aki Oda / Esther Shimazu / Toshiko Takaezu / Sidney Yee

Abstractions in Paint, Wood, and Fiber: Works by Pratisha Budhiraja, Emily DuBois, and Rio Suzuki
See work by three artists inspired by the intersection of scientific inquiry, philosophy, poetry, and traditional craft. Artist and scientist Pratisha Budhiraja’s works on paper and wood incorporate poetical texts in Sanskrit related to themes of individuality and self-awareness. In addition to weaving and piecing together fabric, Emily DuBois deconstructs Tongan tapa pieces, creating an intimate relationship with the tapa makers, while Rio Suzuki’s improvisational technique of mixing acrylic with large amounts of water, results in paintings that are fluid, gestural, and atmospheric.