Multiple ceramic works by Christopher Edwards

Artwork by Christopher Edwards

exhibition icon  EXHIBITION

ATTRIBUTE (at·​tri·​bute | \ˈa-trə-ˌbyüt) : EDWARDS + PORTNER + SOLIVEN
September 3 - October 18, 2019
The Art Gallery

Events + Programs (events are free and open to the public)
Sunday, September 8
2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Gallery walkthrough with the artists
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Joint reception with Mary Kim: Ggot Byeol: Love of Two Stars

Exhibition Statement 
Attribute poses an artistic challenge to three contemporary Hawai‘i artists, Christopher Edwards, Maya Lea Portner and Juvana Soliven. They have accepted our invitation to create new installations that combine their own artworks with the objects that have inspired their practice, ranging from atlases, animal remains to sex toys. The artists were selected for their long commitment to object making, for their superb craftsmanship, and for their close scrutiny of things that surround them in everyday life.

Paper sculpture by Maya Portner
Artwork by Maya Lea Portner

Artist Bios
Christopher Edwards makes intricate, hand-built ceramic forms inspired by the algorithmic logic of the natural world. He began working in ceramics in 2012 and has a background in graphic design. His work is in the collections of the Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Art in Public Places Program, as well as national and international private collectors.

Maya Lea Portner earned a BFA (Sculpture) from Washington University School of Art in St. Louis and an MFA in Art (Fibers) at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Portner has exhibited nationally in New York City, San Francisco, and St. Louis, MO. She has conducted research at the Museum of Natural History ‘La Specola’ in Florence, Italy, where her work has since been exhibited. Her sculptures were included in the Holland Paper Biennial of 2008 in Den Haag, The Netherlands. Maya has been artist-in-residence internationally: at “Waaw” Residency in Senegal in 2015 and at CHHAAP Baroda Printmaking Studio in Gujurat, India, in 2011. Most recently she participated in the Open Studio Residency 2018 at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. Portner is the 13th recipient of the prestigious “Catherine E. B. Cox Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts, awarded biannually by the Honolulu Museum of Art. 

Wearable art piece by Juvana Soliven
Artwork by Juvana Soliven

Juvana Soliven completed an MFA in Metalsmithing at Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2016, a BFA in Sculpture at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. She also studied Art Restoration and Conservation at Lorenzo de' Medici International School in Florence, Italy. Soliven has also taught at the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the Honolulu Museum of Art School, and a Project Manager for the Art in Public Places Program at the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. 

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Art + Art History and College of Arts + Humanities; Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i and by the National Endowment for the Arts; Halekulani Hotel – Hospitality Sponsor for the Arts at UH Mānoa; and anonymous donors.

Gallery hours + admission:
Mon. – Fri. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sun. 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Free admission. Donations are appreciated.
Parking fees may apply.

Information may be subject to change.