MARY KIM / GGOT BYEOL: LOVE OF TWO STARS

Abstract painting by Mary Kim
August 26 – September 20, 2019 / Commons Gallery
This exhibition by painter Mary Kim explores the relationship between elements of nature and the complexity of human emotions. It draws its inspiration from The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl (牛郎織女), a Chinese folktale dating back more than 2600 years. The forlorn lovers of this bittersweet story are only permitted to meet once a year. Their tears of joy when they meet, and those of sadness when they part, are the source of rain in the human world.

ATTRIBUTE : EDWARDS + PORTNER + SOLIVEN

Multiple ceramic works by Christopher Edwards
September 1 – October 18, 2019 / The Art Gallery
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.

FRANCIS HAAR : DISAPPEARING HONOLULU

Black and white photograph in Chinatown by Francis Haar
September 15 – December 8, 2019 / John Young Museum of Art
Disappearing Honolulu takes its title from a project undertaken by Francis Haar in the late 1960s. Haar’s photographs and film are valuable documents of a not so distant past that capture one of Honolulu’s diverse, multicultural communities in the midst of urban displacement – themes that remain relevant today as Honolulu undergoes another period of transformation.

KA-NING FONG : THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Painting of storefront at night, by Ka-Ning Fong
September 23 – October 11, 2019 / Commons Gallery
Ka-Ning Fong has been making urban landscape paintings across the globe for over thirty years. This exhibition focuses on those he made within the past ten years in Honolulu’s Chinatown, the neighborhood of his painting studio. In them he emphasizes the dramatic changes in familiar sites, sometimes with near prophetic forecasting its imminent demise.

Cody Anderson: Spending Time

Two images of an open window; one shaded with pencil and one colored
October 14 – November 1, 2019 / Commons Gallery
Spending Time is a demonstration of applied learning. Anderson displays the outcomes of three acts of prolonged observation, respectively of a window view, a young bonsai tree, and a coconut palm frond. Anderson’s durational drawing and video work look to gain a sense of the world through careful attention to pace and scale.

BRAD EVAN TAYLOR : RIFT

Ceramic sculpture by Brad Taylor
November 3 – December 13, 2019 / The Art Gallery
An opening made by splitting or cleaving, to burst open or split. Geologically, rift refers to a feature exposed through tearing the earth’s crust. Rift is an action which exposes the space between, and makes the hidden visible. Taylor’s exhibition is about transformation and metamorphosis. He is fascinated by the reorganization of material and form through process.