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.

KA-NING FONG : THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Ka-Ning Fong Painting
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.