CCQL: David Salle x UHM

David Salle, CCQL

CCQL: David Salle x UHM

February 8, 2023  –  March 2, 2023

THE COMMONS GALLERY, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Janet Malcom wrote in The New Yorker, in 1994, “David Salle is recognized as the leading American postmodernist painter…One of the conditions of Salle’s art is that nothing in it be original; everything must come from previously made work, so even a pastiche would have to be a pastiche done by someone else.” Her profile of him described a subject who is at once immensely accessible, and yet a cipher. In this exhibition, David Salle has provided our intergenerational community of painters and drawers with an original work of art to elaborate on. We have copied the work fifteen times, on Arches paper; each resulting collaboration, starting from the same point, is a new work of art.

In some cases the original work has been completely destroyed or subsumed; an Erased DeKooning. In others, Salle’s false start has led to elaborations on the same scale but a different key, like Ka-Ning Fong’s night time Chinatown scene. Debra Drexler’s work twists gender to give us Pink L.H.O.O.Q., in a nod to Duchamp. Each conversation spans the country, the Pacific, and worlds to engender a unique dialog based in composition and painting.


Sheika Alghezawi, Ella Cockrell, Debra Drexler, Cyan Garma, Ka-Ning Fong, Camilla Jensen, Eduardo Joaquin, Kalani Largusa, Hala Megahy, Nancy Martins, Hadley Nunes, Hiroko Sakurai, David Salle, Jui Lien Sanderson, Erik Sullivan, Danielle Tuscher


Maika Pollack


This exhibition is made possible by University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Art + Art History and College of Arts, Languages & Letters; supported by the Halekulani Hotel– Hospitality Sponsor for the Arts at UH Mānoa; the State Foundation for Culture and the Arts; and anonymous donors. Special thanks to The Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

THE COMMONS GALLERY is located in the ground floor of The Art Building. From Dole Street, take East-West Road to Correa Road, and then turn left for the Art Building.

Hours & Admission
The Commons Gallery at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa is open 24/7 through the gallery windows. We will be staffing the gallery as staff allows, and hours are noon – 4 pm, Wednesday – Sunday. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, school breaks, and state holidays.

Free admission. Donations are appreciated.

Parking is free on Sundays. Parking fees may apply during weekdays.

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