June 30 – September 9, 2016, EXTENDED through November 10
Public Reception: Thursday, June 30, 2016 / 6-8pmBecause of Honolulu’s recent rapid urban growth, Janet Tran became interested in how built environment influences human experience. She bases her works on recognizable structures, forms, and elements drawn from architecture, but jars our expectations by using unconventional materials ranging from leaves to cardboard. In this exhibition Tran playfully continues this investigation by merging modular modernist sculptures with plush.Tran was recently awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UHM.
This exhibition is an expanded arts partnership with the Halekulani and its sister hotel, the Waikiki Parc.
Guitarist Aaron Cardenas will provide music at the opening reception. Cardenas, received his Bachelor of Music degree from UHM’s Department of Music, and will be attending Yale University’s graduate program this September. He has studied with guitar virtuosos Benjamin Verdery, Frederic Hand, Carlos Barbosa Lima, and the Brazilian Guitar Duo’s Douglas Lora and João Luiz.
SPONSORS: University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of Art + Art History, College of Arts + Humanities, and Waikiki Parc Hotel – Hospitality Sponsor for the Arts at UH Mānoa
ADDRESS, HOURS + ADMISSION
Parc Promenade Gallery, Waikiki Parc Hotel Lobby
2233 Helumoa Road, Honolulu
Daily hotel hours / Free admission
Complimentary parking with hotel validation
textiles, polyfill, cordage
Photographer: Chris Rohrer
Born and raised in Hawai'i, Tran lives in Honolulu, where her fascination and analysis of the city’s transformation prompted her to pursue architecture at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM). In 2012, after completing her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on interior design, she continued her architectural studies while simultaneously expanding her interests and skills in the arts. Her recent art processes and manipulations of spatial relationships are influenced by her longstanding employment in her family’s small business and as a student assistant for the Children’s Center, UHM. In May 2016, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a focus on fiber from the Department of Art and Art History, UHM.