Finally, the University Of Hawai'i Master Of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition has commenced!
"The University of Hawaii at Manoa presents their 2018 MFA candidates in a profound and innovative group exhibition this Sunday, March 4th. The new and engaging works featured in this exhibition explore holistic views of our universe, the cultural implications of commercialism, and the imperceptible effects of time on our present moment (to name a few). Visitors should expect to be challenged visually, politically, and socially as this year's graduate students tackle race, gender, mobility and vulnerability. Selfies with works are encouraged!"
The exhibition will be up till April 6th at the University's Art Gallery. Don't miss out!
Atis Puampai - Ancient Light
According to NASA’s research, the sunlight illuminating our present is between 10,000 to 100,000 years old. The utilization of this ancient light is the basis of Atis' thesis exhibition "Ancient Light," comprised of three separate yet interrelated series that explore alternate perspectives of the effects of time as recorded by photography. Collectively, the three series draw from 16th to 20th century scientific theories that furthered our knowledge of the sun and light. The photographic techniques Atis has employed likewise refer to the early history of photography. "Ancient Light" explores the imperceptible effects of time on our present moment.
Khari Saffo - Cool Kool Shirts Presents: Thot Collection Series 1 by Dana Jones
Khari works in a variety of mediums such as animation, sculpture, video, and shirt design, connecting each of these practices within his MFA show. His work explores conceptual themes within commercial practices through his shirt brand titled "Cool Kool Shirts" and challenges the themes of brand loyalty and brand persona with his brand spokesperson/mascot, Dana Jones. Dana Jones is an artist himself who creates sculptures from melted vinyl records, as well as a performative persona brought to life by Khari wearing a cardboard head mask.
Chiho Ushio - Hibiki-Resonance
響 (Hibiki) – Resonance explores a holistic view of the universe through contemplating dots—elementary particles that create the whole universe including our bodies. Chiho was inspired by the idea of 素生 (so-sei), introduced by Ken Kobayashi, Ph.D., from the view point of Quantum medicine. So-sei refers to “fundamental love” and “life force” that are innately in each elementary particle. Her work consists of stone lithography prints and the application of tusche wash techniques. Numerous dots printed on the washi paper are the records of events occurring in the artmaking process. Grease particles resonate within their environment while mixed in tushe water. 響 (Hibiki) – Resonance ponders the mutual relationship between 心 (minds), our bodies and the universe, representing how invisible elements resonate with each other and create this reality.
Robert Flowers - Self Portrait: You and I
As an artist, Roberts practice involves observing the relationships between objects as well as relationships between people and how interactions between the two occur. Through his piece "Self Portrait: You and I," Robert challenges viewers to look at the tough, obnoxious, and unpleasant; to find a way to re-present them in a new manner, not necessarily as a matter of beauty itself, but rather to do so in a way that makes addressing them an easier pill to swallow. As political systems crumble and nuclear armament back on the rise, he feels that rather than finding some common ground we can all stand on, there is just more and more stratification. To Robert it seems we are always anxiously on the brink of something out of our control.
It is through the process of building of a solid glass wall that he examines the mechanisms of social construction, and the systems that control how it emerges and can be exploited. Robert is interested in how shared assumptions about reality influence identity and how a change in material might skew our typical understanding about these assumptions.
Nisha Pinjani - Transgressing Boundaries
The focus of Nisha's research has been on the daily lives of South Asian women, specifically in her home city of Karachi, Pakistan. Within her art practice, she draws from her experiences of how she inhabits public and private spaces, exploring how gender is interwoven in demarcations between and connotations of public and private spaces.
Nisha's aim is to think about place from the lens of gender and discuss phenomenal boundaries that women create to feel safer in public spaces, as well as the phenomenal boundaries of fear that women experience when they step into a public place.
Her installation, titled "Transgressing Boundaries" investigates how women transgress and negotiate phenomenal boundaries to claim agency while also examining how the many boundaries women create to access public space, are in fact fragile and can easily be disrupted. Nisha wants to highlight the everyday labor women invest to transgress certain phenomenal boundaries and maintain others.
Terra Keck - Secondhand Smoke
Terra's work explores how images have historically informed female identity, affected women’s sense of self and body, and lead to the encouragement of violence against women. She is interested in how the patriarchal ideals perpetuated by these images have been rebranded to fit each new contemporary context they are found in, and the unique ways today’s young women are meeting them. Terra's research filters these conceptual inquires through the internet phenomenon of the “Tumblr Girl” who exists digitally as a contextually shifting internet persona organized and projected through the social media website, Tumblr. Her interest in this stems from her own immersion in “Tumblr Girl” culture, and her experience with the “glitter-mouthed” poisonous imagery regurgitated by their blogs. In this way, Terra's inquiry into historical images of women, neoliberal pseudo-feminism, and the “Tumblr Girl” is a revealing critique of her own assumptions of gender performance, and her role in the survival of these toxic patriarchal expectations.
"My artistic research peels back the ostensibly endless layers of skin that have been built upon one another to cover the rot of society’s permissioned violence against women, but doing so through my own experience, with my own skin, my own body, and my own rot."