Halekulani is pleased to present six acclaimed Hawaii artists selected for their recognition on the global stage of Contemporary Art and partnered for the 2018 Portfolio, a limited edition set of their works for Friends of Hawaii State Art Museum (FHiSAM) . The works in this gallery were created especially for this event: Ashley Bickerton, Kaili Chun, Yvonne Cheng, Paul Pfeiffer, Garnett Puett, and Lawrence Seward. Each of these artists have a ties to Hawaii:
Ashley Bickerton: Bickerton’s evolution of his “Cubist Head” series started in 2006. He is a member of the NeoGeo, (neo-geometric conceptualism) a group of artists that questioned the mechanization and commercialism of the modern world in the 1980s. His work is featured in the New York Museum of Modern Art and London’s Tate Modern.
Kaili Chun: Chun explores the interconnectedness of our worlds and the appreciation of the universe where we “fish.” Her works have been featured in the New York’s Museum of Art and Design and The Honolulu Museum of Art – Spalding House.
Yvonne Cheng: Cheng’s work has evolved through various mediums consistently portraying elegant and confident Hawaiian women. Her works can be seen in the Hawaii State Art Museum and throughout Hawaii.
Paul Pfeiffer: Pfeiffer recasts the contemporary celebrity culture in Sports and Entertainment to show how these images shape our perception of ourselves and the world. His works are part of New York MoMa’s permanent collection.
Garnett Puett: Puett’s reciprocal collaboration with honeybees is unique – employing 90,000 bees to build his apisculptures. In addition to being an artist, he is a beekeeper on the Big Island. His works can be seen at the DC Hirschhorn Museum and the Brooklyn Art Museum.
Lawrence Seward: Seward bases his series on human psychology and the choices one makes in life. His work can be seen at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Honolulu Museum of Art.
The Gallery is opening to the public on November 10 and will run through January 4, with hours from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. daily.
(inset: Kaili Chun, b. 1962, `Ama`ama, 2018, 24”x 60”, Digital Collage on Archival Paper, Steel Frame.)