The opening pāʻina for Contact 2016: Foreign and Familiar on March 24 was packed with people looking at art installed in every corner of the Art School and its grounds, from aloha-print straitjackets and a sculptural mala kalo (dry land taro patch) in the gallery to pineapples hanging from the monkeypod tree on the front lawn.

Some of the opening-night action

Some of the opening-night action

To help viewers process and engage with just a few of the works on view, select artists are giving afternoon talks. There are still two more in the lineup before the show comes down on April 17.

April 6, noon-1pm: Cory Taum and Imai Kalahele discuss their installation Ho’okūpaʻa. Here’s a primer on the piece from Cory:

“The six upright forms in our installation Ho’okūpaʻa reflect the traditions of carved Kiʻi and Pohaku ʻo Kāne that our ancestors created.  These images represent the essence of those that both walked this land prior to the urbanization, and who will also continue to walk this land after the towers fall. Four of the six forms come from local stone, the bone of these islands, juxtaposed with concrete cinder blocks, CMUs, which were also formed out of the remnants of stone and sand.  The center form, Uncle Imaiʻs painting, is a play on the tower form that continues to fill the sky so that you can no longer see the mountain or the sea.” 


Overview of Taum and Kalahele’s installation Ho’okūpaʻa during the opening ceremony.

April 13, noon-1pm: Linny Morris discusses her video installation The Consequence of Confluence. Here’s her introduction to the piece:

“Over the past few years, I’ve gathered hundreds of video clips, all taken with my phone, of water in every form. I’ve edited dozens of them into a roughly 13-minute loop and projected the film straight down onto the floor from the ceiling. The moving square of water [is] enclosed by a varnished wooden box topped by a cap rail reminiscent of one you’d find on a boat. The idea is to evoke the feeling of a journey from familiar waters across vast unknown waters to foreign waters.”

Check the exhibition page for more related programming, including a Kalo Workshop with Bernice Akamine on April 9, and the “Visionary Hawai‘i” panel discussion on April 14.