If you’ve been to a museum staff exhibition, or follow any of our staff on Instagram, you know that we have an incredible pool of talent at HoMA. (Seriously, follow @44tooth, @a_padisms, @surfaceproof, @antidee, @joeychiarello, @kamransamimi, @nolooklovesong, and @daawgo and you’ll just be scratching the surface.)
Right now, museum employees Katherine Love, Travis Hancock, and Alec Singer have work on view at venues throughout the island. Here’s where to find them.
Katherine Love, assistant curator, contemporary art
At the Pegge Hopper Gallery in Chinatown through May 6 is Within/Without, an exhibition featuring new work addressing issues of political and social activism, the effects of violence and war, femininity and family history, and sense of place and identity.
Among works by Honolulu artists Mary Babcock, Reem Bassous, Hadley Nunes, Maya Lea Portner, are five drawings by Katherine Love, who also organized the exhibition.
“From the beginning of our collaborative process, the group decided to keep an audio record of our conversations,” says Love. “The idea of identifying poetic links among the diverse influences resulted in Poem for Agora: Five Shifts. Each line in the poem is an edited quote taken from the audio recordings. Written in the form of five stanzas—one for each of the artists in the group—it became an important reference during the collaboration. The suite of drawings directly references the five stanzas in Poem for Agora: Five Shifts.”
Read the full poem at the end of this article.
Within/Without, April 7-May 6
The Pegge Hopper Gallery
1164 Nuuanu Ave, Honolulu
Tuesday-Friday 11am to 4pm, Saturday 11am-3pm
Travis Hancock, web project coordinator and content coordinator
At Windward Community College’s Gallery ‘Iolani is I Don’t Know How I Feel, But I Feel You, an exhibition featuring works by artists who are all connected to each other, and that invites visitors to connect to the art through touching, hearing, and close examination.
Included in the exhibition is Travis Hancock’s haole rot manifesto pt. 3. The work is the third part of a series that examines what it means for something to be “Made in Hawai‘i.” The sculpture is made from the trimmings of Hancock’s homemade skateboard decks, and found objects.
Hancock uses his own experience as a skater and skateboard maker to dissect the product lifecycle. “The piece is a mental and physical byproduct of making something in Hawai‘i,” says Hancock. “For me, that’s making skateboards, and using the scraps from the process to make art. But the ideas, questions, and critiques relate to making anything that might become branded, part of a brand in Hawai‘i, where so much of what we make is actually imported and yet where we rely on external perceptions of the islands to validate our creations.”
Alec Singer, projectionist, special events assistant
About 15 feet away from haole rot manifesto pt. 3 is Alec Singer’s To see behind the wall. The participatory installation features a freestanding door, which visitors can walk through to see a projection of an MRI scan of Singer’s brain, into which Singer has edited lines of text that progress through different areas of the brain. “I invite people to walk through the door to ‘enter on the other side.’ It is a meditation on the chemical reaction of entering and exiting spaces in physical and meta-physical realms,” says Singer.
I Don’t Know How I Feel, But I Feel You, April 7-May 2
47-720 Kea‘ahala Rd, Kaneohe
Poem for Agora: Five Shifts
- Build something new
In this place
Sitting at the table and talking.
- Life performed inside these installations
The blue room, infinite patterns
A dancer dancing
- We are the shadows on the wall
The wind, its own sound
Walk through and disrupt it
Thoughts on paper, scattered
- She walks with the mirror upside-down
Into the destroyed buildings
The deepest parts for protection
Separated from nature
- The thing we create together is white
Salt and sugar
A floor of light
The idea of writing a poem
How odd if we choose not to use it.