James Jack is the current Orvis Artist in Residence. He set up shop in Gallery 30 on May 14 and will be at work there until Saturday, June 25.

Jack is making his installation Miniature Landscape for O‘ahu specifically for the Academy, using locally available natural materials (pictured above is an earlier miniature landscape he created). He is collecting soil samples that he will sculpt into conical shapes—in collaboration with museum visitors on Saturdays from 10am to 4:30pm and Sundays from 1 to 5pm, primarily in Gallery 30. This means you! Come help him make cones. These cones will collectively form a miniature landscape that will be displayed outdoors at the Academy.

This installation work will slowly unfold over the course of the residency as he and museum visitors create cones. Visitors are invited to bring their own soil sample to the museum for inclusion in this installation. Guidelines for participation can be downloaded at Soil Survey 2011-1.

Jack wants Miniature Landscape for O‘ahu to revitalize people’s connection to the land we live on, revealing the value of the soil we depend on. Please stop by and participate!

Jack’s work has been featured in group exhibitions at the Hongo Shin Memorial Sapporo Museum of Sculpture in Sapporo, Japan,  the Asian-American Arts Center in Manhattan, Ku Art Center in Beijing and the Echigo-Tsumari Triennial in Niigata, Japan. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at TAMA Gallery (now called TAMA Studios) in Manhattan, Beppu Wiarda Gallery in Portland, Oregon, and Gallery K in Tokyo.

Learn more about James Jack at his website.

Gallery 30 hours:
• May 14–April 25 Saturdays 10am–4:30pm, Sundays 1–5pm
• May 27 ARTafterDARK 6–9pm
• June 19 BOH Family Sundays 11am–4pm
• June 24 ARTafterDARK 6–9pm