Every year the Honolulu Academy of Arts acquires a work from the Hawaii Craftsmen’s 43rd Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition, now on view through Oct. 31. Academy Curators Theresa Papanikolas and Shawn Eichman and Academy Art Center Director Vince Hazen normally choose the work, and this year they invited The Contemporary Museum’s Curator Jay Jensen to join in the process. He really liked this one, and this is the one the Academy acquired. Titled “John Mydock & Greg Smith Collaboration,” it received the Honolulu Academy of Arts Purchase Award and the O’Neill Award of Excellence.
“It is highly crafted eye-candy made from carefully joined wood sections turned on a lath,” says Hazen. “The urn-shaped vessel is finished with slick lacquered color fades and hot-rod pinstriped graff-style decoration.” Hard to believe it’s made out of wood, right? For more crafty feats, head to the Academy Art Center at Linekona. You have just a week left!