Last year, Pow! Wow! Hawaii, in collaboration with Los Angeles gallery thinkspace, held its first Exploring the New Contemporary Movement exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art School (Rose McGowan showed up!). Jasper Wong and Andrew Hosner repeat the show for this year’s Pow! Wow! Hawaii—it opens Feb. 7 at the Art School (1111 Victoria St), with festivities in the Sketch Garden, and promises to be a happening.
Then on Feb. 8, Pow! Wow! visiting artist James Jean starts work on a mural on the red wall in Luce Pavilion—come to the museum throughout the week to see him in action. Based in Los Angeles, the Taiwanese-American artist got his start in comic books before moving to fine art. In 2011, the New York Times described his work as “suffused with a dreamy romanticism and lyricism worthy of Maxfield Parrish, even as Mr. Jean subverts those and other isms.” Museum director Stephan Jost’s only parameter for the mural was that it complement the exhibition Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art, which opens while Jean’s mural is in progress. Jean turned in a design that fuses his “dreamy romanticism” with his interpretation of Islamic flower patterns (pictured above).
Another visiting Pow! Wow! artist is no stranger to the museum. Last year, crotchet queen Olek covered an entire wall of the Doris Duke Theatre with her crotcheted marine mural. This year, for Pow! Wow! she will encase an entire canoe, which will be sitting on the museum’s front lawn on the corner of Victoria and Beretania streets, in crotchet. The canoe arrives Feb. 3, and Olek starts work on Feb. 6.
A big mahalo to Pow! Wow! Hawaii and the artists, who are creating these works for only the cost of materials.