Artists, ma­te­ri­als, spa­ces

Meet who rose to the Chal­lenge at Wailoa Cen­ter

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - RELIGION -

The sec­ond bi­en­nial 10x10x10 Chal­lenge, an ex­hibit run­ning to­day through May 24 at Wailoa Cen­ter’s Main and Foun­tain gal­leries in Hilo, also could be de­scribed as art ex­po­nen­tial: imag­i­na­tions to the third power — and beyond.

The pub­lic is in­vited to the open­ing re­cep­tion for the artists from 5-7 p.m., “where the artists’ chal­lenge ends and the pub­lic’s chal­lenge be­gins.”

In ad­di­tion to the open­ing re­cep­tion, the pub­lic is in­vited to join the artists from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Satur­day for a Gallery Walk, where they talk about their works.

Here’s the puz­zle that en­gaged and tor­mented the 10 se­lected artists fea­tured in this year’s show:.

There are 10 dis­tinct al­coves in the up­stairs Wailoa gallery. The vol­ume of space within these 10 very sim­i­lar ar­eas is strangely con­fig­ured. There’s a slop­ing, high-flung ceil­ing, which, like the floor space, is long and trun­cated. Each artist’s en­try will oc­cupy the un­con­ven­tional ge­ome­tries of these 10 spa­ces.

The chal­lenge is fur­ther com­pli­cated, or en­hanced, by the 10 ma­te­ri­als (nine of which are man­dated) to be in­cor­po­rated in each artist’s piece. This year, ev­ery art­work must in­clude: fas­ten­ers, a light source, 12-by-12-inch mir­ror tile, dry­wall, Great Stuff in­su­la­tion, cot­ton balls, Cor­tex drain pipe, Gen­pak pleated cups, Rit Dye and one other item of the artist’s choice.

The in­vited artists un­pack their con­cepts within these di­men­sions and pa­ram­e­ters. They agree in ad­vance to dis­cuss their evolv­ing so­lu­tions with each other. And they have one year to get it done.

This year’s cho­sen 10 are Dover Abrams, Rose Adare, Char­lene Asato, Phan Barker, Baixin Chen, Sally French, Shelby Smith, Kar­ri­anne War­ren, Pa­trick War­ren and J.J. West.

Why would these well-re­garded artists sub­mit them­selves to such a task? Wailoa Cen­ter gallery di­rec­tor Codie King says the artists were ea­ger to ex­er­cise their wits.

“Work­ing within the rules, they want to push them­selves beyond their usual prac­tices,” King said.

The idea and specifics of this chal­lenge came out of con­ver­sa­tions be­tween King, with her train­ing and con­sid­er­able ex­pe­ri­ence in art in­stal­la­tion, and Kaori Ukaji, a noted con­tem­po­rary artist liv­ing in Hawaii.

King and Ukaji knew they had to join the fray and rise to the task they them­selves de­signed. They are joined by eight other alumni artists — Michael Cromwell, Bob Dou­glas, Joe Hamp­ton, Ben Krome, Stephen Lang, Joe Ruesing, Jim Rhodes and Trudee Sie­mann — who will re-emerge with their en­tries to the cur­rent 2018 chal­lenge in the down­stairs gallery, while this year’s artists in­stall their works in the bays up­stairs.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.wailoa­cen­ter.com.

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