PŪTAHI 5 i Tahiti, was an indigenous visual arts gathering hosted by the Centre des Metiers dʻArt, in Papeʻete from 16-30 June 2017. This gathering brought together visual artists from across the Pacific, including Tonga, New Caledonia, Hawaiʻi, Cook Islands, Aotearoa New Zealand, and French Polynesia. During our time together, we created work, shared stories, techniques, collaborated with each other, and enjoyed each others company. Opportunities like this allow us to establish lasting relationships with new friends and reaffirms those that exist with old ones. Sharing space with other visual artists from the Pacific was truly a rejuvenating experience. Even though at times we had difficulty communicating with one another, we each reawakened our ancestral bonds we share. Here are a couple of pictures of our time together and some of the work created.
On Saturday June 10, Bamboo Ridge is hosting a book reading of their journal, issue #110 at the Louis Pohl Gallery from 1-3pm. I am the featured visual artist in this issue and my work is used as the cover art. If you are free, come on by and meet some of the contributors to the issue and I will be doing a netting demonstration too. Kōkō ‘Ula runs until Friday, July 28.
Last month, I finished installing a commissioned work for the Maui Brewing Company, Waikīkī location. Here are a couple of pictures of the work in place. There are three sections of cord work in the restaurant. The main section is 29 feet wide and 9 feet tall, pictured above. The second piece is 25 feet wide and 4 feet tall. The last section, not shown, is 8 feet wide and 5 feet tall. They are all inspired by Hawaiian chiefly carrying nets, kōkō puʻupuʻu.