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Maka Lua Exhibit by Carl Pao

November 4 – November 29, 2014. 

This new work is based on the theme on the theme of Maka or Maka Lua… Kūpaʻa will do large ceramic sculptures. Carl will work with paintings and prints previewed on The ARTS at Marks Garage website, Instagram and Facebook accounts leading up to the show. Both provide powerful and beautiful indigenous symbolism re-interpreted for new audiences. The Makahiki season was the ancient Hawaiian New Year festival, in honor of the god Lono. Many religious ceremonies happened during this period. War was kapu (forbidden) and people stopped work, threw away their cell phones, made offerings, and spent time practicing sports, feasting, dancing and having a good time.

As the works develop, the pieces and forms have been bouncing off of each other. Kūpaʻa has been doing sculptures influenced by Carl’s paintings and that of Cory Taum. Now Carl’s more recent paintings are inspired by Kūpaʻa sculptures. The student learning from the teacher and the teacher learning from the student. Two sets of eyes--Makalua.

Carl will present at least 10 pieces ranging in size from 48"h x 48"w to 60"h x 40"w to 74"h x 56"w. Carl will also have smaller works of 6"h x 4"w. These are 7-10 in number. The prices will range according to size.

Carl is a Contemporary Hawaiian Artist/Educator born, raised, living and working in the city of Honolulu, on the island of Oʻahu. He earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa ('94) and a Master's of Fine Arts (w/ First Class Honours) from the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland ('99). Carl has been teaching full-time at the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama High School since 2000, and works in the media of painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking and more. 

Kūpaʻa is a former student of Carl’s who has since shown at several important exhibit’s including a solo show at ii Gallery. As a modern Hawaiian, brought up in Eastern, Western and Pacific traditions, he gravitates towards historical events and people who have successfully found ways to meld multiple cultures in hopes that he may do so within himself: leaning on the past to inform the future. 

Kūpaʻa will have approximately 10 pieces for the show. Several smaller ceramic pieces will be horizontally oriented and measure around 16"x10"x5". The larger two ceramic pieces will be 5 to 6 ft in height and 1 to 2 ft in diameter. 

This show is curated by The ARTS at Marks Garage curator and Hawaii Academy of Performing Arts Executive Director, Rich Richardson. We are an independent, non-profit, sanctuary for collaboration, freedom of expression, and the arts. This year The ARTS at Marks Garage attracted over 40,000 people for lectures, workshops, screenings, exhibits and performances. Over the past 13 years we have served the equivalent of nearly every single person in the City of Honolulu.

First Friday Opening
Friday, November 7, 2014, 5-10pm

7pm Artist Talk 

Hawaii Glass Artists 12th Annual Exhibition

December 2, 2014 – January 10, 2015

HGA Showcases the finest artists in Hawaii using glass as their medium. Attending artists range from hobbyists to students and professionals. Techniques of all types will be represented as there are no bounds or limits on what glass artists are capable of. This show will include exotic couture art as well as affordable retail work.

Artist Opening: First Friday, December 5, 2014, 6-9pm

A hot glass demonstration will greet visitors at the corner of Nu’uanu and Pauahi streets, and a flame-working demonstration will be held indoors in The ARTS at Marks Gallery theatre. The exhibition, juried by Richard Duggan and Kim Coffee Isaaks, will feature founding members Hugh Jenkins, Mark Mitsuda and Rick Mills in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the HGA. Music provided by DJ Miklos.