Tuesday, October 27, 2009

By the Maker of "Tank Man"

This past June marked the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989.  One of the iconic images of that time is a photograph of a young man facing down a row of tanks.  Variously called "Tank Man" or "The Unknown Rebel", the photograph was taken by Jeff Widener, who didn't realize the power of the image at the time:

"When I saw the column of tanks come down the Chang'an Blvd. I told the student Kirk that the lone man was going to screw up my composition. I was not thinking clearly with the concussion and I also was suffering from a severe case of the flu. Only a few days later when some of the other international news photographers congratulated me did the full importance of the image sink in. After all, after witnessing everything that I had seen over the previous few days, nothing really seemed far fetched."
(From an e-mail interview of Jeff Widener by About.com Asian History Guide Kallie Szczepanski.  The full interview is here.)

Widener will be giving two lectures and showing recent work at the University of Hawaii:  for the general public 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 30, at East-West Center's Keoni Auditorium.  Widener will speak to UH Mānoa students and faculty at a free lunchtime discussion on Monday, November 2, at noon at the East-West Center's Ohana Room.  For more information, click here.

An interesting side note:  although Widener's photograph is probably the best known, there were several other photographs taken, including one from street level.  And a video.  Remarkable.



AHA President Anthony Randall has booked the AHA Christmas Luncheon at Kaimana Beach Hotel,
Hau Tree Lanai, Sans Souci room. Saturday Dec 12 from 11:00 to 2:00. It was so
nice last year and it will still be $30.00 per person.  Menu is:
Leahi Leisure Lunch Menu (Buffet Style)

Mix Green Salad with House Dressing
Chicken Alferdo with Linguni Pasta
Chef's Choice of Dessert

Coffee, Hot Tea or Iced Tea

Space is limited to 40 so please e-mail him at:  randallt001@hawaii.rr.com to RSVP and for payment information.  Bring a wrapped gift, something from your studio, for a gift exchange.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Art can also be found in a rice field - - -

Sometimes you get interesting stuff in e-mail . . .

Beautiful and amazing....no computer/digital tinkering, no ink, dyes, spray painting.....the farmers actually plant different colored plants to create the intricate designs.

Art can also be found in a rice field - - -


New AHA Committee Members

Publicity Warren Stenberg  262-8306 warsten.art@hawaiiantel.com
Membership   Anthony Randall  398-1863 randallt001@hawaii.rr.com
Paul Staub to Exhibits 393-6144 paul@kaha-kii.com 


Press Release

Honolulu, Hawaii—Art exhibit “A SEARCH FOR ULTIMATE TRUTH”, featuring a range of 2-D  and 3-D work, from photo essays of sculptures, to paintings, mixed media and wall sculpture, delving into the search for fundamental principles of human existence; an artistic exploration of the underlying harmony among religions and cultures.
Confused and overwhelmed by the plethora of information today about spirituality, spiritual practices, “New Age” ideas, books, tapes, spiritual teachers, prophecies, religions, etc, and seeing the resultant friction among different groups, the artist developed ‘spiritual indigestion” of a sort. In response, Bennett began a personal, serious, inner and outer search for what was common among all of them, an eternal Truth.  The search brought the artist from the jungles and shamans of Peru, to the deserts of New Mexico, the Dalai Lama, the “Hugging Saint” of India, the sweat lodges and other ceremonies of the American Indians, and from the Bible to the Bagavah Gita and other esoteric writings.   Like Dorothy landing in Oz, the journey took on a spirit of adventure where fact was stranger than fiction, where saints and mystics abound, and the chaos of human existence develops into a seamless whole, complete with a personal gift of the Ruby Red Slippers.
Opening; Sunday, 15th November 2009,  
Artist’s reception; Friday, 20th November 2009,   5 -8-30 pm
Location; Gallery on the Pali, “A Socially Conscious Gallery”, First Unitarian Church, 2500 Pali Highway 96817,  (808) 526-1191
Hours open; M - F 9-8; SS 1-4 

Proposals Requested for Kapolei Hale Art

Proposals Requested for Kapolei Hale Art
The Commission on Culture and the Arts of the City and County of Honolulu wishes to commission two works of art for Kapolei Hale, 1000 Uluohia Street, Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii . One work of art shall be installed on an existing interior wall; the other shall be at the front entrance of the building. This request for proposals is open to all artists (or artist teams) residing or working in the State of Hawaii . The budget for the interior work of art is $50,000; the budget for the exterior work of art is $38,000.
All applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. on February 1, 2010 at:
Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts
Attention: Art for Kapolei Hale
530 South King Street , Room 404
Honolulu , HI 96813
All questions regarding this Request for Proposals should be directed to the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts, (808) 768-6622, email: tlaitila@honolulu.gov.

Tory Laitila, 808-768-6622

Three artists

Opening Reception of three acclaimed Hawaii artists, L to Rt:  artist Satoro Abe (seated), artist Warren Stenberg (AHA member), Sandy Pohl (Gallery owner) and artist Harry Tsuchidana. Louis Pohl Gallery, Oct.15th  (Photo courtesy Charlene Hughes)