Kua`aina Associates Presents…the last Visiting Artist of Celebrating Pacific Island Arts Series 2015

Sulu`ape Keone Nunes

 Sulu`ape Keone Nunes photo by Kapulani Landgraf

Sulu`ape Keone Nunes
photo by Kapulani Landgraf

While growing up in the 60ʻs, 70ʻs and 80ʻs Keone Nunes was fortunate to have sat and learned from Kupuna (elders) from his family and the Hawaiian community. Although there were many subjects that were discussed, one that became an important focus was the information shared about Uhi (Hawaiian tattoo). This has been a focus of Keone since the late 1980ʻs. Keone has been doing uhi since 1990 with machines. In 1996 Keone met Suʻa Suluʻape Paulo, originally from Apia, Samoa, but who lived in Auckland, New Zealand, this meeting laid the foundation for Keone to be able to do uhi in the same fashion as was done for over 1,000 years in Polynesia with traditional tools. Keone studied under Suʻa Suluʻape Paulo until his passing in 1999. He has been doing work with traditional Polynesian tools exclusively since 2000.

In 2001 Keone was given the honor of receiving a title from the family of Suʻa Suluʻape Paulo. He was the first Hawaiian to receive the Suluʻape title and among the first non-Samoans to receive this prestigious title.

Keone has been a primary force in the re-establishment of uhi in the Hawaiian community. He has shared his thoughts on designs, techniques, and cultural importance of Hawaiian uhi in Europe, Asia, Polynesia and the Continental United States. He has also given the honor of being named #22 of the 101 Most Influential People in Tattooing in the world by Bob Baxter former editor for Skin and Ink magazine and currently Editor-in-Chief for Tattooroadtrip.com.

Along with his passion for uhi, Keone has also founded Kaʻananiau, a company that is currently contracted by the Administration for Native Americans to provide training and technical assistance to native non-profit organizations in the Pacific region. He is the Project Director for ANAʻs Pacific region training and technical assistance center.

Save the Dates for Keone’s Specail Northern CA Presentations

unnamedOctober 2: E wehe ana i ka maoli (uncovering what is real) – An Evening Celebrating the Artistry of Pacific Island Tattoo“Friday Nights at the deYoung” 

from 5pm – 8:30pm at the deYoung Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Golden Gate Park 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

E wehe ana i ka maoli (uncovering what is real)- Undressing the Savage Lecturer: Sulu`ape Keone Nunes (traditional tattooist)   7:15pm to 8pm, Wilsey Court

A special “Friday Nights at the deYoung” lecture presentation on the practice and tradition of Hawaiian kākau and the revival of tattooing among other indigenous peoples. The evening’s program will also feature local Pacific Island tattoo artists and a fashion show showcasing tattoo designs. This presentations is part of the deYoung’s Public Programs in conjunction with the Royal Hawaiian Featherworks: Na Hulu Ali`i exhibit. 

Specail Guest Tattoo Artists presenting in the deYoung’s Piazzoni Murals Room: Pauhi: Sulu`ape Keone Nunes, Kawika Au, Keli`i Makua; Soul Signature Tattoo: Joel Albanez & CJ Gopez; Humble Beginnings Tattoo: Chris Gonzalas & Melissa Manuel; Kealoha Designs: Andrew Kealoha; and tattoo artists: John Palega and Lomani Gaunavinaka.

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October 3: Traditional Hawaiian Kākau (tattoo) & the Revival of California Indian Tattoo Traditions

from 3pm to 5:30pm –  Inter-tribal Friendship House, 523 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

Presenters: Sulu`ape Keone Nunes (traditional tattooist), Artist, L. Frank Manriquez, (Tongva-Achachemen) and special guest. 

A speical community presentation on the traditon of Hawaiian kākau and the revival of California Indian tattoo traditions will be the topic for a cross-culture conversation with the Bar Area Native American community. 

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Sulu`ape Keone Nunes will also be visiting with the Indigenous California Indian Communities of Humboldt County in late September. 

For more information on these events please contact kuaaianassociates@gmail.com

Mahalo to following for helping to make CPIA 2015 a big success:

CPIA’s Community Partners: The Oakland Museum of California, Studio Grand in Oakland, the deYoung Museum, California Historical Society PPIE100, East Bay Media Center, Humboldt Foundation/Native Cultures Fund, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, The Warrior Institute, Inter-Tribal Friendship House and Samoan Solutions, Inc.

Celebrating Pacific Island Arts is presented by Kua`aina Associates, an Indigenous Arts and Cultures non-profit based in Berkeley, CA., and made possible by the generous support from the Christensen Fund, Akonadi Foundation 2015 Beloved Community Fund and Private Donors.logoVisit Kua`aina’s website: http://kuaainaassociates.com/Kuaainaassociates.com/Home.html

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Celebrating Pacific Island Arts series 2015

Kahili Pa`a Lima – Hawaiian Hand Held Kahili

With the generous support fromt the Christensen Fund and the Akonadi Foundation 2015 Beloved Community Fund,  Kua`aina was able to host the last workshop of the “Celebrating Pacific Island Arts” series, “Kahili Pa`a Lima – Hawaiian Hand Held Kahili”. Under the teaching and guidance of Kumu Herman Tachera, a group of eager learners spent the day creating their beautiful kahili pa`a lima.

Workshop participants, July 18, 2015 @ Studio Grand in Oakland, CA.

Workshop participants, July 18, 2015 @ Studio Grand in Oakland, CA.

Afforded great respect through the ages, the kahili is a prized cultural item among Native Hawaiian people. Kahili are feathered standards used to show status, lineage, and family ties and are made in many sizes and styles of kahili.

Kahili Pa`a Lima by Hawaiian Feather Artist, Herman Teacher

Kahili Pa`a Lima by Hawaiian Feather Artist, Herman Teacher.  

Hawaiian Feather Artist, Herman Tachera

Hawaiian Feather Artist, Herman Tachera

Herman Tachera is the kumu and founder of Hui Lei Hulu O Ho’omau located in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He has been a Cultural Practitioner of Hawaiian Feather Art for the past 19years.  He was first introduced to the art of lei hulu by Mikioi Iwamoto in 1996 and later fell under the mentorship of Paulette Nohealani Kahalepuna, Mary Louise Kaleonahenahe Kekuewa and Michael Vieira.  Herman acquired his knowledge and experience under the guidance of Aunty Paulette and Aunty Mary Lou assisting them in the teaching of lei hulu, ‘uli’uli and kahili.  In June 2007 Aunty Mary Lou and Aunty Paulette, the foremost masters of Hawaiian Feather Art gave their acknowledge and blessings to Herman to teach and perpetuate the Art of Hawaiian Feathers.  Herman has taught numerous workshops throughout California, Hawaii, Seattle, Portland, Japan and Taiwan.  His most recent lei hulu workshop project of September 2014, was teaching 163 hula students of the prestigious Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu Hula Halau of San Francisco, CA.

Herman Tachera & his Kumu, Master Hawaiian Feather Artist, Paulette Nohealani Kahalepuna

Herman Tachera & his Kumu, Master Hawaiian Feather Artist, Paulette Nohealani Kahalepuna

Herman is dedicated and committed to carry on and ho’omau — perpetuate —                    the teachings of his distinguished and honored Kumu.

Kua`aina Associates would like to say, mahalo nui loa Kumu Herman                                   for sharing your talant and knowledge with us

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Kua`aina Associates Presents . . .

Celebrating Pacific Arts 2015

Celebrating Pacific Island Arts – Workshops & Presentations

Siapo: Interacting with the Past, Present and Possible future of an Ancestral Art Form
Instructor: Regina Meredith-Fitiao
Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 1pm to 7pm

Studio Grand Oakland, 3234 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

Workshop – Free Registration – Limited Enrollment

Description: Regina will share slides of historical siapo artifacts and the process in the making of a siapo. She will cover the significance of siapo motifs. Engaging the participants in designing a siapo will be the highlight of this workshop. Participants will also be asked to collaborate with Meredith on a siapo mamanu in progress, and work with the authentic materials used for Samoan siapo.

Su’a T. Wilson Fitiao: Laei of Samoa (Samoan Traditional Tattoo)
Presenter: Su`a T. Wilson Fitiao, Tufuga ta Tatau (Samoan Tattoo Master)

Sunday, June 14, 2015 from 1pm to 3pm

East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704
Presentation – Free Admission

Description: Su’a will share some of the history, format and legacy of the Samoan traditional tattoo and his journey as a Tufuga ta Tatau.

Yerba Buena Third Thursdays: Laei of Samoa (Samoan Traditional Tattoo) & Siapo: Interacting with the Past, Present and Possible future of an Ancestral Art Form

Presenters: Su`a T. Wilson Fitiao & Regina Meredith-Fitiao

Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 5pm to 8pm

California Historical Society, 678 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
Public Presentation – Free Admission

Description: Presented in partnership with the Yerba Buena Cultural Benefit District. Yerba Buena Third Thursdays is a monthly outing of art, performance, music, and drinks in the Yerba Buena neighborhood in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

Kahili Pa`a Lima – Hawaiian Hand Held Kahili

Instructor: Herman Tachera
Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 1pm to 7pm
Studio Grand Oakland, 3234 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

Workshop: Free Registration – Limited Enrollment

Description: Afforded great respect through the ages, the kahili is a prized cultural item among Native Hawaiian people. Kahili are feathered standards used to show status, lineage, and family ties. There are many sizes and styles of kahili, and this workshop will provide participants an opportunity to create their own kahili pa`a lima (Hawaiian hand held kahili). The instructor will also lecture on the history of the kahili and its spiritual and cultural importance.

Opening celebration event of the “Royal Hawaiian Featherworks: Na Hulu Ali`i” Exhibit

Presenter: Owana, La’anui and Kalani Salazar
Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 12pm to 4pm
deYoung Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Golden Gate Park 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

Event is free – please check the museum’s website for exhibit admission: https://deyoung.famsf.org/exhibitions/ featherwork

Description: “Celebrating Pacific Island Arts” special musical performance by Owana Ka‘ōhelelani Mahaelani-rose Salazar. Program will include historical and classic songs composed by and for the Ali`i and Mō`ī (Hawaiian Chiefs) and celebrated Hawaiian manu (birds).

E wehe ana i ka maoli (uncovering what is real)- Undressing the Savage
Presenter: Keone Nunes, Kahuna ka kākau (expert tattooist)

Sunday, October 2, 2015 from 6pm to 8:30pm

deYoung Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Golden Gate Park 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118
Presentation & Event – Free

Description: A special “Friday Nights at the deYoung” lecture presentation on the practice and tradition of Hawaiian kākau and the revival of tattooing among other indigenous peoples. The evening’s program will also feature local Pacific Island tattoo artists and a fashion show showcasing tattoo designs. This presentations is part of the deYoung’s Public Programs in conjunction with the Royal Hawaiian Featherworks: Na Hulu Ali`i exhibit.

Traditional Hawaiian kākau (tattoo) & the revival of California Indian Tattoo Traditions
Presenters: Keone Nunes, Kahuna ka kākau (expert tattooist) & Artist, L. Frank Manriquez, Tongva- Achachemen

Saturday, October 3, 2015 – from 3pm to 5:30pm
Inter-tribal Friendship House, 523 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

Description: A special community presentation on the tradition of Hawaiian kākau and the revival of California Indian tattoo traditions will be the topic for a cross-culture conversation with the Bay Area Native American community.

Keone Nunes will also be visiting with the Indigenous California Indian Communities of Humboldt County in late September. For more information on scheduled presentations, visit the following link: https://risingindigenousvoices.wordpress.com

Celebrating Pacific Island Arts is presented by Kua`aina Associates, an Indigenous Arts and Cultures non-profit based in Berkeley, CA., and made possible by the generous support from the Christensen Fund, Akonadi Foundation 2015 Beloved Community Fund and Private Donors

CPIA’s Community Partners: The Oakland Museum of California, Studio Grand in Oakland, the deYoung Museum, California Historical Society PPIE100, Hale Naua III, Society of Maoli Arts, East Bay Media Center, Humboldt Foundation/Native Cultures Fund, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, The Warrior Institute and Samoan Solutions, Inc.

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SAVE THE DATE: “Pacific Worlds” exhibit opening May 30, 2015 – January 3, 2016

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Presented by the Oakland Museum of California

“Pacific Worlds” presents Californian identity as tied to and shaped by the histories, peoples, and geography of the Pacific Islands. The Museum’s exceptional Pacific collections have before never been shown on a large scale. Most of the artifacts were collected by an Oakland dentist, John Rabe, who traveled the Pacific in the 1880s and 1890s, doing dentistry and buying and trading dental work for artifacts. Other items were brought to California by naval personnel stationed in the Pacific.

The cultures and peoples featured in the exhibition include those of Tonga, Samoa, Hawai’i, Guam, Fiji, Maori, Palau, and the Caroline Islands. Pacific Worlds focuses on the way historic collections continue to speak to the cultural practices of Pacific Islanders in California today. For example, the Museum’s 25- foot historic outrigger canoe from Manus, Papua New Guinea will be displayed alongside a discussion of contemporary canoe reclamation among many Pacific cultural groups.

The exhibition will explore the Pacific as a region that includes California, focusing on Pacific history, the role of collectors in the region, and the role of Pacific people at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. The majority of the exhibit focuses the experiences of Pacific Islanders in California and how they maintain cultural practices including dance and music, “foodways,” fiber arts, respect for ancestors, tattooing, surfing, and other practices. Life-sized photographic portraits and biographical profiles of Bay Area Pacific Islanders will help visitors learn more about people and culture.

Pacific Worlds Flyer

http://www.museumca.org/exhibit/pacific-worlds

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Announcing: Two Major San Francisco Bay Area Exhibits opening summer 2015

Kua`aina Associates is proud to announce the opening of two major exhibitions in the San Francisco Bay Area. “Pacific Worlds” at the Oakland Museum of California and “Royal Hawaiian Featherworks: Na Hulu Ali`i” at the deYoung Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.  For the past year, Kua`aina has been involved with both exhibits that celebrate the cultural heritage of the Pacific Island Peoples. These two exhibits are especially important since California is the home of the largest Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander population outside of their island homes.

PW-tattoo-640x425Community members of Pacific cultures in California will provide strikingly relevant voices and contemporary context to rarely exhibited historical and ritual objects and newly commissioned works of art in Pacific Worlds, a new exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), on view May 30, 2015 through January 14, 2016. Presented to coincide with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama- Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) in San Francisco, the exhibition examines the vibrancy and rich cultural practices of the Pacific that continue to thrive in California today.

For more info: http://www.museumca.org/exhibit/pacific-worlds

SAVE the DATE!:

Community Welcome Ceremony– Friday, June 5th (6:00 pm – 7:00 pm followed by Friday Nights Oakland Museum of California featuring performances from Bay Area based Pacific Islanders and visiting Siapo (Tapa) and Tattoo artist from American Samoa.

Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Nā Hulu Ali‘i

August 29, 2015 – February 28, 2016

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This will be a once in a life time exhibition featuring approximately 75 rare and stunning examples of the finest featherwork capes and cloaks in existence, as well as royal staffs of feathers (kāhili), feather lei (lei hulu manu), helmets (mahiole), feathered god images (akua hulu manu), and related eighteenth- and nineteenth-century paintings and works on paper. This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. The exhibit will then travel to the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum for exhibition in 2016.  https://deyoung.famsf.org/exhibitions/featherwork

SAVE THE DATE: Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Nā Hulu Ali‘i – Community Celebration Exhibit Opening – Saturday, August 29 (time TBD) @ the deYoung, San Francisco.

STAY TUNED!! – UP & COMING ART PACIFIC ISLAND ART SERIES:

Kua`aina Associates will be hosting an Art Series titled, “Celebrating Pacific Island Arts” (CPIA) – scheduled for summer 2015. “CPIA” is a series of workshops and presentations to celebrate the vibrant and rich art practices of Pacific peoples. These series will coincide with the Oakland Museum’s exhibit “Pacific Worlds” and a Native Hawaiian group show curated by “Hale Naua III, Society of Maoli Arts” at Studio Grand in Oakland and the Royal Hawaiian Featherworks: Na Hulu Ali`i exhibit at the deYoung. The art series will be presented by visiting artists from American Samoa and Hawai`i that are cultural practitioners in Samoan Siapo (tapa/kapa making), Hawaiian feather work, music and chant, and Samoan and Hawaiian tattoo traditions.

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Tulafono A Le Agaga E Tu Mau – The Laws of the Spirit Remain the Same

An exhibit of Native Spiritual Art from Around the World

On View through November 29th, 2014  @ The Emerald Tablet in San Francisco, CA

Artist John Rumpley “Forest”

Artist John Rumpley “Forest”

For Immediate Release

November 2014

“Tulafono A Le Agaga E Tu Mau – The Laws of the Spirit Remain the Same” is currently showing at The Emerald Tablet – a creativity salon in San Francisco, California. This group exhibition is the collaborative effort of four San Francisco-based artists who call themselves “The North Star Artists” – Samoan artist Sekio Fuapopo, Finnish American artist John Rampley, Pennsylvania Dutch artist George Shuey, and Filipino-Native American artist George Duran. In the exhibition, the “North Star Artists” present a series of their own artworks along side the works of invited Maori artists Steve Gibbs and Gabrielle Belz, First Nation artists Joe David and Shirod Younker, and Irish American artist Paula Clark.

Each piece in the show traces a specific understanding that each artists has in relationship to the present, the past and genealogy. Through the lens of their cultural identity they uncover imagery, motifs, and colors with the common thread of the “spirit” and “natural” worlds.  This body of work includes abstract and representational paintings along with traditional hand craved canoe paddles and mix media prints.

“The Laws of the Spirit Remain the Same” is a testament that these veteran artists are seemingly immune to the perception and current notion of retirement. Their work definitely is an indication of the powerful inner shift of age and experience that has propelled them into new heights of creativity. In their advanced career as artists, they are highly productive and have produced some of their best work ever – puts a new twist on the phrase “gets better with age”.

“Tulafono A Le Agaga E Tu Mau – The Laws of the Spirit Remain the Same” is a hidden gem that is free for public viewing until November 29

“The Emerald Tablet” in North Beach District

80 Fresno Street, San Francisco, CA 94133   415.500.2323.  

Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday 1 – 5pm or by appointment. 

For more information about the “The North Star Artists” visit their website at           http://northstarartists.com

The artists can also be reached at 415.671.0417 or info@northstarartists.com

About the North Star Artists

George Duran 

Born in Stockton, California in 1944, George was influenced by the work ethic of his father, a Filipino farm laborer. Working the fields in Northern California with his father gave hima respect for nature and a love of the land. He was inspired by the stories his mother shared with him about his Shawnee grandmother. “Looking into cultures has influenced my art.” Being a “breed” created an awareness of his dual cultural heritage, and a realization that what is important is the sameness of the spirit. “That is what I try to express in my art. I speak of the spirit and it’s meaning.” “Looking into cultures has influenced my art. I gravitated toward my Indian blood. The imagery of all early cultures is similar, as in Indian, Oceanic, African, and European. All relate to the spirit. What is important is the spirit. That is what we try to express in our art. We all speak of the spirit and it’s meaning.”

Artist George Duran Abstract “City”

Artist George Duran Abstract “City”

Sekio Fuapopo

Born in Utulei, Tutuila, Amerika Samoa in 1947, Sekio was raised and educated in San Francisco. He is influenced by the traditions of the art and culture of his heritage:navigating the seas and humanity by the stars, winds and songs. Sekio’s love of American Jazz continues to inspire his work today. In making his art, his western education is woven with the legacy of the islands.

Artist Sekio Fuapopo “Northern LIghts”

Artist Sekio Fuapopo “Northern LIghts”

John Rampley 

Born in Fresno, California in 1936, John’s bond with the land and nature came from his Finnish grandfather, a farmer and old-world craftsman – a violin maker, musician, master carpenter, metal smith and blacksmith. His move from a small Finnish community to a cosmopolitan San Francisco in 1942 magnified his love of nature. “I draw from the inspiration of the abstract patterns in nature: rocks, snakeskin, and feathers”.

Artist John Rampley “Whale”

Artist John Rampley “Whale”

George Shuey

Born in San Francisco, CA in 1947. “My work seeks to draw extractions from nature, archetypal forms, and symbols. The unknown aspects of our nature can be revealedthrough an inner search for the unknown within ourselves. Automatic writing, form, and marks within the work seek to reveal a greater understanding of nature, ourselves and the universe in which we live.”

Artist George Shuey “Family”

Artist George Shuey “Family”

North Star’s Guest Artists

Gabrielle Belz

Gabrielle is a Maori artist, initially trained as a commercial artist, and is now a full-time painter and printmaker. She continues to support and promote art in the local and widercommunity as current chair of Te Atinga (Committee of Contemporary Māori Visual Arts) of Toi Māori Aotearoa, a founding member of Kauwae (National Māori Women’s Art Collective), trustee of Toi o Manukau, a long-serving member of Nga Puna Waihanga (a national community-oriented organization that supports all Māori arts), a founding member of the artists’ co-operative Pukeko, and she serves on the Creative Community Funds committee for Manukau City.

Gabrielle Belz “Kiwi”

Gabrielle Belz “Kiwi”

Paula Clark 

Paula’s work is influenced by her interested in the natural world internally and externally.Her painting is a reflection of her ongoing exploration of the wonder of the universe and our relationship to it. This consideration of dharma is her lens on cosmic law and order.

Artist Paula Clark “Dharma Dog M”

Artist Paula Clark “Dharma Dog M”

Joe David 

Joe David has effortlessly blended the modern Northwest Coast art movement with hisown Nuu chah-nulth art and other cultural influences. His interest in shamanism, spiritual healing, traditional practices and protecting the environment has become a quest and led him to journey around the world.

Artist Joe David ‘Sea Wolf’

Artist Joe David ‘Sea Wolf’

Steve Gibbs 

A Maori New Zealander, Steve researches mnemonics for his work, exploring the symbolic connections between bird, fish and whakapapa (genealogy), incorporating motifs ofanimals and nature along side those of his Ngai Ngai Tamanuhiri and Tairawhiti hui (tribe). His relationship to the sea is a strong focus and he explores techniques including the use of many translucent layers of paint (up to 70 layers) to represent water and its symbiosis with other elements in his work.

Artst Steve Gibbs “Harakeke Hoe"

Artst Steve Gibbs “Harakeke Hoe”

Shirod Younker

Shirod’s work is always collaboration between the past and present as well as memory of his ancestral homeland. He continues to draw inspiration form the objects his ancestorsleft behind and from the land that he stands on or from the waters he paddles canoe on. Shirod goal is not truly to make the most beautiful object, but an object with a life that facilitates or reminds us to be better people.” Shirod Younker is a member of the Coquille Indian Tribe of Portland, Oregon and an artist specializing in woodcarving and traditional canoe making.

Artist Shirod Younker "Wood Paddles"

Artist Shirod Younker “Wood Paddles”

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Continuing to Follow Paper & Blade: Storytelling Under the Knife de Young Artist Fellows

New Works by de Young artist fellow Adrienne Heloise

photo by Roozbeh Jafarzadeh

photo by Roozbeh Jafarzadeh

Adrienne has been working hard in her studio space in the Kimball Education Gallery. Typically, her work depicts figures from Napoleonic and French Romantic battle scenes. During her first few weeks in the Kimball Gallery, Adrienne  decided to venture out into a new frontier of the American art  – an early American painting from the de Young’s permanent collection, Boatmen on the Missouri  (1846), by George Caleb Bingham.  Through it, Adrienne is exploring her own relationship to early American concepts and her personal resistance to notions of idealized history as she searches for the hidden brutality behind the scenes and questions how iconic imagery contrasts with today’s concepts of patriotism.

Her rendition of Boatmen on the Missouri is a stylized, colorful collage of cut paper on a wooden canvas. The overflow of objects and decorative ornamentation around her central figures reflects themes of excess in early American paintings. She desires a “claustrophobic abundance” to enhance themes of surplus and plenty.

Similar to her other work, her interest stems from her dissection of “masculinity.” The depiction of male bodies representing American “freedom” brings to light how ideas become gendered in the American past. How was the “protestant work ethic” defined by American artists and how was masculinity revealed in this romanticized, glorified genre of painting? Adrienne’s take on the 19th-century painting explores a genre that omits certain truths of American history. However, it is also an exploration of an artist coming to terms with her own identity in the American genre.

– taken from Kelsey Middlebrook, de Young intern

Adrienne working @ Kimball open studio working on "Boatmen" piece.

Adrienne working @ Kimball open studio working on “Boatmen” piece.

Adrienne's rendition of Boatmen on the Missouri is a stylized, colorful collage of cut paper on a wooden canvas.

Adrienne’s rendition of Boatmen on the Missouri is a stylized, colorful collage of cut paper on a wooden canvas.

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