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

In the words of noted artist James Whistler, “An artist is not paid for his labor bur for his vision”
 
Kua`aina Associates would like to give a A BIG SHOUT OUT to these amazing companies: @msc_customs @bldbth @1xrun and @jeegunkim that are product sponsors for “Paper & Blade” artist Ian Kuali’i during his artist residency at the de Young Kimball Gallery. Most important for seeing the value in supporting the art and the artists!
 
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Continuing to Follow Paper & Blade: Storytelling Under the Knife de Young Artist Fellows

2/16/14: Paper & Blade artist fellow Ian Kuali’i’s large cut paper piece is casting its shadow @ the de Young Kimball Gallery!

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de Young Artist Fellows’ 2 month residency
KIMBALL EDUCATION GALLERY @ the de Young
Stop-by and visit the artists!
February 5–March 30 – Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm
Reception: Friday, March 28, 6–8:30 pm

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Following: Paper & Blade: Storytelling Under the Knife – New Works by Artists Mayumi Hamanaka, Adrienne Heloise, Ian Kuali`i and Kai Margarida-Ramirex de Arellano

Paper & Blade: Storytelling Under the Knife de Young artist fellow Ian Kuali`i today installed his first cut paper piece at the Kimball Gallery. The following photos starts with the final installation of the piece in front of the Kimball Gallery window….followed by photos of Ian’s creation in progress.

Ian’s finished larger scale hand cut paper pieces (12’x8′) is a dedication to is daughter Luna who will be born in San Francisco smack in the middle of his two-month artist residency. (Photos by Ian Kuali`i, Gina Marr & Carolyn Kuali`i)

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Following: Paper & Blade: Storytelling Under the Knife – New Works by Artists Mayumi Hamanaka, Adrienne Heloise, Ian Kuali`i and Kai Margarida-Ramirex de Arellano

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view the video http://instagram.com/p/kXaIXrB4q1/?autoplay=true

Paper & Blade: Storytelling Under the Knife artist fellow Kai Margarida-Ramirez De Arellano video piece…her image transforms into the textile. Kai is working from her Satellite Studio @ Parsons The New School for Design where she is a MFA Fine Arts candidate. Kai will be joining the other de Young artist fellows in the Kimball Gallery late March. 

Artist’s Statement: “My work in the recent years has engaged with these photographs taken by my great-great grandmother. I call this an inter-generational collaboration across the realms. Blowing up the photographs, I can see my ancestors’ faces clearer than ever before. Sometimes they are younger than I am. By cutting into the images, I begin to insert myself into the stories, and I begin to tell a new story that is still in the process of becoming. 

The patterns I cut out of the photographs are sourced from the tile floors in Puerto Rico (which actually are references to the Moorish tiles in Spain) during the 18-and early 1900’s and in my great-grandmother’s house. These tile floors are one of the only shared experiences I have with my mother and grandmother. We all played on those floors, and the patterns were our first encounters with geometry, a sacred and mystical field of epistemology”.

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Paper & Blade WordPress Site Up and Running

Paper & Blade WordPress Site Up and Running

http://www.paperandblade.org/

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Paper & Blade: Storytelling Under the Knife – de Young Artist Fellows Begins their Two Month Artist Residency at the Kimball Gallery

New Works by Artists Mayumi Hamanaka, Adrienne Heloise, Ian Kuali`i and Kai Margarida-Ramirex de Arellano 

What happens when you bring together four artists to inhabit a studio together? The answer will unfold over the next four months as de Young Artist Fellows Mayumi Hamanaka, Adrienne Heloise, Ian Kuali’i, and Kai Margarida-Ramírez collaborate on Paper and Blade: Storytelling Under the Knife. In February and March the four artists will each explore the art of paper cutting through their own sensibilities and histories in the artist studio. Kai Margarida-Ramírez will work remotely from NYC until the end of March, making this site a portal for her in-progress and studio sharings. To finish their fellowship, Galeria de la Raza will present an exhibit of their finished works, including a new mural by Ian Kuali’i.

Hamanaka, Heloise, Kuali’i, and Margarida-Ramírez were brought together by Kua’aina Associates. As collaborating partners, the de Young museum, Kua’aina Associates, and Galeria de la Raza support the artists from inception, to creation, to presentation. We’re bringing you along too. Visit the artists at the de Young, see their work at Galeria de la Raza, and check back here frequently for pictures, stories, and projects as the installation unfolds.

Fellow and interact with the artists on their WordPress site:  http://www.paperandblade.org/blog/

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Day 2: A photo view of the Kimball Gallery @ the de Young Museum at night with artist fellows Ian Kuali`i and Mayumi Hamanaka during after open studio hours. Ian is working on a large scale freestyle hand cut paper piece – cutting off of the wall. Ian and artist fellow, Adrienne Heloise are collaborating on a piece that will be hanging in front of the gallery window. Mayumi is currently working on the computer preparing for a paper cut piece she will be creating during this residecy. Stay tune for more photos and the launching of their WordPress site!Image

Paper & Blade: Kimball Gallery screens are up and running with the artist fellows slides and the artists are setting in….photo by artist fellow, Ian Kuali`i

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Week 1 – Paper & Blade: Artist Fellow Ian Kuali`i freestyle hand cut paper in motion….Keep tune for more as Ian and Adrienne Heloise collaborate on this piece that will be hanging in front of the Kimball gallery window. 

 

 

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Support Paper & Blade: Storytelling Under the Knife – New works by Paper Cut Artists,  Mayumi Hamanaka, Adrienne Heloise, Ian Kuali`i and Kai Margarida-Ramírez de Arellano

Link here to make a tax-deductable gift and help the artists meet their Indiegogo fundraising goal    Paper & Blade: Storytelling Under the Knife Indiegogo Campaign

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About the Indiegogo Campaign

Paper & Blade: Storytelling Under the Knife is the theme that brings four cut paper artists together to engage in an artistic process inspired by cultural and historical phenomenon. Each artist comes from a different ethnic background; national origin and aesthetic style thus bring to the project diversity of beliefs and practices that is the dynamic foundation for this artistic partnership. Their individual practices entail the use of hidden meanings within images and symbols, which will be an interesting point of departure. The artists are fascinated by the ephemeral quality of paper and how it is much like the fleeting experience of human memories/stories and of life itself. 

During February and March 2014, the artists will be in San Francisco engaged in an open art studio at the deYoung’s Kimball Gallery. During these two-months they will be cutting and creating new provocative bodies of work for exhibition at the historic Galeria de la Raza in the cultural and mural rich San Francisco’s Mission District. Starting from four locations in the Galeria the artist’s work will weave towards a central architectural collaboration involving layers of their cut paper works blending together a new narrative.

WHAT IS CUT PAPER?  Cut paper is the medium that brings these four artists together, and while each artist has developed their own personalized techniques to obtain their unique styles and aesthetics, the fundamental materials are the same. Meditative in nature, the cutting of paper is a slow, deliberate, and often solitary practice that lends itself to a magical quality.  In order to create with cut paper, the artist must first destroy, an alchemical process, speaking to the divine dichotomy of creation and destruction. 

Why is Paper & Blade: Storytelling Under the Knife worth supporting?

“Paper & Blade” will be a powerful vehicle for communication that cuts across racial, cultural, social, educational and economic barriers and enhances cultural appreciation and awareness. It will be an artistic exploration resulting in visual storytelling, creating a platform for inter-connectivity between the audience and artists. 

How Will Your Support Help Us?

Your generous donation weather big or small will help us reach our fundraising goal – to cover 50% of our travel and lodging cost for two of the artists coming from the East Coast and also help expense the exhibition framing cost. All donations are tax-deductible and will be received and managed by Kua`aina Associates, Inc. (A California based Art & Cultures Non-profit that that is providing the coordination for the artists). 

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Kua`aina Associates is Excited to Introduce Paper & Blade: Storytelling Under the Knife – New works by Paper Cut Artists,  Mayumi Hamanaka, Adrienne Heloise, Ian Kuali`i and Kai Margarida-Ramírez de Arellano

 

Paper & Blade: Storytelling Under the Knife is the theme that brings four cut paper artists together to engage in an artistic process inspired by cultural and historical phenomenon. Each artist comes from a different ethnic background; national origin and aesthetic style thus bring to the project diversity of beliefs and practices that is the dynamic foundation for this artistic partnership. Their individual practices entail the use of hidden meanings within images and symbols, which will be an interesting point of departure. The artists are fascinated by the ephemeral quality of paper and how it is much like the fleeting experience of human memories/stories and of life itself. 

During February and March 2014, the artists will be in San Francisco engaged in an open art studio at the deYoung’s Kimball Gallery. During these two-months they will be cutting and creating new provocative bodies of work for exhibition at the historic Galeria de la Raza in the cultural and mural rich San Francisco’s Mission District. Starting from four locations in the Galeria the artist’s work will weave towards a central architectural collaboration involving layers of their cut paper works blending together a new narrative. . 

WHAT IS CUT PAPER?  Cut paper is the medium that brings these four artists together, and while each artist has developed their own personalized techniques to obtain their unique styles and aesthetics, the fundamental materials are the same. Meditative in nature, the cutting of paper is a slow, deliberate, and often solitary practice that lends itself to a magical quality.  In order to create with cut paper, the artist must first destroy, an alchemical process, speaking to the divine dichotomy of creation and destruction. 

MEET THE ARTISTS

 Mayumi Hamanaka is a Japanese artist who uses historical photographs and references to examine memory and the mistakes of the past. She uses a subtle process of cutting topographies into photographs, where details start to disappear and amorphous white forms develop like oversize puzzle pieces. Up close they suggest topographical contour maps, but the contours are layers of paper cutouts secured by tiny metal studs. These layers speak to the layers of earth that consists of layers of formerly living things, including humans. http://mayumihamanaka.com

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Adrienne Heloise researches historical events as the basis for her work and translates early European paintings into contemporary explorations of intimacy, gender and power.   She cuts colored paper, recycled security envelopes and vinyl to recreate images from the French Romantic era paintings.  She delves into the isolation and titillation of homosocial interaction by appropriating the symbols of 19th century western royalty, weaponry and fashion.  http://www.adrienneheloise.com/

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Heartthrob – 10″ x 10″

 

Ian Kuali`i’s creative process is “The meditative process of destroying to create”. Blending the contrasting elements of loose graffiti techniques with detailed hand cut paper to manifest unique compositions. His work is a balance between the rough and delicate while exploring ideas of modern progress dependent on a foundation in one’s own history. His art is influenced by his ancestral ties to the Southwest United States and Hawaii, as well as Masonic symbolism, mysticism, global politics and themes of urban decay.http://iankualii.com/

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Newarkave and Fragments

 

Kai Margarida-Ramírez de Arellano was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New Mexico.  This double sense of home has given her a unique perspective on post-colonial, feminist and border identity. Specializing in paper cutting and embroidery, Kai’s artwork fuses her family mythology, pop-culture, and intricate handiwork.  Her most recent paper cuts source from family stories and photographs taken by her great-great-grandmother, thereby establishing inter-generational collaborations with her ancestors.  This process has allowed Kai to collapse time and explore her space as a woman between cultures, languages, and epochs. http://www.kaicita.com/
 
 
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Floor Tiles Series
 
 

Please Help Support Paper & Blade’s Indiegogo Campaign:

Your generous donation weather big or small will help us reach our fundraising goal – to cover 50% of our travel and lodging cost for two of the artists coming from the East Coast and also help expense the exhibition framing cost. All donations are tax-deductible and will be received and managed by Kua`aina Associates, Inc. To make a donation, link on to the “Paper & Blade” Indiegogo campaign link below this image. Mahalo!

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Our Heritage . Our Cultures . Our Future . Our Responsibility

Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (DRIP) Youth Poster Campaign 2013

Kua`aina, in partnership with the United Coalition to Protect Panhe, created a poster to raise awareness among Indigenous youth about the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). For this project the theme was, “What does the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples mean to you and your Nation?”  A call for emerging indigenous artists was done and the result was the collaboration of four artists.

About the DRIP Youth Poster Image:

•The circular eagle feathers with the four directions symbol, represents the human race.

•The Pelican has great cultural significance to many coastal California Indians and was chosen by the artists because the Pelican is rarely used in Indian art.

•The stylized hands symbolize the care of “Our Heritage, Our Cultures, Our Future, and Our Responsibility” which are in our hands.

•The tattoo designs represent the diversity of indigenous peoples from a global community that has made California their home. 

•The water designs are there to remind us that “water” is vital to all “living things” and without it we cannot survive.

•The other images in the poster are representative to the indigenous California Indians.

Poster Artists: Anthony Sull (Rumsen Ohlone), Joey Montoya (Mayan/Lipan Apache), Jose Gonzales – lead artist (Chicano). Graphic Artists: Jeremy Arviso (Navajo) Project Staff: Carolyn Kuali`i, Project Director (Hawaiian/Apache) and Rico Miranda, Project Manager (Rumsen Ohlone).

The DRIP Youth Poster Campaign was made possible with the support of the Christensen Fund and the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples, Inc. 

To download the poster image for FREE and learn move about UNDRIP go to: http://kuaainaassociates.com/Kuaainaassociates.com/Home.htmlImage

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In critical times art matters more than ever

This gallery contains 6 photos.

Juntos Creamos/Together We Create is the theme of an exciting art internship that has brought together students to create “Art for the Community.” Under the direction of Kua`aina Associates, seven seniors from the Berkeley High School Arts and Humanities Academy (AHA) have had … Continue reading

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