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20 Years of Journals + If the Way is Open

  • By Janis Lee

20 Years of Journals + If the Way is Open

20 Years of Journals + If the Way is Open
by Matt Mallams and Elyse Butler


Fishcake presents '20 Years of Journals + If the Way is Open' as a collaborative show by husband and wife artists Matt Mallams and Elyse Butler on view June 9 till August 3, 2022. Opening reception Thursday, June 9, 2022.


This exhibition featuring husband and wife duo illustrates their daily individual practices of mindfulness and awareness. Mallams has been creating a series of unique art journals documented with collages of found and made items such as photos, tickets, flyers, or something papery that seemingly floats into his life from the outside world or the sidewalk sometimes. The range of elements reflects or inspires his creative flow as seen in his collection being shared publicly for the first time. Butler can make you feel like you can touch the ocean in her underwater dreamscapes. Capturing moments unseen, she brings a breathtaking world of blue to the fishcake showroom space. 


Matt Mallams is the photo editor of Hana Hou! the magazine of Hawaiian Airlines and also works as an editorial and street photographer. He has won numerous awards for his unique vision and is a graduate in the Visual Journalism program at the Brooks Institute of Photography.  He is the creator of the Honolulu Photo Nights and one of the founding members of the Honolulu Street Collective. When he's not working with photographs, he enjoys creating new pages for his visual journals, skateboarding under the bridge at the Makiki Skatepark and spending time with his wife and two kids at their home in East Oahu.


Elyse Butler is a photographer based in Honolulu, Hawaii with a focus on documentary, nature, and underwater work. She strives to create authentic, vibrant, storytelling imagery that illustrates the essence of island life. Her approach to photography is intuitive and spontaneous, focused on capturing moments, emotion, and synchronicity in life. An explorer at heart, she's inspired by the wild beauty of the islands, swimming in the open ocean and the aloha spirit of the people here in Hawai'i.



20 Years of Journals + If the Way is Open
by Matt Mallams + Elyse Butler
opening reception 
thursday june 16, 2022
6pm - 8pm @ fishcake
307c kamani st, honolulu, hi, 96813

exhibition runs from june 9 till september 3, 2022

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