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art opening | "big fish, little fish"

  • By gwenn kearns

art opening |

"big fish, little fish" 

fishcake presents our newest exhibition, "big fish, little fish" featuring hiroki + setsuko morinoue. join us for the opening and artists reception on thursday, november 8, 2018 from 6pm - 8pm.  

showcasing nature inspired mokuhanga prints by hiroki morinoue alongside his wife setsuko morinoue’s ceramic vessels, this exhibition is dedicated to the artists’ dear friend chuck bennett.

born on hawaii island hiroki morinoue draws inspiration from the landscapes of his home as well as the aesthetic of japanese arts, crafts and landscape gardens. his work uses symbols as suggestive messages and patterns from nature, reflecting his patient observance of nature, the rhythms of the ocean shoreline, the fluidity of lava flows, the patterns of light on water. he transcends these observations in various mediums, including watercolor, oil, acrylic and mix media paintings, monotypes, sculptures, photography, ceramics, and mokuhanga. hiroki received his bfa degree from the california college of arts and crafts (now cca) in 1973 and shortly after dedicated several years studying japanese woodblock printmaking in japan with takashi okubo sensei. he later returned to hawaii to share and pass on the tradition of mokuhanga through teaching. 

setsuko morinoue, hails from japan and is mainly a self-taught artist, learning by exploring and experimenting while taking many workshops throughout her career by well-established artists. working from her consciousness she continues to shape a piece until she finds the right relationship where a sense of harmony within and between the forms is present and the form itself seems to be having a conversation. she is interested in how objects relate to one another, as people do, and creates forms that revolve around metaphoric relationships with a sense of time and space around each work, focusing on the negative space. when it comes to her functional wares she thinks of intimate relationships from her hands to others, creating shapes that have a simple and inviting sensibility with their curves, weight and thickness. she likes to imagine what dishes may be served in her vessels and whether is invites her to a wonderful feast. struggling with the constant challenge to feel in balance with space, time, relationships and nature, setsuko is able to express these dynamics through her works in hopes to achieve a sense of tranquility and rootedness.

In 1979 hiroki and setsuko morinoue established studio 7 fine arts gallery as the first and now longest standing contemporary art gallery in hawaii. this humble space, located in holualoa on the big island, a small village with a charmed history, holds a open-ended mission: to create and promote contemporary art.     

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