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art opening: HI, how have 郵便(yu-bin)? 

fishcake’s Fishmarket Pop-up at Honolulu's new South Shore Market presents HI, how have 郵便 (yu-bin)? opening on Thursday, November 17th, 2016, featuring “mail art”  by Gen Hayashida, a.k.a. N39, and sculptures by Esther Shimazu.

Hayashida’s “mail art” are, what can be considered, three-dimensional postcards. Unlike a regular paper postcard, these are sculptural postcards made of various materials, including, but not limited to, foam, wood, toys, and metal. In fact, he mailed these postcards from his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to us here at fishcake, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

My ‘mail art’ works are usually sculptural and kept to the size of a postcard. They’re meant to be handled and viewed from different angles. My inspirations come from everyday objects and a sense of humor plays an important part in my work.”

Originally from Japan, Hayashida now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his partner Pamela, one dog, three cats, and five chickens in an old adobe house. He is currently a part of a collective makers group called The Squirrels, who create installations, pop-up restaurants, unusual crafts, and have contributed to Meow Worl’s installation, “The House of Eternal Returns,” in Santa Fe. His “mail art” has been featured in three other exhibitions in Billings, Montana, Seattle, Washington, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Alongside Hayashida’s jovial “mail art,” we are also featuring Shimazu’s stoneware sculptures of bald, lovable, nude, chunky Asian women. Shimazu says her sculptures are the product of,  

“...a nerdy love of clay, an engineer dad, a mother with good stories, several smartypants siblings and growing up Japanese American in post-statehood Hawaii.”

Her irreverently voluptuous figures are hand built round and hollow, using long-held pottery methods, making them durable and well-made.

“They look like my nearest and dearest (a little heftier…) and they don’t bother with hairdos or clothes which only get in the way. They’re warm and well, at least in their little world.”

Shimazu was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She began studying ceramics at the University of Hawaii Manoa, then finished a Bachelor of Fine Arts and subsequently a Master’s of Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Now a studio artist, she is represented in galleries around the world, including Hawaii, California, Illinois and Switzerland. She has also taught various workshops, such venues include Penland Anderson Ranch, Santa Fe Clay, Emily Carr Institute, The Clay Studio Missoula and Idyllwild.

So to answer the question, HI, how have 郵便 (yu-bin)? come on into Fishmarket Pop-Ups at South Shore Market to find out for yourself!


HI, how have 郵便(yu-bin)? 
opening reception    
thursday, november 17th, 2016
6p-8p @fishcake at south shore market  (under TJ Maxx)
1170 auahi st, honolulu, HI, 96814
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exhibition runs from november 17 to january 15th, 2017
viewing hours are mon-sat 10a - 9p sun 10a - 6p
for more information, contact or 808.593.1231

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