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art opening: makiki | june 15, 2017

image courtesy of Justin Davies

fishcake is excited to present Makiki, opening Thursday, June 15th, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Makiki marks the starting point in a collaborative exhibition by artists Duncan Dempster and Justin Davies. The two have joined to create a series of works using a shared set of photos.

From snapshots captured on the street, en route by foot or car, Duncan has created a series of abstractions based on the visual textures and palette presented by Makiki. By way of 

“reworking and reproducing images of the neighborhood with screen printing and an assemblage/collage workflow, the results are an attempt to record a personal psycho-geographic response to a neighborhood that I’ve moved through and around for 40 years."

Justin, via photomontage, has created small movies that don’t move, employing images shared from a Google Doc folder with Duncan. Images include late 1800’s Photochrom prints from the Detroit Publishing Company, along with his own photographs of other places along the way. In his movies he is interested  

“in the physical architecture that frames our lives and the presence of history and instinct that we carry into these spaces. We may walk past the same apartments, staircases and electrical meters, but these structures evoke different memories, emotions and imaginative impulses for each of us." 

The scenes he has created take this “temporally perforated backdrop of Makiki as the suggestive set for new narratives, cast with characters from bygone moments of the last century.”

Duncan is a Honolulu-based artist and educator, primarily specializing in print media. He is the executive director of Honolulu Printmakers. Along with his personal studio practice, he has been involved in numerous collective printmaking projects involving community outreach, collaboration, and exteriorized studio strategies, most recently a project titled .5ppi.

Justin, also based in Honolulu, works with a range of media that allow him to integrate historical, scientific and aesthetic perspectives. His art is influenced by his exploration of places where he has lived and by his love of film. He works as Associate Director of Outreach for the Honolulu Museum of Art School.

The show will be on exhibit at fishcake​ from June 15th, 2017, to August 12th, 2017. Refreshments will be served. Parking is available in the Marie Louise parking lot at 331 Kamani street.

Makiki by Justin Davies and Duncan Dempster
thursday, june 15th, 2017
6-8p @ fishcake
307c kamani street
honolulu, hi 96813

parking in the marie louise lot - 331 kamani street

image courtesy of Duncan Dempster
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