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art salon: an urban dialogue

  • By cassie louie

art salon: an urban dialogue

art salon: an urban dialogue

fishcake invites you to art salon, a quarterly visual art exhibition comprised of hawai‘i-based contemporary artists, at our south shore market location in ward village. 

art salon, is inspired by the historical french term used to describe a gathering of people under one roof where participants were encouraged to exchange ideas and spur conversation. the approach in curating each rotation of artists involves a mindfulness towards the artists’ interactions with the modernity of urban life and how they choose to express these connections through their work. 

art salon, connects community with local artists of varying levels of experience with a wide range of artwork in multiple disciplines and media.

Ava Fedorov

Ava Fedorov is a mixed media painter and drawer who is deeply influenced by nature and the wilderness of the subconscious. In painting, Fedorov uses abstraction as an entry point to the wilderness and color to evoke the beauty of nature. In drawing she uses intricate line work alongside finely scrawled poetry to reference both scientific drawing and the mystery of something ancient, lost, forgotten, and then found.


Debra Drexler

Debra Drexler’s work is informed by participating in the contemporary resurgence of abstraction coming out of New York, and by living in the Post Colonial Pacific for nearly three decades. In the 21st century, much of everyone’s experience is mediated through the screens of their devices. In contrast, the making and viewing of paintings remains a direct, immersive experience. She aims to take her audience to a state of timelessness primal in its humanity, disconnecting individuals momentarily from the mediated “now” of electronic devices, and connecting them to a “now” that gives a glimpse of the infinite. It is painting that challenges through its brazen sincerity, abandonment of the ego, and ancient materiality.

Her work is informed by her unique bi-coastal experience and translates the inner experience into outer form through a vigorous athletic process. Drexler has had numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world.


Daniel Lint

Daniel Lint uses clippings from various magazines and books. His style is free flowing and surreal. As far as characteristics go, Lint uses and arranges color, shadows, and fold lines to make up the collage as a whole solid piece. He is influenced by music and everyday life. 


Jarin Moriguchi

Jarin Moriguchi’s work explores both inner and outer boundaries that trap and contain everyone. His work elaborates on notions of anxiety, paranoia, complacency, comfort, and fear. He constructs abstracted representations of spaces and enclosures that are at once familiar, obscure, inviting, and uneasy. Moriguchi furthers his investigations through utilization of paint application in oil, non-native color and personal iconography.

Moriguchi’s content is derived from the intersection of painting, technology, inhabited spaces, pop culture icons, and ideas of the science fiction genre and history. His work is rooted in peoples’ subconscious drive to question and play with the transience of human existence and how these forces influence everyone’s decisions. The intended naivety of recognizable subject matter of icons lend itself to convey the playfulness and curiosity of a pre-conscious outlook on the world before individuals uncover their own changing truths.

Matt Okahata

Woodcut, monoprinting, screenprinting. Matt Okahata likes to layer different colors and transparencies. He is a lover of the outdoors and a surfer. Most of his art is inspired by the ocean and the mountains.

Hana Yoshihata

Hawaiʻi Island based artist Hana Yoshihata collaborates with coastal and deep sea water to create paintings that evoke and honor their places of origin as well as wayfinding practices throughout the Pacific. The sky and sea serve as the greatest influences and inspirations for her work, fed by her experiences voyaging on canoes Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia throughout Hawaiʻi and abroad. Her practice strives to highlight Pacific voyaging through art by celebrating the relationship between the people of Oceania, canoes, and the sea.

Working on sheets of heavy watercolor paper placed flat on the floor, mixtures of ocean waters, acrylic pigments and ink are allowed to flow, mix and dry freely across the surface. This process welcomes the elemental influence of the ocean by changing and eroding pigments, alluding to its power in transforming larger environments and landscapes, and resulting in pieces that are ultimately shaped by the sea.

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