fishcake is excited to present "Big Island Mokuhanga", opening Wednesday, September 27th, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., showcasing the artistic craftsmanship of mokuhanga, a traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking technique. The exhibition will include works by a group of artists from the Big Island of Hawai‘i headlined by renowned mokuhanga practitioners Hiroki Morinoue, Glenn Yamanoha, Lonny Tomono, Jeera Rattanangkoon, Miho Morinoue, and Vickie Van Fechtmann.
Mokuhanga, unlike western methods of printmaking, is an application solely through the usage of natural materials. Chiseled wood block reliefs are brushed with water-based inks rather than oil-based inks, overlaid with a piece of washi, or japanese paper which is then pressed into the wood using a flat hand-held tool called a baren rather than run through a mechanical press. Typically, a carved wood relief is made for every color represented in the finished print.
Mokuhanga made its way into the Big Island community through Hiroki Morinoue and Glenn Yamanoha--both whom dedicated several years to studying the art of mokuhanga in Japan in the 1980’s. Each returned to Hawaii to share and pass on the tradition of mokuhanga through teaching.
fishcake’s exhibition will coincide with the 2017 International Mokuhanga Conference (IMC) held this year in Honolulu, O‘ahu and hosted by Big Island’s Donkey Mill Art Center. IMC 2017 Hawaii is a triennial event gathering international mokuhanga artists, academics, curators and collectors dedicated to the continuation and promotion of this printmaking tradition for an international audience.
The show will be on exhibit at fishcake from September 27th, 2017 to January 20th, 2018. Refreshments will be served. Parking is available in the Marie Louise parking lot at 331 Kamani street.