the art

opening: ArtIntime

"these are diminutive boxes, and intime is the french word for intimate or small, so this is 'ArtIntime'." - kj baysa

fishcake's pop-up, APT 155, at south shore market presents ArtIntime, a group exhibition featuring diminutive artworks created by a group of acclaimed hawaii artists. join us for the opening friday, august 17th from 5-8pm

when keiko hatano received dozens of tins for her personal care line in the wrong size, instead of returning them, she decided to get creative. inspired by marcel duchamp’s ready-made and boîte-en-valise series, she teamed up with kj baysa to distribute 56 tin boxes to artists in hawaii and california. each artist either had to be living in hawaii or have strong ties to the islands. they were asked just one question: "what kind of art piece might you make or put inside a 4-inch tin box?".

given no limiting themes or guidelines, the artists had free rein to do with their tin as they wished; whether that be manipulating the box, creating a tiny world within, or going beyond the reaches of the tin. each individual box is a singular expression of creativity by the artist. displayed together the tins form a cabinet of curiosities, ranging from exploratory non-sequitur scenes to entire miniature worlds. deep inner musings transformed into tiny realities result in a unique and personal set of artworks that invite viewers to interpret the little worlds from their own perspective. 

"The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act. 
-Marcel Duchamp 

the artists' diverse interpretations of this task create a set of one-of-a-kind pieces, all incorporating the same object. an urge to destroy in order to create lead artists maile yawata + lauren trangmar to run over their box with a car, freeing them from the constraints of working with a required material. some artists created pieces dedicated to the memory of jay jensen, the honolulu museum of art's former curator of contemporary arts. others turned inner thoughts and musings into miniature scenes.

the show originally opened at the hawaii state art museum and featured 56 boxes by 56 artists. fishcake is excited to display the remaining 32 pieces until they find permanent homes. the individual tins are available for purchase, with each artist donating a portion of their sales to the james jensen contemporary art acquisition fund at the honolulu museum of art.

opening reception     
friday, august 17th, 2018
6p-8p @fishcake at south shore market  (under tj maxx)
1170 auahi st, honolulu, hi, 96814
free parking in structure

viewing hours are mon-sat 10a - 9p sun 10a - 6p
for more information, contact or 808.593.1231


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