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The paths of artists Allison LaValley, Michelle Schwengel-Regala and Kun Lian Xu have intersected through the proximity of their lives and workspaces in Kaka‘ako. In 2016, Michelle was working out of a studio at Aupuni Space (formerly 729 Studios) and met Kun who was working in adjacent Heavy Metal Inc. Around the same time, Allison and Michelle met through the local fiber group “Aloha Knitters.” Their three paths finally converged when Allison joined Aupuni Space in 2019.
As studio neighbors and co-exhibitors in previous group exhibitions at fishcake and BoxJelly, the artists have recognized certain points of intersection in their work. The effects of light through layers feature in each of their approaches to making art. Whether reflected off the base material or a surface treatment, this quality can be traced through all their pieces here utilizing paper, wood, fiber, and metal.
Though this exhibition was postponed due to the pandemic, these artists are now feeling hope that this dark time is shifting, brightening, and that there is indeed light to be seen at the end of the tunnel.
Kun Lian Xu Bio: Kun is a maker who works with wood and metal. Recently she added upcycled materials like plastic marine debris, glass bottles, and aluminum cans to her repertoire. Kun received her BA in Studio Art from UH-Mānoa in 2012. After graduating, she joined O‘ahu Makerspace (a hands-on co-working space) and acquired basic welding and woodworking skills. She currently works at Heavy Metal Hawai‘i and enjoys experimenting with materials through industrial design and metal fabrication.tica.