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Visual Poetry

By Shin Takahashi, Michael Marshall, and Paul Levitt

Fishcake presents a collaboration show (February 10 to April 9, 2022) with 3 artists Shin Takahashi, Michael Marshall, and Paul Levitt in our next exhibition “Visual Poetry”, in alignment with anticipated Hawaiʻi Triennial (February 18 to May 8, 2022).

Modern Visual Poetry emerged worldwide with the advent of abstract art and avant-garde movements in the early 20th century. International movements such as Cubism, Dadaism, Futurism, and Surrealism gave rise to new visual genres such as concrete poetry and collage art. Beginning in the mid-1970s Hawaiʻi’s first concrete poet, late Wayne Kaumualii Westlake (1947-1984) began publishing locally, regionally, and internationally. Westlake’s ground-breaking work continues to influence Native and non-Native concrete poets and artists including Joe Balaz, Kaʻili Chun, Richard and Mark Hamasaki, Imaikalani Kalahele, Kapulani Landgraf, Carl Pao, Shinichi Takahashi, and most recently, Thad Higa, who was the 2019 artist-in-residence at BoxJelly + Fishcake.


Shin Takahashi creates a body of work depicting Wayne Kaumualii Westlake’s unfiltered poetry in its rawest form. Constructing images with a blend of typographical effects, the pieces become alive as they convey visual meaning. This style that Shin has full-heartedly embraced can be referred to as visual poetry.

Michael Marshall’s latest series “No return to Bennecourt”, is inspired by Claude Monet. Michael polyptych echoes the format of Monet’s late waterlily triptychs and embeds an irreverent Haiku, that responds to data reported by the American Institute of Physics’s August 2021 “The Discovery of Global Warming Timeline''. Michael ponders, “When Loihi breaks, at some distant point in time, above the waters… will we humans be around to witness?”

Paul Levitt sees words without reading words. Visual rather than verbal. Words and letters are visual marks with an association with literature and poetry. Yet stripped of this association, they become interesting lines and shapes adding gravitas to artistic composition.  

Stop by and ponder the layers of our verbal becoming in a display of visual communication.

Visual Poetry

Exhibition runs from February 10 til April 9.

307C Kamani St, Honolulu HI 96813
Gallery Hours: Sun 11am - 4pm, Tues thru Sat 11am - 6pm

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