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Fishcake presents HI > NY > HI reflection / rearticulation by a ring of eight Hawaii born artists that share a journeyed experience to New York City around the neo-conceptual era of the ’80s, on view January 21 to April 10, 2021.
In the 80s-90s, a circle of young emerging artists ventured from their homes in Hawaii to the Big Apple, aka New York City. The scene at the time was the height of neo-conceptualism, avant-garde, and pop street art. Big names that came from those times were Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, etc. This circle of Hawaii artists experienced a unique and special time together in American history. Now, forty years later, many have trickled back to Hawaii, bringing with them their own flavor. This show will be the third iteration of HI/NY/HI shows since their exhibitions in the early ’90s at BOOM Gallery downtown and in the mid-’90s at KCC’s Gallery.
Kazu Kauinana is hawaii born and raised japanese and hawaiian descent. Graduated with aBFA from University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1972 then acquired his MFA in Sculpture at Boulder, Colorado. He has worked with Quest Foundry as a chaser, then in NYC Museum of Natural History as mold maker, and done work in advertising creating prop and models for mass media. He was influenced by Keith Haring and his take on satire of mass media and public art. After 13 years in NYC, Kazu returned to Hawaii in 1991 to concentrate on his public art career. His pieces can be seen at Kuhio Elementary School, James Campbell High School, Kapolei High School, Kauai Community College, Kualapu’u Elementary Charter School on Molokai, and Hōkū Pa‘a (the North star) at the Joint Transit Center in Honolulu.
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