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fishcake presents a collection of unconventional leis in it pop-up exhibition, “lei-centric,” featuring a range of materials by local artists.
the iconic symbol of hawaii originated as a sacred offering to deities, chiefs or events in the early era of hawaiian culture. common types of lei were the maile vine lei, hala seed lei, ti leaf lei, niho palaoa lei made of bone and shell, and the feather hulu manu lei.
fast forward into the 1900’s, floral leis were the first gift visitors received when they arrived at the piers of the Aloha Tower as a warm aloha welcome to the island. today, lei giving has become a time honored practice for any special occasion whether it is a birthday, wedding, graduation, guest speaker, or celebration.
lei-centric is a collection that features the lei in a refreshing way using materials and techniques not commonly accessible at your everyday lei stand. this exhibition gives artists the chance to flex their skills and create a production of art pieces that the public can enjoy as well as purchase for their own lei giving celebrations coming up this year.
Lawrence Seward has been making and showing art professionally since 1990. He was represented by and exhibited at the Andrew Kreps Gallery (New York City) for 13 years. His international exhibitions include MOMA/PS1, the Aldrich Museum, Gallery Edward Mitterand, Richard Heller Gallery. Seward is in the collections of Dikeou, Emily Fischer Landau, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Dakis Joannou, and the Honolulu Museum of Art. His work has been reviewed by the New York Times, The New Yorker, Dwell Magazine, Frieze magazine, and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Seward is currently living and working in Honolulu but is very interested in drawing attention to the contemporary art scene in Hawaii. Prior to teaching at the University of Hawaii he has taught at the Pace University and is co-owner of an art related business All Art LLC.
blackout - $500
belief in the afterlife - $600
untitled from hobby - $250