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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.
Phoenix Phi Long Tran is a Hawaii-based artist focusing primarily on print media, including film photography, digital imaging, screen-printing, and bookmaking. Tran’s work concentrates on conceptualizing personal and cultural identity in relation to American sociology. His recent work aims to abstract photo-centric subjects that help him dissect and understand being a Vietnamese American in today's society. Raised in Southern California and Texas, Tran experienced a great deal of diversity as well as racism and prejudice. This is the root of his practice, where he aspires to create conversations regarding race, identity, and mental health.
this will pay for another one - $22