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 the highly anticipated Hawaiʻi Triennial (February 18 to May 8, 2022).
Hawai‘i Triennial 2022 (HT22) presented by Hawai‘i Contemporary will open on February 18, 2022. Preceded by two biennials in 2017 and 2019, the 11-week, city-wide art exhibition entitled “Pacific Century – E Ho‘omau no Moananuiākea” marks its third iteration with a new format and major expansion as the biggest contemporary art event in Hawai‘i. Please be sure to visit hawaiicontemporary.org for more info.
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, the 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.
Featured Fishcake artists include Hawaiʻi residents Shinichi Ola Takahashi, Michael Marshall, and Paul Levitt.
Paul Levitt was brought into this world by poet and doctor William Carlos Williams at the Passaic General Hospital in New Jersey. In 1972, while studying at the Tyler School of Art in Rome, Levitt made a pilgrimage to the Paris studio of artist and photographer, Man Ray. In 2015, he published a memoir of his visit with the renowned Dada artist titled, "Gathered Reminders: A Visit with Man Ray", with a foreword written by the Dadaist scholar Francis Naumann. Levitt’s poetic collages, produced between 2007 and 2020 are now exhibited at Fishcake and feature mixed media that uniquely mirrors the dynamic art of the collage movement of the early 20th century, blending images, clippings, and snippets of vintage source materials. A collection of his paintings and mixed media collages can also be seen at his new studio + gallery in Kailua. An avid teacher, Levitt has been a Senior Adjunct Professor at Hawaiʻi Pacific University for the past 15 years.