Come celebrate the birth of Super CW. Proceeds of the event benefit Pow Wow Hawai’i 2012: $5 entry and $15 open bar. Warehouse is decorated with original art by Kamea Hadar, Jasper Wong, Lucky Olelo, Ryan Nakagawa and many more. Fashion show by Matt Bruening. Good times will be had by all.
The opening night of “Long Walk Home” will take place on Saturday, October 15th, 2011 at Loft in Space between 6pm and 10pm. Show runs till November 11th, 2011.
“Long Walk Home” is a look into the past, present, and future work of artist Aaron De La Cruz. The show focuses on his reactions to his surroundings and creative growth. During his childhood, Aaron would spend countless hours writing on every square inch that he could get his hands on and this inevitably included the walls of his bedroom.
In this exhibition he decided to recreate the bedroom that he grew up in. It was both a sanctuary of memories and experiences that became the launching pad for a child’s journey - from his daydreams to the artist he is now.
Aaron De La Cruz’s work, though minimal and direct at first, tends to overcome barriers of separation and freely steps in and out of the realms of design, graffiti, and illustration.
The parameters he has chosen to work within actually allow him to free himself and react to the very limitations he has created. This overriding structure and the lack of deliberation while moving within creates a tension when encountering his work due to the almost computer generated grid like systems he creates by unplanned mark-making.
The act and the marks themselves are very primal in nature but tend to take on distinct and sometimes higher meanings in the broad range of mediums and contexts they appear in and on.
His work finds strengths in the reduction of his interests in life to minimal information. De La Cruz gains from the idea of exclusion, just because you don’t literally see it doesn’t mean that its not there.
To help make sure there is a Pow Wow 2012 then donate here.
In an idea that came to fruition in the beginning of 2010 in Hong Kong, POW WOW was created as an exhibition of creative talents which stressed more so the background and development of art. As opposed to the often seen focus on the finished product, POW WOW set forth in giving the public access to artists in their element as they went to work on their respective pieces. In this series, we take a look at POW WOW 2011 which took place in founder Jasper Wong’s native Hawai’i and the comprehensive process that surrounded the event. While Hawai’i has had its fair share of creative output, POW WOW has represented the island’s most concentrated effort to help push and build the local artistic community. A Kickstarter page has recently been started in anticipation of next year’s 2012 event, and donations can be made here.
We bring you Part 1 of our series on POW WOW Hawai’i 2011 which took place earlier this year in February. The multi-day event offered a number of sights and sounds as an international group of artists each went about creating their artwork amidst an open environment.
Do it for Aloha…
Bring them together–
The Gathering Place–
Because Hong Kong just isnʻt home.
If you build it,
They will come.
This land is paradise.
Itʻs beauty breeds creativity.
Tell Them to enjoy:
The weather and locals are warm.
Ocean colored in hues of blues.
Fish is fresh and raw.
Kona (south) winds paint
Our sunsets pink and orange
Like sub-tropical fruit.
So max-out your credit cards.
Donʻt tell mom
Youʻre in the hole thousands.
Pay Their airfare.
You love you some art, huh?
Do it for Aloha…
Ask your parents if can crash your house.
Itʻs minor, brah–
Only get like 8 guys sleeping over.
More like 16 international artists and media.
What the fuck?
No be mad.
This is an awesome house-warming event.
An opportunity to show Them
The Countryʻs lush serenity
Dig the ‘imu (underground oven)
Host a lu‘au (feast)
Work on your birthday.
Do it for Aloha…
Bring the keiki (kids).
See a creative concept
Manifest into tangible form.
The Great Recession
Didnʻt kill the arts
It just made the process
Come people of Hawai‘i,
Events like this are rare.
Celebrate Their sacrifice
Admire their work
Praise Their creative collaboration
(Many hands working together
Make a task easier)
Made this moment happen
So support local
Buy a drink
Help out, Jasper
Pay the cover…
Homie Jasper talks about what PowWow is and why he wanted to have it in Hawaii.
With the current state of the economy, a freelance journalist sometimes needs to take a side job here or there to pay the bills. I was standing in front of Home Depot, waiting for a job offer, when I bumped into Kamea and photographer Paul Kema. They were looking for a garoot and I was looking for a free lunch and an honest dayʻs work. So I jumped in as a laborer to help prepare for Pow Wow.
Luckily for me, Kamea and Paul grabbed all the rocks in the morning in Papakolea so I didn’t need to carry any. There were choke rocks, too. They were also pretty heavy.
This is the first time that visitors will be using the Hadar’s house, and Pow Wow creator Jasper Wong came through to check it out. There are tons of details in the house: custom wood trim, multi-colored rooms, cool handles and a rad railing on the second floor.
After lunch we headed to the workshop in the Hadar complex, which is down a dirt road from where the artists will be staying. It’s on the same property, but isn’t visible or heard from the big house.
Japser measured twice. Kamea cut once. Paul and I sanded and blazed. We created the frames that canvas would be stretched over so creative expression could manifest into a tangible form, man. (cough, cough)
To see the fruits of their labor come to this…