Be illuminated with the new works of Germany-based artist Udo Noger, along with fresh pieces by Bill Moore and David Ivan Clark, of California, and Randall Reid, of Texas.
Noger, who's preparing for an August solo exhibition at The Contemporary Museum on Oahu, will introduce his work, which focuses on light as a medium, at Paia Contemporary Gallery on the north shore during a talk at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Noger "is highly recognized as one of the most exciting international contemporary artists currently," gallery director Lauren Harris said. "He works with 'light as his medium,' taking the world of painting into the next dimension, and challenging the viewer to be still, as the works breathe life on their own."
Udo Noger’s “Same Water 2,” mixed media and light on canvas
The four-man exhibition features new work by the artists. The show opens Saturday and continues through Aug. 15. Reid will speak about his work at 6:30 p.m.
Moore works with layers on layers of acrylic on canvas. His mastery of the medium and ever-transcendent perspective makes his work a tangible experience, according to a gallery release.
"We live in hurried times and are inundated with countless images," Moore said in a release. "We have the capacity to immediately access a staggering wealth of information. Through my art, I am asking myself and those who would explore it, to slow down, look, touch and consider the essential colors, shapes, and textures that can feed our souls."
Udo Noger "works with 'light as his medium,' taking the world of painting into the next dimension, and challenging the viewer to be still, as the works breathe life on their own."
- LAUREN HARRIS, Paia Contemporary Gallery director
Clark, who paints predominantly in oils and alkyd on stainless steel, was recently selected to show his works in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Originally from the plains of western California, his works reflect a timeless and seamless abstract landscape.
"My paintings hover in the space between romantic landscape and weathered industrial artifact,"?he said. "Dwelling in limbo, each marks the spot where nostalgia collides with fact, where celebration and elegy converge."
Reid is known for his found objects. Treasures and remnants gleaned from travels and everyday life are recreated into windows of time. Immeasurable craftsmanship fusing metal and wood, silently whispering tales of their own history, in these ancient contemporary wall hangings.
"Just as our personal history is shaped by our memories, so is my art,"?Reid said. "The memories are evoked by the textures I create, and they reside within the materials as well."
Noger is often considered one of the great pioneers in contemporary arts today, Harris said. His white-on-white series spans more than a decade, and each piece hums in life within the canvas, according to a gallery release.
"I cut out parts of the paintings to use the light itself to paint light," Noger said. "You cannot touch the inside of my painting but you can feel it."
The Saturday talks are free and open to the public. No official opening is slated; call to schedule a guided walkthrough.
Paia Contemporary Gallery is located at 83 Hana Highway. For details, visit www.paiacontemporarygallery.com or call 579-8444.
Viewpoints Gallery presents "Passing Through," an exhibition of new works by Tim Garcia and Suzy Papanikolas, which opens today and continues through Aug. 23.
A free public reception with the artists is slated for 5 p.m. Saturday at the gallery.
Garcia creates sculptures that subtly capture the emotion and energy of his subject matter in an abstract, interpretative manner, according to a gallery release.
Papanikolas is a figurative painter known for depicting participants in cultural events; sometimes onstage and often off-stage, where the true essence of their character and contribution are revealed and captured on canvas. The show is also about her recent travels to Jokejakarta, Bali and Japan, where she lived and worked in a batik factory, experimenting with wax, spending time in the rice fields and falling in love with their shrines, according to a gallery release.
Viewpoints Gallery is located at 3620 Baldwin Ave., Makawao. For details, visit viewpoints gallerymaui.com or call 572-5979.
Meet Italian painter Dario Campanile from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at Lahaina Galleries' 828 Front Street location in Lahaina town.
At an early age, the artist departed on his voyage of discovery with visits to the studios of metaphysicist Giogiode Chirico and surrealist Salvador Dali, according to a gallery release. In the early 1970s, Campanile's work began to capture the attention of surrealism pioneer Dali. At Dali's invitation, the two met at the master's home in Spain, where Campanile gained insights with regard to composition and technical direction.
Campanile's works are in public and private collections of celebrities and has created CD covers for Herbie Hancock and most recently with Lee Ritenour.
Lahaina Galleries will also feature a rare appearance of Big Island artist Darrell Hill from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at its Shops at Wailea location.
The artist resides in Holualoa, Hawaii, but grew up in California, receiving his bachelor's degree of fine arts from Brook's Institute of Fine Arts in Santa Barbara. His paintings are included in hundreds of private and public collections throughout the United States, Japan, New Zealand, England, Norway and other European countries.
For details, visit lahainagalleries .com.
Impressionist Anna Good will return to Images Fine Art Gallery in Lahaina. An artist reception is scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. Inspired by nature and its interpretation, Good uses a palette knife to create a romantic world of color, light, texture and beauty. "The artist's work engages all of the senses, particularly the sense of touch with its thick layers of colorful oils," according to a gallery release.
Good is currently exhibiting with Oil Painters Of America, American Impressionists and Women Artists Of America.
Images Fine Art Gallery is located in at 900 Front St., directly behind the Hard Rock Cafe in Lahaina town. For more information, call 662-0884 or visit www.imagesinc.com.
Upcountry Fine Art recently moved from its Makawao location to 886 Haliimaile Road in Haliimaile. Now located next to Hali'imaile General Store, the spot continues to support artists and collectors by providing quality fine art materials and unique, original artworks at competitive prices, according to a release. The phone number remains the same: 573-6000.