Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao launches contemporary show
They are the luminaries in the art field on Maui. Beginning Friday, March 14, John Shoemaker, Jonathan Yukio Clark, Kirk Kurokawa and Sidney Yee will launch their "4 Men - 4 Visions of Significance" art exhibit at Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao. The public is invited to the reception at 5 p.m. on opening day.
"These luminaries have been around a long time," says Joelle Perz, Viewpoints' art director. "Their works have been purchased by the State Foundation. The reason I chose them is because of their integrity and impeccable craftsmanship."
“After the Flame” by John Shoemaker is one of the works on exhibit through May 2. Call Viewpoints at 572-5979 or visit the gallery in Makawao.
"It's our first annual contemporary show and it should be stunning," adds Oliver Perz, Viewpoints' gallery director.
"I would like to say that I am honored to be in this show with these other artists," says Shoemaker. "I consider all of them to be very talented, and that the work they do is significant not only to Maui, but to the State of Hawaii.
"It may not always be an honest reflection of where an artist is in his work when the art is seen on gallery walls. For me, it is important to always be striving to change and to grow in my art. Hopefully those of you viewing my work will see that as I mature, my work is also maturing and evolving. What you see is a variety of mediums, and the change of mediums comes about from this need to always be learning. It appears that there has been a closing of a circle in my work recently as I return to my first love, printmaking, in a serious way. I find that I am incorporating things that I learned working in acrylics, encaustic, ceramics, and bookbinding into the prints and that they are the better for it."
Jonathan Yukio Clark
"During a recent yearlong stay in Japan, I witnessed through new eyes the progression of natural cycles and began to understand the culture's deep-rooted embrace of the ephemeral. Seasonal changes sparked nuanced metamorphoses that permeated all facets of everyday life - color schemes, design aesthetics, fashion sense, culinary flavors and festivals all came and went hand in hand with the months. Moments such as the blooming of the sakura (cherry blossoms) were as much a celebration of visual splendor as they were a reverence of history and an acknowledgement of impending transitions.
This experience has yielded a new series of silkscreen prints based on Hanafuda - Japanese playing cards that collectively reference the four seasons. This group of work represents the first installment of an ongoing series and comprises 12 compositions. Each piece is a reinterpretation of a specific card, incorporating floral elements associated with one month of the year."
"Being the father of a young family, life has been full of change, growth and newfound perspective," says Kurokawa. "My son and daughter have changed everything: From identifying what is truly important, to appreciating each day, to redefining my goals; my life has new meaning.
"Through their innocence, they have taught me to see and appreciate 'the simple things.' I feel this is reflected in the show with my vision focusing on just that: The simple things in life that matter. With thoughtful composition, clean lines, edges and vibrant colors, my aim is to capture the moments of significance. I am hopeful a connection is made between the viewers and my recent works.
"These days I seem to be motivated when context has personal meaning, 'to thine own self be true,' " says Yee.
"And these days, that context seams to be about change. My expressions for this exhibit vary in subject but the underlying theme is the impermanence of the moment. Our environment, our relationships, our own existence is in a state of movement and change."