TRADES A.i.R. an Artist in Residence program on O‘ahu

Spring 2019 FYI

Aloha from TRADES A.i.R! Weʻve got a lot of news so let’s get started in present day O‘ahu: 

Brazilian filmmaker Filipe Zapelini is currently in residence with TRADES working on a film about local record label Aloha Got Soul. This residency arose from our ongoing collaboration with local artists Roger and Leimomi Bong (aka Aloha Got Soul and/or Central Pacific Time.) A documentary project begun spontaneously in December 2016 by 3 filmmakers from Brazil (Pedro Ramos, Pedru Carvalho, and New York-based Zapelini), the film explores their interest in the genres Aloha Got Soul highlights—70’s and 80’s Hawai‘i-made funk and soul.  

Roger proposed bringing Filipe Zapelini back to Hawai‘i as a TRADES resident to complete filming—adding missing narratives and rounding out the story. A labor of love between all participants, thus far the project had progressed without outside support or funding. We felt this was an ideal opportunity to support our local community by furthering the production through Filipe’s residency. In Roger’s words, the documentary “will make the world aware of the diversity of music made and still being made in Hawai‘i, and in ways that can’t be expressed … in words. A lot of the story is going to revolve around the musicians, their experiences, and ultimately, their life’s purpose. It talks about life, spirit, aloha, and it talks about the music, too.” (Halekulani Living, Vol. 9-1)

Please join us Friday April 26th at 6 p.m. when we’ll gather at Aupuni Space to talk story with founder Roger Bong, filmmaker Filipe Zapelini, local music writer John Berger, and musician/producer Kit Ebersbach; enjoy live music by featured artists and check out an updated trailer.

Next we’re headed back to November 2018, when we spent an amazing month with Lena Daly. Lena’s work focuses on the limits of human perception, at what lies just beyond our hearing and vision. On O‘ahu, she investigated marine fluorescence: capturing hydrophonic recordings by day and taking ultraviolet reef dives by night. She met with scientists at UH Mānoa and the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology to learn about visual system evolution, bioluminescence, and coral fluorescence. A highlight was creating images of live coral with the use of a confocal microscope, observing the tissues fluoresce under UV lasers.

Lena engaged deeply with our local communities—with two visits to work with middle school students at SEEQS (School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability); conducting studio visits with a handful of local artists; and recording a radio program with Central Pacific Time. Lena intersected with our arts community at events at HoMa, HiSAM, Honolulu Biennial Foundation, Honolulu Printmakers, the Merwin Conservancy, and HIFF.

Her visit culminated with an installation at Aupuni Space—with UV reactive sculptures and two-channel video, including confocal footage of coral and hydrophone audio from the reef. Professor Megan Porter, UH biology; and Mindy Mizobe, confocal microscopy specialist; joined Lena for a conversation connecting art and science, and hypothesizing the origins and uses of various species’ visual perception and communication.

Completing our Fall 2018 double bill, Derek G. Larson joined us in December from Savannah, Georgia. Larson shared and expanded upon his animated series Très Mall—which follows Jon, an artist who inherits a strip mall, and his friends, engaged in dialogue with writers on “topics in philosophy, activism and the environment.” Très Mall contrasts the mundanity of its setting and the “misplaced ambitions” of its protagonist with philosophic nuance and academic expertise.

Derek’s Honolulu residency included a screening of Très Mall, interviews with local thinkers and activists, a public animation workshop with Art Explorium, and of course a visit to Ala Moana Center.

We welcomed our inaugural A.i.R. Amy Yao back to O‘ahu, along with future A.i.R. Ei Arakawa, for a holiday reception celebrating their participation in the Honolulu Biennial 2019. Both artists chose to show their work beyond the confines of a traditional exhibition hall:

Amy Yao’s “Nuanced Outsider” and “The Impossibility of Being Outside” continue her investigation of materials and language linked to the waste-landscape of modernity and xenophobic representations of the natural world. Situated in Foster Botanical Garden and considering its context of botanical research and preservation, Yao’s assemblage combines teddy bears made from micro algae; with a dirt pile; and fireweed, a common invasive species. Their planned and unplanned integration into the local ecosystem will proceed over the course of the biennial.

Installed in commercial businesses in Honolulu’s Chinatown, Ei Arakawa’s three site-specific LED works question the the global proliferation of contemporary art biennials, triennials, and festivals in the twenty-first century. What does it mean for artists to make works for places and contexts that are utterly foreign to them? Arakawa’s poetic works, presented on hand constructed LED screens, appropriate the curatorial concepts unique to three global biennials and challenge the “ritual” of biennial culture today.

2019 also marks the first year that TRADES participated in the Hawai‘i Scholastic Art Awards, by presenting 7 students with “Emerging Artist Award” scholarships. Marley Samio (pictured), a senior at Kamehameha School,  also received a gold key for her painting “Tahitian Invasion”. Mahalo to the generosity of the private donor who provided the scholarships for Hawaiʻi’s next generation of artists!


Finally(!), Ei Arakawa returned in early April, along with a group of his own students from Harvard University, for a mini-residency. Over 5 rigorous days, the group of young artists visited all of the Honolulu Biennial sites; had formal conversations with Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners including Kumu Hina and ʻīmaikalani Kalāhele; and initiated a performative collaboration with fellow students of UH Mānoa Art Professor Peter Chamberlain. Titled “WINDOW BOUNCE”; the students acted as performers, spontaneous collaborators, and audience for each other in an hour-long procession throughout Chinatown; followed by a discussion and self-critique of their experience. TRADES is especially grateful to Harvard University, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu Biennial Foundation, John Esguerra/Single Double, Ei Arakawa and a generous patron of contemporary art; all of whom made this residency possible.

We wish to gratefully acknowledge the support of the Atherton Family Foundation, The Cooke Foundation, The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of Art and Art History, as well as the following:

Andrea Charuk and Blake Miller
SEEQS
Megan Porter
Mindy Mizobe
Geir Johnsen
Mark Heckman
Mark Hixon
Kirsten Carlson
Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
Lei and Roger Bong
Honolulu Biennial Foundation
Harvard University

Helen Turner
Chaminade University
Michelle Broder Van Dyke
Chris Ritson
Tantalus Botanicals
Morning Glass Coffee
UHM Department of Biology
Jacinto Astiazaran
Royce Hui
Central Pacific Time
John Esguerra
Single Double



TRADES 5 – LENA DALY




Lena Daly with Dr. Megan Porter of UH Biology and Mindy Mizobe of HIMB Soest
Photo credit: Kirsten Carlson

The Fall Report

We’re finally back with great news after an extremely productive (busy!) late Summer into early Fall. Our summer was spent tagging along with with Asha Schechter as he conducted his observational research into cultural confluences on Oʻahu; we look forward to sharing a trailer of Asha’s film with you soon! We’re excited to announce our direct involvement with Tropic Editions, a brand-new nonprofit publishing imprint that produces artist books and related publications imbued with a sense of place.  A ton of our creative energy has gone into programing and growing Aupuni Space, an art gallery that supports community based projects and exhibitions that feature Native Hawaiian and Hawaiʻi based contemporary artists. Aupuni Space is an initiative of Puʻuhonua Society and we at Trades are grateful to participate in providing space for local talent to exhibit work and receive praise and feedback from their peers. As well, Aupuni Space is a platform for Trades visiting artists to present their works and ideas and a place to interact with our local communities.  We’re also proud to note our further collaboration with Puʻuhonua Society and the Mayorʻs Office of Culture and the Arts on our grant proposal to Bloomberg Philanthropies. The City of Honolulu is currently a finalist amongst a group of 14 U.S. cities to be awarded up to 1 million dollars in the Bloomberg Public Art Challenge. Up to 3 cities will be announced as grant recipients sometime in the month of November; we are anxiously awaiting excellent news! And to the present.. Los Angeles artist Lena Daly has arrived on O‘ahu to inaugurate our second year (!) of programming for a month-long dive into our island’s coral reef systems, visually as well as aurally, and to explore how they relate to her fine art practice which utilizes UV-reactive pigments, and hypersonic sound systems that make ultra-sonic sound audible. By collaborating with, and learning from local experts to investigate coral’s natural fluorescence and the bioluminescence of a reef’s inhabitants, Lenaʻs practice will benefit from an enriched understanding of naturally occurring phenomena and first hand scientific experience.   Lena will present some of her work and report on her research on Saturday, November 17th at Aupuni Space. She will also be interacting with middle school students from the School for Examining Essential Questions on Sustainability (SEEQS) sharing her examinations and explorations at the intersection of art and science.  “The atmosphere is aqueous and nocturnal, punctuated by cobalt and jellyfish blues, battery-acid greens, highlighter yellows, and neon-coral pinks. Charged up like batteries, Daly’s sculptures and projections suggest ineffable phenomena at the far reaches of human perception, but now, post national debacle, they also read as emergency night- lights and beacons—positing a model of how bodies might generate, radiate, and emit light from within an environment of extreme darkness” -Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer  “Critic’s Pick: Lena Daly” Artforum, December 5, 2016 What we do is only possible because of your generosity. Your contribution will have a direct and lasting impact on on our programs as well as on local artists and art enthusiasts in Hawai‘i. A sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, donations to TRADES A.i.R. are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. We wish to gratefully acknowledge the support of the Atherton Family Foundation, The Cooke Foundation, The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of Art and Art History, our growing base of supporters as well as the following: Yoko Ott and Scott Lawrimore Mark Hixon Andrea Charuk and Blake Miller SEEQS Manulani Meyer J. Kukui Mauna Kea-Forth Maʻo Organic Farms Heather Shimizu Maile Meyer Puʻuhonua Society Helen Turner Chaminade University Michelle Broder Van Dyke Chris Ritson Tantalus Botanicals Morning Glass Coffee Paiko Hawaiʻi It is with profound sadness that we have bid farewell to our dear ally Yoko Ott. Yoko was our most trusted mentor, collaborator, and supporter of TRADES. We are devastated by her passing. She is survived by her partner Scott Lawrimore, and mother Yoshi. They will be in our care. Our thoughts are with Yale Union, and Yoko’s communities in Portland and Seattle.

TRADES 4 – ASHA SCHECHTER

In the TRADES… Asha Schechter

Aloha Summer from TRADES A.i.R. Congratulations to TRADES alums Michael Wang for his inclusion in Manifesta 12 in Palermo, Sicily; and Eve Fowler for her first solo survey at Dundee Contemporary Arts in Scotland, as well her solo exhibition at Nino Mier Gallery in Los Angeles. Check them out if you can. We are also so proud to announce that TRADES has received a generous grant from the Cooke Foundation; we are extremely grateful for their support of our project.

Eve Fowler’s Spring visit with TRADES centered around interactions with fine art students at UH Mānoa, where she kept a studio and conducted visits. Public facing community events included a screening of her recent film, and an artist’s lecture surveying her practice. Along with the student visits, Eve met with several working artists and organized a group show at Aupuni Space in Kakaʻako, as an offsite exhibition of her Los Angeles gallery Artist Curated Projects. “Raw Material” included works by six emerging and established artists across mediums, provided them widespread exposure, and led to Made in Hawai‘i artworks finding homes in relevant collections locally and abroad.


We are excited to welcome Los Angeles based artist Asha Schechter to TRADES this Summer, from July 18 – August 7. Asha plans to research and produce a short film while in residence on Oʻahu. “Asha Schechter’s artistic practice is set within the context of a networked, commodity-centric culture—where a wholesale movement away from privileging the ‘source’ or ‘original’ is coded into every creative photographic gesture.” (aperture.org)

Asha has exhibited at Gavin Browns Enterprise, M+B, LA>< Gallery, and Albert Baronian Gallery in Brussels, among others. Schechter currently teaches History of Photography at the Art Center College of Design and Fine Art at Otis College of Art and Design. In addition to his art practice, Asha established The Vanity in 2011, a small gallery carved out of a closet in his Los Angeles apartment. In 2013, The Vanity moved to an space in 356 Mission Road as The Vanity East where it remained until itʻs closure last month. He is also a part of the collective space Potts, in Alhambra, CA.


In his own words: “In previous works I have shot what are essentially experimental documentaries to look at different kinds of production, branding and labor. I am interested with these works in understanding how through different languages (both visual and spoken) producers try to communicate not only the thing they are making, but a politic or worldview attached to that. Subjects of these videos have included Baristas, Bakeries, Architecture and Artists. My interest in coming to Hawaii would be to look into how these kinds of things exist there, with the specific context and circumstances of that place. My interest is not to tell the subjects things about themselves, or to implicitly critique, but to see how through observation and juxtaposition we can start to consider how our current moment looks and feels and to understand how different entities participate in an economy that is largely concerned with images.”


Please join us at Aupuni Space on Thursday, July 19 at 7 p.m. to welcome Asha to O‘ahu and learn about his plans for his time in residence.

Asha will present a screening of works from a range of artists that echo ideas of labor, production and aesthetics he will be working with during his residency. An open conversation will follow the screening.

An Interview with Asha Schechter by the Kadist Foundation

What we do is only possible because of your generosity. Your contribution will have a direct and lasting impact on on our programs as well as on local artists and art enthusiasts in Hawai‘i. A sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, donations to TRADES A.i.R. are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Make a donation to TRADES

TRADES wishes to gratefully acknowledge the support of the Atherton Family Foundation, The Cooke Foundation, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of Art and Art History, as well as our base of private donors and supporters.


TRADES 3 – EVE FOWLER

Public screening of Eveʻs 16mm film “with it which it as it if it is to be”





Studio visits with “Raw Material” artists

Hiking over Hanauma Bay

Site visit to Juvana Solivenʻs exhibition

Sean Connelly, Rebecca Maria Goldschmidt, Calvin Shimada, Miki Shimiokawa, Aaron Wong, Donnie Cervantes and Eve Fowler.

Installing “Raw Material” at Aupuni Space

Biki in Waikiki

Nabanglo a lamisaan / Aromatic table at the opening of Raw Material

“Raw Material” artists Nikau Hindin & Rebecca Maria Goldschmidt / Sukang Ilokos tasting/sensing at Nabanglo a lamisaan / Aromatic table by Rebecca Maria Goldschmidt


In the TRADES… EVE FOWLER

Aloha from TRADES A.i.R. We are excited to share with you highlights from Michael Wang’s extremely productive February visit and to introduce our upcoming artist Eve Fowler.

While in residence with TRADES, Michael continued his “Extinct in the Wild” project; traveling between O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, and Hawai‘i Island to research several species of plants, tree snails, and the ‘Alalā (Hawaiian Crow). Local experts—at the O‘ahu Army Natural Resources Program; Hawaiian Rare Plant Program at Lyon Arboretum; Hui Kū Maoli Ola; Hawai‘i Snail Extinction Prevention Program; and Keahou Bird Center—generously welcomed Michael and shared their work with him.

Michael spent days up mauka learning about native forests from botanical experts and cultural practitioners; and counting endangered tree snails in “snail jail” exclosures. And he shared his findings with keiki to kupuna. Michael planted an Alula (Brighamia insignis) specimen with Kipapa Elementary 3rd graders who will continue to care for it. He visited middle-schoolers at SEEQS (School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability) twice—first learning about their on-campus stream conservation efforts and then teaching them about his project. At UH Mānoa, he shared his systems-based approach to art-making with undergraduate and graduate art students. Michael’s residency culminated with a public panel at fishcake, where he discussed his Hawai‘i findings and the connections between environmental and cultural stewardship with Dr. Helen Turner of Chaminade University; and Dr. Sam ‘Ohu Gon of The Nature Conservancy.

We look forward to having Michael back in Hawai‘i to continue his research as we explore exhibition opportunities for “Extinct in the Wild.”

from “IT IS SO, IT IS SO”, Houston, TX, 2014; LAND Manifest Destiny Billboard Project

NOW, Looking forward! Eve Fowler will be joining us on April 14th. Having exhibited widely in the U.S. throughout her career, Fowler’s work is included in the collections of The Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, San Fransisco; and The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.

In her own words: “My creative practice hinges on a form of collaboration that has bearing witness at its core. This is manifested through my decades of photographic practice, and through my ongoing work with fellow artists, filmmakers, writers and curators under the rubric of Artist Curated Projects. It is evident in my sustained engagement with the creative work of Gertrude Stein; and it is the motivation behind my archival investigations that bring historically marginalized forms of practice into contemporary conversation.”

Since 2010, Fowler’s work has centered on excerpting, interacting, and re-presenting the poetry of Stein in arresting visual forms. Originally conceived as posters printed by historic Colby Poster Printing Company and affixed to telephone poles amongst other similar signage and blending into the L.A. visual vernacular, Fowler has since realized the work as freeway billboards, bus shelter advertisements, paintings, neon signs, collage, and sculpture; giving the Stein texts further breadth and dimension. Writer Litia Perta comments: “across a distance of nearly a century, Fowler’s work literally commingles with Stein’s: gets close to it, pulls strands out, knits phrases back in, asks us to be near it, to think toward it.”

On O‘ahu, Eve will conduct studio visits with local emerging and established artists of exceptional talent for inclusion in an “Artist Curated Projects” exhibition here. She will spend time working in the studio, preparing works for upcoming exhibitions. We are organizing a public screening of her 16mm film “with it which it as it if it is to be”, as well as a Gertrude Stein focused event with creative writing and poetry professor Dr. Susan Schultz. Eve will also speak to Art and Art History students with Jaimey Hamilton Faris at UH Mānoa. TRADES is also working on a Public Art component of Eve Fowler’s work here in Hawai‘i.

We hope many of you will take the opportunity to interact with Eve while she’s in residence at TRADES, stay tuned for further details.

“with it which it as it if it is to be”, 2016, 16mm film with sound. Installed at Participant, New York City

What we do is only possible because of your generosity. Your contribution will have a direct and lasting impact on on our programs as well as on local artists and art enthusiasts in Hawai‘i. A sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, donations to TRADES A.i.R. are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Make a donation to TRADES

TRADES wishes to gratefully acknowledge the support of the Atherton Family Foundation, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of Art and Art History, as well as our base of private donors and supporters.


TRADES 2 – MICHAEL WANG

Site visits with Dan Adamski of the O‘ahu Army Natural Resource Program

Speaking to Andrea Charuk’s students at SEEQS about “Extinct in the Wild”

Sam ‘Ohu Gon telling of the native Hawaiian plant species on Hawai‘i Loa Ridge.

Touring Hui Kū Maoli Ola native plant nursery with founder Rick Barboza

Wahiawa snail exclosure cared for by the Hawai‘i Snail Extinction Prevention Program. Picture: Michael Wang

Pūpū kanioe (Achatinella lila), a snail species endemic to Hawai‘i, seen in the field and in the lab. Picture: Michael Wang

3rd grade students at Kipapa Elementary in Mililani getting ready to add Alula (Brighamia insignis) to their native plant garden

Kids preparing the soil with crushed coral and black cinder and building a mound for proper drainage / Michael putting finishing touches on the Alula plant donated by Hui Kū Maoli Ola

Alula (Brighamia insignis) specimen grown from tissue culture / Michael with Nellie Sugii of the Hawaiian Rare Plant Program at Lyon Arboretum

Public conversation at fishcake with Dr. Sam ‘Ohu Gon and Dr. Helen Turner

with Kupa‘a Hee and Dave Sischo of the Snail Extinction Prevention Program / with panelists Dr. Sam ‘Ohu Gon of the Nature Conservancy and Dr. Helen Turner of Chaminade University

Michael Wang is coming to O‘ahu for February 2018


TRADES is pleased to announce that Michael Wang will be our 2nd Artist in Residence on O‘ahu in February 2018.

Michael is the recipient of the Fondazione Prada and Qatar Museums Authority Curate Award (2014) and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant (2017).  In Hawai‘i, he will continue his “Extinct in the Wild” project which has been shown at the Fondazione Prada in Milan, and at the XX Bienal de Arquitectura y Urbanismo in Valparaíso Chile.

Adopting the scientific designation “Extinct in the Wild,” Wang’s work focuses on flora and fauna species that are no longer found in nature but that persist through human intervention and care.  These species represent a “kind of passage from nature into culture,” and with Wang’s intervention a further transition into the realm of fine art. Michael hopes to document the last location where these species were observed in the wild as well as their preservation in captivity or cultivation.  In Hawai‘i, he is particularly interested in learning more about the ʻAlalā (Corvus hawaiiensis) on Hawai‘i island; the Ālula (Brighamia insignis) on Kaua‘i; Mt. Kaʻala Cyanea (Cyanea superba) and Sharktail Cyanea (Cyanea pinnatifida) on O‘ahu; and the Kokiʻo (Kokia cookei) on Molokaʻi.

We anticipate that Michael’s visit will foster conversations between local artists, scientists, conservationists and cultural practitioners; to expand our outreach to the neighbor islands; and provide a natural opportunity to further conservation education at the K-12 level.

www.michaelwang.info

An interview with Michael about “Extinct in the Wild” at Fondazione Prada

Become a TRADES ally in 2017

Happy Holidays from TRADES A.i.R. As the year comes to a close, we are reflecting on our exciting visit with Amy Yao. She was an exceptional inaugural artist and a wonderful ambassador for TRADES. During her residency, Amy gave a lecture at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; visited with several classes; and worked alongside students in the ceramics studio. She toured exhibitions and galleries around Honolulu; made studio visits with a host of undergraduate and graduate students, and local working artists; and participated in a public dialogue with local arts organizer and curator Yoko Ott at fishcake in Kaka‘ako. Amy helped us maximize opportunities for community interaction and was extremely generous with her time, expertise, and goodwill.

We look forward to building on that momentum with our second artist Michael Wang early next year. Michael is the recipient of the Fondazione Prada and Qatar Museums Authority Curate Award (2014) and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant (2017). In Hawai‘i, he will continue his “Extinct in the Wild” project which has been shown at the Fondazione Prada in Milan, and at the XX Bienal de Arquitectura y Urbanismo in Valparaíso Chile.

An interview with Michael Wang at the Fondazione Prada about “Extinct in the Wild”

Adopting the scientific designation “Extinct in the Wild,” Wang’s work focuses on flora and fauna species that are no longer found in nature but that persist through human intervention and care. These species represent a “kind of passage from nature into culture,” and with Wang’s intervention a further transition into the realm of fine art. Michael hopes to document the last location where these species were observed in the wild as well as their preservation in captivity or cultivation.

We anticipate that Michael’s visit will foster conversations between local artists, scientists, conservationists and cultural practitioners; to expand our outreach to the neighbor islands; and provide a natural opportunity to further conservation education and environmental stewardship at the K-12 level.

What we do is only possible because of your generosity. Your contribution will have a direct and lasting impact on Michael’s planned research while in residence as well as on local artists and art enthusiasts in Hawai‘i. A sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, donations to TRADES A.i.R. are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. We are developing some exciting projects early next year that will establish levels of giving to support TRADES, and all contributions received in 2017 will be credited towards these new incentives. Please forward this email to fellow artists and supporters who should be aware of TRADES!

Private contributions of ANY amount are vital to continuing our program.

TRADES wishes to gratefully acknowledge the support of the Atherton Family Foundation, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of Art and Art History, as well as our growing base of private donors.


TRADES 1 – AMY YAO

Halloween public lecture at UH Mānoa

Site visit to Kainoa Gruspe’s exhibition, “Maybe Later”

work by Amy Yao made while in residence.

Studio visit with Rebecca Goldschmidt, UH Mānoa

Gaye Chan’s Professional Practices class at UH Mānoa / Grandmas Summit in Waikiki

Ceramics at UH Mānoa / Visit to Tommy Hite’s concurrent exhibitions in Chinatown

Visit with Juvana Soliven’s Small Sculptures Class at UH Mānoa

Studio visit with Hadley Nunes


In conversation with Yoko Ott at fishcake

AMY YAO comes to O‘ahu as inaugural TRADES Artist in Residence

HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I – TRADES A.i.R. is pleased to welcome our inaugural artist Amy Yao to our artist’s residency program.  Named by Artnet News as one of the “10 Most Exciting Artists in the United States Today,” Yao will be in residence on O‘ahu from October 22 to November 22, 2017. “Yao’s work spans virtually all mediums: painting, sculpture, photography, performance. But it’s her objects… that offer a through-line in their crooked anthropomorphic qualities, suggesting serious jokes about contemporary life.” (Kevin McGarry, T Magazine; August 19, 2014). Amy’s exploration of multicultural identity in her practice makes her an ideal candidate to kick off the TRADES A.i.R.

Yao will spend her time working alongside art students of all ages and with local working artists, conducting studio visits and exchanging ideas. She looks forward to being inspired by what she finds; and hopes to introduce local artists of exceptional talent to a broader audience through her various curatorial projects.  Yao will give a lecture at the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa in the ART building room 101 (2535 McCarthy Mall) on October 31 at 3 p.m.; and participate in an artist’s conversation in the Hot Box at fishcake (307 Kamani Street) on November 16 from 6-8 p.m. TRADES events are free and open to the public.

Amy Yao (b. 1977) lives and works in Los Angeles and New York City. She received her MFA in Sculpture in 2007 from Yale University School of Art, and BFA with Honors in 1999 from Art Center College of Design. She has taught at Princeton University and is currently a visiting artist in the Cal State University Long Beach Ceramics program. Her most recent solo exhibition “Weeds of Indifference”, at 47 Canal Gallery in New York City opened in September and was named a “critic’s pick” by Art Forum. She has exhibited internationally, including at The Whitney Museum of American Art; MoMa P.S.1; Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris; and He Xiang Art Museum in Shenzhen, China.