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

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.


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.