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

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.


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.” (

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.


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

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.

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

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.