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Phase II Gallery Exhibits, 2005


The Luck's Luck
(a photography show in two parts)

November 7, 2005 - January 13, 2006

Despite a total desire for control, a majority of the photographic process is filled with anxiety - from shooting to printing. Among the different stages, one never knows what will happen next - will my film get exposed? Did I get the shot? Are my negatives OK? A majority of results are dependent upon variables of chance. Trial, error, intuition, and persistence react to things that are sometimes unplanned (luck in disguise). The end result (whether it be one photograph or a body of work) represents a systemic process which looks controlled, but is actually veiled in luck.

The Luck's Luck is an exhibition showcasing works from the University of Hawaii's photography program. Themes such as place, self, memory, and culture are touched upon using a medley of photographic processes, which include: hand applied emulsion, silver gelatin prints, Polaroid transfers and lifts, and chromogenic (color) prints. The intent is to create visual stimulus that will, hopefully, open up dialog between the viewer and his/her environment.

Part A: (Phase II Gallery)
Jeniphur Hickey
Jill Higa
Kris Ikegami
Eli Kawabata
Michael Marquez
Jessica Oshita
Timothy Pinault
Sean Rivera

Part B:
(Second floor bridge)
Yuzuko Fukunaga
Therese Laramee
Michael Ogasawara
Ross Togashi

Exhibit co-curators: Tasha Nakata-Nagao and Ross Togashi

Special thanks to the Hamilton Library for allotting the time and space for the show. And, many thanks to the artists for contributing their efforts and sharing their pieces.

exhibit photo1

Ross TogashiDefining Moment
Mixed Media, 2005

exhibit photo2

Eli Kawabata
Horizon
Polaroids, 2005

exhibit photo3

Michael Ogasawara
Cinema Alta
Chromogenic prints, 2005

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Jessica Oshita
sundeita ie
Silver gelatin prints, 2004
 

The World of Washi

September - October 2005

The original idea of this exhibit was conceived two years ago, when a notable Japanese scholar, Prof. Mitsuhiko Shibata, introduced the Hamilton staff and LIS students to the wonderful traditions and depths of the Japanese hand-made paper - washi. The traditional washi making process has changed little for over 1,000 years. We hope that the World of Washi Exhibit will provide everyone an opportunity to "experience" this traditional art of paper making.

The Exhibit will also explore how washi paper is used for Japanese books. You will have a wonderful opportunity to enjoy rare Japanese books at the Library Treasures Exhibit of the UH Art Gallery from September 18 and we sincerely hope you will appreciate the artistic form of these books as well as their content.

Reprints of the traditional paper making illustrations were donated in 2003 but they were destroyed by the flash flood disaster. Another set was donated for this Exhibit by Yushodo Shoten, Japanese antiquarian book dealer. The pictures were taken in 2004 at Ogawa-cho, Saitama-prefecture, where famous "Ogawa-shi (Ogawa Paper)" has been produced for hundred years.

Special appreciation for:

Ms. Yoko Kudo, Assistant to the Japan Specialist Librarian and LIS graduate student. She researched washi after the workshop.

Yoko incorporated her research and Preservation Class report into this exhibit. This is her first exhibit creation and it is just before she graduates in December 2005. Ms. Yoko Ruichi and Ms. Tomoko Mochihara, student assistants, and Ms. Etsuko Chopey, Office Assistant of the Asia Collection, who provided their skillful hands in preparation for the exhibit.

Mr. Scott Reinke, Conservation Specialist of the Preservation Department.

Photo illustrating step four - removing the black bark
Step 4 - Removing the Black Bark
Shirokawa, or white bark, which is the actual ingredient for paper, is underneath the black bark. The white bark is separated from the black bark after softening the dried bark with water.
Photo illustrating step 10 - stacking
Step 10 - Stacking
The formed wet sheet of paper is removed from the mold and screen and placed on the stack of sheets.


Vietnam Now:Windows into Life in Contemporary Society

July - August 2005

This exhibit presents a series of "windows" into life in contemporary Vietnam. Our goal is to go beyond the ideas and images that most Americans associate with Vietnam and to provide some insight into contemporary culture and society in Vietnam. Exhibit displays touch on the following themes: literature and the arts, culture and customs, ethnicity and identity, issues in development and commerce, and intellectual traditions.

Throughout the exhibit, we hope readers will get a sense of some of the changes in the country over the past thirty years and go beyond the common assumptions and images of Vietnam that most Americans have.

Thirty years have passed since the end of the war in 1975 and there have been many changes in Vietnam.

In today's Vietnam, international tourists are more common than ever; foreign direct investment has increased steadily, and since 1994 diplomatic and trade relations between Vietnam and the United States have increased. Educational and intellectual exchanges have increased as well, and an increasing number of Vietnamese students attend university in Western nations, such as the United States, Australia and Europe.

The exhibit also highlights the range of research materials available in the University of Hawai'i libraries and intends to stimulate ways of thinking about academic research.

The exhibit encompasses three areas in Hamilton library:

  1. Book displays by the main elevators on the first floor,
  2. Textiles and books on display in the Bridge Gallery on the first floor, and
  3. Book displays near the main elevators in the Asia Collection on the fourth floor.

The exhibit is curated by Margaret Barnhill Bodemer, PhD Candidate, Anthropology, and Rohayati Paseng Barnard, S.E. Asian Librarian, Hamilton Library.

Vietnam Now
Photograph of Items on display as part of the 'Vietnam Now' exhibit
Items on display as part of the "Vietnam Now" exhibit in Phase II


Art Works of Dieter Runge

May Through June 2005

In my current focus on painting I welcome the challenge of creating on a flat surface. By exploring the depth of painting I aim to move beyond surface into the spiritual realm, and transformational experience within me as well as the viewer. I experience the mixing of paint, the limitless possibilities of color and its range from the analytical to the mood creating; its application to the surface, and movement with brush, knife, scraper, or hand as a profoundly sensual process. Yet, at present, I have reigned in my natural inclinations toward the soul-searching approach of the German Expressionists, in order to deepen my skills as a painter, and to develop my conceptual abilities, with the help of purposely-simpler compositions.

All work in this show is from the summer and fall of 2004 and are vignettes of my love for my immediate natural surroundings, especially my observations of water and sky.

Painting entitled Mokapu 1 Painting entitled Mokapu 10

The Library Exhibit Committee
Please send comments to library@hawaii.edu.


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