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Agree or Disagree: There Is Such a Thing as a Hawaiʻi Sense of Place

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Agree or Disagree: There Is Such a Thing as a Hawaiʻi Sense of Place

Monday, July 6, 6:00 PM7:30 PM


An Artist Panel Discussion featuring Kaili Chun, Chae Ho Lee, Kalani Largusa, Keith Tallett. Moderated by Trisha Lagaso Goldberg.

Each of the panelists Kaili Chun, Chae Ho Lee, Kalani Largusa, and Keith Tallett will offer insight into their individual practice with an aim to generate a productive dialogue on how select artists of Hawaiʻi conceptualize the notion of place. Artists are asked to consider the popular notion of “A Hawai‘i Sense of Place” as a departure point for discussion.

This panel will engage in discussion of place, placemaking, and will be moderated by curator and artist, Trisha Lagaso Goldberg.

RSVP details forthcoming.

Kaili Chun, “Nau Ka Wae (The Choice Belongs to You)," installation view, Honolulu Museum of Art (formerly Honolulu Academy of Arts), 2006, image courtesy of Honolulu Museum of Art 

Kaili Chun is a sculptor and installation artist who negotiates ideas of containment and exposure, agency and restraint. Process and materials transform physical spaces into unique environments commenting on contemporary issues in her work. She often constructs narratives through symbols and objects that address the impact of historical events on the present day. Organic elements are sometimes included in her pieces, and the changes they undergo during the course of an exhibition metaphorically reference the nature of culture as an evolutionary process. Chun’s diverse training includes receiving her Bachelor’s in Architecture from Princeton University, during which time she also studied with renown ceramicist Toshiko Takaezu; an MFA from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; and an apprenticeship with master canoe builder and woodworker Wright Elemakule Bowman, Sr. Numerous museums and galleries such as the University of Alaska Museum; Linden Museum Stuttgart in Germany; Museum of Art & Design, New York; Sacred Circle Gallery, Washington; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu; and the Honolulu Museum of Art have exhibited Chun’s installations. Kaili has received a number of significant visual art awards. She was awarded the 2014 Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Artist Fellowship; in 2010 she received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant and in 2008 participated in the Artist Residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Chun received the Catherine E.B. Cox Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts (2006) from the Honolulu Academy of Arts, which culminated in the solo exhibition, “Nau ka wae, The Choice Belongs to You.” Her work is included in many private and institutional collections in Hawai‘i and Germany.

Chae Ho Lee, "Sanborn," image courtesy of the artist 

Chae Ho Lee’s work spans advertising, exhibition, identity, lettering, publication and web design. He has worked for a number of prestigious advertising agencies and design studios in the Pacific Rim, New York City and Dubai. He has lived in the Middle East for over 6 years teaching and directing design programs at several leading academic institutions in the region. He has exhibited his work internationally and published extensively for several leading design journals and publications. Lee was awarded the university’s Regents’ medal for excellence in teaching in 2011.

N. Trisha Lagaso Goldberg is an Aiea-based arts worker, independent curator, public art administrator, and artist. From 1991 to 2004, Trisha was active in the San Francisco Bay Area where she earned degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute and San Francisco State University and worked with such organizations as SFMOMA, SFSU Fine Arts Gallery, Southern Exposure, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Trisha has lived and worked on O‘ahu, the island of her birth, since 2005. She is a public art Project Manager for the Art in Public Places Program at the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and manager of the Artists in Residence Program. She’s curated and organized exhibitions and public programs for museums and art-run spaces throughout Honolulu. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Honolulu Contemporary Museum and the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco, and has been featured in the Wallpaper* City Guide Honolulu, FLUX Hawaii magazine, and the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

Kalani Largusa, "Where I wait for you," 48' x 60", oil and mixed media on canvas, 2015, image courtesy of the artist 

Kalani Largusa is from Kapahi, Kaua‘i. He entered the University of Hawai‘i’s MFA program in the fall of 2013.  He previously studied drawing and illustration at the California College of Arts [CCA] and received his BFA in painting studio practice from the School of Art Institute of Chicago in 2013.  He was a San Diego Comic Convention invitee to the Comic Scholar Poster Session, a guest speaker at San Francisco’s WonderCon, and the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo to present his paper entitled “The significance of Kato and the evolution of his role as the Green Hornets sidekick.” Kalani was also a feature artist in Chicago’s Next Generation, 18th annual Asian American Showcase in 2013. His work centers on process of painting filtered through Polynesian tattoo symbolism and methodology, and “almost western” comic book iconography. Whether sharp detailed draftsmanship, mixed-media mashup journaling, or large non-representational paintings, Largusa’s work is ultimately an investigation of marks. He is currently represented by Gallery HNL and will be one of the artists featured in the gallery’s group show expected in late November of this year.

Keith Tallett, "Poi Shaka - after Rap, (poi dog series)," 2013, image courtesy of the artist

Keith Tallett is a Hawai‘i-based mixed media artist whose work utilizes humor & irony to create a dialogue between cultural practices, local knowledge systems and popular culture. Often focusing on commodity fetishism, privatization of land ownership and the accumulation of cultural capital, the work takes form in paintings, drawings, photography, installation and sculpture. Most recently Keith has developed a collaborative practice with his wife, artist Sally Lundburg, under the name Les Filter Feeders. Together they participated in the Honolulu residency, Present Project in 2014, where they created a large-scale installation inspired by the structures, language, and tools of shelter and survival. Keith has exhibited at such venues as the Honolulu Museum of Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Track 16 Gallery in Los Angeles, and Franklin Parrasch Gallery in New York. He was included in the Artists of Hawai‘i 2011 exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art, where he received the Jean Charlot Foundation Award for Excellence and in 2012, was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation Sculptor and Painter Grant. His forthcoming projects include The Rat and The Octopus, at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in 2016. Keith’s professional experience includes being a juror for the 2015 International Schaefer Portrait Challenge, lecturing at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Art Department from 2004 – 2011, and being a founding member of AGGROculture, a Hawaiʻi based art collective. Keith has an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. www.keithtallett.com www.lesfilterfeeders.com

This artist panel is a part of the 2015 Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange (GAX) initiatives. 2105 GAX thanks the support of NYU Office of the Provost Global Research Initiatives and major airline sponsor Hawaiian Airlines


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2015 GAX in Tokyo and Honolulu begins — June 26-July 8, 2015

2015 GAX in Tokyo and Honolulu
June 26-July 8, 2015

Chalana (Big) , 2014, oil on canvas, 227 x 333 cm / 90 x 132 inches. Courtesy: Oscar Oiwa Studio NY

The 2015 GAX (Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange) programs in Honolulu and Tokyo will continue with the ongoing dialogues discussion topics of Global Asias and art and visual cultures developed throughout the first two phases of the exchange — among these thematics includes a focus on the discourse of Transpacific, Hemispheric, and Comparative Diasporic framings. Techniques of diasporic artistic production and issues that permeate artistic production including land use issues, art activism, and climate will also be explored with artists engaged with work negotiating within the space of the planetary.

The goals of the exchange remain to build a sustained network of scholars deeply engaged in Global Asias and Asian diasporic art and visual cultures to be generative of collaboration, exhibition, publication, research and other projects to build the richly expanding field.


Tokyo Schedule, June 26-July 2, 2015

Honolulu Schedule, July 2-July 8, 2015


GAX Co-Regional Organizers

In Tokyo:

Hoshino Futoshi, The University of Tokyo

Aidan Li, Mori Art Museum

Tom Looser, NYU and GAX scholar

Kataoka Mami, Mori Art Museum

Kajiya Kenji, Kyoto City University of Arts

Mato Shigeko, Waseda University

Nakajima Takahiro, The University of Tokyo

Shiraki Eise, Mori Art Museum

Anna Kazumi Stahl, NYU-Buenos Aires and GAX scholar

Uchino Tadashi, The University of Tokyo

In Honolulu:

Rod Bengston, University of Hawai‘i

Gaye Chan, University of Hawai‘i

Eric Chang, East-West Center

Trisha Lagaso Goldberg, Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

Stacy Hoshino, Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities

Jay Jensen, Honolulu Museum of Art

Carol Khewhok, Shangri La

Karen Kosasa, University of Hawai‘i

Margo Machida, University of Connecticut, Storrs and GAX scholar

Michael Schuster, East-West Center

GAX Core Scholars


GAX program director, Alexandra Chang
Curator of Special Projects & Director of Global Arts Programs, A/P/A Institute at NYU

About GAX

Thank you to the support of 2015 GAX by:

NYU Office of the Provost Global Research Initiatives


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University of Tokyo IHS

Art and Art History Departments at University of Hawai‘i
The Art Gallery at University of Hawai‘i
Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program at University of Hawai‘i

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Major Travel Sponsor Hawaiian Airlines


Special Thanks to:

Tom Looser, Margo Machida, Karen Kosasa, Gaye Chan, Rodney Bengston, Trisha Lagaso Goldberg, Stacy Hoshino, Kataoka Mami, Shiraki Eise, Aidan Li, Nakajima Takahiro, Kobayashi Yasuo, Uchino Tadashi, Kajiya Kenji, Shigeko Mato, Carol Khewhok, John Tain, Jay Jensen, Jonathan Johnson, Herb and Nancy Conley, John Koga, Michael Schuster, Eric Chang, Puni Jackson, Wei Fang, Uesaki Sen, Oscar Oiwa, Fram Kitagawa, Rei Maeda, Etsuko Kodaira, Masayuki Kawai, Kentaro Taki, Sandra Liu, Kevin Yim, Jennifer Lee, Megan Chinn, Jack Tchen, Laura Chen-Schultz, Amita Manghnani, Ruby Gómez, Maya Jex.

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Siting Honolulu: Land Use and Art Practice

Siting Honolulu: Land Use and Art Practice

Monday, July 6, 4:00 PM5:30 PM

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An Artist Panel Discussion featuring Gaye Chan, Sean Connelly (via Skype), and Sheenru Yong. Moderated by Gary Liu.

Each of the artists Gaye Chan, Sean Connelly, and Sheenru Yong asks of us to rethink the ways in which we are engaging with the surface of what we are fed about what Hawai‘i and its current landscape is. They challenge us to reconsider and re-determine what our relationship to Hawai‘i is, was, and might become in the future.

Chan will be presenting her collaborative project, an agitprop tour company DownWind Productions, which examines the impact of colonialism, capitalism and tourism in Hawai‘i. Connelly will discuss his work Land Division and the concept of the watershed, as well as his ongoing research on environment, land use, global interconnections and Hawai‘i. Yong will be exploring her work FLOOD / turn the tide, a collaborative community project and exchange in Hawai‘i and Taiwan involving community oral histories and dance theater.

This panel will engage in discussion on site, land use, arts activism, and creative practice and will be moderated by scholar Gary Liu, University of Hawai‘i.

RSVP here.




DownWind Productions is a collaborative formed to examine the impact of colonialism, capitalism, and tourism in Hawai’i. DW distributes information and agitprop commodities through the marketplace and e-commerce to help tourists and locals alike understand our complicity in the decimation of Hawaii’s land and people, and to imagine different relationships with each other and with our own desires and longings. downwindproductions.com






Sean Connelly focuses on systems and softness.  (Rocks may be examples of softness, especially where land moves air, becomes wet, and feeds.)  His interdisciplinary backgrounds in ecology, architecture, visual art, and economy explore the interactions of material, information, energy, and time as intergenerational planetary systems that humans design, and redesign.  Sean is the author of Hawai‘i Futures, with sculptures including A Small Area of Land, and Land Division.  His forthcoming projects include Hi-Atlas, and Hydraulic Islands.  He has contributed to international design publications for Archis/Volume and Princeton Architectural Press, with a portfolio of work that includes research and design projects for the Whitney Museum in New York, the Venice Biennale, the Hawai‘i State Department of Transportation, and the Honolulu Museum of Art.  His work has been presented on TEDx, and published on different venues online, like BLDGBLOG.  From the sloped and fluted faces of Kona and Ko‘olaupoko of O‘ahu, Sean (b.1984) is a graduate of Castle High School.  He received his Bachelors of Environmental Urban Design and Doctorate of Architecture from the University of Hawai‘i, and holds a Masters in Design in Landscape, Urbanism, and Ecology with concentration in Real Estate Development and City Making from Harvard University.  He is most passionate about being an uncle, brother, and friend, and believes the Hawaiian Islands are among the biggest places on Earth.



Gary Liu is a lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Hawai΄i at Mānoa, where he has focused on translating the department’s high volume global art surveys into specialized learning avenues, including their first intensive and condensed formats, first Honors Program adaptations, and, most recently, first online, distance-learning course designs. He received his BA in art history from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and his MA in Asian art history from the University of Hawai΄i at Mānoa, where his research focused on 20th-century China, especially the early development of a modernist concept, artistic control in the Cultural Revolution, dissident art and discursive interference in official spaces, evolution of contemporary exhibition spaces, and the introduction, growth and commercialization of the Chinese avant-garde in the global arena. Based on this work, he curated the exhibition Tumultuous Traditions: Chinese Ink Painting in the 20th Century (November 2009-February 2010) for the Honolulu Museum of Art.



FLOOD / turn the tide. Image courtesy of Sheenru Yong.

SheenRu Yong is a Taiwanese American dancer, choreographer, and community organizer and the founder of body portal theatre, a platform which seeks to honor and develop the creative potentials of the individual, collective, and environmental bodies we inhabit. Her career began at Wesleyan University and was influenced by her time in New York City and Taipei, where she was commissioned and inspired to choreograph evening-length shows, site-specific works, and community-based performances. While earning her MFA in Choreography at the Taipei National University of the Arts, she toured internationally with Legend Lin Dance Theatre. Under the auspices of the LuoManFei Dance Fund and Taiwan Ministry of Culture, SheenRu is currently Artist-in-Residence at The Leeward Theatre, sponsored by PlayBuilders of Hawai’i Theatre Company. Moved by the many stories and issues she heard on the subject of Water while an Asia Pacific Leadership Fellow at the East West Center in 2013, SheenRu is now spearheading FLOOD / turn the tide, a community-based collaboration and cross-cultural exchange to create an original work with the residents of Oahu while using the same process to foster similar resonance and creative action in Taiwan. www.bodyportaltheatre.com


This artist panel is a part of the 2015 Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange (GAX) initiatives. 2105 GAX thanks the support of NYU Office of the Provost Global Research Initiatives and major airline sponsor Hawaiian Airlines






Special Thanks:

Wei Fang and Kaka‘ako Agora Interisland Terminal, Trisha Lagaso Goldberg, Gaye Chan.

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October 5 – December 5, 2014University of Hawai’i, Manoa
The Department of Art and Art History
Art Gallery

Binding and Looping: Transfer of Presence in Contemporary Pacific Artbrings together artists from Hawai‘i and the Pacific for whom fiber and concepts of binding are both a respected tradition and an inspiration for contemporary art. In their individual ways, these artists consider their indigenous binding and looping customs and at the same time incorporate different media to create new works in sculpture, printmaking, photography, painting, and video. The exhibition includes work by artists from Hawai‘i, Tonga, New Zealand, Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Micronesia. Dr.Deborah Waite, professor of Pacific art history at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, is the curator. The artists include: Bernice AkamineMaile Andrade, Kaili Chun, Brett Graham, Patsy Herman, Angelina Jilak, Florence Jaukae, Noelle Kahanu, Cathy Kata, Maria Kenda, Kapulani Landgraf, Marques Marzan, Moana Nepia, Ani O’Neill, Su‘a Sulu‘ape Petelo Alaiva‘a, Lisa ReihanaFilipe Tohi, Maika‘i Tubbs, Michel TufferySheyne Tuffery, Christina Wirihana.

PUBLIC EVENTS (all events are free)

Bernice AkamineFriday, December 5

      time to be announced (Art Gallery)
      Closing Performance /

Moana NepiaEvents are subject to change without notice.

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