"Chimi No. 2," a screen printed portrait by Vince Hazen, is flocked with crushed bone. The work is part of "Sugar Rats Disco," on exhiibit at Hawaii Pacific University Art Gallery.
VINCE HAZEN, the Dada-inspired artist who uses "interesting" found objects to make art, returns with new works at Hawaii Pacific University Art Gallery, in "Sugar Rats Disco," on exhibit through Nov. 17.
This time around, Hazen swaps the slug slime, moth dust and dog ticks for crushed glass, crushed bone and sugar. He creates prints of the urban environment -- illuminated fountains, a disco ball, a donut, household pets -- then flocks the fresh ink with the glass, bone, or sugar.
Hazen says his pieces in the show are distinct from earlier works because "I use many layers of colored ink to create a more life-like presence."
Works include a trio of portraits of abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning, screen printed with pigmented Crisco. A large cockroach mounted on aluminum is colored in caramel, and a print of a sugar donut is coated in -- what else? -- sparkling, white sugar.
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"Malia" is another animal portrait composed with crushed bone.
Willem de Kooning gets the Vince-Hazen treatment: a trio of portraits of the artist (one is pictured above), titled "de Kooning Devoured," is made with pigmented Crisco.
"Sugarcoated Biohazard," a screen print with sugar.
A print of a sugar donut is flocked with white sugar.
A portrait of the Easter candy treat "Peeps" is also coated in sugar.