A close-up "Jungle Hike," an oil on canvas triptych by Keanna Doeringer, at the "Just East of West" show, on exhibit at The ARTS at Marks Garage through Sept. 1.
"Just East of West" explores the role of the Pacific Rim as conduit for the two regions
The "geography and culture of In-Between" is the theme of "Just East of West," the latest exhibit at The ARTS at Marks Garage, on exhibit through Sept. 1.
Twenty-three pieces of artwork "center on the phenomena of being where our aesthetic is influenced by the overlap of East and West," says Rich Richardson of Marks Garage. "We're in a unique position globally to specialize in the merging of those influences. Most communities have maybe two major groups. We have the layering of so many groups in ours. It's very unusual."
The show began with an open call to artists, wherein 130 pieces were submitted and 23 pieces by 17 artists were selected by the partners of Marks Garage.
"Hawaii Snorkel Series / Longing Samurai" by Masami Teraoka, an aquatint on handmade paper.
Chris Reiner created a "Trash Chariot" with what he calls "found objects and rejected objects" for "Opala Kai".
In addition, isle artist Masami Doi also contributes three prints to the show, and a portfolio by 14 isle printmakers that deal with land use, titled "Plotting Paradise," comprise another facet of the show.
Another bonus in the exhibit is the unexpected contribution of a surfboard, shaped by Chinatown Boardroom's Eric Walden and painted by visiting Bhutanese monk Sangay Rinchen (see story on F1).
The ARTS at Marks Garage is located at 1159 Nuuanu Ave. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays. Call 521-2903 for more information.
"Series III: Valenciaga," by Aaron Lee, is one of three fabric, thread and fiber fill pieces.
Raina Grigg created "Gold Jacket / Her Scholar's Coat" out of a Chinese silk jacket, varnish, gold leaf and oil paint.