Detail of Abigail Lee Kahilikia Romanchak's "Taxed," a screenprint on wood. The work is part of the "Mapped" exhibit at First Hawaiian Center.
Glass & maps
The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center houses two exhibits through May 27: "Boyd Sugiki: Elements," a collection of towering glass bottles; and "Mapped," a group show featuring the works of Gaye Chan, Vincent Goudreau, Wendy Kawabata, Jinja Kim, Joyce Kozloff, Maya Portner, Abigail Lee Kahilikia Romanchak, Laura Smith and Lori Uyehara.
Sugiki, who was born and raised in Hawaii, references architectural skylines of mosques and minarets he viewed in his travels. He designed his sculptures to scale on paper, and the show also displays works on paper to illustrate those cut-outs.
"Mapped" delves into the concept of coming to terms with one's place in the world. Portner combines geography with the human body, asking, among other questions, "Does my lymphatic system spread across Eastern Europe?" Kawabata and Goudreau create their own maps, and Kim and Uyehara comment on the fragility of the world. Works include digital images, drawings, paintings, sculpture, prints and fiber works.
The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center, at 999 Bishop St., is open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays and until 6 p.m. Fridays. Call 526-1322 or visit tcmhi.org.
"What She Took with Her: Blue Wedding Shoes" by Laura Smith, executive director of the Honolulu Printmakers, is a woodcut collograph with vintage map.
Gaye Chan's digital ink print is titled "On Mobility." Chan is chair of University of Hawaii-Manoa's Department of Art and Art History.
A blown glass sculpture by Boyd Sugiki, also on display at First Hawaiian Center. His "Elements" exhibit includes a collection of the towering glass works.