Artists worldwide adapt to the scroll


POSTED: Sunday, September 06, 2009

We're hitting the mark in our “;instant this and that”; world where an innovative spirit can be expressed by ... (wait for it) ... (patience) ... slowing down.

This is the tack the ARTS at Marks Garage takes with “;Slow News International,”; a collection of scrolls sent from all over the world to Honolulu in 3-foot packing tubes.

Works by American artists from New York City; Albuquerque, N.M.; Minneapolis; and Washington, D.C., join those of artists from Tokyo, Hong Kong, London and Berlin in the Chinatown gallery.

The exhibit is a joint effort between Marks Garage and BROADTHINKING Curatorial Project of New York City.

“;The show is designed for these lean times,”; says creative director Rich Richardson. “;It's streamlined—the rule is the tubes can be no wider than 3 feet so we can afford to send the artwork back.”;





        On exhibit: Through Oct. 10

Where: The ARTS at Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Ave.


Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays


Call: 521-2903


Also: Artists share the back story of their pieces and offer gallery tours, 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 17.




Of course, the scroll also represents a historical means of sharing information, and the show is meant for artists to share what's going on in their communities. Its format also speaks to the continuing decline of hard-copy newspapers and magazines, challenging the current perception of the printed word and image.

Works comprise everything from text, figurative drawings, painting, photographs and digital work. And in the face of the tube-size constraints, artists were especially creative about sending larger-scale art.

“;There are 18-foot pieces in these tubes,”; Richardson raves. “;We have three pieces over 10 feet long and two over 15 feet!

“;It's a good show of such great variety.”;