Viewpoints Gallery presents
Summer Colors: Paint, Kapa and Bamboo
featuring new works by Charissa Brock, Denby Freeland-Cole, William Houston, Kirk Kurokawa, & Suzy Papanikolas
CHARISSA BROCK received her BFA from the Center for Creative Studies/College of Art and Design in Detroit, MI, and her MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University.
“My work method stems from an interest in the complex structure of bamboo and its unlimited potential as an art material. Bamboo is a remarkably versatile material. It can be cut, layered, glued, and sanded like wood, or it can be split, bent, and woven, incorporating basketry techniques. Bamboo’s repetition of nodes, its hollow structure, and its flexibility create a challenge and versatility I enjoy working with.
“The impetus for my work comes partly from a collection of the forms, textures, materials, and methods of other cultures, past and present. It also comes from an interest in forms in nature, the microcosmic and the macrocosmic, and patterns contained within the plant and animal world.
The continuous evolution a plant makes inspires me to further explore how to manipulate my own forms. These elements are combined with ideas I have gathered in making and evaluating my past work. In the abstract objects I create, I incorporate a continuous narrative of my own internal culture, one that includes all that I am exposed to. Referencing aspects of objects from the past and forms from nature through knots, interwoven lines, and stacking systems, I am creating a story in hopes of calling to mind the story in us all.”
KIRK KUROKAWA is primarily recognized as one of the premier figurative artists in the islands, and a rising star in national and international art circles. This young artist is astute at capturing the inner character and beauty of the individual while revealing the specific moment in time when the vision occurred.
Technically exacting, in a unique and magnetic way, Kurokawa explores the world around us by using composition, color, and creativity to get our attention and to raise our awareness of the simple splendors that surround us.
“Being the father of a young family, life has been full of change, growth and newfound perspective. My son and daughter have changed everything: from identifying what is truly important, to appreciating each day, to redefining my goals; my life has new meaning. Through their innocence, they have taught me to see and appreciate ‘the simple things’. I feel this is reflected in the show with my vision focusing on just that: The simple things in life that matter. With thoughtful composition, clean lines and edges, and vibrant colors, I aim to capture moments of significance. I am hopeful a connection is made between the viewers and my recent works.”
WILLIAM HOUSTON was born in Montgomery, Alabama. However, being from a military family, he spent most of his childhood in Southwest Idaho, where he held handlebars, B.B. guns, and snowballs more often than crayons or paintbrushes. His first interest in art was spawned by a most common motivation… sibling rivalry, after seeing his older sister win a junior high drawing contest for her delicate pastel rendering of a bunny. Though it started as a endeavor of envy, his relationship with art has since matured into an essential and unending journey with many starts and stops, diversions, excuses and moments of triumph, doubt, eureka, and humility.
“Whether I am painting a portrait, a cityscape or an abstract piece, the experience is the same. Every empty canvas holds innumerable possibilities, and each mark I leave is the result of a negotiation with the infinite. Every stroke, whether made with surgical precision or with reckless abandon must make its case to be left where it is … Each painting is a constant balancing act between composition, and color. Since I don’t always try to emulate nature and what the eye sees, I am able to use color freely, but not arbitrarily. Every patch of color leads to the next and calls for an answer, which is either contrasting or harmonious, depending on the mood or situation. Navigating those questions is my job as the artist, and sometimes I get the answer right, and sometimes, a wrong answer is not wrong if I change the question.”
SUZY PAPANIKOLAS, like most artists, is the result of a culmination of years of experience and training. What separates her from the rest is the depth and dimension of her personal history that has led her to become one of the most coveted figurative artists on the Islands.
Steeped in technical ability and artistic vision, she concentrates her efforts on recording Hawaiian and Polynesian cultures, bringing honor and recording the great renaissance these cultures are currently enjoying.
“I like to capture unique, candid perspectives of the hula known as Kahiko. Hula Kahiko is the ancient, sacred dance performed for regal, spiritual, and communal purposes in traditional Hawai’i”.
Suzy Papanikolas offers a glimpse into the lives of hula dancers in her paintings, caught on the scene of actual performances and activities throughout Hawai’i.