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Chun & Moriaz open HPU Art Gallery Season
by Kristine Miyamura, staff writer

The works of well-known local artists Peggy Chun and Bernard Moriaz are currently on display, through Sept. 27, at the HPU Art Gallery located on HPU’s Hawai‘i Loa campus.

Chun’s work, entitled Leaf of Dreams, explores “The Personality of a Kiss” and chronicles the playful romp between Boo the cat and Mo‘o the gecko.

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Though primarily a watercolor artist, Chun’s title piece, “Leaf of Dreams,” is far from a watercolor medium, featuring an oversized, glazed leaf that cradles an old baseball like a mitt. The only other piece not done in water color, “Shape Up,” showcases a variety of lipsticks with different tips, each, as an accompanying handout explains, revealing something about the user’s personality.

The watercolors “The Personality of a Kiss” and “Boo and Mo‘o” are a 12 and 22 picture series, respectively. “Kiss” is comprised of 12 different lips, each with a different shape, type of shading, size, and color. “Boo and Mo‘o” highlight a playful scene between a cat and a gecko, telling this story in 22 continuous frames.

Using found objects differently than Chun, Moriaz’s pieces are grittier. His Something Lost, Something Found exhibit features work with a variety of found objects that he has recycled into works of art. Moriaz takes objects such as screws, metal scraps, metal fans, and hubcaps – items found in a junkyard rather than an art gallery – and transforms them into sculptures.

Through his use of vibrant colors and dot and line patterns, roofing iron becomes a flimsy dress, a shirt, or a shrine to Marilyn Monroe. Other metal and iron scraps become a bow and arrow or, his most striking sculpture, “Singing Bird,” a six-foot-tall bird.

At the end of Moriaz’s exhibit is the quote, “Less is More – ‘Enjoy’”: a fitting summary of his work.

The HPU Art Gallery’s primary focus is to show art by artists who live and work in Hawai‘i. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information, call 544-0287.




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