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HPU gallery show: a home for habitants

by Yvonne Lozano, Etcetera editor


“Habitat”: another word for home, a place to live. On Oct. 5, the HPU art gallery on the Hawai‘i Loa campus, opened its doors on a multitude of habitats, physical and mental, in its latest exhibit, “The Place I Live In.”

And it’s a multinational collection of habitats, as the exhibition showcases the artwork of 10 artists from the Honolulu Printmakers and 10 artists from Pro-Graph in the Netherlands.

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The theme of the exhibit is for artists to create the physical or mental surroundings that make them unique. Among other things that make this exhibit especially significant is that, along with the Hawai‘i exhibition, it is simultaneously on view at the Drents Museum in the Netherlands.

Louise Barr, a local printmaker for 20 years, co-coordinated the exhibit with Toon Weger, who is overseeing the Drents showcase. Barr met Weger in 1999 when both attended an international conference on “Art in the 21st Century.”

Barr’s self-portrait titled, “Obsessed,” hangs in the corner of the gallery and immediately catches the eye. The brilliance of ruby-colored anthuriums, her favorite flowers, surrounds her self-portrait and compliments it.

To create the woodcut print, Barr explained, “was a long and complicated process involving many steps and layers.” She also explained that printmakers “don’t work directly with the canvas,” but often use materials such as Plexiglas or wood.

Fellow printmaker Donna Broder’s work is also on view. Titled “The Glass House,” the print portrays a nude woman crouching inside of a fishbowl, while nine goldfish swim by outside, looking in.

Broder and Barr’s works are just some the prints, ranging from simple to abstract, displayed at the art gallery, which is on the ground floor of the campus academic center.

Barr is a member of the Honolulu Printmakers, which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. The organization was set up in 1928 to encourage art in Hawai‘i and is the oldest art organization on the islands.

“ The Place I Live In” is on exhibit through Nov. 21 on HPU’s windward campus. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information call 544-0287.
Come and visit “The Place I Live In.”


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