The most striking pieces are Dan Nishiyama’s
eggshells. With pieces such as What Came First, and Falling
Through the Cracks, he shows great skill in calling attention
to universal questions. The works are beautifully crafted,
and they are given good space in the exhibition.
Nishiyama sees art as therapy “You go through a process
and try to figure yourself out from the feedback you get,” he
said. He encourages the viewers to find their own meaning in
Rozelle’s artworks are pictures of traffic and street lights
at night, seen as constellations of stars. She has captured constellations
such as Gemini and Virgo, and actually draws in the connecting
lines. The works are decorative, but not too stimulating. You
can find basically the same constellations, only clearer, in
any astronomy book. Still Rozelle reminds us that some patterns
The last artist, Frank Sheriff, who is also the coordinator
of the exhibition, is responsible for the dancing Buddhas.
Many small colorful, fat Buddha figures inside a big steel
lotus make up his main piece, This Must Be Nirvana I. The
has a handle that one can turn, to make the small Buddhas dance.
Sheriff has a few smaller Buddha pieces, all with the same
This is an original exhibition that should not be missed. While
Sheriff said it is “permeated by a feeling of melancholy,” his
own works defer melancholy, and make us laugh at the unusually
HPU’s art gallery is located on the windward campus. Gallery
hours are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission
is free, and the public is invited.