In Hawaii, Lisa Reihana presents her video alongside the original French wallpaper the New Zealand artist was inspired by — and is challenging.
James Charisma is an arts and entertainment writer with bylines in Playboy, VICE, Complex, Hi-Fructose, Paste, Thrillist, Inverse, and other publications. He is editor-in-chief of Abstract Magazine, the award-winning lifestyle and culture collectible print publication for Hawaii, and contributing editor of HONOLULU, America's oldest publication west of the Mississippi. His work can be found online here, and you can follow him on Instagram.
An Artist Searches for Her Missing Mother
As a way to process her feelings of grief, frustration, and loss, Lauren Hana Chai made a series of paintings titled Last Known Locations, each imbued with imagery inspired by her missing mother.
Native Hawaiians Deconstruct the Misleading Narrative of Hawaii as Paradise
A mural by six Native Hawaiian contemporary artists serves as a counterpoint to the commercial imagery that has advertised the state as an exotic paradise.
Disarming Recreations of Animals and Their Glistening, Decaying Textures
Viewers must overcome their initial shock or repulsion to the visceral subject matter in order to experience the fine details of Erick Swenson’s work.
Updating Ukiyo-Prints and Medieval Art with Allusions to Fast Food and US Politics
An exhibition at the Koa Gallery in Honolulu presents a retrospective of Masami Teraoka, whose art has combined critiques of contemporary society with pop culture iconography for over half a century.
Honolulu’s New Biennial Makes the Case for Hawaiian Contemporary Art
Honolulu’s first biennial, The Middle of Now | Here, is a challenge to the notion that Hawaii is “in the middle of nowhere.”