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FEEDING THE IMMORTALS

When Honolulu contemporary artist Taiji Terasaki's father died about a year and a half ago, he felt untethered. Lacking any strong religious affiliation, Terasaki was unsure how to grieve. He craved a ritual or ceremony that would allow him to contemplate the death and to honor and give tribute to the father he revered. 

Terasaki's newest project, Feeding the Immortals, combines his search for a meaningful response to death with his artistic style of combining mixed-media work. This exhibition will include mixed media works with ceramic, photography, vapor projections (projecting images onto a thin layer of vapor) and video.  

When on a visit to his wife's parents in Japan, Terasaki noticed the family's ritual of kneeling before an altar in the tatami room and making a food offering. It made him think of other cultures and the use of vessels and food to commune with the departed. 

"I am not sure that I believe we can communicate with the dead, but ceremony allows for a gesture that demonstrates reverence," Terasaki said. "I don't believe we deal well with death in this modern culture. I think it's important for us to have some type of private ritual that gives us as individuals a way to remember and honor our loved ones."

Bringing art with community involvement is part of Terasaki's artistry.  For Feeding the Immortals, he held two “ceremonial” performances, the first presided by Kahuna Ka Uhi Keliʻiokalani Makua and the second by a Japanese Tea Master, Shigeki Itou. Family and friends were invited to bring a food reminiscent of a deceased loved one and to speak about them. A video of these cathartic “ceremonial” performances (with permission of the guests who attended) forms the inspiration behind Feeding the Immortals.

 

 
 

visual perception

The Ravizza Brownfield Gallery is pleased to announce our second exhibition, opening Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at 5 pm, titled “visual perception.” The show is part of the gallery’s international programming at the recently opened project space in the Arts District of Honolulu.

We are pleased to present a group exhibition by groundbreaking international artists exploring light and space from the experimental era of the 1960s and 1970s through today.  Artists included in the exhibition are Alberto Biasi, Hugo Demarco, Shay Frisch, Christian Megert, Francisco Sobrino and Nanda Vigo.

Each of the exhibiting artists has been hailed internationally as a major proponent of well-known artistic movements including Kinetic Art, Optical Art, and the ZERO Group. Works by the artists are included in major public collections around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, the Hermitage, and The Tate Gallery, among countless others.

Curated by Alberto Podio of Italy, “visual perception” combines works that play with the viewers’ sense of space. The works, both individually and combined, create a new sensory experience, and blur the lines of what we perceive to be static and/or dynamic. From Biasi’s masterful use of PVC to create optical illusions from the 1960s to the contemporary work of Frisch, whose work explores electromagnetic fields using energy-conducting elements as his medium, the exhibition provides an exploratory snapshot of a highly experimental time in art history and a group of artists who have been willing to push the boundaries of the artistic process in order to express new ideas.

In the Ravizza Brownfield Gallery exhibition catalog essay, the critic Alice Manni states “Art Is perception, art is what makes the invisible visible and manages to move what is immobile; it illuminates what has no light and makes energy move, even when we do not see it.”

 

MICHELANGELO PISTOLETTO
The Ravizza Brownfield Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of its new project space in a historic building in the center of Honolulu, Hawaii. The gallery, initiated by Allegra Ravizza and Shari Brownfield, aims to create a cultural presence to promote European art in Hawaii, as well as being a venue that cultivates an exchange of ideas to promote local creative research. The gallery intends to be a cultural crossroads where artists can be pioneers of a new world situated between America and Asia.

We are pleased to present a solo exhibition by Michelangelo Pistoletto for our grand opening.

The artist himself conceived various works specifically for the gallery, including an editioned project that pays homage to the tattoo culture of Hawaii.

Combining a triad of works spanning much of Pistoletto’s remarkable career, Ravizza Brownfield Gallery, in collaboration with Galleria Continua (Italy, China, France, Cuba), will be exhibiting Senza titolo (Metamorfosi) (1976), Love Difference (2002), and Terzo Paradiso (2003). As with most works by Pistoletto, the artwork is not complete without the viewers’ direct engagement and relationship with the work.

At the center of the gallery the site-specific installation Senza titolo (Metamorfosi), challenges the viewer to see beyond initial appearances through the artist’s iconic use of mirrors.

Love Difference, a project Pistoletto initially conceived in 2002 to create interest in a peaceful dialogue between the countries of the Mediterranean, is specifically recreated for Ravizza Brownfield Gallery to incorporate the languages of the countries that overlook the Pacific Ocean.

Terzo Paradiso, (Third Paradise), Pistoletto’s rearrangement of the mathematical sign for infinity, rounds out the exhibition. Represented by three contiguous circles, Pistoletto’s symbol will be created as a limited edition temporary tattoo which will be distributed both in Hawaii and Europe. Through this work the artist aims to create a new dialogue between the symbol/tattoo and the person bearing it, enjoining different cultures, tradition, and modernity, temporality and timelessness, nature and artifice.