Downtown Drawings: Artist Residency May - August 2020 at Single Double, located in Honolulu's historic Chinatown neighborhood.
Between the Ocean, Vineyard, the River, and Noguchi represent the invented boundaries I worked within during my residency at Single Double, and became the title of a culminating exhibition organized by Aupuni Space and presented at Arts & Letters Gallery, just up the street from the residency space.
The series of drawings was initiated from a curatorial prompt to respond to the Downtown environment through drawing. My initial idea was to let Honolulu “make” all the drawings for me, a strategy for avoiding any personal commentary on the subject. One solution to this prompt was laying down sets of paper to be marked by the environment, one side coated evenly with charcoal, the other left blank. The drawings were then made by whatever moved over top of them, The Bus, pigeons, a gecko, etc. My practice of walking led me to making charcoal rubbings of text found on building signage, historical markers, manhole covers and more. Combining their different letters into terse statements, these rubbings chronicle my plain and contrasting observations. Together, the work documents my time within these invented boundaries and forms an unusual portrait taken during uncertain times. A portrait shy of images but richer in word and footprints, objective in theory but inevitably bound to my unique and limited perspective.
A book, Downtown Drawings, was also created encapsulate the project.