Weekend #1 of Maui Open Studios is over and it was fucking awesome y’all.
The red carpet wall in Shane Robinson’s Haiku studio.
Maui Open Studios is an annual event, held in February, when artists island-wide open up their studios to the public. For week #1, artists from the North Shore and Upcountry welcomed art lovers to their spaces for demonstrations, refreshments and guided tours. A studio visit brings a new dimension to the experience of appreciating and collecting art. Meeting the artist in person, seeing firsthand where they create and hearing them speak about their process is unforgettable.
My first stop was Shane Robinson’s workspace at the Pauwela Cannery in Haiku. The Pauwela Cannery is a former pineapple cannery with large units housing woodworkers, artists and board shapers. Shane’s studio has high ceilings with an industrial and unfinished feel. The windows overlook the never-ending green of Haiku. There are several exhibition rooms within, a gallery wall full of small square canvas pieces and several task areas. The largest work area holds long built-in shelving along one side with a standing table in the middle and a large weathered reclining bench.
Shane is an abstract painter and photographer. His images captured via DSLR, iPhone and iPad are unfiltered and one of a kind. He utilizes Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) to achieve vibrant colored images that resemble the soft strokes of a paint brush. His exhibition also included several textured pieces using string and other materials. Beautiful handmade frames also accompanied several of his larger pieces.
Many of the artists on Maui create beautiful pieces that represent our island home. Paintings of ocean scenes, glass or rich wood sculptures of marine life and images of tremendous sized waves can be found in many Maui art galleries. What I particularly enjoyed about Shane’s work is it took me down a unique path. His art is not a literal interpretation of our island home. He urged me, through his imagery, to view our corner of the world from a different perspective.
Please enjoy a few short video captures of Shane’s Haiku studio.
You can read about and see more of Shane’s work here. Next weekend’s Maui Open Studios will be focused on artists from Central Maui, the Road to Hana and Hana. For information on the participating artists or locations where you can pick up their free guidebook, visit mauiopenstudios.com
Why is the Be Fucking Awesome wall the red carpet wall? No one could resist the lure to pose with it. Here’s a sneak peek of Maui bloggers and tweeters in their red carpet moment. Check out more awesome antics in Maui photographer Peter Liu’s flickr stream here.