July 20, 2020
Location: Virtual via Zoom
In her paintings, Iwalani kaluhiokalani studies duration in corporeal gesture. Trace forms of movement appear and disappear as absences or presences in the materiality of the paint. Sight and touch intersect and invoke feelings of connection through the ephemera of kinesthetic perception. Figurative ensembles arise in intervals as dance becomes a site of endurance. It’s repetition in space emboldens the essence of being unbound.
The arena of dance and movement philosophies of different eras inform Iwalani's paintings of figurative groupings. She creates positive and negative paper cut outs of clustered figures and paint to depict human relationships and layers of landscape. Her work often depicts “movement choirs” of the Weimar Era, a time where contemporary dance and performance art of today bear significant lineage as well as an era on the brink of disaster, World War II. The NYC Judson Dance groups and their “huddles” of the 1960’s, are also of inspiration as they sought to elevate everyday movement and free it of being theatrical. By referencing movement histories and expressions, she makes personal paintings about the body, continuity and community, giving depth to pertinent issues of today.