Join the conversation with master sculptor and craftsman Andy Behrle as he discusses his process, technique, and inspiration for a variety of works involving light, electronics, sound, architecture, projected video, and handsomely refurbished Victrola's adapted to play the music of the stars.
Coffee Without Milk: The Ebb & Flow Arts Podcast #007 w/ special guest Andy Behrle
The January 25-26, 2020 issue of The Maui News Weekender featured a story about the two artists living and working on Maui who are creating new artworks for Honolulu Museum of Art's upcoming Artists of Hawai'i 2020 exhibition. I am one of those artists!
Maui-based artists Gwen Arkin and Andy Behrle have been selected to create new artworks for Honolulu Museum of Art’s (HoMA) upcoming exhibition, Artists of Hawai’i 2020.
Both Arkin and Behrle will be creating pieces that investigate burning issues in Hawaiʻi.
Arkin’s project will use cyanotype, a primitive photographic process, to create images of threatened species of edible algae (limu) native to Hawaiian waters to address the issue of climate change and global warming.
The cyanotype process utilizes a mixture of iron compounds that turn blue when exposed to light, much like the origins of “blueprint” architectural drawings. Arkin’s artwork is inspired by the work of 19th Century British botanist, Anna Atkins, who is regarded as the first person to publish a book of photographic prints – also cyanotypes of algae – in 1843.
Arkin will be creating an immersive installation of hanging limu-printed cyanotypes on silk to emulate an undersea limu garden. The resulting prints display the otherworldly life-forms of the sea in exquisite detail, revealing their minute cellular make-up. Arkin’s response to these disappearing organisms is to create records of their existence and to raise questions about their historical, culture and ecological significance. Her goal is to inspire fresh perspectives, awareness, and engagement with these humble ocean life forms, while reminding the viewer that beauty beckons from even the most remote and unseen corners of our glorious planet.
Andy Behrle’s project will re-imagine a Hawaiian Flag Quilt from HoMA’s collection using digital video footage of the waters of the eight major Hawaiian Islands.
In many ways, this new artwork echoes his 2019 lost and found public art project for Wailuku’s Small Town * Big Art initiative. Last September, Behrle projected his re-creation of a window from Wailuku’s Saint Anthony’s church lost to arson in 1977 onto the side of Historic ʻĪao Theater during a First Friday celebration.
Behrle will use footage he has collected mauka to makai on Maui, The Big Island, and Kauai for his “re-imagined” Ku’u Hae Aloha (My Beloved Flag) quilt. Over the next 4 months, he will make visits to historical cultural sites on Lāna’i, Oahu, Moloka’i, Ni’ihau, and Kaho’olawe to collect more footage for his project. By merging the tradition of quilting and imagery of the Hawaiian Kingdom flag with videos from the natural environment and digital video editing processes, the project reflects upon the geologic and human histories across the islands. Behrle sees this project as one in which “the past and future collide through the natural and digital worlds” through the tapestry of water sites and issues in our state.
Gwen Arkin has been a mainstay in the Maui art community for years and teaches photography and design at the University of Hawaiʻi, Maui College.
Andy Behrle arrived in the islands just over a year ago and has been creating site-specific video installations around the world over the past decade.
While HoMA’s triennial Artists of Hawai‘i exhibition has solidified the tradition of showcasing talented, Hawai‘i-based artists through a contemporary lens, museum representatives say the 2020 exhibition roster pushes the envelope through its diversity of artistic background, subject and range.
Encouraged to explore the urgent issues of our time and place, a group of artists was chosen by co-curators Marlene Siu, Exhibition Manager at HoMA School, and Taylour Chang, Curator of Film and Performance, following the exhibition’s open-call submission process.
“The artists selected for Artists of Hawaiʻi 2020 encompass a broad spectrum of levels within their artistic careers: from emerging artists who have never shown before to artists who are featured in national and international collections that are unified through their bold voices and innovative practices,” Siu said in a press release.
As a testament to the Artists of Hawai‘i exhibition’s legacy of local representation, the topics expressed through the artwork will bring to the forefront the timely and controversial issues that face the people of Hawai‘i, and touch the rest of the world, according to the museum.
“With these twenty artists, we couldn’t have asked for a more boundary-pushing line-up of visionaries and community leaders.” Chang added.
“We’re incredibly excited to embark on this year-long journey with the artists to support their visions, to challenge people’s expectations, and to reimagine what’s possible for Hawaiʻi through art.”
My proposal for a new digital video artwork has been chosen for inclusion in Honolulu Museum of Art's triennial exhibition, Artists of Hawai'i 2020. Over the course of the next 5 months, I will be traveling to all 8 of the major Hawaiian Islands to capture video footage of the waters of the state from mauka to makai (from the mountains to the sea) to re-imagine a historic Hawaiian flag quilt from Honolulu Museum of Art's collection.
The exhibition will be on view from September 12, 2020 to January 17, 2021.
Friday, September 13, 2019 through Friday, November 8, 2019
Opening Reception: September 13, 5-8pm
Jurors: Joëlle C., Artist and Curator at Viewpoints Gallery, and Bob Hobdy, Retired Forester and Environmental Consultant
Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center in collaboration with East Maui Watershed Partnership (EMWP) brings you Mālama Wao Akua (Caring for the Realm of the Gods) – a juried art exhibition celebrating the native species of Maui Nui (Maui, Lana‘i, Moloka‘i, Kaho‘olawe). We invite Maui artists to explore our watersheds and use their creative talents to raise awareness about the importance of protecting native species.
Selected artwork should be successful in sharing knowledge of the watersheds and native species with others in a meaningful way. Artwork will also be selected based upon a number of criteria, including originality of concept, creativity, technique, professionalism, and presentation. Our hope is that Maui artists of all ages will explore our watersheds and express the value that native species have within our daily life. This exhibition is sure to provide powerful visuals that celebrate Maui’s native plant and animal life. A jurying team with expertise in both art and conservation will select from among the pool of entries. Works in any medium are welcome!
Feeling the love from Yakima, Washington's Yakima Herald-Republic. As lucky as I am to be calling Maui home, I was equally lucky to call the Yakima Valley home for 6 wonderful years. Thanks for not forgetting me yet!
Join me and Small Town * Big Art for the reveal of "lost and found," a site-specific artwork inspired by the waters of Wailuku, Maui, Hawai'i and formatted to honor the memory of a church lost to arson 42 years ago.
For more information, visit smalltownbig.org and join us during Wailuku's First Friday town party on Friday, September 6 on Market Street. My artwork will be projected onto the side of the historic Iao Theater from 7:30 p.m. through 9 p.m. This artwork will be on view for ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Small Town Big Art and artist Andy Behrle are pleased to announce the re-scheduled debut of "lost and found", a site-specific digital video projection installation on the side of Iao Theater on Market Street in Wailuku, Maui, Hawai'i.
Because of weather and public safety concerns, the original unveiling was postponed when Wailuku's First Friday town party was cancelled. Join us on September 6 for this coming month's First Friday celebration. For more information, visit: http://www.smalltownbig.org
Thanks to The Maui News for the great coverage of my project and SMALL TOWN * BIG ART- the National Endowment for the Arts granted downtown rehabilitation initiative in Wailuku that commissioned my newest artwork to be on display on August 2, 2019 as a part of downtown Wailuku's First Friday celebration.
Small Town Big Art is a pilot project that aims to position Wailuku as a public arts district focused on its own distinctive sense of place, history, and culture. As one of 60 grant awardees selected throughout the nation, the Maui Redevelopment Agency is partnering with the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Program for a 22-month (September 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020) project term that has been seven years in the making.
When Behrle came across the STBA call to artists earlier this year, his wife told him, “They don’t know this yet, but you are exactly who they are looking for,” according to a recent blog on the STBA website.
Artists were asked to choose a Hawaiian proverb as inspiration for their proposal, specifically related to kalo or water, with evaluation criteria aimed at quality, style, experience in creating communal or public art, and significance to Wailuku.
Behrle selected water as his artistic subject.
“My plan is to re-imagine stained glass windows of an historic Wailuku structure with each piece of glass filled with light from a projector illuminating water,” said Behrle. “Through these video compositions, a building can become whatever is projected upon it. Imagine the walls of the ghostly structure illuminated by watery versions of the historic stained glass of Wailuku’s churches. I dream of reproducing those of the Gothic 1919 St. Anthony’s Church lost to fire in 1977.”
Since being named the first of 13 STBA installations, Behrle has sought help from museums, libraries, and schools to obtain photographs of the church taken before 1977. He would greatly appreciate it if anyone in possession of such photos could share; in addition, he would like to speak with those who might know the whereabouts of photos from that time during the church’s history.
“Over the past six years, I have been using digital technologies to capture and re-contextualize the colors and textures of bodies of water around the country,” reads Behrle’s artist statement from a recent project in Tunisia. “The resulting works have taken various forms – from fully immersive interactions with digital video footage of microcosms inside a 20-foot diameter geodesic dome projection screen, to more intimate compositions inspired by Victorian wallpaper, traditional quilt block patterns, and stained-glass windows. These compositions respond directly to the hosting venue and use the various textures of water to investigate systems and ideas of place and time.”
Lichtrouten in Lüdenscheid, Germany is a light-art festival that will celebrate the 750 year anniversary of the city. 17 artists will present art that uses light as an elemental building block for creation at various locations around the city of Lüdenscheid.
I am pleased to announce that two sculptures and a digital video installation of mine will be featured in Far Out: Our Solar System at i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa, Arizona.
Friday, September 28, 2018 – Sunday, January 20, 2019
Opening VIP & Members Reception, Thursday, September 27, 2018
Far Out: Our Solar System will feature artwork that illustrates our home in the Milky Way Galaxy. Artists have created art that illustrates the exploration of the structure made up of the eight planets that orbit our Sun. Art-making activities and other interactives will explore what is known about each of planets and their moons, as well as the comets, asteroids, minor planets, and dust and gas that also inhabit our Solar System. Questions answered in the exhibition include: What is NASA?; What happened to Pluto?; and When will humans travel to the planet Mars?
I am pleased to announce my participation in Seattle's Borealis, a festival of light.
Borealis, a festival of light is a first-in-the US global competition of technology and light art that takes place each evening in the South Lake Union neighborhood October 11-14, 2018.
The festival is free to the public and features a unique combination of live music, street art performance, lighting art installations, and multi-media video mapping designed to transform surrounding built environments of landmark buildings and facades into a virtual reality extravaganza – an urban canvas for unconventional storytelling by artists from around the globe.
From Lake Union Park, where the selected video-mapping artists will showcase their work on the architecturally unique Museum of History and Industry building, the festival extends south across Mercer with approximately 20 or more art installations.
During the event, attendees will stroll and enjoy the entertaining and interactive light art displays, sample food from participating food trucks, quench their thirst at festival beer and wine gardens, and enjoy live music from local bands. The festival is walkable, free and open to the public.
INTERFERENCE is an international light art project in the Medina of Tunis that has been realized in 2016 for the first time. Due to the collective effort of almost 200 volunteers, the Medina community, a plethora of organizations, institutions, and companies and a multitude of international artists the decentral exhibition project with 42 artworks was realized. Most of the works were site- or context-specific and 16,000 visitors came to see them during the four nights of display. From September 6 to 9, 2018, the second edition of INTERFERENCE will take place from September 6 to 9, 2018.
Spaceworks Tacoma announces “The Light We Hear” an exhibit of multimedia sculptures & installations by Andy Behrle at the 950 Gallery (formerly known as Spaceworks Gallery).
Primarily an installation artist, Behrle has been creating intimate sound sculptures since 2013 that imagine what light sounds like and what sound looks like. In his multimedia sculptures, Behrle embeds cutting edge technologies into the bodies of old radios, phonographs, and cameras, assigning new functions to each object while drawing upon its cultural history and design aesthetics for inspiration. The devices he creates transform the motion of light passing through water into hypnotic drones, allow viewers to listen to the colors of a stained glass window, and envision what the rhythms of the night sky might sound like. The technologies he employs afford him opportunities to hear the setting sun, make intellectual connections between water waves and radio signals, and re-experience the information of our physical world.
OPENING RECEPTION May 17th, 6 – 9PM
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Every Thursday 1-5PM
Third Thursday 1-9PM
Or By Appointment
Carolyn Nelson and Andy Behrle are pleased to announce Sculpting the Valley II - the Yakima area’s second annual celebration of International Sculpture Day on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Created by International Sculpture Center in Hamilton, New Jersey in 2015, over 100 participating organizations on 6 continents will be hosting events for International Sculpture Day 2018. This year’s local events will include art exhibitions, open studios, live art-making demonstrations, and a guided tour of public art in downtown Yakima. The celebration will begin at 11 a.m. in Tieton with exhibition openings and open studios. The day’s schedule will wind down at Yakima Maker Space with art-making demonstrations and an opening reception in the Yakima Maker Space Gallery. All events and venues are FREE and open to the public.
Yakima’s 2018 celebration of International Sculpture Day will kick-off at Boxx Gallery (616 Maple St, Tieton) with Sculpting the Valley II, an art exhibition featuring sculptures by 22 artists living and working in the Yakima area, at 11 a.m. on April 28. The exhibition will be open until 4 p.m. on the 28th and will be on view at Boxx Gallery through May 26. Boxx Gallery is open on Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by appointment. Boxx Gallery is a part of Highland Food Bank and is focused on presenting artwork created by local artists. A portion of the proceeds from all sales benefits the operating costs of the food bank.
Also in Tieton 601 Elm studio space will be hosting an open house from 11 a.m. through 4 p.m. 601 Elm is located on 601 Elm Street in Tieton, adjacent to Paper Hammer Studios, and will be featuring artwork by owner Brian Holtzinger and artist Janice Baker. Tieton Arts & Humanities will be hosting an opening reception for 2018 Student Art Show in the Mighty Tieton Warehouse Gallery at 608 Wisconsin Ave, Tieton from noon – 3 p.m. This exhibition, sponsored by Community Health of Central Washington Highland Clinic, provides 200 K-12th grade students from Upper Yakima Valley school districts the opportunity to showcase their artwork. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. 2018 Student Art Show will be on view Fridays-Sundays noon to 3 p.m. through May 20. The Trimpin Sound Space will also be open to visitors in the Mighty Tieton Warehouse, as will Tieton Mosaic’s studio. The Trimpin Sound Space is an auxiliary studio and showcase for world renowned artist, Trimpin’s sound sculptures. Trimpin is a MacArthur “Genius Grant” awardee who is based in Seattle and exhibits his music-making artworks around the globe. Tieton Mosaic is an arm of Tieton Arts & Humanities and was created with the assistance of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Tieton Mosaic has transformed downtown Tieton with multiple public art projects which can be viewed at any time.
At 4 p.m., artist and educator, Carolyn Nelson will lead a walking tour of public art projects in downtown Yakima, including Yakima Art Commission’s Windows Alive! exhibitions in empty storefronts along Yakima Avenue. The walking tour will proceed rain or shine. Those wishing to join the free tour will meet in front of Northtown Coffee at 3:45 p.m. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Nelson and guests will weave their way through downtown Yakima before concluding the tour at Yakima Maker Space where ceramic artists Eunsil Kim and Debbie Sundlee will demonstrate a raku firing and Yakima Maker Space Gallery will present a reception for Selected Sculptural Works Curated and Presented By: Jack McEntire. Also known as “Chainsaw Jack,” McEntire, creates sculptures with his chainsaw and teaches students wood carving techniques in his studio in Selah.