Laupahoehoe Point is the name of a beach park on the Hamakua Coast of Hawaii where I grew up. As a child, I spent many weekends playing in the water and exploring the ironwood forests which are situated on the shore. However, Laupahoehoe Point is perhaps most infamous for the Tsunami which hit on April 1st, 1946, claiming 24 lives and changing countless others.
This sculpture, constructed mainly of hawaiian cut lava, serves as both a memorial to those who lost their lives there, but also as a tribute to my own fond memories of this special place.
24"x36"x24", Newsprint Paper, 2014
Soft Edge was inspired by a topographic map of Oahu's Ko'olau mountain range, geometrically abstracting the contour lines before cutting them out of newsprint paper. Over the next several months, the paper will become brittle and will deteriorate, just as the mountain range slowly erodes over several million years. Paper and rock, two seemingly opposite materials, will both eventually succumb to inevitable entropy.
44"x12"x76" Polyeurathane Foam, 2014
A geometric abstraction of Mauna Kea, Elevation was inspired by the mountain's topography. The piece is constructed of a synthetic material with characteristics similar to pumice, a lightweight and extremely porous stonetypically ejected from volcanos. Comprised of thin but wide layers of material, the piece’s creation mimics the way thatlava flowed out of this ancient shield volcano overa million years ago.
Mauna Kea is simultaneously considered by many Hawaiians to be a sacred dwelling place of spirits and deities, meanwhile the scientific community sees it as the ideal place to to elevate humankind's understanding of our relationship with the cosmos.
48"x48"x180", Plywood and Wire, 2014
DiminishingSequence is an experiment integrating light, space and object. Two-dimensional planes are arranged in space to create the feeling of a three dimensional object. The geometric forms within the planes diminish, encouraging the viewer's gaze to be drawn into this tunnel through space. Before focusing on each of the fifteen planes separately, we respond to the essence of the entire undulating form, as the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
DIMINISHING SEQUENCE MOVIE
28"x42"x6", Steel, 2013
Gravity was constructed by joining structural support beams from a demolished building. These beams appear to lean against one another, with the tallest beam supporting their collective weight. The title relates to the notion that what goes up, must come down, as all structures eventually fall as a result of gravity and time.
12"x12"x30", Steel, 2013
Hearth's conception was inspired by the word "torsion." A 30"x36" rectangular piece of sheet metal was compressed, twisted and warped by a combination of human effort, a vice and a mallet.
Reminiscent of a tower or smokestack, the form inspires a feeling of upward progression or ascension.
50"x8"x32", Cast Iron, 2013
By using materials that have history of their own, an extra level of meaning is added to this piece. Nexus was composed of eight chemistry stands welded together, reanimating waste which is generated by technological and scientific advancement.
26"x10"x24", Acetate and Steel, 2013
YLEM is about the relationship between the microcosmic and the macrocosmic and refers to the first water that existed on Earth--a primordial soup full of single-celled organisms.
The way we investigate macrocosmic and microcosmic space is similar. Whether through a microscope or a telescope, each displays a void or absence with bits of matter suspended in it. Each of the five images I’ve constructed exhibit this link.