Tuesday, September 19, 2006


"Please tell me: why is Waikiki so nice and why are our schools so bad?"

asks a girl drawn by artist Oren Schlieman on a poster titled Please explain this to my daughter today, not tomorrow. I was drawn to this poster as soon as I entered the Peggy Hopper Gallery this evening. It's part of a show entitled Seeing Red: 35 designers confront contemporary issues featuring "political posters by 35 local, national and international designers addressing issues from peace, global warming, affordable housing, international policy, women's rights, Hawaii schools, religion in politics and more."

Posters will be on display from Thursday, September 21, 2006 through the end of October.

Artist Schlieman asks a very pertinent question of course. The accompanying note says that the poster was inspired by two headlines in the papers, "Tourism Up" and "SAT Scores Down."

Posters are all screen printed. The only colors used are red and black, so that the exhibit itself has an intense visual impact created by the vibrance of the pure ink colors.

A poster is accessible, something you can own, good for putting on the wall, plebian. A gold filigree frame isn't needed for the people's art.

Proceeds go to charities designated by each of the artists.

Seattle artist nancy Stentz's striking poster
laments America's decline of power ... True power is not in the misuse of strength but how the people of this country and the rest of the world will be treated."
If you can, go see this exhibit, maybe buy a poster. Chinatown municipal parking is just around the corner on Beretania.

The Pegge Hopper Gallery
1164 Nuuanu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 524-1160


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