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TATTOO DETOUR 3: x

HONOLULU DRAWINGS 2009xx

Continuing the last two years' drawing projects from Honolulu, this year's TATTOO DETOUR portfolio adds a new layer as the dudes become studio artists, parroting back art-world lingo and curator-speak (as well as my own writing) as they contemplate the parallels between two different peripatetic modes of existence.

Normally when traveling I've been content to walk around, explore and take photos while visiting art museums and galleries -- a method that works fine in New York or Paris when you're there for a week or so. But finding myself in Honolulu for an extended stay the last three summers, I realized that Waikiki is a different animal altogether, relentless as it is with the shirtless men who are my muse, not only on the beach but in the restaurants, grocery stores, hotel lobbies, even on the bus. So I was tempted to go further than my normal mode and try to have a studio at the same time, namely a sketchpad and a handful of pens I was carrying around, creating a body of work out of a suitcase while living in a hotel room.

Drawing on the aforementioned beaches, and in the same restaurants and hotel lobbies, I was able to enjoy a completely different rythmn of work than I've ever known at home, at the same time surrounded by people who occasionally wandered over to look at what I was up to so long at my favorite Starbuck's table or on some bench in Kapiolani Park, or under a palm tree. And the setting of an extreme tourist spot such as Waikiki posed the enjoyable task of trying to reach beyond the predictable cliches of surfers, babes and palms. The resulting drawings are conflations of those very surfers, palms, tattoos, military guys, pigeons, lobby furniture, waves and restaurant tables, offering intersections between the surf of Hockney, Picabia, Pettibon, Guston and Westermann, fact and fiction.

 

All drawings are ink on paper, 9" x 12"

 

 

  

HNL'09, #61 INDEX

 

HNL'09 #19, OBSFUCATION

 

HNL'09 #51, A KEEN EYE FOR CULTURAL CURRENTS

 

 HNL'09 #60, IT'S A JOB AND WE LOVE IT

       

HNL'09 #09, WHAT HURRICANE?

 

HNL'09 #38, WE MAKE A RUN FOR IT

 

HNL'09 #10, AMBIGUITY

 

HNL'09 #57, FIRST PLACE

       

 

HNL'09 #45, Untitled (Back, Shadow)

 

HNL'09 #58, WE SAVED YOU A COPY

 

HNL'09 #37, IT'S EASY TO TALK

 

HNL'09 #11, SKY BLUE INT'L

       

 

HNL'09 #50, VICTORY

 

HNL'09 #62, Untitled (The Blue Line)


HNL'09 #30, TWICE

 

HNL'09 #12, NO LONGER BLIND

       

 

HNL'09 #63, 28 DAYS / MAHALO


HNL'09 #36, THIS ISN'T THE HALF OF IT

 

HNL'09 #07, THE BREAKWATER

   

HNL'09 #46, Untitled (Head, Wave)    Sold

       

HNL'09 #68, AIN'T LIFE GRAND?

  

HNL'09 #52, BACK ISSUE

 

HNL'09 #33, SAND, LIKE SAND

 

HNL'09 #01, LAST YEAR...MAHALO

       

 

HNL'09 #47, GREAT WAVE

 

HNL'09 #69, THE VIEWER DEPARTS

 

HNL'09 #14, THE DEFT CHARM

 

HNL'09 #13, REFILL

       

 

HNL'09 #31, UP TO OUR NECKS

 

HNL'09 #65, SEPTEMBER 1st

 

HNL'09 #20, PERIPATETIC

 

HNL'09 #41, HOMO - LULU

       

 

HNL'09 #48, WE NEED A MANIFESTO

 

HNL'09 #23, PRISTINE CANVAS    Sold

 

HNL'09 #25, FINALLY! MULTIVALENCE!

HNL'09 #22, THE COMPOST OF SO MANY

       

 

HNL'09 #64, CELLPHONE

HNL'09 #40, Untitled (The Embrace, 2)

  

HNL'09 #67, WHAT I HAVE WE LEARNED

 

HNL'09 #29, SIMPLE, SEMPER

       

 

HNL'09 #17, NO INTRODUCTION


HNL'09 #02, ALWAYS READY    Sold

 

HNL'09 #27, SURFING CAN BE LIKE THIS TOO

 

HNL'09 #08, DOUANIER

       

 

HNL'09 #18, INDICES OF PHYSICAL ACTION

 

HNL'09 #03, FLIGHT 43


HNL'09 #16, THE ADVENTURE BEGINS

HNL'09 #34, Untitled (Plants)  

       

   

HNL'09 #24, Untitled (The Embrace, 1)

  

HNL'09 #32, NOMADS

 

HNL'09 #44, THIS IS MY VOCABULARY

  

HNL'09 #06, THE SUBLIME MOMENT

     
     

 

 

 

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TATTOO DETOUR series
     
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Drawings from Honolulu
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Drawings from Honolulu
2015

 

TATTOO DETOUR 8
Drawings from Honolulu
2014

 

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Drawings from Honolulu
2013

 

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Drawings from Honolulu
2012

           
 

 

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Drawings from Honolulu
2011

  



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Drawings from Honolulu
2010

  

TATTOO DETOUR 3
Drawings from Honolulu
2009

  

TATTOO DETOUR 2
Drawings from Honolulu
2008
  

 

 

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Drawings from Honolulu
2007

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