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TATTOO DETOUR 5:
HONOLULU DRAWINGS 2011
(OFF DUTY)

Continuing the last four years' drawing projects from Honolulu, the 2011 batch returns to textual inclusions vis a vis the art world, as well as iincorporates magery gleaned from drawing sessions in the Asian Collection galleries at the Honolulu Academy of Art.

Drawings numbered 588 to 643 measure 9" x 12" , while those from 644 to 677 measure 11" x 14".
All are ink on paper, and appear here in the order they were initially begun in the sketchbooks.

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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 four 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.

HNL'11 #588 Jump In the Ocean

HNL'11 #589 The Protagonist...

 

HNL'11 #590 Untitled (Blue Line Head)

 

 

HNL'11 #591 Things Must Add Up

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HNL'11 #594 Untitled (2 figures)

 

HNL'11 #595 Untitled (Green Branch)

 

HNL'11 #596 Untitled (2 figures overlap)

 

 

HNL'11 #597 Untitled (2 figures with Ocean Strokes)

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HNL'11 #598 Not Something, but Not Nothing

 

HNL'11 #599 The Surfer's Ouevre

 

HNL'11 #600 Untitled (3 figures overlap)

 

 

HNL'11 #601 Untitled (2 figures with Ginger)

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HNL'11 #602 Blah Blah

 

HNL'11 #603 Untitled (3 figures Overlap)

 

HNL'11 #604 Weight of Worlds

 

 

HNL'11 #605 Provoking a Gentle Reverie

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HNL'11 #606 Untitled (3 Heads on Tables)

 

HNL'11 #607 Untitled (Fish and Birds)

 

HNL'11 #608 We Call Out

 

 

HNL'11 #609 Untitled (Head on Trunk)

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HNL'11 #610 Untitled (Red Clouds)

 

HNL'11 #611 Turn the Page

 

HNL'11 #612 Untitled (gate)

 

HNL'11 #613 WHAT LIES BEHIND THE SCAFFOLDING...

             

HNL'11 #614 Untitled (Kimono)

 

 

HNL'11 #615 Untitled (large blue head)`

 

 

HNL'11 #616 This Could Be

 

 

HNL'11 #617 A Strategy That Has Become Commonplace

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HNL'11 #618 This Is (Descending Buddha)

 

HNL'11 #619 Untitled (Bird house)

 

HNL'11 #620 It's a Job and We Love It

 

HNL'11 #621 The Idea (Lacking such a resource...)

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HNL'11 #622 Untitled (Boy with hedge)

 

 

HNL'11 #623 I was not Reginald Marsh...

 

 

HNL'11 #624 We Need a New Narrative

 

 

HNL'11 #625 Navy

             

HNL'11 #626 USMC

   

HNL'11 #627 Turn
   

HNL'11 #628 Untitled (2 figures overlap)
 

 

HNL'11 #629 Diorama

             

HNL'11 #630 Untitled (Japanese fish helmet)

 

 

HNL'11 #632 Untitled (wave)

 

 

HNL'11 #634 Untitled (flock of geese)

 

 

HNL'11 #635 Now We'll Show 'Em

             

HNL'11 #636 Down the Waterfall

 

 

HNL'11 #638 Untitled (monster)

 

 

HNL'11 #639 Untitled (Hog and bird)

 

 

HNL'11 #640 Untitled (royal figures)

             

HNL'11 #641 Untitled (red wave tattoo)

 

HNL'11 #642 Untitled (figure in water)

 

 

HNL'11 #643 Mahalo, Baby!

 

 

HNL'11 #644 Untitled (man on horseback)

             

HNL'11 #645 Untitled (figure with carp)

 

HNL'11 #646 Untitled (bird and kumquats)

 

 

HNL'11 #648 BLUE GLAZE DRAGON

 

 

HNL'11 #649 SO DO I

             

HNL'11 #650 SAY

 

HNL'11 #651 BACK AT THE RANCH...

 

 

HNL'11 #653 IS VIDEO SOMETHING...?

 

 

HNL'11 #656 Untitled (man with carp)
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HNL'11 #657 Untitled (green dancer)

 

HNL'11 #659 BAD BOY

 

 

HNL'11 #660 THE SAME OCEAN (Serra)

 

 

HNL'11 #661 THE SAME OCEAN (red wave)

             

HNL'11 #662 THE SILHOUETTE OF LEAVES...

 

HNL'11 #663 THE ACCEPTED KNOWLEDGE...

 

 

HNL'11 #665 POOM / PO-MO

 

 

HNL'11 #667 UNFETTERED OPTICAL...

             

HNL'11 #668 WE WEAVE FICTIONS...

 

HNL'11 #669 Untitled (Indonesian wood figure)

 

 

HNL'11 #677 30 DAYS WAIKIKI, MAHALO

 
             

 

 

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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

 

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Drawings from Honolulu
2008
  


 

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Drawings from Honolulu
2007

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