In Waikiki, the Gallery of Hawaii Artists attempts to carve out a place for art. An office space re-imagined as a gallery, the space offers local artists an opportunity to show their work in what is otherwise a completely commercial building in the touristy economic engine of Honolulu.
The gallery’s upcoming exhibition, Lights Out, is a collection of staged, candid, and altogether unique images by professional local photographer John Hook. As a pro, it is Hook’s day job to get the best looks out of people smiling in the tropical sun, usually on their Hawaiian wedding day. Sometimes though, that’s not what he gets, and Lights Out will give us an opportunity to reflect on what can be at times a funny, incongruent, and bizarre life on the island of Oahu.
As Hook explains, “I want to show the reasons I got into photography, the reasons I started carrying a camera around. That’s why it’s mainly night shots – that’s the time I get to do the things I actually want to do.” Hook also plans on a forthcoming installation in the space, sure to weird us out and crack us up.
This will be interesting.
March 7 – May 30, 2011
Gallery of Hawaii Artists
The Waikiki Landmark
1888 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite C312
About John Hook
The great thing about John, other than the fact that he enjoys funny hats, fake mustaches and animals in human clothing, is that he’s brilliantly quick and creative behind the camera. We have had the privilege of working with John here at FLUX for the past two issues, and his consistency and skill have quickly made him our go-to photo guy. In only a short time, John has compiled a beautiful collection of work for us. Below are some of our favorite shots from John.
Jewelry designer Noelani Love and her son Aukai.
Goldsmith and jewelry maker Jason Dow
William S. Richardson School of Law professor Mari Matsuda and her family.
Book artist Jacqueline Rush Lee.
Four-time ASP world champion Stephanie Gilmore at the Surfer Poll Awards at Turtle Bay Resort.
Clones of the Queen singer and FLUX creative director Ara Laylo.