Shingo Honda - Transience
Shingo Honda in exhibition at the East Hawaii Cultural Center, Hilo Hawaii opening Saturday May 28, 2016 at 2:00pm through Friday June 24, 2016 features an exuberant selection of paintings and drawings. The episodic presentation includes graphite and colored pencil drawings; abstract and representational paintings executed in a range of media on both paper and canvas.
The body of works completed over three decades of visualization expresses the “ever- changing world” and as the artist states “to melt an irrational concept...fleeting [as] a sparkle of a thin sheet of ice”. The exhibition is simultaneously bold, delicate, traditional, and contemporary.
The selections from Shingo’s oeuvre include “Flowers and Eden”, a 1987-1991 series that was created following the artists relocation from Tokyo to Los Angeles. Works from this series have never been exhibited in Hawaii. The “Hawaii Noon” series were started soon after Honda’s 2005 relocation from the city of Los Angeles to the Big Island rain forest. The lush boldness of the L.A. work anticipates the relentless Hawaii Island flora and fauna that are the focus of the artist’s current series.
A selection of “High Noon” color pencil drawings provides a critical connection for the bodies of work and exquisite insight to the artist’s current practice. The carefully rendered drawings utilize direct observation and highlight the artist’s fundamental and long devotion to the exploratory processes of mark making and free composition.
To his credit, Shingo Honda effectively transforms the digital media foundation of the “Hawaii Noon” series through his exquisite reworking with oil alkyd based media.
Shingo Honda with the group of “Hawaii Noon” paintings demonstrates that he has remained an artist completely in step with his time. The latest works, lyrically transform their digital media foundations through an exquisite reworking with oil alkyd based media. As the title for the exhibition suggests, visualizing a transitory nature that is both lyrically and powerfully expressed.