I’ve always wanted to create figure paintings
Since I began drawing as young as I can remember, I thought the pinnacle of being an Artist (with a capital A) was being able to render the human figure realistically. As a child growing up, the only “art” in the house were religious images. Growing up in small town Iowa, I don’t remember seeing any kind of figure paintings in art except religious iconography and traditional representational landscapes.
It wasn’t until I “escaped” to the other side of the state, to the thriving liberal metropolis of Iowa City and the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, that I discovered an entirely new world. A world of abstraction, expressionism, dadaism, cubism, and all the other art-isms poured into my eyes and flooded my brain with questions about what is Art? I dove into the possibilities of being able to freely create images and objects that didn’t have to look like photographic replicas of the subject.
I had vaguely known about the old masters Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Renoir, etc. And the newer masters Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh, etc.
Down the aisles and upon the shelves of the art school library, I stumbled upon the works of Robert Longo, Eric Fischl, Paul Gauguin, Chuck Close, Julian Schnabel, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. As well as contemporary photographers like Cindy Sherman, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Diane Arbus. Toss in my discoveries of Pollock, Motherwell, Rothko, and de Kooning and the possibilities for personal expression became not only unlimited, but also somewhat overwhelming.
Flash forward 25 years and I find myself now deep in the process of developing my own artistic voice. While my paintings have generally followed inspirations from Gerhard Richter, Pollock, and Rebecca Crowell, I’ve still wanted to be a figurative painter. I work with figures and models in my photography — especially my new “Pixel Push” series (more of those coming very soon.) But I’ve held myself back from painting figuratively.
Why? I dunno. Probably fear of failure. Not wanting to fail at something that I believe I’ve wanted to be/do for so long. As a younger person, I felt it necessary to be invested in my efforts. Now, I prefer the creative freedom of not getting invested in the results of what I do.
So something happened during my most recent trip to Santa Fe (July 2015) and I simply decided, “Fuck it! I’m going to try. What’s the worst that could happen? If it doesn’t work or I fuck it up and I’ll just gesso over it and start again with my little abstractions.”
An amazing thing happened.
I really love these first little figures. They’re simple. Faceless. Abstracted. But they each somehow have their own personality. Their own story. They each have a Title. I didn’t have to labor over it, which, by the way, is one reason I tend not to title my work. They each just whispered their Title to me.
Now, about the new figurative work…
When I closed my studio a few months ago, I took my stock of wood and made 240 small framed panels, a few dozen of which I shipped to Santa Fe. I also had “sheets” of primed canvas available in “pads” at 18 inches wide by 24 inches high. So I laid out a new workspace in my Santa Fe loft, not knowing what, if anything, would come of it.
I’ve enjoyed moving back and forth between the different sizes and different substrates, while having the same ‘figure focus’ dance between the individual pieces.
I begin each piece by doing quick “body scribbles” with ink directly on the primed canvas or panel. A shoulder. A hip. Tilt of a head. Then expand the rest of the body from there. At this stage I have no thoughts of colors, textures, title, or meaning. Just attention on the various shapes, sizes, and positions of the figure. The ink forces me to commit. If I used pencil I know I would be tempted to erase and/or edit during the scribble process. I also use the ink at this stage to do a bit of shading and volume creation, giving the characters dimensionality.
Next are the first layers of color and texture. It’s important to me that ALL the texture is actually color. I don’t lay down a bunch of texture using just thick white mediums (thick paint goop without pigment colors) and then paint on top of that. Because I know it’s possible (actually highly probable) that I’m going to be doing some sanding, scraping, and gouging I want the color to remain throughout those destructive processes, and not just reveal a white base under the surface color.
I also mix my acrylics, inks, and pastels with transparent liquid mediums (liquid paint goop without pigment colors) and after dozens and dozens of layers, a translucent depth appears that just can’t be captured in photographs. You can actually see BEHIND some of the colors to what lies beneath…
These first finished pieces are almost a couple weeks old now and I’m STILL finding interesting little corners, layers, and expressions that I hadn’t seen before.
This is quite the exciting new direction in my work and I would love to know what you think in comments below or sharing via your favorite social network!
Studio Shots and Figure Paintings
The unique and innovative collaboration between Shane Robinson Fine Art Gallery at the Andaz Maui at Wailea resort has come to an end.
In late 2013, after installing a large abstract photography commission for the executive offices at the Andaz Maui at Wailea resort, we were given the opportunity to design and occupy a gallery space in the main lobby.
It was the first of its kind for any Andaz location, or any Hyatt Hotel, around the world. To our knowledge, it remains the only gallery at any Hyatt in the world in which the artwork was created exclusively for the hotel and the subject matter was sourced on the hotel property. It was an unscripted trek into unexplored lands.
My partner, Roxanne Darling, and I are very proud of the art work that was created and appreciate the learning opportunities the gallery provided over the last 18+ months. Not only has it added color and vitality to the space, it has also been a gathering place for interesting ideas and inspiring people.
To all of my friends and collectors who purchased work and provided emotional and/or physical support, mahalo nui loa! Deep thanks also to the guests of the Andaz who stopped by during the Friday Art Hour, purchased work, and/or left wonderfully supportive comments. I hope the artwork brightened your trips through the arrival lounge and enhanced your visit to our magical Maui.
The gallery’s last day is scheduled for Sunday, May 10th.
Here at Shane Robinson Fine Art, we are very excited about what the future holds for us. Please join Shane Robinson’s email list to stay connected and you may continue shopping at our online gallery.
I left the ending ambiguous, because that is the way life is.
~ Bernardo Bertolucci
TEDxHonolulu: Paradigm Shifting One Aha Moment At A Time
For those of you who might not be intimately acquainted with TED or the TEDx events, they are a global set of conferences run by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation. They produce their whole program based on the mission of supporting “Ideas Worth Spreading.”
The TEDx program is designed to help communities, organizations, and individuals — such as artists or entrepreneurs — by sparking conversations and connections through local TED-like experiences and community events. You can read my announcement here.
Each TEDx event is structured as a suite of short talks, demonstrations, and performances that are idea-focused and cover a wide range of topics to help foster education, learning, inspiration, and wonder – and most of all, provoke those “ideas worth spreading.”
AN ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
What was it like to speak at the TEDx event? In short, equal parts anxiety, stress, excitement, and adrenaline.
For me, the anxiety and stress was in large part due to the short timeframe I had in order to both prepare a talk AND develop artwork for the event. The artwork had to be large enough for a backdrop on the stage; it would also be seen in each of the speaker videos. Plus, according to the guidelines of the Artist In Residence (AIR) Toolkit that was provided by TEDxMtHood (the creators of the AIR Program), the artwork is to be shared and displayed after the event in community spaces, schools, airports, convention centers, etc. to bring continued awareness to TED and local TEDx events.
Given those additional criteria, in addition to the short time frame, (less than seven weeks) I didn’t have time to produce new work on that scale. So in conjunction with the topic of my talk, “Paradigm Shifting One Aha Moment At A Time,” I selected several abstract photographs from the very first shoot after my own “aha moment” that sparked my Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) photography series.
I created several mockups from that first shoot, scaled for the size of the stage. I then submitted them to Genesis Leong, TEDxHonolulu Program Licensee and Event Organizer, and Mariko Chang, manager of the TEDxHonolulu AIR Program.
I created several mockups from that first shoot, scaled for the size of the stage. I then submitted them to Genesis Leong, TEDxHonolulu Program Licensee and Event Organizer, and Mariko Chang, manager of the TEDxHonolulu AIR Program.
Mariko was basically my “handler” and did a great job of communications, idea generation, and being the go-between myself and the larger volunteer group. It was really helpful for me to have a single point of contact and know that Mariko would reach out to which ever “Team” was appropriate.
Here is a selection of the first mockups I created, including a mockup of the venue stage at which I was able to take a photo of Mariko holding a regular piece of typing paper. Based on the size of the paper, I could extrapolate a quick mockup of what the 30” wide by 80” tall banners would look like hanging on the stage. The first image is the original “Towel #15” that was selected based on it’s colors and dynamic visual nature.
LIFE IS A LEARNING EXPERIENCE
Looking back on my time preparing for TEDx, I reflect on all the lessons I’ve taken away from this experience:
Go with the flow. It’s easy to give advice to someone by saying, “Just go with the flow” but it’s completely another thing to be dropped into an already established event and short timeline with 50 other team members and volunteers.
Establish Clear Communications. One of the things I did at the very beginning was to establish focused email communications with just my AIR Team. Having done that, I was no longer included on messages with many recipients containing dozens of reply threads, most of which didn’t pertain to my part in the event.
Stay in the Present. While this was part of the subject matter of my talk, it’s still difficult to stay Present with the stress and anxiety of the all the moving parts and those items that are out of my direct control. It’s easy to go into the Future and become even more stressed about all the possible things that can go wrong on the day of the event. It was also an exercise of not going into the Future to make up stories, or setting up expectations about what will happen after I add “TEDx Speaker” to my bio and LinkedIn profile…
Have Fun. A few weeks out from the event, my stress level was high. I had already re-written my talk 2-3 times and still wasn’t satisfied. The artwork was still not ordered from the printer in California and I didn’t know how it was going to be paid for. I had to figure out a way to hang the artwork without being able to hang it from the ceiling and I didn’t have time or budget for custom stands. So in summary, I was quite stressed and having some trouble sleeping.
A good friend asked a simple question, “How is your TEDx prep going?” To which I abruptly replied, “I’m totally stressed and not having fun!”
She followed with an equally simple question, “What would make it fun for you?” The question smacked me upside the head. What did I need to change to make this a fun and exciting experience that I initially thought it would be? I replied, “Changing my attitude and deciding to have as much fun as I can. Not stressing about the things I have no control over. And not going into the Future and making up stories about what I think may or may not happen.”
That simple question helped me completely adjust my attitude for the rest of the entire prep and day of the event.
MY PARADIGM SHIFT
It was an amazing experience. I learned so much about working with a large, all volunteer organization and how to manage my stress and anxiety in a new situation over which I had very little control.
I learned to let other people do their jobs and not constantly check in or expect communications to be instant.
And I learned that a single, simple question can help snap me out of the trap of making up stories about how I “think” a situation should go. I also learned that “Being Happy” is very much a choice when the situation is not life threatening.
I’d like to shout out massive mahalo nui (deep thanks) to Genesis Leong for organizing the event, keeping her cool when things didn’t go as planned and for inviting me to be the TEDxHonolulu 2015 Artist in Residence. Mahalo also to Mariko Chang for being my “handler” and providing communications with the other Teams, for her ideas, for being my chauffeur on Oahu, and for her professional and positive attitude.
And mahalo nui loa to Roxanne Darling for her years of love, support, and belief in my work and talent, for traveling 30 hours from Florida for the event weekend and taking care of lodging and transportation, and for her help and support during the event. It would have been substantially more difficult to set up and take down the artwork and maintain my focus during the event without her help and presence.
The video from the event is currently being edited but I will share it here once it’s available.
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Can you relate to the experience I had during my TEDx time? What lessons have you learned in your own life that have helped you stay focused, positive, and living in the Present?
Please share this post with your friends and family and of course, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
I’ve been invited to be the 2015 TEDxHonolulu Artist in Residence!
TEDxHonolulu is part of the official kick-off of the TEDxAIR Program worldwide, joining a hui (group) of other TEDx events across the world including TEDxSalem (Oregon), TEDxVail (Colorado), TEDxGatewayArch (St. Louis), TEDxVicenza (Italy), TEDxCourtauldInstitute (London), and TEDxSydney (Australia). News about our program will be included in TEDxMtHood’s presentation at the annual TED conference in Vancouver BC in March!
TEDx Artist in Residence programs focus on building relationships with local artists to create art installations that help set the tone for the primary TEDx event, communicate the event theme, and convey an idea worth spreading. Artists work with the planning team throughout the months leading up to the event to design and implement a large scale installation and prepare a TEDx Talk related to his or her art.
I am creating a large piece consisting of 9 – 30″ x 80″ fabric panels that will serve as the backdrop on the stage. In addition, I’ll be giving a 5-7 minute talk about my work as it relates to this year’s theme of “Paradigm Shift.”
Please use the following coupon code when purchasing your tickets for the lowest available ticket price:
I hope you’ll consider joining me live at the event. I’d like to see you there.
Shane and I know how frustrating it can be to find thoughtful, elegant gifts for the VIP’s in your life. We live a somewhat minimalist lifestyle in our 2BR 2BA home on the north shore of Maui and rarely buy each other gifts just because some commercial holiday says we should!
As you might expect, experiences and objects that are artfully designed and created are tops on our list. If you are looking for something special to give clients or loved ones, something that you can claim as an exclusive or can be used to co-brand your company, we would be delighted to assist you.
The Artful Giving Program
Shane’s abstract photography, digital paintings, and “Pixel Push” portraits lend themselves really well to being customized and fabricated in a range of gifts that can tackle at least one of your to do lists perfectly! Simply arrange a brief phone consultation with us and let us be your Artful Giving Concierge this season. We’ll assemble the key ingredients of who, what, and how much and create a custom gift package for you. Items can range from our signature framed aluminum prints (available via concierge service in a much wider selection than is available in our online gallery store) to notecards, electronic device covers, and framed prints.
Of course, you may also decide to gift yourself a piece you have been wanting for sometime – let us help you make that happen! Just ask!
Email Rox and Shane – Your Artful Giving Concierge
Email us today to schedule your private consultation and let us be your Artful Giving Concierge this holiday season. Please contact us by December 5th to make sure to receive holiday delivery! We are also well-connected to Maui’s top products and services and would be delighted to recommend a wide range of gift options for you.
This Artful Giving Concierge service is available year round, so not to worry if you too function on your own time frame. We get it.
Shane was chosen as one of two Hawaii artists for the annual Solo Exhibition at the Hui Noʻeau here on Maui. He represented the “emerging artist” category and was honored to join established Oahu artist, Jodi Endicott, who showed her installation, The Market. The show is open from August 15 – September 18; we hope you can see it! Scroll down to view photos from the opening reception.
We encourage you to join the Hui as a member – this nonprofit arts organization puts on outstanding art shows throughout the year, hosts amazing visiting artists, and delivers the best art classes on Maui for children and adults. Learn more about Hui membership here.
Shane created a scale model of the room that houses his exhibit. One of the striking features is a series of windows that let in amazing light. Typically they are covered with a false wall, to make more hanging space available. To preserve the natural light, Shane built a series of portable stands that create extra hang space, take advantage of the light, and draw people into the room that is on the far side of the gallery. His love of being hands-on for the entire process was both tested and rewarded!
Artist Walk Through, Saturday, Aug 30, 1-2 pm
Shane will be in the gallery to discuss the creative process that went into the resulting three distinct bodies of work he included in the show. This is free and open to the public — we hope to see many of you there.
Map to Hui Noʻeau
Studio Reception, Saturday, Aug 30, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Immediately following, we are hosting a reception at the working artist studio in Haiku. Shane has additional pieces of art on display there, plus you can see the place and the tools that support his creativity. We may go longer than 4:30 pm…but text Roxanne if you are going to be late just in case. 808-384-5554. We are in space #24 in the rear of the historic Pauwela Cannery building.
Map to Shane’s Art Studio in Haiku, Maui
Art Sale: One Week Only
To share our gratitude for the solo exhibit opportunity, we are are offering very special pricing on all art both in the studio and in the online shop. Plus we will be giving away one of Shane’s sketches to a lucky winner who makes it to the studio party. Use code SOLO to save 20% on any purchase. This offer is good for one week only; it expires on Saturday September 6th.
Free Pixel Pusher Portrait Session
Shane created a new series he calls Pixel Pusher Portraits for this show. They connect his paintings with a photographic portrait, then “painted” further using his custom software recipes to produce (literally) out of this world results. Use the hashtag #HuiShaneArt on Instagram; we will select a winner at random on September 22.
Photos from Opening Night
We had a great turnout of friends, artists, and leaders in the art community. Thank you to everyone who came out to be with Shane and Jodi! Learn more on Shane’s Facebook page. And be sure to Like the Hui while you are there!
On Friday, January 10, 2013, we opened our new art gallery in Wailea at the Andaz Maui. This unique collaboration – and gallery that is open 24 hours daily – came forward as a result of the commission from the Andaz last summer. This art is contemporary abstract photography with Hawaiian subject matter, all created on the Andaz property.
There are 60 images in the Andaz Series 1, with a full range of color: pinks and purples in the Ti series; greens and lavender in the Plumeria Series; gold, caramel and browns in the Stair and Kaʻana Series; and blues and greens in the Pool and Palm Series.
The evening began with the first Andaz Salon, a private reception hosted by the hotel in the Solarium. After a bit of mingling, Kainoa Horcajo, Hawaiian Cultural Director at the Andaz, brought everyone’s attention to the stage, welcomed the invited guests, and played a short video the Bui Brothers had shot and edited just the day before. It was the first time I had seen the video and I am so delighted and thrilled with what they produced! Kainoa then invited me to the stage and we had a wonderful conversation for about 30 minutes, talking about the work and my process.
Following the Salon conversation, our friends joined us in the gallery where Kahu Lyons Naone conducted the most beautiful Hawaiian Blessing I have ever witnessed. And with that, we officially opened the Shane Robinson Fine Art Gallery at the Andaz Maui at Wailea resort.
Our heart-felt gratitude and thanks go out to Michael Stephens, General Manager of the Andaz Maui, Kainoa Horcajo, Bridget Hinman and Frank Robinson (without whom we could not have produced the event), our friends and collectors from Maui, Oahu, L.A., Sweden, and Canada who shared the evening with us. We are also so grateful to the Andaz staff for their warm hospitality – we look forward to working together!
This is a modest beginning. We see this as simply “Phase One” of a much more extensive build out, both in terms of the physical gallery space as well as how the work in the gallery is experienced and interacts with the guests and events. I will be at the hotel each week creating special “art gallery Wailea” events, interacting with guests and introducing them to many of our Maui artists. Please join my email list so I can let you know about these and other events at the Gallery and at the Andaz!
Photo Credit: Pacific Dream Photography
Contact: Roxanne Darling
Mobile: 808-384-5554 Office: 808-572-7907
Shane Robinson Fine Art Announces Gallery Opening in the Andaz Maui at Wailea
Maui, Hawaii — Shane Robinson, Maui contemporary artist, is excited to announce the opening of Maui’s newest contemporary art gallery. The gallery will occupy a prominent space in the lobby of Maui’s newest luxury resort, the Andaz Maui at Wailea. The gallery will open on Friday, January 10th, with a traditional Hawaiian blessing and public reception. In conjunction with the opening, Andaz will host an invitation-only VIP “Andaz Salon” featuring a personal interview with artist-in-residence and Andaz Cultural Insider, Shane Robinson.
About the Artwork:
Shane Robinson was commissioned to create a series of original art for the Executive Offices inside the Andaz Maui at Wailea. Upon receiving the artwork, the General Manager approached Shane to develop a gallery that would present the resort’s unique aesthetic through the lens of his abstract fine art photography.
Shane moves his camera like a paint brush to capture a unique image that cannot be replicated. Each image is created ‘in camera’ as a single photograph; there is no computer editing other than cropping or rotation. The familiar Hawaiian Ti plant, for example, takes on an entirely new energy when shot through Shane’s lens. Each photograph offers an abstract, ethereal interpretation of iconic Hawaiiana. This creates vibrant, abstract, and unique works of art that are of Hawaiʻi, yet with a sophisticated, modern appeal.
The gallery will showcase photographs taken on the grounds of the resort – in such, they radiate the energy or mana cultivated there for centuries. The gallery will be open 24 hours daily.
About Shane Robinson:
Shane earned his BFA at the University of Iowa, School of Art and Art History, and works out of his Haiku studio on Maui’s north shore. He is a rare artist who moves seamlessly between traditional mediums, such as acrylic painting and furniture building, and digital tools, such as ICM photography and iPad apps. His iPhoneography piece, Gingered Torso, was selected for the 1st International Mobile Photo Awards in 2012.
His art is in the permanent collection of the state of Hawaiʻi and is collected throughout the U.S. and Canada. He has exhibited in San Francisco, Irvine, Miami, Honolulu, and Maui.
Andaz offers an environment free of barriers, where ideas are exchanged and encouraged. Each hotel features indigenous designs capturing the sights, sounds and tastes of its surrounding area. Our spaces, food, artwork and events bring an authentic, intimate feeling that you’re in a place quite unlike anywhere else in the world. The Andaz Maui at Wailea is the brand’s first resort property and is Hawaii’s only LEED certified hotel. (LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
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Postal Address: P O Box 1358, Haiku, HI 96708
Contact: Roxanne Darling
Mobile: 808-384-5554 Office: 808-572-7907
Join us in selecting gifts that give back this year. As a Cultural Insider for the Andaz Maui at Wailea luxury resort, (details below), Shane was selected to contribute artwork for the first ever Andaz Holiday Bazaar. 100% of the proceeds are being given to Women for Women International. The online holiday shopping is hosted by Joyus.com; no doubt you will find unique gifts created by local artists and social entrepreneurs who are all part of the global Andaz Salon experience. Gifts just went on sale and will be available for purchase through December 31, 2013.
This is a unique opportunity to purchase a limited edition print of Shane’s work and donate 100% of the price to Women for Women International. Do good, feel good, and collect art that was sourced from the mana of Andaz Maui at Wailea. Scroll down to see the full image.
Links For You
Preview all donated items & purchase here: Joyus.com/giftsthatgiveback
Event Hashtag: #AndazHoliday
Purchase Shane’s Art: Andaz Art Series 1 Arrival Ti #14 Limited edition of 5; each piece is signed & numbered.
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Learn more about the Andaz Salon: AndazSalon.com
About the Andaz Holiday Bazaar
In Hawaii, the tradition of sharing and giving back is finely woven into the day to day culture of almost everything we do. You may have heard it called the spirit of Aloha. This event is a perfect companion: 100% of the profits from the sale of all items will be going directly to Women for Women International. We decided to create a special limited edition for this image for this event. Arrival Ti #14 is one of our favorite images from the Andaz Art Series 1. It vibrates with an almost three-dimensional effect. You can feel the molecules of Maui dancing right before your eyes. The full rainbow of colors harmonize in a way that only nature could create for us. This image was created in camera, shot on the grounds of the Andaz Maui at Wailea. It is part of the series of work that was commissioned for the hotel this summer to hang in the Executive Offices.
We chose to make this gift a limited edition of 5 (at 18″ by 12″) to encourage people to join us in supporting to Women to Women International as generously as possible while adding to your fine art collection. 100% of the proceeds are given back. This piece is equally beautiful (end energetically supportive) in your home, office, spa, or commercial space.
Press Release Data for Andaz Holiday Bazaar
The following is brought to you by Andaz Salon and Shane Robinson, Maui Artist:
I am a contemporary abstract artist on Maui and serve as a Cultural Insider for the Andaz brand, which means that I participate in the Andaz Salon program; event date to be announced shortly.
The Andaz Salon is a series of events that delivers cultural experiences for Andaz guests and neighbors to engage in creative discussion with the guidance of a unique host – that host can be a local artist, designer, author, chef – anyone who has a passion for creativity and a passion for sharing it with others. Andaz Salon also has a virtual hub so travelers that aren’t staying at an Andaz hotel can still feel connected to the salon and to the interesting locations where Andaz hotels are located.
The Andaz Salon – and the brand as a whole – aims to create inspiring experiences for travelers, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the first ever Andaz Holiday Bazaar.
The Andaz Holiday Bazaar is a direct extension of the Andaz Salon program – Andaz has engaged with artists and up-and-coming talent in the communities around the world that Andaz calls home to commission unique, one-of-a-kind items for the bazaar.
From November 15 through the end of the year, you can visit www.joyus.com/giftsthatgiveback and purchase a selection of limited-edition, handcrafted items – the best part is that all of these gifts give back. 100 percent of the money made from the sale of these items will go directly to Women for Women International, a nonprofit organization that helps women in war-torn communities to rebuild their lives.
Thank you for your support of my work, for Andaz, and most importantly, for Women for Women International. – Shane Robinson
Roxanne and I want to share our latest bit of magical Maui news: I’ve just installed 12 original works of art created for “one of the top hotel openings in 2013” – the Andaz Maui at Wailea. This resort earns many “firsts” – it is the first LEED-certified hotel in Hawaii, it is Maui’s first resort with truly modern design, and it is the first to have some of its art sourced directly from the site environment itself.
That is where I come in to the story. Many months after meeting the General Manager, Michael Stephens, at a friend’s house for dinner, (thank you Frank) Roxanne was cleaning her desk of numerous acquired business cards. One was Michael’s and she dropped him a quick hello. He replied that he wanted me to come in for a meeting. He had been following my work and wanted to talk about a commission for the Executive Offices.
Less than three months following that initial discussion, the installation was complete – literally hours before the soft opening of the resort! I am so grateful to Michael for appreciating my work and giving me artistic license to wander the resort and create! Though our initial proposal called for waiting until after the hotel opening to begin shooting, Michael encouraged me to start immediately. It speaks of the extraordinary beauty and mana of this resort that I was able to capture the range and depth of Series 1 – even before the site work was completed.
We’ve been working with Shane Robinson and I’ve got to tell you, the art pieces that he has created are phenomenal! We’re very proud to be associated with Shane. It’s quite a momentous day for us. Shane, thank you very much. – Michael Stephens, General Manager, Andaz Maui at Wailea
Details About the Andaz Art Commission
- The entire experience at the Andaz is built around core values of hospitality that are jointly sourced from the ʻaina (land) itself and the Andaz brand. It was important to create art for the offices that also was sourced from the property, that reflects the beauty of the property in both its natural and built elements. Metaphorically, as the art hangs on the wall in the offices, as Roxanne would say, it’s as if the art also communicates the message “We’ve got your back.”
- The medium is my ICM Photography, where I use my DSLR more as a paintbrush than a documentary tool. It allows me to create abstract representations of the familiar. As with most abstract art, there is depth and an infinite array of personal interpretations when viewing each piece.
- Because the subject matter is sourced on the property, I was able to capture a wide range of colors and moods, that nonetheless harmonize with each other. I much prefer this for an office installation over a series of bland artworks, chosen for a color theme with arbitrary and safe variations to provide “just enough” diversity from room to room.
- In keeping with the seamless hospitality experience, each manager was invited to choose the piece he or she wanted for their private offices. Larger works were chosen for the reception area. In the group customer service room, we created a collage of nine 12″ inch squares from one piece. Each square, like each person, can stand beautifully alone, yet together they create something much larger.
- As this work is digital, we were able to display it exactly according to the space requirements and personal preferences. Bonus: we delivered custom notecards featuring the artworks. We are all imagining more possible uses of this beautiful work – my first opportunity to express the energy and elegance that is the Andaz Maui at Wailea.
One of my favorite compliments is that several of the staff have asked to order pieces for their homes. We are making plans with the Andaz to have this work available for purchase. In addition, we hired Matt and Madelynne of Maui Creative Photography to document the installation of the work!
You can view the images in Andaz Art Series 1 here.
We have also created Andaz desktop wallpaper images for your iDevices and computer so you can share in the experience of Series 1.