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Run #00680b

Queen Lili'uokalani and Lanai Island - Hand-Embellished Edition

By: Gaia

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Edition Size 10
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TYPE:Hand-Embellished Archival Pigment Prints on 310gsm Fine Art Paper
SIZE:16 x 20 Inches
RELEASE DATE:   Feb 06 2014
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Pow Wow 2014 Featured Artists
20 Artworks
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View All Pow Wow 2014 Featured Artists: Roids, Ron English, Tristan Eaton, Aaron De La Cruz, BASK, Meggs, Persue 1 & 2, Angry Woebots 1 & 2, Dave Kinsey, 123 Klan, Insa, Brendan Monroe Gold & Silver, Hannah Stouffer, Inti, Prime, Estria, Cyrcle, Defer, Cope2, Indie 184, Augustine Kofie, Gage Hamilton, Ekundayo, Mimi Pond, Wayne White, Tatiana Suarez, Reka, Spencer Keeton Cunningham, Gaia, Glenn Barr, Nychos, Apexer, Madsteez & Roids, Kamea Hadar and Dabs Myla.

Plus local Hawaiian artists curated by Estria, Prime, Jasper Wong & Kamea Hadar: Aidan Monahan, Meleanna Meyer , Ckaweeks, Beak McFlaps, Brook Parker and Carl Pao.

The framing option for this RUN includes a 1 Inch Black Wood frame with UV-Glass, foam core backing and ready to hang hardware.


"This print is based off of a painting and mural concept directly inspired by my research in preparation for Pow Wow Hawaii. The original oil painting will be available through Thinkspace for their group show that will run in tandem with the mural event this February. I pursue many different themes within my mural and studio work. This particular piece attempts to develop a simultaneity of history by producing backgrounds that correspond to the context of a place and a portrait of a politically charged figure glazed over the composition. These pieces depend upon a nation or culture’s imagination of the contested and idealized landscape.

Especially when creating murals, I am intrigued by the impossible effort to depict the conflict between independence and domination. In this particular instance, Queen Lili'uokalani is a sacred royal figure in Hawaiian history and is utilized within this piece to evoke resistance to United States colonial exploits. Subjugation of indigenous peoples and the earth continue to this day through the guise of tourism, agribusiness and real estate ventures." - Gaia

This RUN is signed, numbered and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Gaia and 1xRUN.

Gaia
Baltimore, Maryland
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Gaia grew up in New York City and is a recent graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. His studio work and gallery projects have been exhibited in Brooklyn, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. His street work has been documented and featured in several recent books on urban art, including, most recently, Beyond the Street: The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art, (Berlin, 2010).

Drawing on his new and evolving body of imagery depicting human and animal figures, Gaia's work reflects on the ancient themes of animal and human sympathies, but now in the context of the city and the human built environment. Working with myth and symbolic animal figures, Gaia's street murals are like the works of an urban shaman drawing on a positive force from animal protectors. Gaia employs recognizable animal figures to remind us of lost human connections to nature and the environment. He constructs an image of a reversal of the "natural order" where animals intervene as protectors and avatars for a new awareness of the human condition in the natural world. He is known world-wide for street murals placed in areas to elicit surprise and reflection by passers-by who encounter the symbolism and fragile narratives of his work." - Martin Irvine, of the Irvine Contemporary Gallery

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