My darling partner, Shane Robinson, gave me a blank canvas that he made himself on my birthday, December 31, 2015. He wrote a special message on the canvas and it came with these conditions:
“Make a painting by your next birthday or the panel reverts to me.”
Fair enough. The blank canvas sat in my office on the floor. Months went by as I started gathering ideas. Things coalesced in the spring and in the span of less than a week, I created this painting. It was barely dry when I dropped it off for jurying, 15 minutes before closing time. The next day, I received my acceptance email. #Ecstatic! I took the I AM binary message and stamped it on a black top that I wore to the art opening. I enjoy creative expression without concern for whether it’s “high brow” or “low brow.”
Voyaging: May 20 – July 28, 2016
Reception: Friday, May 20, 2016
Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center
2841 Baldwin Avenue
Makawao, HI 96768
I AM: Emerging from 1s and 0s:
Computer code, aka “binary” language, consists only of 1s and 0s. It provides very clear instructions for getting from A to B and it represents the two essential shapes in form: a straight line and a circle. It often represents the on or off, yes or no, black or white, right or wrong thinking that contains perfectionism and rigid judgments. The irony of binary, though, is that those two numbers can combine to perform limitless functions as well as describe countless shades of gray.
The message on the canvas is binary for the statement I AM. The voyage of self-awareness and self-acceptance starts within limits of space and time yet emerges into limitless possibilities of expression and experience.
01001001 00100000 01000001 01001101 = I AM
From the Opening:
Jurors were Janet Chun and Tony Walholm. Darrell Orwig filled in for Ms. Chun, who was unable to attend the opening.