Galleries / If they know you by name at Luxury Row, then our social circles probably only ever intersect at Hawaii’s Modern Masters, a collection of the best in upcoming and established local brilliance in visual art (plus champagne). Owner and director of Cedar Street Galleries and curator of this show Mike Schnack says it’s less about the scene than the art. “Like any art event, [the main thing] is to experience the work and take away what you can. A lot of people like to put more on artwork than it is. Yes, art can have social commentary and import, but it’s how it makes you feel that’s most important. As long as [a piece has] got you thinking about something, it’s successful.”
Stores such as Tiffany & Co., Coach, Hugo Boss and Chanel will all feature mainly 3-D works by Ryan Higa, May Izumi, Abi Good, Laura Konecne, John Koga and Juvana Soliven, and more throughout November, and will have each artist in-person all along the strip for the opening reception on Thursday.
“Primarily this show has always been a 3-D show, as only two of the stores are able to hang flat work,” Schnack says. Debbie Young and Mary Mitsuda bring the paintings this year to us, in Yves Saint Laurent and Bottega Veneta respectively.
How does Schnack decide who to feature and deem a Modern Master? “I always keep my eyes open,” he says. “I already have a few in mind for next year.”