Galleries / Take a seven-foot-tall freestanding sculpture; 32,000 pounds of volcanic soil and coral sand; and a room dense with Hawaiian history and meaning. Don’t let its title deceive you: A Small Area of Land (Kakaako Earth Room) is one large piece of work.
Inspired by Walter de Maria’s 1977 sculpture The New York Earth Room (Google it), Hawaii-born artist Sean Connelly’s inverted version will do more than just put you in awe of its sheer physical scope. Concerning local land issues, A Small Area confronts you to ask who are we, where are we and, most importantly, where are we going.
“Ironically, as we move ourselves farther and farther away from the natural world, we try harder to bring it back, to recreate a sense of place,” Connelly says. “I’ve designed a minimalist geometry that is sliced by the angle of the moon as it relates to the sun on a key event in [Hawaii’s land history].”
Connelly won’t say what that historical marker is at the moment, but will reveal its significance at the show’s opening.
Our online interview with Connelly at [honoluluweekly.com] covers a lot more ground about A Small Area of Land.