Top Shelf Freak Show
Museums / Stand between Serious Fun, Thurston Twigg-Smith’s collection of unconventional art and Little Worlds: Video Sculptures by Tony Oursler, in a nearby gallery, and you’re in the midst of some of the wackiest, most-heretical contemporary art the Honolulu Museum of Art has shown in years.
Twigg-Smith, the mega-rich, polarizing and political former publisher of the Honolulu Advertiser is also a renowned art collector of international artists. James Jensen curated both of these shows. In Serious Fun, Jensen uses more than 50 of 2,000 works donated by Twigg-Smith to the museum.
Little Worlds, two doors down, is like Serious Fun only in that it makes you want to go out and make art out of everything. Otherwise, Little Worlds is like nothing else. Oursler creates eerie, miniature visual feasts in purple, green and blue fantasies. Videos of animated eyes and lips synchronized with freaky voices are projected onto blank sculptures that warp these mutated faces into a believable reality. Words don’t do them justice.