14 SEPT 2016
Solomon Enos talked about his mixed-media art installation A Battle of Narratives with students and faculty at Kamehameha School – Kapalama. The artwork’s metaphorical landscape explores the exponential changes that took place in Hawai‘i between the 1880s and 1930s — the Americanization of the islands. The piece serves as a visual starting point to reset historical narratives. "We are in the seventeenth wā of the Kumulipo," Enos says. "This is our story, we are making it now."
Commissioned by the curators of CONTACT 2015, A Battle of Narratives has been hosted by a private organization and several educational institutions, where an estimated 8,000 students have encountered it. The artwork is on view at Kamehameha School until the end of October 2016.
25 May 2016
Taking over the changing room at DADA Salon Honolulu, Solomon Enos created a live drawing during a promotional event to open DADA x Solomon Enos. Guests enjoyed special massage-shampoos + styling, cocktails, and a retrospective collection of Enos' artwork installed on the salon's walls. Enos talked story with guests while drawing a salon-inspired composition featuring three muses of beauty, creativity, and imagination.
09 SEPT 2016
Solomon Enos and fiber artist Marques Hanalei Marzan opened Reboot: Fashion Futures at the Fashion Annex in Ala Moana Center (Honolulu). Featuring a selection of garments by Marzan and artwork by Enos, the exhibits explores the evolution of culture in Hawai'i through fashion, and imagines a "future-past" in which self-fashioning is informed by indigenous traditions. Included in the exhibit is artwork from Enos’ POLYFANTASTICA and From Stars to Stars: An Indigenous Perspective on Human Evolution. Curated by Josh Tengan, styled by Ara Feducia, and organized by Cori Mackie. On view through Oct. 25, 2016, open noon to 5 pm.
10 APRIL 2016
Solomon Enos had the pleasure of creating a mural with pre-schoolers at Mid-Pacific Institute (MPI) in Mānoa. With his usual effusive enthusiasm, Enos gathered around with students to collaborate on a sketch for the mural. The children put forth a myriad of ideas. And, as Enos incorporated their ideas into the sketch, he shared the Hawaiian meanings of the images and words that the children chose for their story.
"What struck us (teachers) was the admiration and respect that poured between the children and Solomon," said Leslie Gleim, pedagogista at MPI Pre-School. "Throughout the morning questions, ideas, and pure joy were shared, and the reciprocity of dialogue, story, and, ideas created a metaphoric lei ... as the children wove their voices and ideas into a story that came to life in the mural."
Enos got the mural started, laying down the underpainting based on the collaborative sketch. Later, the keiki, along with their families, filled in the rest, creating a mural they can take pride in.
30 June 2016
Solomon Enos was live painting and talking story at Merging Visions: A Black Book Event at the Honolulu Museum of Art. An initiative of Hawai‘i Business magazine, the private event brought together a cross-section of Hawai‘i’s top executives, most influential leaders, and emerging talent for an evening of networking and entertainment. Enos’ painting, Hawai‘i 3015, was auctioned off at the end of the night, with proceeds benefiting the Museum.
05 APRIL 2016
Iwikuamo‘o (backbone, spine, path) is an art installation conceptualized by Solomon Enos and executed by the UH West O‘ahu community. Hand-stacked pieces of coral collected from exposed deposits in Wai‘anae form a long, undulating column that recalls a spinal chord, symbolic of Hawaiian genealogy and ancestral lineage. For Enos, this composition also refers to the entire Hawaiian archipelago, emphasizing the continual interconnectivity between people, generations, place, and time.
Key to the concept of Iwikuamo‘o is the process and experience of its physical installation. Over the course of four days, Enos led dozens of UH West O‘ahu students, faculty, and staff in the construction of the sculptural feature. The work was physical, intense and, at times, exhausting. All who contributed to the creation of Iwikuamo‘o not only engaged with art practice but also became a part of the artwork’s story.