Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024 |
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LIHUE — There was a little Filipino lady who came up and wanted to buy the “stump,” said Fred Zollinger, creator of “Stump on Trump,” Wednesday night at the Kauai Society of Artists Gallery at the Kukui Grove Center.
“She said she could build a fire underneath and cook stuff on top,” Zollinger said.
Eve Solomon, KSA board officer, said the sculptures on display at the current membership show at the KSA Gallery “shine.”
However, the exhibit is not limited to sculptures. The walls are filled with artwork using various media, including photographs.
Zollinger’s is just one piece of a variety of pieces which invite the viewers to vote on their favorite pieces through March 11. The membership show opened Jan. 30 and the exhibit will continue through March 11 with winners, based on public voting, announced on March 4 during an artists’ reception.
“This is highly editorial style,” Zollinger said. “While I can’t say if Donald Trump is a great president, he is entertainment, and entertainment is an art. If Donald was in Hawaii, he would have his red tie and flashing shaka saying ‘Vote for Me! I’m great!”
Zollinger said he used recycled metal, in this case, welded iron, to create Trump On Stump.
“These were bands used to secure re-bars,” the Lawai artist said. “Expect it! Every show, different style, different media.”
In the background of Licia McDonald, president of the KSA board, a piece resembling a paper mobile moved slowly as the board discussed its agenda in the showroom which was closed for the day.
“I used a matte finish glaze,” McDonald said. “This is porcelain which is delicate and powerful in the same breath.”
Solomon said she appreciated McDonald’s work for its ability to show the delicateness and power on a suspended piece from the ceiling, but her favorite is a piece by Leo Hagen, “Silence.”
“When they came for me — and there was no one left to speak out for me” leads people for connect with their own personal emotion the powerful small piece screams.
The KSA Gallery is available for free viewing daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 8 p.m. Friday.
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