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BāS Bookshop presents 함께 Hamkkeh by Lauren Hana Chai & Ashley Ryan Wells

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BāS Bookshop presents 함께 Hamkkeh by Lauren Hana Chai & Ashley Ryan Wells

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Join us for an opening night with Lauren Hana Chai & Ashley Ryan Wells for the newest exhibit 함께 Hamkkeh at BāS Bookshop in Honolulu, HI!

함께 - Hamkkeh means ‘Together’ in Korean. Korean-American painter Lauren Hana Chai and ceramic sculptor Ashley Ryan have come together in an unconventional way bringing their unique individual styles and collaboration pieces which were kept raw via omitting communication on the process and rather focusing on creating intuitively. With a challenge so unique, these sculptures showcase the different perspectives and stories they have when looking at the same piece.

Lauren Hana Chai

‘Han’ is an abstract Korean concept of a collective sense of sadness, anger, and helplessness that’s embedded in native Koreans who’ve endured years of oppression and passed onto even some Korean-Americans through generational trauma.

I seek to visually reclaim ‘Han’ through exploring themes of Korean-American identity, turning pain into power, and blending Korean concepts such as Neo-Confucianism, folk mythologies with Western capitalism, sexual liberation, and Christianity. I struggle to heal or to cope with the trauma and the in-between world I live in as both a Korean and American but not fully one or the other.

I’m interested in the concept of Neo-Confucianism which is the harmony between chaos and order, our connection to the universe and how pattern is the basic structure in everything. Coupled with folk myths, I reinterpret the Taoist theme of 10 symbols of long life from Korean classical paintings, questioning what longevity means in today’s existential angst-filled world.

Paintings from the renaissance period, particularly those of Adam and Eve, influence my work as well; repainting them in a way that reflects modern interracial relationships, sexual orientations and uplifts all genders and race.

The catalyst that started my interests in my heritage was processing the loss of my mom who went missing when I was 11. Currently my ‘Last Known Locations’ series which are 6 paintings of her in her actual last known locations has become a traveling art show having gone to 2 of the 6 cities so far. The goal is to not only find connection to her but to others who’ve gone through similar pains and share stories of rising above it. To move from victim to survivor and to recognize the power through Han.

Ashley Ryan Wells

Ashley Ryan Wells is a ceramic sculptor based in Oahu, Hawai'i. Her sculptures consider material, form, and function resulting in an engagement of charming and subtle banter as they playfully live amongst our homes. Her work aims to inspire and spark imagination in the daydreamers. With her work, Ash is focused on maintaining the integrity of the clay by featuring the natural elements, welcoming a bit of nature inside.

Jan. 21st (Sat.) 6-9pm

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*Due to the new Covid-19 restrictions, we are limiting the number of entries. Please follow the guidlines below:

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