Back from my holiday in Hawaii which coincidently fell on this year’s POW WOW event. Curated by Jasper Wong and hosted by Loft In Space / Fresh Cafe in Oahu, the art retreat feature an extensive lineup of artists including 123Klan, Aaron De La Cruz, Angry Woebots, Chor Boogie, Flying Fortress, Jeff Hamada, Kid Zoom, Meggs, Mr. Jago, Suitman, Beak, CKAWeeks, Eddie Colla, East 3, Wu Yue, Prime, Solomon Enos, Estiria, Nicole Naone, Ryuichi Ogino, Phibs, Trek Six, Rone and many, many more. Described as a gathering of contemporary artists with the purpose of engaging the broader community in the process and creation of art the army of graffiti painters, photographers and wheat pasters marked the surrounding industrial district of Kaka’ako with their signatures works and flair.
“The beauty of art is most commonly enjoyed during its final stage. All the blood, sweat and tears happen behind closed doors. However, that is where the real grandeur lies. The process. Imagine for a moment a gathering of internationally renowned artists in one place. A place that will allow them to do what they do best: be creative. We give them the tools, the space and the freedom to paint for one week. We make that process open to the public, allowing them full engagement and interaction between the artists and their audience. They witness the creativity in its entirety and become an essential part of the artists’ process. It’s about the breaking down of those closed doors and making art accessible. Now take a step further and imagine transforming a whole neighborhood with art within a week. Seeing creativity happen all around you from beginning to end and bringing people together through the act of putting paint on surface. A POW WOW.”