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“Since the early 1990s, the Hawaiian-Chinese UH Mānoa art school graduate has been creating sculptures and lamps from wood as well as recycled cardboard, x-ray film boxes and other discarded materials …”
“The garden looks beyond O’Keeffe as well. Greeting visitors at the entrance’s reflecting pool is a massive stainless steel sculpture by Hawaiian artist Mark Chai. The sun-shaped work is actually inspired by one of O’Keeffe’s paintings.”
“Other highlights will include a poetry walk featuring the work of W. S. Merwin, a former United States poet laureate and longtime resident of Maui, … installations of sculpture, inspired by Hawaiian flora, by the contemporary Hawaiian artist Mark Chai…”
“Sculpture artist Mark Chai has his monumental Heliconia Loop sculpture and 12 hanging lanterns displayed around NYBG for the O’Keeffe exhibit. [photo] Heliconia Loop sculpture created by native Hawaiian artist Mark Chai.”
“Contemporary Hawaiian artist Mark Chai is inspired by many of the same plants that O’Keeffe encountered while visiting Hawai‘i. His monumental sculpture inspired by heliconia is accompanied by a series of lanterns based on the fruits of many of the most important canoe plants, such as breadfruit (‘ulu), candlenut (kukui), screw-pine (hala), and mountain apple (ohi’a ‘ai). At night, these shapes come to life with dramatic lighting.” VIDEO
“Come on select Saturdays from June through August during Aloha Nights to experience the garden at night with illuminated installations by Hawaiian-Chinese sculptor Mark Chai, special events, and themed cocktails and Hawaiian poke.”
“Throughout the garden, visitors can encounter more than 300 tropical species planted to coincide with the show, most now in bloom, as well as installations by contemporary Hawaiian-Chinese sculptor Mark Chai.”
“Custom lighting by artist Mark Chai is one of the featured remodeling elements …”
“Their house is full of vibrant colors, local-leaning art—Pegge Hopper, Jodi Endicott, Mark Chai—along with prints and pieces gathered from their travels.”
“Mark Chai worked part time as a medical center patient transporter while building his artistic career as the inspired creator of lighting sculptures. … Many people in Hawaii have artistic sidelines, but only a few make a living from their art.”
Honolulu Museum of Art – Mark Chai, Lamps and Light Pods, made from recycled plastic and wood.
To call him a lamp designer would minimize his artistry. Mark Chai is a sculptor and many of his works produce light. The physical shapes of his structures are organic and sensual. His distillation of light adds emotion; the projections from his lamps create new images and forms. Chai’s PechaKucha focused on his process, from the mathematical and structural function to the whimsy of invention and experimentation. He was born in Hawai’i; the organics of the islands are his greatest influence and well evidenced in his work.
Ed Kenney’s fourth restaurant, Mahina & Sun’s, is located at the Suarfjack Hotel and Swim Club on Lewers Street and features wooden orb lamps by local artist Mark Chai.
At the Hawaii in Design exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art (900 S. Beretania St., runs through March 12, 2017), 10 local artists across disciplines—from mixed media and graphic designers to furniture builders and surfboard shapers—encapsulate this especially engaging art moment we’re in.
“As a staff member eagerly explains the hotel’s laundry list of amenities, I take a moment to admire the chic, beach vibe. The handmade wallpaper by Andrew Mau especially catches my eye as it reflects the playful attitude of the hotel. There is also a living fern installation by Paiko Hawaii, painted works by hand-lettering artist Matthew Tapia, and awesome wood-carved lights by local artist Mark Chai in the restaurant located on the side of the pool.”