There’s a unique art show happening at RevoluSun’s Smart Home Innovation Center this month. Partnering with the non-profit organization, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, the art show features local artists and showcases their ocean and conservation-themed artwork in varying mediums.
Living808, KHON2 | April 13, 2016
0:00 Trini: Innovation Center at RevoluSun has been transformed into an art gallery. Here to explain why, Eric Carlson. Hello!
0:07 Eric: Hi, Trini. How are you?
0:08 Trini: I am doing great. Tell me, what’s going on here?
0:11 Eric: Well, as you said, we have turned our office in to quote unquote art gallery for the month of April in honor of Earth Day, which is April 22nd.
0:20 Trini: Okay, and so, why?
0:23 Eric: Well the art show that we’re showing here today is to bring awareness to a big problem that we have here in Hawai’i and that is micro plastics. You know, in Hawai’i we love our beaches. A lot of people will notice when they go to the beach they’ll see the big litter, you know, a cup or a can or bottle. That’s really easy to pick up and we all do that, but micro plastic is a much bigger problem because they generally go unnoticed. It’s caused by trash that goes in the ocean and then gets broken down by the Sun and into really tiny pieces, and why that’s a problem? Well, birds and fish, you know, eat it and we eat those fish and so it’s this ongoing cycle that can cause a lot of damage, not only to our ecosystem but to us as, you know, consumers of fish.
1:10 Trini: Now this is a collaboration with Sustainable Coastlines Hawai’i, but this isn’t the first time that you guys have worked together?
1:17 Eric: Yeah, no, so RevoluSun, you know, like most people now we’re locally owned and operated company and we’ve given back to many nonprofits and why over the last seven years to the tune of about a million dollars and thousands and thousands of volunteer hours. We’ve worked with Sustainable Coastlines many times in the past, with participating and sponsorships of their micro plastic beach cleanups, and we thought this this one was the new way to bring more exposure to their cause and their organization.
1:47 Trini: Okay, well I loved the Innovation Center before, but I love it even more now. I mean it’s really beautiful you’ve got a lot of great art pieces here a lot of local artists that people may not have heard of.
1:57 Eric: Right, we do have a lot of local artists, you’ll get to interview them soon Mark Cunningham is probably one a lot of people are familiar with, his art will be on display. He’s a legendary water man, and a lifeguard on the North Shore, so we’re really excited about the art show we hope people come down, take advantage, and learn a little bit about Sustainable Coastlines and the work they do for all of us.
2:19 Trini: Okay, and is the art show open during regular business hours?
2:23 Eric: It’s open Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 5:00 p.m. for the entire month of April
2:28 Okay, and people can buy the art?
2:29 Eric: They can buy the art.
2:31 Trini: Okay, good to know. Well, let’s meet some of the artists…Here I am with Shannon McCarthy, one of the artists in the show, and Shannon this is amazing can you tell us what is your piece made out of?
2:46 Shannon: This piece is made out of plastic that I’ve collected from the ocean and beaches; marine debris. So it’s 100% plastic.
2:53 Trini: Wow, what is your connection with the Sustainable Coastlines Hawai’i?
2:57 Shannon: I’ve been volunteering with Sustainable Coastlines about four years, doing event organization, education, and various activities.
3:07 Trini: And what got you involved? You obviously have a passion for for art, and I guess Hawai’i’s oceans.
3:14 Shannon: Yeah, it’s all of that. Art, and awareness, and communication about this problem and knowing that it’s such a growing issue that needs to be addressed keeps me coming back.
3:24 Trini: How long did this take you to make? it really is beautiful.
3:27 Shannon: I don’t know, a while, a long time.
3:30 Trini: It’s gorgeous. Thank you for sharing it with us. And over here we have Eduardo Bolioli, another artist who will be featuring his work in the show. Hello!
3:39 Eduardo: Hi, how’s going?
3:41 Trini: It’s going great. Tell us about your pieces.
3:51 Eduardo: Well, they’re big, and colorful. And they’re part of me. I guess, surf art, pop art, big acrylic paintings that mostly I use to educate a little bit so it’s like tell us about our environment. Things like that. You know through colorful pieces it’s easier to look at our problems, while they look kinda fun.
4:16 Trini: So explain that to me, why is that important to you and what problems are you trying to address in your paintings?
4:21 Eduardo: Well it is important to me, first because I’m a surfer, then I’m a father, so it is very important to me that I leave whatever, I mean the oceans, the way that I was able to to surf on them, from my kids, and I want them to be surf clean water for as long as they can, you know. So that’s the really important part. How I use these, it for instance those fishes is that I have, they all have factoids that a tell us about, you know, like a cigarette butt will contaminate seventy liters of water and that would kill so many fishes, what happens with Fukushima. Little things like that, but always through like colorful and in a positive way that people get attracted to, because it’s like if I portrayed like an image of what’s really happening nobody would even want to look at them.
5:18 Trini: Because it’s so ugly, so we do it in a beautiful way to get people’s attention.
5:22 Eduardo: Exactly, it’s an ugly truth and we must say it in any way we can. So, as an artist, I’m a communicator. So I communicate a lot better with my brushes than wen I’m talking.
5:39 Trini: Well I think you’re doing pretty good right now. Real quick, tough, all of the paintings that are sold, a portion of the proceeds will go towards Sustainable Coastlines Hawai’i.
5:50 Eduardo: Yeah, correct, that’s that’s the whole idea. It’s not just to be able to sell our art, but also to support a great organization like the Sustainable Coastlines Hawai’i, because they do a lot of the work that some governments don’t do.
6:06 Trini: Well, Eduardo, thank you so much again, it’s the art gallery here at RevoluSun’s Innovation Center come check it out. It’s throughout the month of April they’ve got some really beautiful stuff here and again, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Sustainable Coastlines Hawai’i.