Koa Gallery

Koa Gallery

Between Words

Monte Costa and Janetta Napp

  • January 24 – February 29, 2020
  • Opening Reception: Friday, January 24, 5 – 8PM

Monte Costa’s black and white photographs and Janetta Napp’s charcoal drawings accentuate their overlapping fascination for depicting movement—fleeting forces are rendered as enduring moments. In these uncertain times of acceleration, as Earth nears and exceeds irreversible tipping points, Costa and Napp focus their attention on water and weather, not from a place in crisis but from a place of potential.

“In our ongoing conversations about environmental changes, we often discuss the meeting of differences—edges—as this is where morphing happens, how transformations occur.”

An outcome of a longtime friendship, Between Words is the first occasion that Costa and Napp have exhibited together. Dispersed throughout Koa Gallery at Kapiʻolani Community College, as if carried by currents, their installation of photographs and drawings provides a distinct opportunity to reconsider their practices and their work in relation to one another.

About the artists

Monte Costa is a Hawaiʻi-born freelance editorial and documentary photographer. Following an internship at the International Center of Photography in NYC she began her career in the fast-paced setting of the Honolulu Advertiser. Costa has photographed extensively throughout Moananuiākea the Pacific, including the remote Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. For decades, Hōkūleʻa has been a persistent theme and source of inspiration in her work.

Janetta Napp is a contemporary artist who was born and raised in Hawaiʻi, received a master’s degree in fine arts, and has spent most of her career in Europe. Besides drawing and painting, she currently teaches at the Honolulu Museum of Art School. Her works have been shown locally as well as internationally and can be found in public as well as private collections. Recently, she has turned her attention to endemic ferns of Hawaiʻi.

About the venue

ʻO Koa Gallery, ua hoʻokahua ʻia i ka makahiki ʻumi kūmāiwa kanawalukūmāhiku, pūnana i‘a ma nā palena ʻole o ke Kulanui Kaiāulu ʻo Kapiʻolani, i ke alo o Laeʻahi, ma ka mokupuni o Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi. He wahi i‘a no ka huliāmahi, ke alu like, ka hoʻoulu ma o ka hoʻokau hou ʻia ʻana o ka lā i ka lolo. Kākoʻo maoli ʻo Ka Hale Hōʻikeʻike ʻo Koa i nā kaiāulu hana noʻeau o Hawaiʻi, ka Moana Pākīpika, a me nā māhele ʻĀina o ʻĀsia-Pākīpika. Alakaʻi ʻia nā hōʻike e ke Ala Nuʻukia o Kapiʻolani Kula Nui Kaiāulu ʻo i‘a hoʻi, e hoʻolako a e hoʻomākaukau i nā haumāna maoli, kūloko, kaumokuʻāina, kauʻāina no ko lākou mua he lako, a pēlā pū me nā ʻōlelo kākoʻo o Hawaiʻi Papa O Ke Ao.

Koa Gallery, established in 1987, is a venue nested within Kapi‘olani Community College, in the presence of Lē‘ahi, on the island of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i. A place for collaboration, engagement, and risk-taking through exhibition-making and public programming, Koa Gallery is especially dedicated to art communities of Hawai‘i, Oceania, and the Asia-Pacific region. The gallery’s production is guided by Kapi‘olani Community College’s mission to “prepare indigenous, local, national, and international students for their productive futures,” as well as by the recommendations of Hawai‘i Papa O Ke Ao.

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