I was introduced to Hui Press through a friend, Carolyn, and through fellow artist, Artemio Rodriguez, who was doing a residency there in April 2007. HuiPress Publications is the fine art publishing studio of Hui No`eau Visual Arts Center, located on the island of Maui. HuiPress publishes limited edition prints and multiples by top established and emerging artists with an emphasis on intaglio, photogravure and relief, and including lithography and silkscreen.Nationally & internationally recognized mid career and emerging artists are invited to work with Master Printers, with an aim is to foster experimentation, innovation, and collaboration, while pushing the boundaries of traditional print media. Enrique Chagoya, Chicano artist, did a residency here. (pictured here)
The current artist in residence there is Sandow Birk, who is working on a monumental print project inspired by a series of etchings called The Miseries and Disasters of War by Jacques Callot, printed in 1633. The project consists of 15 large-scale woodcut prints, each measuring 48 x 96 inches. Printed in collaboration with Master Printer Paul Mullowney, and assisted by HuiPress printer Casey Neumann, and Rhode Island School of Design interns Samuel Carr-Prindle and Nichol Markowitz, the images follow the course of the Iraq war. Using Callot's images as a starting point and casting their epic compositions in both America and in the ravaged landscape of Iraq, Birk's prints depict the course of war and its aftereffects. Blown up to grandiose scale and utilizing the aggressive nature of the woodcarving process to full effect, the images are at once familiar and contemporary. Like his predecessors, Birk's prints draw on art history and current events in a polemical series that critiques the eternal and universally senseless practice of war and military injustice. WOW!!!! I need to meet this artist!