White Dreams by Kamea Hadar at POW! WOW!
Shedding away the unnecessary burden of detail, Kamea Hadar emerged into great white dreams displaying an apparent shift in personal poetics. White Dreams is the title of Kamea’s latest exhibition, currently installed in Honolulu, as one of the satellite events happening around the POW! WOW! Street Art Festival Hawaii. The exhibition presents an array of core preoccupations of the artist exploring concepts of sensuality, emotion, beauty and eternal values. Placed in an utterly white space, White Dreams arrangement resembles a coherent spatial installation, assembled of individual pieces of art that seem to be levitating in a separate, ethereal universe. White Dreams is curated by Jasper Wong, an artist and a curator, known for his imagery influenced by Asian art and pop culture. Jasper Wong is also exhibiting at a different satellite event – the show titled Little Shop of Wonder.
White Dreams Exhibition
Through his schooling and stylistic development, Kamea’s innate fear of people challenged him to become one of the most stunning artists within the representational plane of photo realism. Predominantly depicting punctilious portraits and figurative murals, he managed to overcome his inhibitions and to express the underlayered natural sensuality of his models. White Dreams diverts from Kamea Hadar’s realistic approach into the new realm of selective representation. All of the backgrounds and trivial accessories are cast away to make space for the emphasis of the truly important fragments – the essential human shapes and grimaces set in the empty, irrational space.
Uniting the sensual feel of polished human skin and the impassioned expression of his models, the artist extracts the gist of humanity to surface, overwhelming the viewer with sentiments of attraction, desire, love and aspiration to higher existence. The suspended centerpiece breaks light delicately and leads the view towards the crown of the exhibition – ceiling interpretation of The Creation of Adam. To validate his firm belief in eternal purpose, the artist deliberately cites one of the greatest masters in the history of art, Michelangelo, and his masterpiece designed for the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Renaissance genius is not the only reference found at White Dreams exhibition. Kamea Hadar chose Koa wood to render his paintings-objects that carry the same feeling as the canvases, but deepened through the coarse, naturally elegant texture of the material, which is traditionally used in Hawaiian culture. Through marriage of the substantial components that have impacted his creativity – one his artistic hero, and the other one rooted within his background – Kamea Hadar conjures a parallel world of his own wants, devotions and obsessions. White Dreams exhibition will remain on view throughout the duration of POW! WOW! Street Art Festival in Hawaii.
Kamea Hadar Background
Having a Japanese mother and Israeli father, Kamea Hadar grew up in an exciting environment, travelling with his parents since he was only 6 months old. The passion for movement never left him, and after taking art classes at University of Hawaii, he studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, University St. Louis in Madrid and at the University of Tel Aviv in Israel. Admitting he always tries to see beauty in everything, Kamea allows his journeys and experiences to penetrate his art, as the inspiration often comes unexpectedly. Currently, he lives and works in Honolulu, acting as the youngest member of the Hawai’i Arts Alliance.
Kamea Hadar has been involved with POW! WOW! Festival organization and program design since the event transferred to Hawaii from Hong Kong. Today he is one of the lead directors of the event, as well as the designer/artistic director of Utopium, the home of POW! WOW! Hawaii.