POW! – It’s the impact that art has on a person. A punch in the face.
WOW! – It’s reaction that art has on a viewer. A sense of awe and wonderment.
Together they form POW WOW, which is a term that describes a gathering that celebrates culture, music and art.
The celebration of culture, music and art can now be seen in POW! WOW!’s video from the 2013 event.
In 2010 Jasper Wong had put together the first POW! WOW! The POW! WOW! event included tow separate art events as well as a opening party. 2010’s first event was “Wham Bam Thank You, Ma’am” a collaborative exhibition of Wu Yue and Jasper Wong that also marked the opening of Wong’s Above Second gallery opening. The second sub event was named “GARAGEWORKS” and showcased works by international street artists.
Since the founding in 2010 the POW! WOW! event has evolved drastically. The first event was a spontaneous small-scale friends event in Hong-Kong that served the purpose to establish Above Second gallery and get the word out there. The 2013 event was a full-blown street art festival with nearly hundred artists from nineteen different countries. The 2013 artist roster includes: Dabs Myla, Askew One, Mark Bode, 123KLAN, the Everfresh Crew, Yue Wue, Yoskay Yamamoto, SLICK, Angry Woebots, Roid, Shark Toof, Jeff Soto, and more. With such a line-up of internationally renowned street and urban artist this years POW! WOW! event had the power to transform an entire district and its community. Aside from a local and global roster of artists each plying their trade diligently around the area, several educational initiatives and events have also been put in place including live panel discussions and musical events as well as the culmination of the eight-day event through a massive block party.
POW! WOW! has grown into a global network of artists and organizes gallery shows, lecture series, schools for art and music, mural projects, a large creative space named Lana Lane Studios, concerts, and live art installations across the globe. The central event takes place during Valentine’s Day week in February in the Kaka’ako district of Honolulu, and brings international and local artists together to create murals and other forms of art.
Retrieved from: POW! WOW!