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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, November 29, 2004

Barnstormers back in town with show

Advertiser Staff

They've been called "The World Famous Barnstormers," this crew of artists known for their large-scale painted installations that can be created, for example, on the side of a barn, or the wall of an emptied swimming pool on the grounds of Honolulu's Contemporary Museum.

'Small Works by Big People'

'Murals by Mike Ming'

Opens 5-9 p.m. Friday, part of First Friday Gallery Walk

Noon-6 p.m. Saturdays and Tuesdays-Fridays, through Dec. 27

thirtyninehotel gallery

39 Hotel St. Honolulu



Members of the crew that descended on the Contemporary have returned to Honolulu for a show of small-scale, collectible works, available to the public.

"Small Works by Big People and "Murals by Mike Ming" are presented by the Cinema Paradise Film Festival and Thirty-ninehotel.

The small works will be 9-by- 12-inch works on paper by Barnstormer artists Christian Mendoza, Kenji Hirata, Kiku Yamaguchi, Madsaki, David Ellis, Jose Parla, Rostarr, West One, CheJen, Yuri Shimojo, Martin Mazorra, Kami and Sasu.

"The works will be amazing original pen-and-ink-on-paper pieces, and they're priced well below market to allow people in Hawai'i the chance to own their work," said Chris Kahunahana, co-director of the Cinema Paradise Film Festival.

"Murals by Mike Ming" affords Honolulu's audience an insider's look into the creative process of contemporary art. Mike Ming from New York City and Tokyo will be painting a large mural live in the thirtyninehotel gallery at 9 p.m. tomorrow. Living up to its moniker as "Honolulu's multimedia space," thirtyninehotel will present music by New Jass Quartet as accompaniment for the live painting that night.

Ming will continue working on the piece through the opening of "Small Works by Big People" on Friday.

During the art opening on Friday, a live audio installation by Balltron and Digital Jesus will accompany the show.

The Friday reception is part of the First Friday Gallery Walk, 5-9 p.m. Friday, art receptions with refreshments and entertainment at most art venues in downtown Honolulu. Maps are available at most downtown art galleries; free. Information: 521-2903, 521-1812, 524-3552.