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Mariah Reading & Leah Schretenthaler

Solo Exhibitions

Mariah Reading, In The Wake of Our Waste

Leah Schretenthaler, The Invasive Species of the Built


October 17 - December 7, 2019

Kahilu Theatre Galleries

Opening Reception and Artist Walkthrough: Thursday, October 17 from
5-7 p.m.

Potato Fin, Mariah Reading

In The Wake of our Waste, Mariah Reading will exhibit a combination of photography and painted found objects in the Simperman Gallery of the Kahilu Theatre. Reading’s art reflects her relationship with the landscapes that surround her. Her canvases come in unique forms, from old hiking boots and hubcaps, to found diving fins and wasted water bottles. They call attention to discarded objects and how that object fits, or does not, within its environment. This series looks at how a human footprint on land is directly related to the sea. Reading’s work depicts environmental changes humans have caused and a call to action to preserve this one Earth. Her intention is to leave all bodies of water better than how she found them.

ou Knock My Crocs Off, Mariah Reading

Reading grew up in Maine and currently lives and works in Southern California. Over the last three years she has been an artist-in-residence in Denali National Park twice, Zion National Park, and Acadia National Park. In addition to her exhibit at Kahilu Theatre, Reading has planned a beach clean-up at Kamilo Point on Saturday, October 19 in partnership with Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and sponsored by Osprey Packs. The clean-up will include a workshop led by Reading for the volunteers on how to create recycled art.

No Longer Waikiki, Leah Schretenthaler

The land of Hawai’i is vast, luxurious and idyllic, and past the wanderlust images there is controversy. Leah Schretenthaler addresses this controversy in her series of laser-etched photographs, The Invasive Species of the Built Environment. Growing population and tourism suggest threats to our island environment. Schretenthaler’s photographs focus on the spaces where building structures meet the natural environment. Using silver gelatin prints of selected man-made structures in the landscape, she uses a laser cutter to cut these structures from the environment. The removed spaces aid in seeing what Hawai’i would be like without them. Schretenthaler’s process suggests that, although removed, there is a scar that can never be completely erased. These images discuss visually the reality of social and political concerns related to the natural world and in its preservation.
Schretenthaler’s art practice blends traditional techniques with modern technology. Her photography practice uses film and darkroom developing and printing and then applies a “cutting-edge” laser etcher to create the final images.

The Real Hike to Akaka Falls, Leah Schretenthaler

Leah Schretenthaler was born and raised in Hawai’i. She completed her BFA degree from the University of South Dakota and holds a master’s degree in art education from Boston University. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She was recently named one of Lens Culture’s Emerging Talents of 2018 and was awarded 2nd place in the Sony World Photography Awards. Most recently, she was selected for the highly competative FRESH 2019 at the Klompching Gallery in New York City. Her work has been displayed nationally and internationally including Hawai’i, Colorado, South Dakota, North Dakota, Kansas, California, Texas, New York, Wisconsin, Rome, and Spain.

I Want to See the Land How it Once Was, Leah Schretenthaler

In The Wake of Our Waste and The Invasive Species of the Built Environment will run from October 17 to December 7, 2019 at the Kahilu Theatre.
The Kahilu Exhibits program is generously sponsored by Mollie & Jim Hustace, Keaolani Keawe, Pau Pizza, Kamuela Hardwoods, Woodbury Inspection Group and the Fairmont Orchid.


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