1xRun: Tell us a little bit about this piece? Was it part of a recent theme, series or show that you had?
Ian Kuali’i: Originally this image was composed as art trades for two creators I really admire Duncan Jago and Yoskay Yamamoto. I ended up loving the image so much that I hand cut a larger version of it for a 36″x 36″ canvas.
1xRUN: What materials were used to create this piece with?
Ian Kuali’i: Paper and your standard #11 Xacto blade. To render the image I used acrylic, spray paint, ink, plaster and varnish on canvas.
1xRun: When was this piece created?
Ian Kuali’i: I did this closer toward the end of 2015.
1xRun: Anything immediate you would like us to highlight?
Ian Kuali’i: Google the Hawaiian traditional method of the Ahupua’a…and do the knowledge. Not to be too preachy, but it’s a lot bigger than this art game.
1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?
Ian Kuali’i: The idea came about from genetic whispers, deeper research to what those whispers were saying and finally trying to manifest it visually in a basic veiled way that would help both elevate the craft of hand cut paper and mean something to me. Oh and the art trades, can’t forget that motivating element.
1xRun: Describe these piece in one gut reaction word.
Ian Kuali’i: Heal.
1xRun: As we start a new year, tells us a bit about some of your favorite moments from 2015.
Ian Kuali’i: The shutting down of the TMT construction on our ancestral sacred mountain in Hawai’i, Moving to the SF Bay Area with my family, Co-producing/Co-curating the release of The Rammellzee’s final album/tribute art show ‘Cosmic Flush’ with avant-garde record label Gamma Proforma and helped my brother Doze Green with his brilliant solo exhibition in Paris at Openspace Gallery.
1xRun: What are your plans for 2016? Any big shows or events coming up that you’d like to share?
Ian Kuali’i: I have a feature coming out in the next issue of Graffiti Art Magazine, but short of that I would rather not speak on it, just create and share the plans as they are happening.