contemporary Art / ii Gallery

LIttle Black Bag: an exhibition of works by Dana Paresa


Date: Exhibition Opening: August 30, 2012 6:30pm

Exhibition Dates:  August 30 - September 15 

Location: ii Gallery, 687 Auahi Street



Interisland Terminal is pleased to announce Uncontrollable Urge, the second solo show of works by Dana Paresa in its ii Gallery space at 687 Auahi St. 

Though many artists throughout time and across cultures are known for depicting kings, queens and other idealized views of people and places, it is actually subjects from un-seen facets of society that offer the most fruitful opportunities for picture-making.  In the year since her first solo show at ii Gallery, Paresa has become ever in-demand for her simple, yet expressive pen and ink portraits of local personalities and weirdly familiar, yet imagined situations.  

Uncontrollable Urge brings Paresaʻs medium and style of portraiture to focus on a single subject.  The exhibit presents black and white ink drawings depicting characters with paraphilias, delusions, obsessions, and compulsions.  Dana Paresa creates an environment suitable to each social deviant, complementing one anotherʻs unusual urges.  Seen together, the works in Uncontrollable Urge bring organization to the disorderly, and construct a sense of belonging to an otherwise marginalized group.

Born and raised on Oahu, Dana Paresa is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.