and other inspirational prints at Blue Bar, Honolulu, July-September 2017
Inspiration everywhere – review of the exhibit in the Honolulu Staradvertiser 8.25.17
Dieter Runge’s art exhibit aims to motivate with a bit of humor – by Nina Wu
Art, Rock’n Roll music, Ayurveda, tai chi, yoga and cooking – are all part of Honolulu Printmakers artist Dieter Runge’s identity.
And all are the impetus behind his latest exhibit “ALLOW – CREATE – LOVE and other inspirational prints,” up through Sept. 29 at the Blue Bar on Merchant St in in downtown Honolulu.
Since early July, his colorful woodblock prints on cards with inspirational messages such as “B Kind,” “Courage,” “4Give” and “This Too Will Pass” have been on display on the walls around the coffee shop. Runge says they were created with “consciousness and love” in his art studio in Kaneohe.
“Those cards come, really out of my daily, spiritual practice,” he said. “Yoga, Ayurveda, meditation, and then reading and thinking about all these things over many years.”
Runge grew up in Germany and lived in New York City, where he recorded and produced several vinyl records before moving to Hawaii in 1990. He holds a master’s of fine art in painting from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and goes kitesurfing when the conditions are ideal.
The idea behind this exhibit is to offer uplifting messages with some elements of humor and references to music. The word “ALLOW” for instance, reminds us that “sometimes all we have to do is step back, relax and allow the good things in life to come to us,” he said.
The prints come from a multilayered block printing process, with the words originally carved in reverse on a quarter-inch-thick plywood, printed on top of a test print that was cut up and combined to create the images. They are available on 5-by-7-inch folded cards at Blue Bar for $10 each.
HONOLULU, HI – Popular Downtown coffee spot Brue Bar will host a reception for the opening of Allow – Create – Love and other inspirational prints, a new exhibit by O‘ahu based artist, Dieter Runge. The reception will be held on First Friday, July 7th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Brue Bar, 119 Merchant Street. This event is open to the public and is free of charge. Light pupus and refreshments will be served.
Allow – Create – Love and other inspirational prints features unique woodblock prints with inspirational messages. These prints are mounted on folded cardstock, with envelopes in clear folio. Some are scanned at 3200 dpi and digitally printed and enlarged, revealing entirely new dimensions of detail.
Dieter’s work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions across Hawai‘i, the U.S. mainland, and Hong Kong. This is his second exhibit of work at Brue Bar. His previous show was the well-received Rock n’ Roll Revelation in 2014.
Allow – Create – Love and other inspirational prints will be on display through September at Brue Bar’s Merchant Street location.
ABOUT BRUE BAR
Brue Bar has been serving hand-crafted coffee beverages within the iconic Stangenwald Building since its launch in 2013. The cosmopolitan Downtown setting and unique design sensibility makes it the ideal location for work, study and conversation. Brue Bar’s distinctive character and array of teas and coffees can also be found at 1164 Bishop Street, and will soon make its return to Kaka‘ako. Brue Bar is part of the HONBLUE family of companies, who have been delivering innovative solutions to Hawaii’s creative design community for 50 years.
ABOUT HONOLULU PRINTMAKERS
Honolulu Printmakers is a non-profit organization which promotes the appreciation and understanding of printmaking and print production. Established in 1928, we are supported by our members, corporations in our community, and state and private foundations. Honolulu Printmakers provides the community with a variety of programs and services including exhibits, studio space, and education.
Below: Invitation card to exhibit and installation views.