Soho too Gallery & Loft, 1985-89


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SoTo too Gallery & Loft on Stanley Street, Honolulu

 

At 39, Rodney Chang founded this inner city warehouse gallery to showcase progressive works by

young artists working in the Honolulu scene. Along with weird exhibits that included the gambit of

empty bombshells to actual human bones as "sculpture" by invited artists, Chang maintained his own

exhibit room for his first "computer art". These included framed photographs of images captured off

monitor screens of intitial art capability exploration on the IBM -XT and Amiga 1000, both

platforms "extinct" today. The first six "paint outs" were created and displayed in this short-lived

gallery experience. These first historic works were transported to and exhibited at Nishi Noho

Gallery in Noho, Manhattan, New York with Brooke Shields and the late actor Fred Gwyn in

attendance at the reception. In 1989 Chang served as Director of Soho too Gallery as he

concurrently managed leading the Association of Hawaii Artists, over 400 strong, as their president

and founded the Hawaii Computer Art Society. Till this day the AHA "Contemporary Show" at

Honolulu city hall is an annual eye opening cultural event for the provincial city of Honolulu. The

major show for HCAS is it's annual "Hawaiian Computer Art Exhibition". It's "9th Annual" will be in

the Hawaii Pacific University Gallery, August -October 1997.  Prominent national computer artists

such as Laurence Gartel (NY), Joan Truckenbrod (IL), Roz Dimon (NY), Emily Young (OR),

James Dowlen (CA), John Dunn (MI), Claude Horan (HI) and Daria Barclay (OR) have been

invited to exhibit at past annual exhibitions. While managing Soho too Gallery Chang lived part-time

in an upstairs studio-loft where inspiration came partly from the tough inner city environment. For the

historical record, the late famous sculptress, Gwen Lux, listed in Who's Who of Women Artists and

has one of her huge figure sculptures gracing the exterior of the Rockefeller Center in New York

City, had her last public exhibition there while stricken by terminal cancer. Even in her condition and

in her senior years she ceremoniously dressed elegantly in a white satin gown (complete with a petite

white hat that veiled part of her fragile but angelic face) and was a superstar to behold at the last

opening artist's reception of her life.

 

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Rodney Chang, Director, circa 1986

 

 

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A typical wild and controversial show by some invited artists