Exhibit celebrates alternative contemporary art


The East Rift Art Show is rocking Hawaii’s wild side in Hilo.

Named after the Big Island’s volcanic east rift zone — famous for its explosive creation — this show is the Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art’s first tag-art exhibition. From the classic hot rod, rockabilly spray paint to Hawaii’s dynamic tribal fusion, alternative contemporary art has a vibrant history, but like Hawaii’s volcanoes, it’s always changing.

“Graffiti, tagging, body paint, piercings, tattoos and the art of personal expression not only reflect a unique, and above all valid cultural identity, but are often the first generational introduction of a new emergent style,” said Rose Adare, the artist who organized the exhibition.

The East Rift Art Show runs through Feb. 26. It features art by Sigmund Alberin, Robert Bennett, John and Rae Butler, Robert Lapkoff, Kristin Lowery, Jacob Arthur Medina, Mydock, Selina Paiva, Roy Ruiz, Leilani Yates and many more. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

The museum is located at 141 Kalakaua Street in Hilo.