Sally Lundburg & Keith Tallett collaborate for Contact Exhibition

April 10 thru end of May 15, 2014
Honolulu Museum of Art School, Honolulu, Hawaii



While their lives and art practices have intertwined for many years, artists Sally Lundburg and Keith Tallett have only lately begun to create works together. Their recent series of work, currently installed on the front lawn of The Honolulu Museum of Art School as apart of the exhibition, CONTACT, consists of installations and 2D work made of new and used plastic tarps, rope, thread and twine, and tent stakes. Described as “blooming deconstructed tents, sprouting plastic root structures and flag/quilt fragments”, the works raise questions of community vs. individualism, economic inequalities, and the social dynamics of public vs. private space.

“Our work utilizes materials that are often overlooked or unwanted, which can be acquired through for free, in trade, or at least very cheaply. This allows us a freedom of scale and and often provides resources rich with the residue of use and social history. Our process involves reconstituting these images, objects and information, and presenting them in ways that explore their complex layers of meaning. For many people, especially in urban environments, clusters of tarps represent poverty and homelessness, however when seen elsewhere, they might be sheltering valuable personal objects in the front yard, be fashioned into an affordable extension on a family home, or delineating a private space at the beachpark for family parties and weekend campouts. So we are interested in exploring these multiple uses, and the blurred lines inherent in the materials themselves.”

LINK – for more images from CONTACT exhibition
LISTEN – to Hawaii Public Radio’s story online
MORE – Sally’s website / Keith’s website


“Tarp Bloom (Kakaako)”

Plastic tarps, cord, thread, tent stakes – Sally Lundburg & Keith Tallett, 2014

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caption Tarp Bloom (Kakaako) caption “Tarp Bloom (Kakaako)” – used plastic tarps, cord, thread, tent stakes – Sally Lundburg & Keith Tallett, 2014

“Root Structure (Model Home)”

Plastic tarps, cord, thread, tent stakes – Sally Lundburg & Keith Tallett, 2014

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caption "Root Structure (Model Home)" - plastic tarp, rope, thread, tent stakes - Sally Lundburg & Keith Tallett, 2014 caption caption caption caption

“Leveler #1, #2, #3 (Interest in Vexillology )”

Plastic tarps, thread – Sally Lundburg & Keith Tallett, 2014

“Leveler #1, #2, #3 (Interest in Vexillology )” – used plastic tarps, thread – Sally Lundburg & Keith Tallett, 2014

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Support

Essential to the installation was Storekeeper, “Store”, who helped us trade new tarps for for used from his homeless neighbors in the Kakaako area of Honolulu. Store had this to say, “Society looks at the outward appearance of those living outside with distain. When I was asked to help out with this project I was excited to be able to be Robin Hood and exchange new tarps for old. I hope this project might generate a solution, and I can be apart of that. I hope it makes people think.”
We also want to express our mahalos to the folks that made the installations possible for us through their kokua: Drew Broderick, SPF Projects, Vince Hazen, Honolulu Museum of Art School staff, Nā Mea Hawaii staff, Manu and Moana Meyer’s for use of their truck, Momi Musack, and Maile Meyer.

Sally Lundburg & Keith Tallett with the installation  "Tarp Bloom (Kakaako)"
Sally Lundburg & Keith Tallett with the installation “Tarp Bloom (Kakaako)”

Work in progress - photos: Caroline Burghart / Sally Lundburg
Work in progress – photos: Caroline Burghart / Sally Lundburg

"Store" - photo:Sally Lundburg / artwork: Brandon Ng - "Talk Story", ambrotype and digital print, 2012
“Store”, who helped us with the project – photo:Sally Lundburg / artwork: Brandon Ng – “Talk Story”, ambrotype and digital print, 2012

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