Vision Quests and Sonic Soundscapes
Monday night, students from all walks of life descended upon the hallowed halls of Seabury Hall, Maui’s finest and most exclusive prep school.
The event was an art showing for three of the academy’s most gifted artists, Eli Abrams, Jana Kozlo, and MacKenzie Yamamoto-Lane.
Walking across a lush manicured lawn towards the bustling art gallery, the muted sound of a hang drum floated on the breeze. You could almost hear the echoes of Jimi Hendrix’s “Vibratory Color/Sound Experiment” a famous show held at Seabury Hall in 1970.
It seems Seabury Hall is a perpetual vortex for (ahead of the curve) artistic expression. Each of the three students featured in the exhibit had assembled a portfolio of esoteric, spiritual, metaphorically dense imagery that would render an art critic humbled. (Seventeen years old, what!?)
Eli Abrams, one such metaphysical mastermind and the jubilant comic relief of the evening, could be found in the corner playing drums, bass, and guitar while the throng of guests perused his work. His concept was to incorporate abstract music into the background as an interactive art installation.
A tall, glowing character, Abrams stood next to the central painting in his series, “Axis Mundi,” depicting the metamorphosis ascension of a soul through the journey of a vision quest.
As though in synch with his famous musical forebearer, Eli mused, “My series is exploring rhythm and movement and color. Using those elements and principles as manifestations of sound. My focus was on the seeking of wisdom.”
The bold lines and bright colors immediately make the viewer feel somehow happy inside. They are secondarily eye catching as compared to the raw subject matter and imagery depicted. A man stands at the edge of a cliff, heart and eyes locked with his spirit guide in the skies, who is breathing life into his body.
Leave it to Maui to raise its teenagers into profoundly aware spiritual beings!
Moving along the wall, we come to a breathtaking portrait of intricacy and detail. A stunning woman drags on a cigarette, scales of reptilian armor creeping down her neck.
This looks like the drawing of some avante guard New York City modern artist, but nay, it belongs to seventeen year old MacKenzie MacKenzie Yamamoto-Lane.
With wide enthusiastic eyes and calm composure, she explained, “My concentration was on the Chinese Zodiac. I did human portraiture but I used traits that are associated with each animal in the zodiac, and incorporated them into my art.”
The third artist of the evening was Seabury Hall senior, Jana Kozlo. She stood in front of her bold and sassy painting of Ganesha with bold letters, “Exalt Your Own.”
“My concentration is a mix of Hinduism and a lot of color and patterns from India” she said.
No matter where they download their inspiration from, it is obviously coming from an eccentrically esoteric space.
These young artists are just some of the talent that is being cultivated here on the island.
Be sure to keep your eye on Seabury Hall for further expressions of creativity from the up and coming classes. What better place to give birth to the next generation of earth’s artistic stewards.
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