Contempo Artshop

We've been long-time fans of art and were thrilled to design and produce a custom backdrop for the Honolulu Museum of Art's Contempo Artshop. Held at the Spalding House in Makiki, Contempo Artshop was a 10-day event featuring exhibits, talks, demos, and a pretty cool pop-up gallery showcasing a variety of artists.

THE KICKOFF

Contempo Artshop began with a kickoff event hosted by Cartier where guests were given a preview of the art pieces. Attendees were also treated to delicious bites by Chef Leanne Wong and cocktails featuring Ocean Vodka. It was awesome to see the variety of pieces and talk to the museum's curators to learn about the artist's work.

Photography by Jonas Mason. Courtesy of Honolulu Museum of Art.

Photography by Jonas Mason. Courtesy of Honolulu Museum of Art.

Photography by Jonas Mason. Courtesy of Honolulu Museum of Art. 

Photography by Jonas Mason. Courtesy of Honolulu Museum of Art. 

Photography by Jonas Mason. Courtesy of Honolulu Museum of Art. 

Photography by Jonas Mason. Courtesy of Honolulu Museum of Art. 

Photography by Jonas Mason. Courtesy of Honolulu Museum of Art. 

Photography by Jonas Mason. Courtesy of Honolulu Museum of Art. 

Photography by Jonas Mason. Courtesy of Honolulu Museum of Art. 

Photography by Jonas Mason. Courtesy of Honolulu Museum of Art. 

BEHIND-THE-SCENES PRODUCTION

To create an interactive focal area, we designed and built a custom backdrop inspired by the event's creative assets-- fuscia foliage, hashtags, and a bright yellow color palette. The 24 foot-long backdrop leveraged a variety of materials, including a vinyl graphic, laser-cut letters of their logo, and foliage. One of the striking elements of this backdrop was the textural foliage. We selected a variety of species from vines, to monstera, to palms, and ferns for a full and organic look. Each foliage was individually hand-sprayed in several fuscia hues for visual depth.

We then hand-strung the various foliage species together to create an organic composition. The foliage was positioned and layered on top of one another to create a full and lush look.

THE INSTALLATION

The backdrop was installed over several hours--check out this time lapse video below for a peek at the installation process.

We hope you had a chance to stop by this event, and continue to support art and creativity in our community!