Freestyle: ‘Pipe on a Roll’ at treehouse

May. 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pipeline image by photographer John Hook. (Courtesy treehouse)

COURTESY TREEHOUSE

AN IMAGE OF PIPELINE BY PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN HOOK.

BY ELIZABETH KIESZKOWSKI / ekieszkowski@staradvertiser.com

Treehouse is a great, quirky shop in Kakaako. It specializes in cameras, accessories and film for cameras. (Remember that?) The shop also offers art supplies for youth and adults, books and collectibles, including surreally cute, comic-book inspired Gama Go items.

I was drawn to the shop for the first time during Pow! Wow! Hawaii in February, when I spotted the announcement for a photo exhibit highlighting groundbreaking New York shooter Martha Cooper’s work documenting the hip hop and graffiti scene of the 1980s.

I found this “Creative Arts Shop” upstairs above a Jenny Craig center at 250 Ward Ave., Suite 233. It was thrilling to see original prints of Cooper’s work, including a young Keith Haring painting a Bowery wall in 1982, and some kids repping their boombox in front of a wall-size “Wild Style” street painting. Cooper herself hung the work!

While browsing, I met treehouse owner Bobby Asato, who explained that the shop fills a niche for those who still shoot with film, offering hard to find supplies, including film itself.

The film connection leads to the latest exhibit at treehouse, opening today, Friday, May 16. Now you can see a new exhibit of photos made with film at the shop: “Pipe on a Roll” by John Hook.

John Hook's shot of a winter curl at Pipeline's Backdoor. (Photo courtesy treehouse.)

COURTESY TREEHOUSE

HOOK’S SHOT OF A WINTER SWELL AT PIPELINE’S BACKDOOR.

Hook shot photos at Pipeline and the North Shore over the winter season, using traditional film. The resulting, analog images feel different from digital works.

As you see from the exhibit images here, the look is denser, and makes me feel as if I can better “feel” the water, and see the distinction between sea and sky.

The installation will be up through June 27 on the wall at treehouse. The public is invited to the exhibit’s opening from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. There will be prints for sale.

Treehouse is open from noon to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. To find out more, call (808) 597-8733 or visit http://facebook.com/treehouseshophawaii.
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Elizabeth Kieszkowski is editor of TGIF, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s weekly arts and entertainment section. Reach her via email at ekieszkowski@staradvertiser.com or follow her on Twitter.

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