Big Island Artists on Display at Hawaii State Capital

The photographic artistry of Big Island photographers Ed Goldstein, Joe Ruesing and Trudee Siemann are currently on display at the State Capitol.

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“The images of these three Big Island photographers are wonderfully contemplative, exciting and haunting at the same time,” said Puna State Representative Joy San Buenaventura who sponsored and worked to have the photographs displayed in the entry foyer to the House and Senate chambers in the Capitol.

“Some of the images, like the one of Ed Goldstein’s two old metal skates and skate key, takes you sweetly back to ‘small kid’ time in the islands, and causes you to remember days that were simpler and unsophisticated.  I just love it.”

Puna’s Goldstein had a successful career as a commercial photographer in advertising in Los Angeles before turning his attention to more artistic venues of fine photography.  His works have been exhibited throughout the western U.S. and acquired by photography collectors and curators of fine art museums worldwide.

“When I was a kid I remember working on my bicycle with a cast iron wrench and noticing how proud I felt to be fixing something with my own hands and strength,” Goldstein says.

“Nowadays, we seem to be losing the ability to mend our own machinery and fixtures.  My desire to photograph these objects goes beyond my interest in celebrating their remarkable formal qualities, and becomes a rite of social documentation.”

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Hilo photographer Ruesing was born in Michigan and has lived in Hilo for the last 25 years.  His work is in the collection of the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.  “My art is a journey through the mysteries and enchantment of the world we live in.  It is art that documents the imagination,” says Ruesing of his approach to photography.

Ruesing’s fellow Hilo photographer Trudee Siemann was born and raised in Southern California and took up photography in 1995.  Using her large format film camera, she makes photos derived from her imagination and most currently has been producing a series of age related portraits.  Her work has been exhibited in numerous locations on the Big Island, Southern California and Taiwan.

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“I’m trying to express in pictures what I can’t express in words,” “revealing how I visualize and share images from my inquisitive imagination,” Siemann says.  “I’m not sure where this artistic journey will take me I’m enjoying the ride.”

The exhibit of the three Big Island photographers will be on display in the entry foyer to the chamber level of the State Capitol until January 29.

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