In the meantime, it's a good time to remember Roger Shimomura's show at Hallie Ford Museum of Art from early 2015.
|Classmates #1, Roger Shimomura|
(via Hallie Ford Museum of Art)
|(unknown, but clearly an internment camp)|
|(barracks in same)|
Museum Director, John Olbrantz says, "As a painter, printmaker, and performance artist, Shimomura's range of works address the sociopolitical issues that have shaped his life experiences as a third generation American of Japanese descent. His remarkable body of work acts as a powerful and compelling self-portrait and window into the Asian American experience."More images at his Seattle gallery.
A number of Shimomura's early works address his childhood experiences at the internment camp of Minidoka during WWII, while in his current series, the artist inserts himself as an aging Asian Everyman in various guises, both funny and poignant. He does this as an imposter, or a battler against a host of ironic, stereotypical settings: punching at a gaggle of Disney cartoon characters, joining Chinese Mao-era brigades, and attacking Japanese stereotypes and assuming identities of iconic American figures such as Superman.
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