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Koji Sakai, Clement Hanami, Greg Kimura, myself.

Money Mark and Clement Hanami

David Choe and Money Mark

Deth P Sun art.

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Here’s photo set 1. I’ll get to writing later on. This set is by Dean Gojobori who helped throughout the exhibition. People enter Albert Reyes “maze” downstairs.


That’s my introducing Rob Sato and Ako Castuera.


The Queens Court. Thanks for coming through.

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Activism and Japanese Americans? Yes it happened. Japanese American National Museum’s Drawing the Line captures this feeling in an exhibition as related to Pacific Standard Time. It’s a series and the text from the JANM site is as follows. “Drawing the Line is part of Pacific Standard Time. This unprecedented collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together more than sixty cultural institutions from across Southern California for six months beginning October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene.” Here’s some photos below. The first photo says it all. A jacket in the background filled with buttons, a guitar, and a photo of Nobuko Miyamoto and Chris Iijima, the subject of a Tad Nakamura film, Song for Ourselves.



Did you know a Japanese American, Larry Shinoda designed the 63 split window Corvette? The Monza and the Boss Mustangs? The version in the lobby is a specimen.


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Round Trip : 8 Alumni Artists. One of these persons might not belong by name, but Clement Hanami, from the Japanese American National Museum’s section is the most challenging and interesting.

I can’t tell you the exact title, but when you press a button, garbage comes out of the outhouse. The messages on the “shitter” tells you direct that the world is going to shit. We keep producing crap and we throw it away and then where does it go? Clements pieces are often kinetic and thought out conceptually. A pretty painting? He has some of those too.

These get confusing since they’re kinetic puppets. One in a beat up house and the next, a definitely beat up Japanese style house. Does it mean, the Latin Americans and the Japanese Americans are puppets for others? Could be. When they say dance, they dance? Are they also dressed up and portrayed how others want them to be? Perhaps.

The lowrider rickshaw. I know Clement has another, but this one is awesome. The hydraulics work.


Want to see MORE PHOTOS by the rest of the artists including Diane Gamboa, Gronk,Will Herrón III, Judithe Hernández, Kent Twitchell, John Valadez, and Patssi Valdez Click on the jump.

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