opening Friday September 10th 6-9pm Both artists in attendance
Roq la Rue is very pleased to present new works by two emerging artists who are making quite a stir in the contemporary art scene for their evocative, nostalgic tinged works. The opening reception is Friday, September 10th from 6-9pm. Pleasecontact usto be placed on a preview/waiting list.
About Edwin Ushiro: Beginning his journey as a native from the island of Maui, Edwin Ushiro traveled to California where he attended the Art Center College of Design and graduated with a BFA in Illustration with honors. From there he ventured onto a film career as a Visual Effects Consultant, Storyboard Artist & Concept Designer on projects such as: "CSI Miami," "Battlestar Galactica: Caprica," and "Angel." Continuing an urge to explore his own projects, Edwin has recently expanded onto the gallery scene. His personal art has been viewed at gallery exhibitions in Berlin, Zurich, Korea, Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, and now Seattle. Edwin has also exhibited in museums including the Japanese American National Museum and Museums of Kyoto. http://www.mrushiro.com
Edwin Ushiro's work resonates with the echoes of his boyhood in the "slow town" of Wailuku on the Hawaiian island of Maui. In his paintings, he recalls the sun-struck days of youth, when the world was fresh and magical, but also explores the eerie folklore indigenous to dark country roads and the boundless depths of the childhood imagination. While exploring the narrative tradition of "talk story" native to the islands, he interweaves the uncanny obake tales of his Japanese heritage. Working in assemblages of semi-transparent mixed media impressed behind clear vinyl, he melds his expressive drawing skills with both digital and organic painting techniques. The result is luminous and nostalgic, like a cherished memory burnished and worn fragile by the passage of time. - Amanda Erlandson
About Yoskay Yamamoto: Born and raised in Toba, Japan, Yoskay Yamamoto moved to the United States at the age of 15. A self-trained illustrator, Yamamoto's artistic tastes expanded as he fell in love with the urban culture of the West coast. Yamamoto discovered a way to fuse the two different cultural backgrounds together into his work. Yamamoto nostalgically blends pop iconic characters from his new Western home with traditional and mythical Japanese elements, balancing his Asian heritage with urban pop art. http://www.yoskay.com
Yoskay Yamamoto- progress shot
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