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Exhibition Detail
Artist Talk: Michiko Yao in conversation with Pilar Tompkins Rivas
Curated by: Pilar Tompkins Rivas
1639 18th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404

March 28th, 2012 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
© Courtesy of the Artist and 18th Street Arts Center
Artist talk
santa monica/venice
(310) 453-3711
Mon-Fri 11-5:30
artist talk

Michiko Yao is an interdisciplinary artist born in Osaka, Japan, who received both her B.F.A. and M.F.A in Southern California at CalArts. Her work explores the relationship between Western and Eastern imperialism, and references unique social behaviors and fantasies of contemporary Japan. Yao and 18th Street Arts Center’s Director of Residency Programs, Pilar Tompkins Rivas, will discuss specific Japanese historical and aesthetic signifiers in the artist’s work, ranging from the legacy of Dutch imperialism, toikebana, to modern fetish sub-cultures. For the presentation, Yao will create an elaborate, edible Dutch still-life, infused with elements of kawaii, or “cute” culture, for both contemplation and consumption. Yao is in residence in the 18th Street Art Center Project Room from January 3rd through March 31st. She is a recipient of the 2012 Visions from the New California Award supported by the Alliance of Artist Communities. For more information about her work visit:  

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