LA ARTCORE PRESENTS
A TANDEM-SOLO EXHIBIT:
BRONZEVILLE BY KATHIE FOLEY-MEYER
MIXED-MEDIA WORKS BY SHIZUKO GREENBLATT
June 1 – 30TH, 2013
Reception – Sunday June 2nd,
3pm – 5pm – Union Center
LA Artcore at Union Center for the Arts
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 15th, 2013) - LA Artcore is pleased to present a tandem-solo show with two artists whose contrasting cultural perspectives enliven reflection upon our cultural histories as they transform the contemporary moment.
As one-half of this exhibition, multimedia artist Kathie Foley-Meyer will present "When Little Tokyo Went Bronze, " and will exhibit a series of sculptures combining various media. The central work in the exhibition is both informational and abstract evoking both the connection between history and memory as well as visuality itself. Using elements of glass, cast resin hands in various sign-language gesture (consequently spelling out "Bronzeville"), neon lighting and text, Foley-Meyer pieces together these different modes of communication suggesting a language we may not speak or a history we do not recognize or remember. Etched into the frosted glass coverings are inscriptions of businesses and community members that provide moments of transparency into the worlds circulating around Bronzeville. In doing so, Foley-Meyer explores gaps between the present and the past, history and memory, lived experience and personal mythology. The following is an excerpt from Foley-Meyer:
In February of 1942 Franklin D Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which led to the internment of over 120,000 Japanese Americans for the duration of World War II. For the section of Los Angeles known as Little Tokyo, the removal of its Japanese American residents created a ghost town of empty houses and businesses. The abandoned neighborhood soon became a source of opportunity for the influx of southern African American citizens that were migrating to LA, who, like the Japanese, were barred from living anywhere west of Central Avenue by the city’s racially restrictive housing covenants. As thousands of African American families moved into homes and retail spaces vacated by Japanese Americans, the Little Tokyo neighborhood became known as “Bronzeville”.
Few remnants remain of the time when the streets of Little Tokyo became Bronzeville and were known for the jazz and “breakfast clubs” that operated until the wee hours, and leading citizens such as Leonard Christmas who organized the Bronzeville Chamber of Commerce. A long-time fascination with the period led artist Kathie Foley-Meyer to create Project Bronzeville, a combination of fine art, theater, a panel discussion and music coming together to commemorate this brief but vibrant part of LA history
*The art exhibition and symposium are both free events. For information regarding tickets to the play, please visit robeytheatrecompany.com. For information regarding the jazz concert, please visit bluewhalemusic.com.
For the most up-to-date information about dates, locations, and tickets, visit www.projectbronzeville.com.
Los Angeles artist and curator Shizuko Greenblatt combines Japanese characters and fusion ikebana with Western expressionistic sensibilities in her mixed-media sculptures and paintings. The artist's joining of elements of Eastern and Western cultures, revels here, in the aesthetic possibilities of the shared moment between cultural perspectives as it produces something new, propelled by vibrantly-orchestrated compositions and arrangements.
An uncanny sense of design and vision pervades all of Greenblatt's works: Controlled elements of gradated color or a Japanese character give way to the natural flow of an ascending tree branch or gestural brushwork. Indeed, balance is a fundamental quest in Greenblatt's approach. Her desire is to communicate a positive and inspiring message through not only through the use of balanced elements — the weight of a line, the thickness of paint or the proportions between natural and plastic elements— but of the characters themselves which carry such associations as "Passion for Life", "Go Forward" and "Infinite Growth". Greenblatt comments that these messages underlie all of her works if not explicitly, then implicitly. But after all, Greenblatt's objective is to create: Whatever character or material she uses is only a beginning point to modification or alteration in order to take it somewhere unexplored.
Sunday, June 2nd, 2013
3pm – 5pm
Conversation with the artist: 4pm
LA Artcore at Union Center for the Arts
120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Gallery hours: 12-5pm, Wed-Sun.
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