DISTILLATIONS: MEDITATIONS ON THE JAPANESE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
An Exhibition by Four Japanese American Women Artists:
Reiko Fujii, Lucien Kubo, Shizue Seigel, Judy Shintani
Exhibition: August 17 - September 18, Mon. - Fri.
11 am - 5 pm, Sat. Noon - 5 pm
Arts & Consciousness Gallery
John F. Kennedy University
2956 San Pablo Avenue
Reiko Fujii, Lucien Kubo, Shizue Seigel and Judy Shintani are Sansei (third-generation Japanese American) artists who explore the rich, complex interplay of past and present in contemporary Asian American life through a diverse array of media and techniques including collage, assemblage, glass, found objects, painting, photography, image transfer, word, video, installation, and performance. These artists draw from personal and family memories to reflect on "Japanese American" as singular label and as universal American experience. The Japanese American experience offers a lens for all Americans to revisit the Eastern philosophy of embracing an expansive and evolving "both - and" rather than limiting ourselves to "either - or." As hybrid Americans we celebrate both our commonalities and our differences; our uniqueness as Americans and our connection to the global community; and our attunement with the present and with the resonance of history and tradition.
RECEPTION: Saturday, August 21, 6 - 9 pm
Related Exhibition Events (free and open to the public except where noted):
* August 21, Saturday, 4 - 6 pm. Artists' Panel Discussion:
Seeking the Essence- Memory, Meaning and Untold Stories
With Reiko Fujii, Shizue Seigel, and Judy Shintani
* August 28, Saturday, 2 - 4 pm. Slide Talk and Discussion:
Intergenerational Legacies - Hybridity in an Evolving California
Led by Shizue Seigel, artist and author of In Good Conscience: Supporting Japanese Americans during the Internment
* August 29, Sunday, 1 - 4:30 pm. Art Making Workshop:
Honoring Ancestors through Art
Tell your family stories through writing, painting, and collage.
Facilitated by Judy Shintani, JFKU Arts & Consciousness Alumna.
Fee: $25. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
* September 18, Sunday, 3 - 4:30 pm. Multi-Media Performance:
Grandmothers from Far Away Lands, Stories about Internment, The Egg House Wall, The Farm, and The Glass Kimono
Performed by Reiko Fujii, Judy Shintani, and Lisa Petrides
Following the performance, there will be an opportunity to meet
the artists and ask questions.
Reiko Fujii documents and preserves everyday memories of the past and present. Through her art, ordinary people symbolize universal heroes and everyday activities are perceived as rituals that contribute to the wholeness of peoples’ lives. She expresses her personal, political and historical views about the Japanese American experience by intermingling short performances, video, installations, fused glass sculptures, and handmade books.
Lucien Kubo thinks of her art as philosophical narratives. She sorts how she feels about humanity and the world around her and is inspired by her life experiences and involvement with community and global issues. Lucien takes found objects, recycled materials, photographs, paintings and various art mediums to create assemblages and mixed-media art pieces. These evoke memories of past experiences, current events and a sense of shared history, all presented in a contemporary manner.
Shizue Seigel is a San Francisco writer and visual artist seeking to inspire compassion and connection by illuminating the overlooked and unseen within ourselves and in others—particularly how individuals are shaped by race, class, gender, religion, culture and politics. Her work is consistent in ideas, but eclectic in the means of expressing them. She uses painting, mixed media, photo-collage, photography and text to engage people in exploring paradox and unity in a rapidly changing world.
Judy Shintani focuses on remembrance, connection, and storytelling. Her family’s stories and Japanese heritage are important areas of richness. She creates installations and sculptures with assembled found and natural materials to explore social, historical, and cultural issues. Often her work has an interactive component allowing viewers to discover and respond.