Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff
Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff.
Shimomura’s exhibition probes what it means to be an “other” in America, presenting fourteen paintings (all self-portraits) that skillfully blend anger and absurdity. Shimomura’s work draws heavily on his own experiences as an Asian American – in which he is often perceived and treated as a foreigner in his own country.
In An American Knockoff, the artist surrounds himself with or subsumes his own likeness into iconic representations of American and Asian popular culture. Shimomura’s distinctive round glasses and salt-and-pepper goatee appear incongruously on the famous visages of cartoon mice, pigs and crime-fighters. Frequently misidentified as Chinese, in “Chinese Imposter #5” the Japanese American paints himself as a muscular Chinese revolutionary off of a propaganda poster.
Shimomura was born and raised in
“Since living in
“Far too many American-born citizens of Asian descent continue to be thought of as only ‘American knockoffs.’ This latest series of paintings is an attempt to ameliorate the outrage of these misconceptions by depicting myself battling those stereotypes or, in tongue-in-cheek fashion, becoming those very same stereotypes.”
Using a characteristic style that fuses American Pop art and ukiyo-e imagery, Shimomura has focused particular attention on the experience of Asian Americans and the challenges of being “different” in
Shimomura will give a talk on his work on Thursday, August 9 at 6 pm at SITE Santa Fe (1606 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501). The lecture is free and open to the public.