JUNE AUGUST, MFA 96
RBG American - Blue
47.5 h x 31.5 w
DESCRIPTION: unique silkscreen, unframed
ARTIST STATEMENT: I make art about art. This is largely informed by working as visiting artist in Europe and Asia, particularly time spent in Japan. This encouraged me to make connections among art works and artists of ostensibly disparate media and historical eras with different social, cultural and political concerns. As a research fellow in Japan at Tokyo National University of Arts and Music, I developed an appreciation for the complex relationship between high art of Japan’s Edo period and popular art of manga and anime in contemporary Japan. I could see this connection in Murakami’s concept of Superflat, evident in his cartoon imagery as Mr. Dob and his mythical patterns of human flowers. I started working on Warhol imagery after seeing a portrait show at the Jewish Museum, New York. My colors, drawings, patterns could apply to Murakami, Warhol, Ingres, Renaissance art, Greek art, in a playful way.
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