This weekend I had the pleasure of going to a colleague//friend’s exhibit at the Japanese American Museum in (Little Tokyo), Los Angeles.
The show is titled “Supernatural” and its description states: “Traditions are an integral part of every community. Some of these come from superstitions that our ancestors carried with them…Supernatural features the work of Audrey Kawasaki, Edwin Ushiro, and Timothy Teruo Watters—artists who have explored some of these otherworldly concepts, illustrating how traditional ideas have evolved and been adapted over time.”
As we entered the show, the main area showcased the amazing work of my friend Edwin Ushiro.
Edwin’s works are really dynamic, and feel dark but magical. There’s a sense that you’re experiencing something in that state right before you wake up and you’re not sure if you’re still asleep or not. Because of this, you could see why his work would be perfect for a supernatural themed show. His work has developed nicely and it was my first time seeing some of his really large pieces. Its extremely impressive as his concepts are so expertly executed.
Edwin is also Japanese American and many of his pieces feature cultural elements of his home life in Hawaii. My favorites were his sketchbook pages done with layers and layers of ball point pens and ink. Amazeballs!
There were also other works being showcased, including some done by renowned artist Audrey Kawasaki. She had a series of lithographs featuring her signature women in supernatural states.
When we first arrived we were greeted by ghosts handing out candy, and it took us a second to make the connection haha. They had refreshments, bounce house, and dj, it was truly an all out event. If you didn’t get a chance to go to the opening make sure you visit before the show is over. Running Feb 9- March 17, 2013