An American Knockoff
- PUBLISHED: January 2015
- SUBJECT LISTING: Art / Painting, Art History / Asian American Art
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 64 Pages, 8 x 10 in, 20 color illus.
- ISBN: 9780975566275
For four decades, Roger Shimomura’s paintings, prints, and theatre pieces have addressed sociopolitical issues of Asian America. He does this through a style that combines his childhood interest in comic books, American Pop Art, and traditions of Japanese woodblock prints, thereby evoking his Japanese ancestry while locating him firmly within modern American artistic developments. Through this artistic device, he is able to bring together a wild mixture of compositions that offer up patterns of criticism within visually compelling works of sumptuous color and lighthearted Pop directness.
In his recent work, under the banner, An American Knockoff (2009 to the present), Shimomura has taken on the long tradition of self-portraiture through the radical lens of cultural conflict. Two thematic directions – assimilation and resistance – are often fused together as the artist inserts himself as an aging Asian Everyman in various guises and situations, both funny and poignant.
Authors & Contributors
Anne Goodyear is codirector of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Chris Bruce is director of the Museum of Art at Washington State University.
Introduction / Chris Bruce
Remix Culture: Roger Shimomura in Stereo / Anne Collins Goodyear
Interview with Roger Shimomura / Anne Collins Goodyear