I've had a very mellow summer, probably the loveliest summer in a long time - no stressful travels or shows to jam for, lots of great weather.
I went to the Furniture Society conference in June, which was hosted by former students Matt Hutton and Adam Manley at Maine College of Art - and they did a terrific job. We also had sort of a reunion of SDSU former students which made the whole weekend really special. Sadly this picture doesn't show EVERYONE but its a nice one nevertheless!
I turned 60 in July and had a party in my backyard, started at 2 PM until the cops shut us down at 10:30 PM (!) . An anonymous neighbor complained about the noise.
Bill and I started gardening: we have some really great raised planters that my friend Ramon made for us, and its perfect for my arthritic knees, I don't have to bend over or anything, everything is table top height. I've killed a few plants already but I hope to get the system down soon. My Dad and Mom were farmers in Colorado, Hemet, and Chula Vista when I was growing up but I am afraid I didn't inherit their green thumb genes. Nevertheless, I am enjoying watching some of these plants grow. The Japanese eggplant is doing very well. Harry stole the first tomatoes right off the vine. Here he is with Tazzie below, in his summer 'do' on a Sunday morning in our messy bedroom.
My exhibition, The Tag Project/Executive Order 9066
will be shown in a number of locations this Fall. Boston -
Renamed Executive Order 9066
, the exhibition opens in Boston at the Society of Arts and Crafts on September 8, 2012, and will run until November 3, 2012. There will be a new catalogue available, designed by Wilcox Design, with an essay written by Lowery Stokes Sims, curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC. In addition to the inclusion of my work, the Boston exhibition will show, for the first time, an array of handmade objects made by internees from available materials in the camps, such as paper flowers that were used for weddings, painted wood plaques, and a copper water sprinkler.
All of these objects have been graciously loaned for the next two years by the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego.
Under the stewardship of Beth Ann Gerstein and Fabio Fernandez of The Society of Arts and Crafts, the traveling exhibition and catalog were made possible with a grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation. The exhibition will travel to: Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR; Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ; San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA; Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, CA.
|Paper Flowers (Kisae Ohara)|
photo by David Harrison
On September 21st, The Society of Arts and Crafts will host a gallery reception from 6-8 PM, with a dinner and Taiko drumming performance afterwards. On September 22nd, I will give a lecture about my experience, inspiration and the process that resulted in this project. Contact Fabio Fernandez at 617-266-1810 or firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket information for the dinner and/or lecture.
The traveling exhibition and catalog were made possible with a grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation. The exhibition will travel to: Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR; Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ; San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA; Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, CA.
San Diego - The Old Globe Theatre will premiere the musical, Allegiance on September 7th, and will run the show until October 21st.
Starring George Takei and Lea Solanga, Allegiance is an epic story of love, war and heroism set during the Japanese American internment of World War II, following the story of the Kimura family in the weeks and years following Pearl Harbor, as they are relocated from their farm in Salinas, California to the Heart Mountain internment camp in the rural plains of Wyoming.
Their story reflects the deep conflicts of a nation and a people divided, as younger brother Sammy strives to prove his loyalty and patriotism, while older sister Keiko comes to resist their internment and treatment by the government.
The Tag Project will be featured in the lobby of the theatre and will include the camps: Poston, Tule Lake, and Heart Mountain.
For more information on this show, please click the links at the right for "The Old Globe Theatre".
Art San Diego 2012 Contemporary Art Fair- Come see my students' work as part of the Fair's Art Labs. We are in booth #C27!! Click here for more information.