Roger Shimomura's An American Knockoff Exhibition
Roger Shimomura has been living in the Midwest for the last 40 years, but says he is still regularly asked what part of Japan he’s from and how long he’s been in the U.S. Frustrated by the presumption that he’s not American, he created this new series of paintings, American Knockoff, in which he portrays himself as battling both American icons (Mickey Mouse) and Japanese stereotypes while using Japanese fighting styles (karate, sumo wrestling and a samurai sword). The cartoony aspect of these bright, bold, acrylic paintings belies his serious commentary about the racism—overt and subtle—that continues to flourish.
August 22-September 28, 2013