Osamu James Nakagawa “Eclipse”

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Osamu James Nakagawa was born in New York City and raised in Japan before returning to the States as a teen in the 1970s. His career as an artist began in the 1990s. Since then he has worked on numerous projects exploring identity and the effects of moving between countries. An interest in dissecting the American dream led him to work on “Drive-In Theater” from 1992 through 1997. By compositing images of social and racial injustices onto derelict screens of once-iconic American drive-in theaters, he was able to express his own mixed feelings upon returning to the US as a young Japanese man. Nakagawa began re-examining his old negatives after the rise of Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” rhetoric and the recent resurgence of bigotry and inequality in modern America, leading him to create a new series based on his Drive-In Theater work. The result is a dystopian look at a country divided by politics, seen from the middle of one of the most polarized political climates in history. Prints made from old negatives as well as images created over the last year exhibit exceptional sharpness and tonality due to the unique Piezography printing process in which color inkjet printers are modified to print in various shades of gray. Like the prints themselves, this work shows that no issue is as black and white as it first appears. The exhibit will feature 20 Piezography prints.

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from October 31, 2018 to December 22, 2018

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