sins, virtues, big fish and plastics
September 9 - January 4, 2013
Kimiko Miyoshi, sins, virtues, big fish and plastic, Intaglio on Somerset gray, 15" x 20", 2012
Using the print sins, virtues, big fish and plastics by Kimiko Miyoshi, the gallery will make prints of objects that pollute our environment. Do you recycle? Do you help clean up our local beaches? What can you do to make sure that the materials in the print never get into the sea?
Borrowing the compositional framework of Bruegel's Big Fish Eat Little Fish, my print depicts Captain Charles Moore at work. In 1997, while sailing in the middle of the Pacific in his research vessel Alguita, he verred into the area that now known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Several years ago, it was shocking to find pictures of dead Albatross chicks with stomach filled with plastic debris online. But today, one can witness similar carcasses just strolling by the coast of Southern California.
While Captain Charles's work elucidates this overwhelming problem, disposable plastics remain ubiquitous in our life.
This print was a part of the portfolio project titled On Water Bodies.
On Water Bodies, explores and investigates the human interference on the fate of natural water bodies around the world. International printmakers of diverse localities participated in this inquiry as we collectively acknowledge that the water's cyclical distribution makes no partition and our bodies of water are not isolated.
Some prints recount the sea navigation-related story/narratives of local sailors, captains and longshoremen while others are inspired by a particular history or development of a specific port town that individual artists have a personal affiliation to.
Printmakers from Long Beach and San Pedro area are concerned with the implication of human activities on natural life in the area surrounding the world largest port, while a California Inlander explores the ecological disasters and their impact on the water supply of the Salton Sea. A Korean printmaker observes the transformations of areas around Busan, his hometown, while a Florida coast resident makes a visual commentary on the Deepwater Horizon incident when the media began to forget the oil slick covering the sea floor between the Mississippi Delta and Key West.
Kimiko Miyoshi's printmaking experience began as a collaborative silkscreen printer in Japan. She was also involved in reproduction of vintage Ukiyo-E woodcuts as a Kira (mica) printer. Miyoshi has given printmaking workshops in Los Angeles and New York and worked with artists creating intaglio and silk-screen editions in these cities.
After receiving her MFA in Printmaking from University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, she built scientific exhibitions for Explora Science Center, a children's science museum, in Albuquerque, NM. The work had a great effect on her creative practice and observational habit. The focus of Miyoshi's work is to provoke curiosities and transform insignificant objects or mundane phenomena into seductive works of art.
Miyoshi's recent solo exhibitions include Serial Possibilities at Brandstater Gallery at La Sierra University )Riverside, CA), Pull Together at Stevenson Gallery at SOU (Ashland, OR), Illegiblusion at Sabina Lee Gallery (Los Angels, CA), Insignificant Wonderment at Eastern Oregon University Art Gallery (La Grande, OR), and 70 W/m2: Remarks on Solar Phenomena at the Harwood Art Center (Albuquerque, NM).
She has participated in group exhibitions such as Person,Place or Thing at Brandstater Gallery at La Sierra University, Mass Emergence, Angels Gate Cultural Center, (San Pedro, CA), Stream of International Prints at Anyang Albaroshija, (Anyang, S. Korea), Animal Connections at Proyecto Ace, (Buenos Aires, Argentina), California Prints I and California Prints II at Art Visalia (Visalia, CA), Still Printing at Wayne St. University (Detroit, MI), Print Matter(s): California Printmaking Now at the Studio Channel Island Art Center (Camarillo, CA), Ink and Clay exhibitions at Cal Poly Pomona (Pomona, CA), PRINTMATTERS at 5ive & 40rty (Winston-Salem, NC), Marking Time at Angel's Ink San Pedro, CA), Play it Ground at Don O'Melveny Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Los Angeles Printmaking Society 17th National Exhibition at the Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena, CA), and Sky in Water at Plan B (Santa Fe, NM) among others.
Miyoshi's professional awards include the President Purchase Award, Honorable Mention, and Cash Award, at Ink and Clay 33, 34 and 38 from Cal Poly Pomona University, Professional Artist Fellowship Award from Arts Council of Long Beach, and Jentel Artist Residency Award from Jentel Foundation, WY. In 2010, Miyoshi completed the artist residency program at the Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium. She co-curated InPrint II, Traditional Printmaking Expanded, a group exhibition of contemporary prints at SCA Contemporary, with Brooke Steiger, TMP at SCA contemporary art in Albuquerque, NM.
This exhibition is sponsored in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council, and the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council.