Curator: Tracy Lefebvre
Opening Reception: Saturday March 26th, 6:00pm – 10:00pm Closing Reception: April 8th 6-10pm (with performance by the artist)
Show runs: March 23-April 8, 2011
Artist Mike Saijo appears at the Caporale/Bleicher Gallery this March, presenting a mixed-media installation depicting moments in history of unexpected and lesser know cultural convergence.
By looking at three different ethnographic subcultures; Latino, Japanese , and Jewish American communities in and around the Los Angeles area, Saijo discovered that the cultural histories of each group all shared one vast intersecting history. Though ideologically different, each culture has a shared struggle and a shared human experience. Saijo also discovered that part of this shared experience was realized directly through shared space, namely the city of Los Angeles where each culture played an integral role in the daily lives of one another. The various ways in which these groups historically and spacialy converged are what created both the physical and the social landscape of modern day Los Angeles.