2017 / Contemporary Art: Keiko Fukazawa & Ben Sakoguchi at Brand Library exhibition in Glendale, Nov. 18 – Jan. 12

One Year Brandon Library Glendale

ONE YEAR: The Art of Politics in Los Angeles
November 18, 2017 – January 12, 2018
Brand Library & Art Center
1601 West Mountain St., Glendale, CA 91201

Opening Reception:  Saturday, November 18, 6 – 9pm

Brand Library & Art Center is pleased to present ONE YEAR: The Art of Politics in Los Angeles a group exhibition of over 20 Los Angeles-based artists who have been addressing issues like immigration, race, gender and environment as an integral part of their practice.

Conceived and organized by Joey Forsyte, Lawrence Gipe and Alex Kritselis, the selected artists are diverse in culture, identity and age. They present a multiplicity of voices who construct a narrative from a wide range of disciplines including video, painting, drawing, fiber arts, ceramics, mixed media and photography.

Exhibiting Artists: Kim Abeles, Guillermo Bert, Eileen Cowin, Kohshin Finley, Joey Forsyte, Keiko Fukazawa, Lawrence Gipe, Mark Steven Greenfield, Scott Grieger, Emily Halpern, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Alex Kritselis, Constance Mallinson, Star Montana, Amitis Motevalli, Thinh Nguyen, Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers), Ben Sakoguchi, Alexis Smith, Lina Vallejo, and HK Zamani

Keiko Fukazawa was born in Japan and educated at the Musashino Art University in Tokyo. She studied and taught ceramics at Otis College of Art and Design and currently she is an associate professor and head of the ceramic department at Pasadena City College. She has worked for over 30 years as a bicultural artist with an eye of an outsider.

Fukazawa’s recent residencies in China have given her new perspectives and innovative platforms with which to experiment with conceptual art. US gallery exhibitions include numerous solo shows in Los Angeles and New York with additional group shows in San Francisco, New York and Portland. She has exhibited in countries as diverse as Colombia, Canada, Taiwan, and Italy.

Museum exhibitions include Los Angeles County Museum of Art, American Craft Museum in New York and the Arlington Museum of Art in Texas.

Her work is in the permanent collections of National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; and Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI.

She has been awarded grants from the Peter S. Reed Foundation, Inc., the California Arts Council, the City of Pasadena Arts Commission, and the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs.

Fukazawa is also the recipient of the 2015 Artist in Residency Grant from the Asian Cultural Council in New York City and a City of Los Angeles Master Artist’s Fellowship.

Ben Sakoguchi’s family was incarcerated in World War II by the United States government because of their Japanese ancestry. His early childhood was spent in an internment camp at Poston, Arizona.

Moving to Los Angeles after the war, Sakoguchi earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, teaching credential, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from UCLA. He accepted a teaching position at Pasadena City College, where he was on the Art Department faculty until his retirement.

In five decades as a professional artist, Sakoguchi has shown his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions primarily at schools, museums, and other non-profit venues within the United States.

He has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and participated in the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund’s Artists at Giverny Program. Sakoguchi has also received grants from the J.. Paul Getty Trust, the California Arts Council, and the Flintridge Foundation.

Saturday, November 18th, 6-9pm
Opening Reception: Rant & Rave
Join the artists in celebrating the opening of ONE YEAR: The Art of Politics in Los AngelesFree reception featuring DJ Patrick Miller.

ONE YEAR: The Art of Politics in Los Angeles will be on view at Brand Library & Art Center (1601 West Mountain St., Glendale, CA 91201) from November 18, 2017 through January 12, 2018. A For more information, visit our website: www.brandlibrary.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @BrandLibrary.