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MASAMI TERAOKA: Works on Paper at Samuel Freeman
July 26, 2009, 12:04 am
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Samuel Freeman Presents “Masami Teraoka: Works on Paper – 1960s to 1990s”

October 29 to December 5, 2009

Christopher Russell Exhibits New Work in the Chapel

Click on image to view hi-res version: Masami Teraoka, New Vews of Mount Fuji/La Brea Tar Pits (1974) Watercolor on Paper, 14.75 x 21.5, Courtesy of Samuel Freeman.

Click on image to view hi-res version: Masami Teraoka, "New Vews of Mount Fuji/La Brea Tar Pits" (1974) Watercolor on Paper, 14.75" x 21.5", Courtesy of Samuel Freeman.

(August 2009 – Santa Monica, CA) Opening October 29, 2009, Samuel Freeman presents “Masami Teraoka: Works on Paper – 1960s to 1990s,” a month-long museum-level survey of works on paper including prints, original drawings, watercolors, fragments and studies.

Born in Japan, educated in Los Angeles, and currently residing in Hawaii, Masami Teraoka is a cultural outsider by circumstance, but as an artist who came of age during the 1960s he is a cultural observer by birthright.  Teraoka’s career has been marked by pronounced moments of cultural critique: Ukiyo-e style visions of the American fast food empire invading Japan in the 1960s; the threat of AIDS and its accompanying specter of death in the 1970s and 1980s; exploration of globalization, environmental and gender issues in the 1990s; crises of conscience within modern politics, religion and sexuality in his current work. In each of these periods Teraoka’s work has invoked a profound opposition of forces: political vs. sexual; humiliation vs. titilation; technocracy vs. prophecy; consumerism vs. tradition.

“Masami Teraoka: Works on Paper – 1960s to 1990s” presents exceptional examples of Teraoka’s work from these periods, including the 31 Flavors Invading Japan, New Views of Mount Fuji, McDonalds Hamburger Invading Japan, Hanuama Bay and Snorkel Series. Teraoka last exhibited “The Cloisters Confession” at Samuel Freeman in April 2008.

Click on image to view hi-res version: Masami Teraoka, 31 Flavors Invading Japan / Todays Special (1982) 35 Color Woodblock , 11.0625 x 16.5625, Courtesy of Samuel Freeman.

Click on image to view hi-res version: Masami Teraoka, "31 Flavors Invading Japan / Today's Special" (1982) 35 Color Woodblock , 11.0625" x 16.5625", Courtesy of Samuel Freeman.

Christopher Russell will exhibit in the Chapel Gallery. Russell employs photography, bookmaking, writing, drawing, and digital-media printmaking to illustrate his explorations of the darker side of the human psyche. Investigating, and sometimes fabricating, the reasons people live or behave outside of socially acceptable margins, his work offers visions of what many would deem dirty, broken, useless, or criminal. Through the lens of a present-day flâneur, viewers are made privy to Russell’s observant, analytical wanderings along the physical and emotional outskirts of society. Russell most recently exhibited at the Hammer Museum in early 2009.

Click on image to view hi-res version: Christopher Russell Untitled (2008) Ultrachrome print hacked with meat cleaver, 24 x 36, Courtesy of the artist, Photo by Brian Forrest.

Click on image to view hi-res version: Christopher Russell "Untitled" (2008) Ultrachrome print hacked with meat cleaver, 24" x 36", Courtesy of the artist, Photo by Brian Forrest.

WHAT:
Masami Teraoka: Works on Paper – 1960s to 1990s

Christopher Russell: New Work

WHEN:
October 29 – December 5, 2009

Opening Reception on Thursday, October 29th

WHERE:
Samuel Freeman
Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue, B7
Santa Monica, California 90404

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
For more information, the public should call 310-449-1479 or visit www.samuelfreeman.com

PRESS CONTACT:
Brent Turner
the Campbells
mobile: 323-244-5058
office: 323-300-6132
brent@thecampbellspr.com

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