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Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
2685 S La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90034 | T 310 838 6000

Miyoshi Barosh

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Arcadia

Arcadia, 2013

Burned and bleached fabric, ink-jet printed fabric, polyester and cotton batting, vinyl, vacuum-formed acrylic letters, and fiberglass,

78 x 118 x 7 in

ARTIST STATEMENT

My work collides the domestic world of craft with the muscular images of Pop in signs: maps, banners, billboards, and roadside attractions. Like figures of Paul Bunyan, concrete dinosaurs, giant donuts, circus billboards, I want the work to share that sense of crazed exuberance, a bid for attention that contains a simple expectation of attracting attention. There’s a pre-technological innocence to those somewhat crudely constructed signs that is honest because the gag is so obvious that you’re in on it.

My signs are adamantly handmade. The handmade quality is underlined by the physical craft involved. The handmade represents a “labor of love.” I’ve used traditional women’s craftwork to refer to both the ideal of self-less love and to the idea of unconditional love that is expected of, but not a reality of, family.

The work of art as Pop signage created as a “labor of love” sounds cynical yet it is made in good faith and contains within it a deep utopian wish for social change, no matter how naive and nostalgic that dream is.

BRIEF CV

Born Los Angeles, CA
Lives and works in Pasadena, CA

EDUCATION
1989 MFA, California Institute of the Arts
1981 BFA, Rhode Island School of Design
1980 Yale Summer School of Art and Music (scholarship program)
1979 Parsons School of Design Summer School (scholarship program)

RECENT SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2011
"The Loop Show", curated by China Adams, The Beacon Building, Los Angeles, CA
"We're Not Here to Waste Time!", featuring Nena Amsler, Miyoshi Barosh, and Nava Lubelski, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Santa Monica, CA (forthcoming)
"INCOGNITO", Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
2010
Group Exhibition, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Santa Monica, CA. (Featuring Miyoshi Barosh, Lael Corbin, Chris Engman, Tara Giannini, Steve Gibson, Nava Lubelski, and Gail Roberts.)
"INCOGNITO", Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
Group Exhibition, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Santa Monica, CA. (Featuring David Adey Miyoshi Barosh, Lael Corbin, Steve Gibson, Christopher Russell, Geoffrey Todd-Smith, Jason Sherry.)

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