The SVA Japan Alumni Association presents a new exhibition, “Super Phat,” a multimedia show that highlights the work of Japanese alumni and alumni living in Japan. Working in a variety of media, more than 40 established and emerging artists explore how their exposure to Japanese and American cultures has informed their work. The word “phat”—an American slang word for “cool”—in the exhibition title plays off the word “fat,” referring to work that has adopted, absorbed and digested culture and has grown, extended and expanded because of that absorption. Forty-one artists—including ON megumi Akiyoshi, Chika Iijima, Takahiro Kaneyama, Kanako Sasaki, Junko Shimizu, Yuko Shimizu, Kiriko Shirobayashi, Yuken Teruya and Chiaki Watanabe—have produced illustrations, photographs, paintings, sculpture and video installations as result of this fusion between Japanese and American cultures.
“Super Phat” is curated by Marshall Arisman, chair of the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department; Reà Sato-Manni, a member of the Japan Alumni Association; and Retsu Takahashi, a Japanese-American alumnus. The exhibition is organized by Elaine Chow, associate director of alumni affairs, and will be on view at the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, September 12 – 29, with a reception on Tuesday, September 18, 6 – 8pm.
Image: Yuko Shimizu, The Big Wave (after Hokusai), 2002–03.