SugiPOP! The Influence of Anime and Manga on Contemporary Art at LeBasse Projects in LA

SugiPOP! via Curated Magazine
SugiPOP!: The Influence of Anime and Manga on Contemporary Art opened last year at the Portsmouth Museum of Art in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and elements from the original show are now up for view at LeBasse Projects in LA. The word “sugi” means “too much” in Japanese, and it’s fitting for the show – which includes Gary Baseman, Mike Shinoda, Simone Legno (of Tokidoki), Hush, and SharkToof – to be aggressively cross-media.

The artists and designers featured in SugiPOP! draw from a wide pool: American pop darlings such as Jeff Koons, decades of anime and manga, and Edo-period woodblock prints are all represented. A number of block sketches and prints by Katsushika Hokusai and illustrations from vintage kamishibai (a form of illustrated storytelling) are included as historical grounding for manga, anime, and ultimately the art movement called “superflat.” What started in Japan circa the 1990s as a post-modern reaction to the shallowness of ever-presence of media and consumerism has established itself as a global wave in both fine and commercial art. Superflat is often both calm and overwhelming, earnest and ironic. Above all, SugiPOP! promises to deliver over-the-top pop.

SugiPOP! runs until runs to April 9, 2011. LeBasse Projects is located on 6023 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

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