Windows of Little Tokyo 2019

November 2, 2019–April 26, 2020

For a short time in the 1940s, Little Tokyo became an African American community known as Bronzeville. San Pedro Street from First to Fifth had a concentration of popular night spots. Athough Bronzeville disappeared after only a few years, during its heyday, one of the most influential jazz musicians of all time, legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker, had a residency at the Finale Club and lived at the Civic Hotel on First Street.  A map of Little Tokyo overlaid on Parker’s face. First Street North (FSN) is located on Parker’s eye, indicating that Bronzeville was the center for jazz in the past and that FSN is the historic heart of Little Tokyo in the present.  The rest of Parker's portrait was adornedwith an electronic circuitry pattern to look forward to a bright future of Little Tokyo. I hope that my art will inspire people to become interested in the history of Bronzeville as well as Little Tokyo’s broader history and that it will increase awareness of the current critical issue of encroachment on First Street North.

Article and more info about this event:

http://www.rafu.com/2019/11/visions-for-the-future/

Tape art Workshops - at the Terasaki Nibei Foundation & Bella Terra in Huntington Beach

September 20 & October 12, 2019 

Tape art workshops at the Terasaki Nibei Foundation and Bella Terra in Huntington Beach. One of the participants was a 91 years old female artist. There are no age limitations for creativity! 

Art & Democracy - group exhibition at the Great Hall/Long Hall in Plummer Park in West Hollywood

September 1 - 25, 2019

Art & Democracy VI is the sixth in a series of art exhibitions by the Visual Artists Guild with the theme of Art & Democracy. Participating artists from all over the world responded with artworks that addresses the issues of human rights, immigrant rights, democratic aspirations, social justice, and freedom of speech and expression. The exhibition attempts to keep alive the dialogue of "Freedom and Democracy" and highlights the 30th Anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the collapse of Eastern Europe. 

Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki - Art and music at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo

August 6th, 2019 (Exhibition continuing through September 30)

This artistic and musical event occurred on August 6th, the anniversary of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan. The night was aimed at spreading love, reducing suffering, and promoting healing. The event featured notable musicians, including acclaimed pianist Motoko Honda, award-winning multi-woodwind player Vinny Golia, frequent Hans Zimmer collaborator drummer/percussionist Satnam Ramgotra, and Matt Piper on bass and banjo. The large 7 ft x 7 ft piece Hiroshima Black Rain and 8 ft x 20 ft Buddha were shown publicly for the first time at this event for one night only, along with a short film. An extensive collection of Harazaki's work will be on exhibit in the Blue Whale through the end of September.

Photos by Labbie Manesh

WE RISE - group exhibition in Art District DTLA

May 18-27, 2019

WE RISE is a 10-day pop-up immersive experience that brings together LA’s diverse community to explore their collective power to live lives of purpose and engagement. Through powerful programming, performances, immersive workshops, and a world-class art exhibition, they seek to embolden individuals and families to find help, reach out to help others and demand systemic change in order to address the critical need for early intervention, treatment and care for mental wellbeing.  "Adaptation" was selected for the online gallery by eleven juries including Shepard Fairey among  a record-breaking amount of submissions.