Roger Shimomura: Small Paintings - Minidoka on My Mind
Roger Shimomura: Small Paintings - Minidoka on My Mind at Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle, WA. "...In a group of 30 paintings, Roger Shimomura's exhibition, 'Minidoka on My Mind,' will explore the artist's family's internment during World War II, including some works suggesting his personal memories. The show's title refers to Camp Minidoka in Hunt, Idaho where he and his family were detained from the spring of 1942 until the summer of 1944. Previous work by Shimomura, has examined the relationship of Japanese Americans to the larger cultural context of the United States. In particular, here, Shimomura explores the racial conflicts of the 1940s war years and the unjust imprisonment of approximately 120,000 Japanese Americans, 60% of whom were U.S. citizens. He says that these 'images are scraped from the linings of my mind—not necessarily what I remembered specifically, but what I respond with when I think of Camp Minidoka...'"