My Desire: Doug Ischar / Bruce and Norman Yonemoto

  • Screening
LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions)
6522 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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Curated by David Evans Frantz, Curator of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries

LACE, ONE Archives and the MAK Center presented a screening of recent video work by Doug Ischar alongside videos by Bruce and Norman Yonemoto from the 1980s. The program included Ischar’s brb (2007), and Alone With You (2011), recently part of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, and Bruce and Norman Yonemoto’s Garage Sale II (1980), and Vault (1984).

The screening was followed by a Q&A with Doug Ischar and Bruce Yonemoto.

About the Artists

Doug Ischar is a Chicago-based artist whose work appears in Tony Greene: Amid Voluptuous Calm as a part of Made in L.A. 2014 biennial at the Hammer Museum. After receiving an MFA in Photography from the California Institute of the Arts (1987), Ischar pursued work in documentary photography and image/text installation (1984–1990). Since the early 1990s his work has focused on the uses of video and sound in ever more distilled manifestations. Following large multi-media installations such as Orderly (1994) and Wake (1996) Ischar turned to more minimal forms. His 1997 work for InSite (San Diego/Tijuana) used a high school basketball court as locale for a multimedia meditation of adolescent homosexual desire. His 2001 work ground uses twenty-four channels of sound to replicate the sound of a gallery floor being swept. Since 2006, Doug Ischar has been producing highly complex single-channel videos around issues of cross-generational male intimacy and psychological/social loss. These include Back the Way He Came (2006), Bask (2007), brb (2008), and Forget Him (2009), come lontano (2010), Alone With You (2011) and Tristes Tarzan (2013). His three most recent films were included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial of American Art. Ischar is Associate Professor of Photography at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Bruce Yonemoto has developed a body of work which positions itself within the overlapping intersections of art and commerce, of the gallery world and the cinema screen. His recent work developed with funding from Creative Capital deals with the discovery of the real and poetic convergence between two phenomena specific to Argentina. It is the site of one of the few growing glaciers in the world as well as the last growing Lacanian psychoanalytic practice. He is also developing a Peruvian Quechua Opera with theater/opera director David Schweizer. His recent photo and video work was developed and produced in Vietnam. He is currently developing a performative project in Taiwan and a project exploring Cinema Novo in Rio de Janeiro.

Yonemoto has been honored with numerous awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Film Institute, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Maya Deren Award for Experimental Film and Video. In 1999 Yonemoto was honored with a major mid-career survey show curated by Karen Higa at the Japanese American Museum in Los Angeles Most recently, Bruce’s solo installations, photographs and sculptures have been featured in major one-person shows at the ICC in Tokyo, the ICA in Philadelphia, the St. Louis Art Museum and the Kemper Museum in Kansas City. He has had solo exhibitions at Alexander Gray Gallery, New York, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, Tomio Koyama, Tokyo, Galerie Quynh, Ho Chi Minh City and his work was featured in Los Angeles 1955-85 at the Pompidou Center, Paris, and the Generali Foundation, Vienna, The Getty Research Center in LA, the 2008 Gwangju Biennial. Pacific Standard Time, Getty Research Center and most recently an expansive survey show in Kanazawa, Japan.

Co-presented by ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries and the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, Los Angeles.

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