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Bruce Yonemoto: FILM SCREENING

Feb,18,2017-Mar,18,2017

After a recent retrospective of the collaborative works of Bruce and Norman Yonemoto at Tate Modern as part of Tate Film’s Pioneers series, Chi-Wen Gallery is pleased to present a series of solo-works by Bruce Yonemoto, together with works he created jointly with his late brother Norman.

In mid-1970s Los Angeles, Bruce and Norman Yonemoto started working with multi-media installation and single-channel video that deconstructed the narrative tropes and visual vernacular of Hollywood movies, television and advertising to challenge the viewer’s assumptions about the media. From surrealist melodrama to soap opera, their campy works expose the clichés, cultural mythologies and the mass media’s pervasive manipulation of reality and fantasy, which reflects one of the major themes of postmodernism and proposes a new approach to moving image, while establishing video as a viable artistic medium.

The Yonemotos’ noteworthy collaborations with Mike Kelley, Goldie Glitters and Spalding Gray had a profound influence on the LA art and performance scenes at the time.

The brothers were 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 the Yonemotos received a mid-career survey show at the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles.