LOS ANGELES (May 28, 2008) — DC is proud to support Glorious Excess, an art exhibition by musician/producer/artist Mike Shinoda, His most ambitious and powerful series of paintings and digital works to date will open on July 12 at The Japanese American National Museum. The special engagement features large-scale pieces that blend Shinoda's personal experiences in the spotlight with pop commentary and classical vanitas influences. The first in a two-part series, the exhibition will be displayed in the George and Sakaye Aratani Central Hall of the Japanese American National Museum from July 12 to August 3.
Glorious Excess is a subversive interpretation of the classic art movement "vanitas," a type of symbolic still life painting commonly executed by Northern European painters in Flanders and the Netherlands in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Following a central character through various facets of celebrity life, the exhibition explores the motivations behind contemporary society’s fascination with fame, excess and instant gratification, from the unique perspective of an outsider on the inside of rock superstardom.
Sponsored by DC Shoes with additional support from the James Irvine Foundation, the opening coincides with the release of Shinoda's new DC Remix Series™ shoe. The exclusive shoes will feature custom Shinoda artwork on the shoes and packaging, and will include an artist-designed booklet. Less than 1000 pairs will be sold through footwear boutiques, MikeShinoda.com and DCshoes.com beginning August 1st, 2008. Shinoda has worked with DC on several footwear projects in the past, first teaming with the brand in 2003 to create the Clientele Remix Series™ shoe. He reworked the colors and materials for the shoe, and designed all the packaging and print advertisements. All proceeds from sales of his artwork and footwear go toward the Michael K. Shinoda Endowed Scholarship at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. An opening reception for the public and autograph signing on July 11 runs from 8-10 p.m.
"I believe in the work of the Japanese American National Museum," said Shinoda, "and we have had a great relationship for the past few years. I'm proud to share the debut of this new series with the Japanese American National Museum."
The expanded continuation of the exhibition, a second show entitled Glorious Excess (Dies), is scheduled for the National Museum's Miyawaki and Watanabe Galleries January 24 through
March 22, 2009. Accompanying the artwork will be text about Shinoda's meteoric career and examples of his commitment to invoke change through his music including Projekt Revolution, Fort Minor and Live Earth.
About the Artist
Michael Kenji Shinoda is a Japanese American musician, record producer and artist from Agoura Hills, California. He is best known for his vocal and musical endeavors with his band Linkin Park . Shinoda also oversees the packaging, print and online art for the band. He is also involved in other projects including Fort Minor, Music For Relief, and Projekt Revolution.
Mike was the youngest of his graduating class from Art Center College of Design in 1998, with a B.A. in Illustration. He has had a hand in most artistic facets of Linkin Park ‘s imagery, including album artwork, band merchandise, web design and on-stage production art. In his off time, he has worked with popular brands like DC Shoes and Kid Robot to design custom products for charity.
In 2004 Shinoda started a college scholarship at Art Center College of Design – the Michael K. Shinoda Endowed Scholarship – to benefit illustration and graphic design students, and is awarded based on financial need and quality of work. The first recipient was granted a scholarship in 2006. Proceeds from Shinoda's artwork and merchandise benefit this scholarship.
Also in 2004, Shinoda broke through with his first show, Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. The show, entitled "Diamonds, Spades, Hearts, and Clubs," featured collaborative artwork with Gary Baseman, graffiti artist SEEN, DALEK, Greg "Craola" Simkins, and Linkin Park's Mr. Hahn. Shinoda is currently working on another DC remix in 2008, which will come in standard, plus more than one Limited Edition styles. The shoe and packaging will again feature his artwork.
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About the Japanese American National Museum
The Japanese American National Museum is dedicated to fostering greater understanding and appreciation for America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by preserving and telling the stories of Americans of Japanese ancestry. Since its incorporation in 1985, the National Museum has grown into an internationally recognized institution, presenting award-winning exhibitions, groundbreaking traveling exhibits, educational public programs, innovative video documentaries and cutting-edge curriculum guides. The National Museum raised close to $60 million to renovate an historic building in 1992 and open a state-of-the-art Pavilion in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo Historic District in 1999. There are now members and donors representing all 50 states and 16 countries.
The Japanese American National Museum is located at 369 East First Street in the historic Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles. For more information, call (213) 625-0414 or visit www.janm.org. National Museum hours are Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission is $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors; $4.00 for students and children; free for Museum members and children under age six. Admission is free to everyone on Thursdays from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and every third Thursday of the month from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Closed Mondays, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Final visitor admissions take place thirty minutes before closing.