Kelly Akashi, daughter of Silver Strand homeowner Penny Akashi, and a graduate of Otis College of Art and Design, who grew up in the Silver Strand, is having her first solo art exhibition opening Jan 31 at the Roski School of Fine Arts, USC until Feb 16. The show includes a small series of ink jet drawings, titled “Silver Strand,” inspired by the area in which we live. All neighbors are welcome.
Here is an excerpt from an interview with the artist by Candice Aman published yesterday in the Daily Trojan. Aman says that “Akashi’s awareness of the architectural enclaves she has encountered in the city is evident through the clean and structural lines she incorporates in the designs. According to Akashi, the subject matter in the work is inspired by the residential community in Southern California, which contains some extreme examples of mixed architecture.” In describing her work, Askashi said: “I wanted to see if, through translating the architectural elements into different mediums, I could define this pastiche as a style unto itself. This exhibition is not trying to fit into any single niche or genre. This is not intended as an attempt to be ambiguous, but rather to be something familiar yet complicated. Simplicity is a construct.”
3001 Gallery –USC Roski School of Fine Arts – 3001 S Flower St. Los Angeles 90007. Hours: Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm; Fri-Sun 10am-6pm
There will be a discussion with Nate Hess, moderated by Morgan Cuppet, on Feb 9 at 6pm for the undergraduate photography class, which will be open to the general public.