Joe Suzuki is an ingenious visual artist based in Los Angeles, California. He was born in Tokyo in 1976 and immigrated to the United States in 1988. His artworks re-purpose cultural icons in an innovative and unique way, thus becoming iconic themselves. There is both a sense of familiarity as well as double-take effect for the viewer as the artworks seem to defy gravity.
He considers his work to be artifacts of his own particular culture, which is not the generalized Japanese American culture, but that which formed as a direct result of being a first generation immigrant. Through a long assimilation process, he found himself not fully belonging to either culture, but rather somewhere in between, which he began to call Japamerica.
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