Incarceration is provocatively recalled by Tom Nakashima’s large, nearly neoclassical paintings. Nakashima’s riveting oil and bronze leaf “Sanctuary with Sunset” and collage “Cage with Newspaper No. 2” describe ambiguous structures that simultaneously shelter and imprison, recalling our government’s offical statement that Japanese Americans were only being detained for their own good during World War II. 

                                                                                                                                  Kinney Littlefield, Long Beach Press-Telegram

 

Nakashima’s motifs cut across traditionally defined boundaries between East and West, suggesting a synthesis of cultures which are so often cast as opposites, and allude to myths with a universal resonance....

                                    Noriko Gamblin, The Japanese American Internment Reconsidered, Long Beach Museum of Art. Ca 

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