YUKA EZOE / BAHAMA KANGAROO

www.YukakoEzoe.com
San Francisco, CA
01.415. 632. 7056
yukakoe@gmail.com

EDUCATION
San Francisco Art Institute, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interdisciplinary Art // San Francisco, CA / 2001-2005
Garret Rietveld Academy of Arts, textile (Jacquard loom) and jewelry // Amsterdam, Netherlands / Spring 2005

AWARDS
2015-16 Community Challenge Grant / director for Precita Eyes Muralists' mural project in collaboration with Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation's community garden / SF, CA 2001- 2005 San Francisco Art Institute Merit Scholarship / SF, CA
2001 Reflection Contest / 2nd place Visual Arts District Division / Chesapeake, VA
2001 Institute for the Educational Advancement / artist in residency / LA, CA
2000 Chrysler Museum of Student Gallery / Wally Dreyer Award / 1st place photography / Norfolk, VA
2000 Richmond Camera / Vision 2000 / 2nd place photography / Chesapeake, VA
2000 RAWLS Museum of Student Photography Award / 1st place photography / Courtland, VA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2011 Kokoro Gallery // SF, CA
2010 NO // SF, CA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2014 The Front // with Naoki Onodera as Bahama Kangaroo / New Orleans, LA
2013 RVCA // Local's Only / SF, CA
2013 Ally Cat Book Store // Double Trouble / with Naoki Onodera, Aiyana Udesen, and Matt Furie / SF, CA
2013 RVCA // No Worries / with ANDREA SONNENBERG, DEVIN BRIGGS, & REMIO / SF, CA
2012 Caldera Gallery // with Naoki Onodera as Bahama Kangaroo / Santa Fe, NM
2011 Lake Gallery // with Naoki Onodera as Bahama Kangaroo / SF, CA
2011 858 // with Naoki Onodera as Bahama Kangaroo / Tokyo, Japan
2010 Art Out Side // outdoor 3 day event / Austin, TX
2009 Ever Gold Gallery // with Naoki Onodera as Bahama Kangaroo / SF, CA
2009 Contemporary Museum of Baltimore // The Reverse Art: In the Wake / performance / Baltimore, ML
2008 Bottle Cap Gallery // Sweet Dreams/ SF, CA
2007 SFMOMA Artist Exhibition // Japanese Manga influenced artists / SF, CA
2007 Cell Space // Hidden History / Yuka’s Barber Shop installation / SF, CA
2007 Adobe Books // Milky-way installation for Butoh performer Hiroko Sadamori / SF, CA
2007 Diego Rivera Gallery // San Francisco Art Institute/ Spring Break II / with Leslie Kulish and Hana Lee / SF, CA

WORK EXPERIENCE
Precita Eyes Mural Arts (Education Director / Muralist) San Francisco, CA / Sep 2006-Present
*Master Muralists, General Administration, PR, Coordinator and Project management for mural projects, Mural Consultation, and Graphic Designer for flyer and web.
*Directed and assisted over 40 small to large scale MURALS with schools, companies and institutions.

SELECTED MURALS
- TNDC's Tenderloin People's Garden Mural Project // "Growing Together" / ©2016 Precita Eyes, Directed with Susan Cervantes and Max Marttila, Designed and painted by Tenderloin community / 47'x25' / McAllister St at Larkin St., SF, CA
- Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center // 2016© Bahama Kangaroo / In collaboration with Naoki Onodera / 6.5' x 21' / 3925 Noriega St at 46th Ave., SF, CA
- "Calling Up the Rainbow Ride" // ©2016 Bahama Kangaroo / In collaboration with Naoki Onodera / 6'x 8'/ Fillmore St at Waller St., SF, CA
- Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center // "150 Years of Dedicated and Compassionate Service to the Community Mural" / ©2015 Precita Eyes, Directed with Elaine Chu, Designed and painted by hospital staff and patients, Forest Hill Association, and Midtown Terrace Association / 5'x200'
- Edo Salon // ©2015 Bahama Kangaroo, In collaboration with Val Santillo / 17' x 10' / Stiner St. at Height St., SF, CA
- John F. Kennedy Elementary School //©2015 Precita Eyes, Designed and painted by assistant, Sarah Siskin, and 24 5th graders / 10' x 27' / Daly City, CA
- Google // ©2015 Precita Eyes, Painted in collaboration with Suaro Cervantes / 6’x16’ / 2015
- San Francisco General Hospital // ©2015 Precita Eyes, Directed with Susan Cervantes and Elaine Chu / Psychiatric patients and staff of SFGH / 10’ x 15’ (3)
- George Peabody Elementary // ©2014 Precita Eyes, Designed and painted by assistant, Sara Rubenstein, and 42 2nd graders / 3’ x 42’
- Japanese Iris Mural Project // ©2014 Precita Eyes, private commission / 3.5’ x 26’
- San Francisco Public Library // Pop-up Mobile Tent Library // ©2013 Precita Eyes, Directed with Elaine Chu, designed and painted by 30 community members of Tenderloin / 9' x 9' x 9'
- Thomas R. Policita Middle School & ASAP After School // ©2013 Precita Eyes, Designed and painted by assistant, Eva Mas, and 40 6-8th graders / 5' x 25'
- Argonne Elementary School // ©2013 Precita Eyes, Directed with Elain Chu, Designed and painted by 80 3rd graders and 130 volunteers / 25ft x 54ft
- Life Boutique // ©2013 Bahama Kangaroo / 3.5' x 8'
- Minnie and Lovieword Recreation Center // ©2012 Precita Eyes, Directed with Max Marttila, Designed and painted by Engleside community / 3.5ft x 44ft
- SF General Hospital // ©2012 Precita Eyes, Directed with Susan Cervantes and Max Allbe, Designed and painted by staff of CVP at UCSF / 17ft x 25ft
- SFUSD & Excel // ©2010 Precita Eyes, Painted by 15 middle school students / 17ft x 3.5ft
- SFUSD & Excel // ©2010 Precita Eyes, Painted by 5 middle school students / 15ft x 4.5ft
- Seven Hills Property // ©2009 Precita Eyes, In collaboration with 6 Precita Eyes faculty/ 8’x43’ / SF, CA
- SFUSD, Excel, and Friends of Dolores Park // ©2009 Precita Eyes, Painted by 25 students
- Bret Hearte Elementary // ©2009 Precita Eyes, Assited directer Brenda Miller, Designed and painted by 60 3rd grade students / 17' x 67'
- Izakaya Guru Guru // ©2009 Bahama Kangaroo, In collaboration with Naoki Onodera and Tomomi Onodera / 5' x 15' / Tokyo, Japan
- Borderlands Book Store/ ©2008 Precita Eyes, Directed by Fred Alverado with 11 artists / 80’x14’/ SF, CA
- C.A.M.P. (Clarion Ally) // ©2012 & 2006 Bahama Kangaroo, In collaboration with Naoki Onodera / 5' x7' & 6' x 18'
- Tamasei Sushi // ©2006 Bahama Kangaroo, In collaboration with Naoki Onodera / 4’x3’
- Country Station Sushi // ©2005 Bahama Kangaroo, In collaboration with Naoki Onodera/ 30’x10’

SELECTED ART EXPERIENCE
2016 Sol Le Witt wall drawing "Loopy Doopy #1012" // Assistant for artist Gabe Hurier / SFMOMA
2015 Sol Le Witt wall drawing "#895" // Assistant for artist Takeshi Arita / 1400 Mission, San Francisco, CA
2015 Face Book // Mural assistant for artist Jen Stark / Menlo Park, CA
2015 Calma Devine // logo design
2014 Ad-Balance // Graphic designer for poster and eye glass case. Japanese translator, casting and location hunt for Newman // Eyewear advertisement
2014 Berkely Art Museum // "The Possible" / Hamamastu kite workshop with International Association of Tako Age 2014 Land and Sea publication's Face Book artist book
2013 Park and Community Advocate // Japan, India, & China street sign project in Excelcior / SF, CA
2013 Ad-Balance // Japanese translator and casting and location hunt for Newman // Eyewear advertisement
2012 Ippuku Japanse Restaurant // 2 T-shirt designs / Berkely, CA
2012 Intersection for the Arts // taught design & sell on ETSY.com workshop for Larkin Street Youth Services youths / SF, CA
2012 Ribbons Publication // Hamastu Japanese kite workshop with IATA / Ukiah, CA
2012 Headlands Center for the Arts 30th Year Anniversary // Hamastu Japanese kite workshop with IATA / Headlands, CA
2011 Future Twin // rock band / EP tape, 7" record, T-shirt, button and sticker design / SF, CA
2011 Linda Perhacs // music video & T-shirt design for psychedelic folk musician / LA, CA
2010 Human Ear Record Label // concert poster for Linda Perhacs / SF, CA
2010 Berkely Art Museum // PFM L@TE / live painting with Naoki Onodera / Berkley, CA
2010 Chandelers Fine Art and Frame Gallery // International Association of Tako Age/ curated with Shoko Toma / SF, CA
2009 Subterranean Art House // Flying Kite Man / curated 45 artist w/ Ryoji Kajikawa / Berkeley, CA Kite Pictures

2009 Berkeley Kite Festival // International Associations of Tako Age / live painting on 5'x5' kite / Berkely, CA
2009 Painted company sign for Pancake & Franks (letter press card co.) / SF, CA
2009 Tamasei Sushi Restaurant // graphic design menu & restaurant sign / SF, CA
2006 Still Life // graphic design / sample logo / SF, CA
2001 Photography Internship // Institute for the Educational Advancement / LA, CA

PRESS
2014 "NEW ORLEANS ART INSIDER"
2013 Bun, Holly / "At Home With Yukako Ezoe of Bahama Kangaroo " / Revolver
2012 Roth, Chole / "Is Giving a Shit the New Giving a Shit?" / SF Weekly
2011 Kokoro Studio Presents with Artwork of Yukako Ezoe / Nichi Bei Weekly / March 10, 2010 / NO.79 / page 7
2011 Walker, Jeff / "The Comic Book Guide to the Mission" / The Murals of the Mission / Introduced as comic character
2011 Huston, Johnny Ray / "Lucky Charms Safe Journeys" / Guardian / March 23, 2010 / Vol.45 NO. 25 / page 28
2010 Perhacs, Linda / "Concert #3 Produced by Human Ear at the SFAI" / Timeless Linda Perhacs
2009 "Flying Large Hamamastu Kites" / The Hokubei Mainichi News / July 29, 2009 / NO. 17275 / page 2
2009 Zassenfause, Eric / "Hidden Histories" / KQED Arts


Artist Statement

'A sense of play-- more street-smart than sentimental; international, but also attuned to a universal understanding of nature is central to Yukako Ezoe’s art. Ezoe’s vividly colorful paintings and collages are informed by her experiences as a student and a teacher, and often directly connected with everyday necessities and pleasures.' (Huston, Johnny Ray / "Lucky Charms Safe Journeys" / Guardian / 2010)

A Japanese-American artist, muralist, and teacher, Ezoe investigates history and mythology through stylistic references in her fictional landscapes and invented personalities. Japanese pop artist Yokoo Tadanori’s work of the 1960s and 70s is an evident influence on Ezoe’s high-contrast color choices and her compositional style. She sometimes suggests the sacred ritual objects of a tribe of Latino punk Voodooists and Afghan mural trucks covered in lucky charm symbolism for their travels. Her key ideas are unite, play and resist. Through extensive use of personal symbolism, she represents aspects of historical and popular culture with which she identifies.

Ezoe received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2006. Her professional involvements in the San Francisco community include as a teaching muralist and Education Director with Precita Eyes Mural Arts Association, where she has participated in the creation of dozens of community mural projects with schools since 2006.



Japanese translation
アーティスト・ステートメント

「遊びの感覚ーセンチメンタルでもまた、ストリート・スマートである。国際的であり、さらには、普遍的自然摂理への協調性こそ、江副友佳子の作品における核心である。彼女の鮮やかなペイントとコラージュは、生徒であったり、先生としての経験の元で具現化され、直接、日常における必要な喜びへと繋がっていく。」(ジョニー・レイ・ヒューストン/"Lucky Charms Safe Journeys" / Guardian / 2010)

日系アメリカ人アーティスト、壁画家、そして、先生。江副友佳子の作品における森羅万象は歴史や神話に基づいている。また、その構図や明瞭な色の選出は60、70年代においての、ポップ・アーティスト、横尾忠則の影響が見られる。時には、他の要素として、ラテン系パンクヴードゥー部族の供物や、アフガン・トラックを飾り付ける交通安全の護符なども用いる。作品の主な理念は、団結、遊びと抵抗。

2006年、美術学士をサンフランシスコ・アート・インステトュートで取得する。卒業後、NPOのプリシタ・アイズ壁画芸術協会(Precita Eyes Mural Arts Association)にて教育ディレクター兼、教師となる。