Rebels of the Floating World
Rebels of the Floating World explores the complex connection between past and present through culture jamming narratives featuring a surreal cast of characters from pop culture, world history, and cultural tradition. Highlighting the Native and Asian influences on Northwest art, Rebels expresses visions ranging from animism to spirit worlds to alternate dimensions in order to better understand our own. Jonathan Wakuda Fischer combines elements from pop culture, Japanese folklore and the aesthetic of ukiyo-e woodblock prints to create paintings with multiple layers of reference and homage that explore cultural dualities. Fischer is known for his distinctive murals and wall paintings, including the KEXP building and the upcoming Hirabayashi Place project in Seattle’s International Disctrict. His artwork has been covered by numerous publications including the Seattle Times and the Stranger. Fischer has been a mentor artist for the Wing Luke Asian Museum’s award-winning YouthCAN program and artist in residence at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City. He is the resident muralist for Seattle firm SkB Architects, an innovative partnership between the worlds of architecture and fine art. Louie Gong (Nooksack) is a Seattle-based artist, activist, and entrepreneur whose art merges traditional Coast Salish art, pop culture icons, and a strong urban aesthetic. Under his Eighth Generation brand, he develops artistic products that are sustainable, accessible, and Native-designed. Gong has collaborated with Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Paul Frank, Manitobah Mukluks, Vans, and schools and colleges in the US and Canada. His artwork and commentary on racial identity has been featured in the New York Times, NBC Nightly News, BBC, and during the 2010 Winter Olympics. He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Education from Western Washington University’s School Counseling Program in his early 20s and turned his focus to art in 2009.