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Joel Nakamura

Mixed media on cradled box panel edge finished in aluminum
11" x 14" x 2"
Kaiju in the Box
Mixed media on cradled panel edge finished in aluminum
9" x 12" x 1.5"
Miro Alien
Mixed media on panel,
edges finished in metal
8" x 10" x 2"
Joel Nakamura

More often than not, the protagonists in Nakamura’s stories are gods, mythological creatures, some he or she or heshe whose head, guts, and marrow a swirl with life determined by society and /or the characters natural environment. The juxtaposition of ancient and modern (even futuristic) in his work is not incongruous at all, but a fair mirror of what he senses around and inside of himself. Aside from the work, one very interesting thing emerges – Nakamura’s popularity within a modern technological culture. Perhaps the more digital a society becomes, the more it longs for primitive imagery.