Yoshie Sakai

Dream Small

March 17 - April 21, 2018

In Dream small, Yoshie Sakai examines the sociocultural tradition of making New Year’s resolutions within the context of the holiday retail store window display. As consumer and pop culture continue to emphasize and prey on personal insecurities through their advertising of unattainable expectations, Sakai turns the situation around by creating her own comical commercial spectacle that perhaps “sells” more realistic and achievable goals. An edition of 21 uniquely designed resolution bumper stickers were created to further the artists' encouragement for everyone to be a bit more pragmatic, and to simply dream small.

Yoshie Sakai is a multidisciplinary artist, working in video, installation, performance, and sculpture. She received her BFA from California State University Long Beach and her MFA from Claremont Graduate University. Recent solo exhibitions include Antenna in New Orleans (2016) and at Groundspace Project in Los Angeles (2017). She attended the ACRE Residency Program (2016), the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2014), and received the 2012 California Community Foundation for Visual Artists Emerging Artist Fellowship. Her work has been shown throughout the United States in film festivals and art exhibitions from Los Angeles to Miami, as well as internationally in Cambodia, Canada, and Japan.  She is currently preparing for her solo exhibition this September at the Verge Center for the Arts in Sacramento, California. Yoshie Sakai lives and works in Gardena, a city southwest of Los Angeles.