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September 11, 2021  –  November 19, 2021

Beleaguered Microcosm is a collection of Yoshimoto's works that reflects on the recent histories natural and man-made disasters.  The works represented are paintings on paper, as well as sculptural pieces made with makerspace/fab lab equipment found nationwide.  Each compositions represents the stories that Yoshimoto has collected throughout his travels and research from around the world, including those of humanitarian crises in the Greek Island of Lesvos.


Jave Yoshimoto is an artist and educator of multi-cultural background. He was born in Japan to Chinese parents and immigrated to California at a young age.   Yoshimoto has since traveled and lived in various states, which influenced his artistic practice.  He believes in creating art works that are socially conscious and true to his authentic self.  Yoshimoto has received his Bachelors of Art from University of California Santa Barbara in Studio Art, his Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Painting and Drawing and Masters of Art in Art Therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his Masters of Fine Arts in Painting at Syracuse University.

He is a recipient of the 2015 Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Painter’s and Sculptor’s grant, which he used to travel to Nepal and Lesvos Island in Greece to research on the topics on human crisis, survival and resilience. He has been featured in numerous publications such as Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, New American Paintings, Guernica Magazine, among others. He received a letter of recognition from the United Nations, and exhibited his works nationally and internationally. He has been artist in residence at various residencies across the U.S., including Vermont Studio Center, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Jentel, Tulsa Artist Fellowship, Joan Mitchell Center among others, as well as a residency in Nepal at the Marpha Foundation.

Hawthorn Contemporary, located in the historic Walker’s Point neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is an art venue dedicated to presenting experimental and exploratory contemporary art. 

Hawthorn Contemporary
706 South 5th  Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204 USA

Opening Reception Hours: 6 PM - 9 PM Saturday, June 26, 2021

Regular Daytime Hours: 11 AM - 4 PM Friday, Saturday

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