“Soichiro Honda was, in his own way, the Henry Ford of Japan. He became fascinated by automobiles from his very first sight of a Model T. Determined to learn everything possible about cars, he began as a cleaner in a garage and eventually became an expert mechanic with his own business. Later he designed racecars and manufactured car parts and airplane propellers. After World War II, he developed small motorcycles and started the Honda Motor Company, constantly adding improvements and innovations to his products and then designing and manufacturing fuel-efficient automobiles. Weston presents Honda as a perfectionist, an innovator in his field and a model corporate leader, who encouraged his workers, listened to them and treated them well. However, with the exception of a list of retirement activities, Honda’s life beyond business is nowhere to be found. Yamasaki’s detailed and whimsical acrylics add zest to the proceedings. A worthwhile introduction to a neglected subject.”
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“Many of the young artists wanted to address the issue of military recruiting, and targeting youth in low-income areas. As a result of the No Child Left Behind Act, military recruiters have access to high-school students contact information, so not only are they being approached in their schools, but also within their own homes. Utilizing a visual style inspired by war-time propaganda posters from around the world, the mural portrays three strong young women in classic military poses, armed not with violent weapons but with tools of creation and education. Banners that read, We Are Not Government Issued, and Arm Yourself with the Knowledge to Think for Yourself stream along the wall.”
– Groundswellmural on youtube.com
“NYC-based muralist and educator Katie Yamasaki uses postcards to create a dialogue between kids in Cuba and New York. This short-documentary is a candid conversation with the artist, as she explains her motivation behind her project and shows us the hidden power of youth voices.”
– Joél Mejia on youtube.com
Xzavier and Roberto Carlos
Xzavier Scott, seen above, was depicted in a portrait which depicts his love of Coney Island and football. He is one of the subjects in “Pintando Postales, Painting Postcards,” an art exhibition that opened Thursday night at Brooklyn College.
Teacher Katie Yamasaki portrayed her art students to help arrange for them pen pals from Cuba…
– Jeanine Ramirez
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“Paratroopers are drifting down to earth — well, down the side of a Brooklyn apartment building — and slowly being helped back on their feet. This scene has finally come into full view in Sunset Park, where a group of young women this summer painted a mural that was their response to military recruiters in their schools and neighborhoods.
The official dedication is not until Sept. 6, but its creators are hoping it will spark the kind of dialog on the military they feel has been missing from the public square.”
– Anti-Recruiting Mural Comes Into View by David Gonzales
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“The playground walls at P.S. 24 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, are quickly being transformed into works of art. Nearly a dozen teenagers are spending their summer mixing paints, dabbing paint brushes and creating colorful images.
But this mural project is much more than pretty pictures. It’s about developing skills, empowering women, employing young people, and using art as a tool for social justice. The theme here is immigration.”
– NY1 News
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