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Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda Opens Second JANM Exhibition Saturday

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Friday, August 28, 2009, at 10:46AM
Glorious Excess Dies Courtesy JANM

Art by Mike Shinoda.

In his second installation of Glorious Excess, artist Mike Shinoda -- best known as part of the band Linkin Park -- surveys fame from the other side of the looking glass and throws his following a challenge to rethink media overload feeding consumer-celebrity culture.

Using psychedelic imagery, Shinoda's new pieces portray a character who thrives on being famous and show how sex, money and death make fame a short trip that ends in a sobering crash and burn.

How short is the life of his anti-hero? One year.

The character was essentially created for "Glorious Excess (Born)," an exhibition held last summer at the Japanese American National Museum. Now demise is the theme in "Glorious Excess (Dies)," opening Saturday at the Little Tokyo museum.

It's telling that there was no Glorious Excess (Life), an installment that was originally planned by the artist but was discarded early. Like any true document of celebrity in a consumer culture, the introduction of promise, then death by excess, overshadow what -- if anything -- was achieved.

Glorious Excess (Dies) by Mike Shinoda / Japanese American National Museum / 111 N Central Ave., Little Tokyo / Opening Date: August 29th (Saturday) with book and art signing by the artist / Exhibition Dates: August 30th - October 4th / Proceeds of art and book sales toward the Michael K. Shinoda Endowed Scholarship at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and the Japanese American National Museum

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