My Desire: Doug Ischar/Bruce & Norman Yonemoto

Event Details

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)
6522 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Admission is free.

ONE Archives, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), and the MAK Center present a screening of recent video work by Doug Ischar alongside videos by Bruce and Norman Yonemoto from the 1980s. Ischar’s video work, included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, explores longing, loss, and gay identity, while seminal video works by the Yonemotos interrogate narrative relationships between desire and mass media. Shown together, the screening will highlight shared affinities between the two bodies of work. The program will include Ischar’s brb (2007), and Alone With You (2011), and Bruce and Norman Yonemoto’s Garage Sale II (1980), and Vault (1984).

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Doug Ischar and Bruce Yonemoto.



Doug Ischar is a Chicago-based artist whose work appears in Tony Greene: Amid Voluptuous Calm as a part of Made in L.A. 2014 biennial at the Hammer Museum. After receiving an MFA in Photography from the California Institute of the Arts (1987), Ischar pursued work in documentary photography and image/text installation (1984–1990). Since the early 1990s his work has focused on the uses of video and sound in ever more distilled manifestations. Following large multi-media installations such as Orderly (1994) and Wake (1996) Ischar turned to more minimal forms. His 1997 work for InSite (San Diego/Tijuana) used a high school basketball court as locale for a multimedia meditation of adolescent homosexual desire. His 2001 work ground uses twenty-four channels of sound to replicate the sound of a gallery floor being swept. Since 2006, Doug Ischar has been producing highly complex single-channel videos around issues of cross-generational male intimacy and psychological/social loss. These include Back the Way He Came, (2006) Bask, (2007), brb (2008), and Forget Him (2009), come lontano (2010), Alone With You (2011) and Tristes Tarzan (2013). His three most recent films were included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial of American Art. Ischar is Associate Professor of Photography at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Bruce Yonemoto was born in 1949. He studied at the University of California at Berkeley and Sokei Art Institute in Tokyo, and received an M.F.A. from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. He has taught video and photography at universities in California and Japan, and has been a contributing writer for publications such as SEND and Artweek magazines. He is currently a Professor and Chair, Studio Art, at University of California, Irvine.

Norman Yonemoto was born in 1946 and died in 2014. He studied film at Santa Clara University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of California at Los Angeles, and the American Film Institute. He was a contributing writer for Artweek magazine, and was the author of the commercial films Chatterbox (1976) and Savage Streets (1983).

Bruce and Norman Yonemoto co-founded KYO-DAI Productions in 1976. In 1999 a mid-career retrospective of their collaborative work was held at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. Their work has been exhibited extensively around the world, including at the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles; in California Video at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; the Long Beach Museum of Art, California; 11th Paris Biennale; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE); Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Image Forum, Tokyo; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; American Film Institute National Video Festival, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.


Co-presented by Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), and the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, Los Angeles.


Image: (Top) Doug Ischar, Still from Alone With You, 2011. NTSC video, color, sound, 21 minutes. Courtesy of the artist