Monday, September 17, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
It was great to see everyone and I m sorry if we didn't get all that much time to break down the laws of the universe in our conversations and/or discuss the finer points of molecular cell activity in the usage of alchol versus water in finer permenant inks.
If you missed the show, there is another two days before the ship will sail out the harbor!
I will be at:
Battery SR LTD, 313 west 37th street #605
from 12 - 5 to greet any visitors friday and saturday, september 14 and 15.
It would be great to see you and I m sure I ll have plenty of time to chat it up.
Thanks again for those who came out and to those who do make it out!
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Friday, June 15, 2012
After Georgetown on saturday, a cloudy to bright day in portland. 'last week's weather was poop, you guys lucked out...' We got that a lot. I want to take the time to thank Missing Link, Franz, his family, Christine and their lovely dynamic duos, Nico and Stephan. Through them, I learned about 2nd generation born austrians in Belize. I love how the lines of race and culture are always blurring in infinite combinations.
Portland was cool. It was like a city outside a spawning Georgetown. I ve been to portland in spurts but could never really figure it out. This trip found us in south east neighborhood. It reminds me of an old saying, 'if it aint broke, don t fix it.' In that respect, it was easy and cool to be in your hood and be absolutely chillin while the whole city churned to industry monsters and the small guy goods that are just as important. What do I mean? It is a town where things get done and her citizens make it happen! We were hosted by NY ex pat, Filth aka Lucas Irwin and his beautiful family, Jay, Isaiah, Silas and my new girlfriend, Chewbacca. We were supposed to drive out to Yosemite on monday and we ended up leaving on monday... For a 13 hour drive to Cali. I learned about makin stuff happen with whats available and diggin deep! I learned about raising two boys and a dog in a house and a backyard. This house was one chill house and one beautiful family. Thank you.
The following morning had us driving out at 6 am. One last hug to chewbacca, while the family slept. It was us driving south towards another family home before reaching our next host family, Green.
There in Grass Valley, it was an ex-sanFran family escaping the urban noise and distraction, trading in for organic country living. Thank you Doze, Nikki, Kalihil, Noah and Nina! I learned about family in the country.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The trip to the west began with an over weight luggage (9 lbs... Coincidence?), broken hardcase luggage tab and a no seat belt ticket paid from 2011 charge. Up until the night before, I hadn't even thought of packing for the trip. The anxiety of traveling and the plunging into a 'tour' of suspect travel itinerary made me a little bit uneasy. What fruit was this seed of an idea going to bear?...
After 'breaking' into my own luggage and unloading 8 lbs from my bag, I was on my way. Its not unusual for me to feel different once my luggage is boarding the plane and I am in the high.
I don t like air travel, but it sure is fast. What was once a luxury mode of transportation is suddenly the normal. Free drinks and a chocolate birthday cake later, I was in dreamland waiting for the landing.
5 hours later, With a peek at Seattle, I finally began to understand how the city is lined up.
At the airport, I connect with Strange. There is a third cohort arriving from kamakura. We rented a suburban and picked up Jun Shimada. And head to our host family's compound. Unbestown to us, we would spend an extra 3 days, loitering and merriment to serendipitous effect!! New friends and old friends, reconnecting and compounding.
Its amazing how there are time for plans and there are times when plans should be re-thunk. In the first three days, the plans all fell out the window and we were on a very narrow strip of over staying and under planning... Miraculously, the magic of the pacific north west corridor funneled us and made available to us 'new' plans that adjusted the 'old' plans to a more perfect chaos, one that made available for us opportunities unimagined and horizons more broadened by our 'giving in' to match current situations and suggestions.
All my pre-trip anxieties were coming true, only to reveal that the chaos I was afraid of was the perfect path to travel. It was the beginning journey of patience for moments to reveal themselves and opening minds to opening portals. On the day we were supposed to be in portland, found us driving back full speed back to seattle from PDX, to pick up out friend, Hajime of Monro, to return to Georgetown Seattle for a carnival!
Sunday brought us back to Portland. There, the revealings of a sketchy plan and the unfolding chaos was a welcome.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Its almost a week since the show's final inception, the art's opening and the third re-vision of the art's presentation. Oh, what a week it's been! For your viewing pleasure, the images that have been taken from my phone, in no particular order.
I'ld like to thank, Chris Mendoza, Pablo Power, Kenji Hirata, Ivan Moreno, Naomi Kazama, Con Artist NY , 154 smart clothes for hosting the show and all those who came thru while we were making the show, presenting the show and media showcasing the show! Thank you!!
The show will be running until June 13. 164 Suffolk Street between houston and stanton. Please contact either Con Artist for show viewing.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Well, day three started off where day two left off except we rolled thru with music, cassette tunes of mixes from fabulous djs, such as Bluster One of el frente del building, alex of tokyo, our very own chris mendoza and dj chaos aka yamataka eye of boerdoms, to get us pushing thru. Before the cassette went play, we got a surprise visit from Laura of Con Artist. She came thru, sat on the floor and started ripping on the magic drum. Meanwhiles, Con Artist had their drawing show across the street for their wednesday get together. The gallery coming along and the band plays on...
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
A night of furious activity to set the pace, launched by our own, Pablo Power. Like a man possessed, with charcoal, to matte finish, to inks and paints to spray enamel, he was relentlessly attacking the space! Fabulous Chris Mendoza rolled around to the space a bit later and the attack continued! Michael Miyahira dug deep into hos doodle roots and drew some lines, filling the areas with ink style ideas of creatures and motifs. After the buckets went dry and the night drew to a close, I can t say what tomorrow will bring, but the space is thoroughly baptized and resting while the paints, inks and fumes dry down. Who know what tomorrow will bring? If its anything like this, it will be another pure expression!!
Friday, May 18, 2012
Strange live silk screening performance is HERE!
Strange is kicking off the event at Colab at Atlantic Ave between nevins and 3rd avenue in brooklyn! 5-8 pm only!!
Strange will continue on to Mo's Bar in Ft. Greene on the corner of lafayette and s.portland tomorrow during the Havana Outpost Block Party! 12-7!
Bring your shirts, fabrics to be screened on and/or your curiosity! Don't forget your cash and good vibes! Watch as the magic of Strange transforms any ordinary article of fabric into visual magic!
More updates to proceed!!!
Thursday saw a bunch of events by happenings. Two of which I was able to attend.
A poetry event at Nepenthes NY. It was the first time for me to see poetry on the walls as exhibition. It was also a reading performance event as well. I hope you can forgive
Me.. I m terrible with new names and I dont have all the proper informacion but, dear reader, I can tell you some info I DO remember...
Also at nepenthes was a pop up shop by new fashion clothier sensation, Batten Sportswear from Brooklyn. Guaranteed to make a splash for a long time!
In SOHO that very same night was a book signing by fellow artist, Mike Scalisi, mentioned in last blog, at RRL. It was a fabulously festività event packed with admireres, fans, friends and colleagues. Congratulations, Mike! You smashed it last night!
After all that, dinner with friends at bFlat, the underground food and spirits establishment with killer drinks and a crusher teriyaki burger.
A great night indeed.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
My good friend, Mike Scalisi, has self published a photobook titled, "Follow Me". Tonight, there is a special opening reception for him at RRL Soho.
You could only find this book in RRL store in LA but now, it will be available in NY!! There is an article written about Mike in Vanity Fair. Please check it.
The book is about a man's journey to lose his 'self' on a trip across the country to find himself.
This book was shot entirely on film, on location with medium format camera. A very interesting book and very rich. Full of landscape to get lost in. A dynamic visual statement.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Albert Einstein is said to have said.."insanity is making the same mistakes over and over and expecting a different outcome...".
I must be insane. Or in denial. Or have lofty selfish goals where I get everything AND everyone I am supposed to be suporting gets everything They want. The world is super geared to my wants and everyone's needs as well. Selfish because I don't really care about society and even family. And with this attitude, I m just gonna keep acting insted of being, because BEing is responsible and that's not fun or self serving. There is nothing to look foward to. Although I am eventually going to die, I ll keep dreaming insted of seeing. What I will keep my eyes open for is an opportunity to take advantage for purely selfish reasons and personal sensory experiences.
Why does life have to only be one habituated living way, where sometimes I trick my self to think I ve learned and overcame obstacles and changed my inner self only to find that I m still thinking and acting the same.
Is this insanity or is this an excercise in self awareness/affirmation/masterbation?
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
Brooklyn's Public School 261, came out in seasonably cold, blustery january and held a public peace rally at brookyn's borough hall! Representative Daniel Squadron and Borough president Marty came tovthe rally. They showed up and stated eloquent things like.... '..some peoples of color and some lacking color...' and Mr. Squadron's remanicing of his father, who participated in the monumental washington DC march.
The children spoke out about their hopes and dreams about abundance of medicine for the sick, for the abundance of shelters for the homeless and abundance of food for the hungry. They chanted 'Children are fabulous and we won't be stopped.'
All those in the cold felt a great sense of right in this world full of wrongs.
When did we as adults decide that complication and complicating messes were going to be better bed fellows than simplicity and dreams? Why can't some questions of solving problems become more straight foward and determinedly more simple rather than complicated? Beautiful diversity and perspectives in every human and our humanity is seperated only truly by self serving negativity. The answer to solving our worldly problems are as complicated as it is simple. I think individual responsibility and self perspective is our only solution. From each individual, the questions can be wrestled and answered.
When did puppets become 'leaders'? Why do we follow them? Why can t leaders also listen and follow? Why can't we lead our individual self to greatness not tainted with self loathing and fear, so that we can spread love and joy and share our great energy of warmth with everyone we come in contact with?
Happy Birthday, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr! Happy Birthday to all human revolutionaries, young and old, not yet born and they who lived! Free at last, free at last! We will all be free at last!