Sunday, November 30, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Thomas Jefferson 1802
It's the American spirit.
You can not trade US dollar for gold, but you can trade your smaller US dollar for a even smaller US dollar. To know more, watch clips from Zeitgeist.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Working on the mangrove tree for weeks now, results still don't meet with desires. Wanted to cast it in bronze-too expensive-maybe aluminum will be cheaper-naively thinking, sand casting is even better-can i save up the mold cost-still too expensive. Settling for less can have surprising outcome. New idea shined in last night. I'll make you electronic, that way I have a reason to not cast you.
Used to think that I'm lame to always have to struggle with new techniques. Never can come up with a concept which I know how to make it already. It seems to be a common phenomenon now that artists are constantly in need of learning new skills, especially sculptors. And the new technique can grow on you, make you addictive. Even when the project comes to a halt, I physically want to sit on the floor and continue building. It is addictive arting. Perhaps this one I will not abandon.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
This Leo girl was past due for 4 days, I was as anxious as her mom was.
In these past 9 months, our spirit have flown high as 3 out of we 4 are going thru pregnancy. Me being the last remain free and watch their lives change. Inside me there's tremendous joy caught from them, heck, I even eat as much as they do:) Another Leo boy will arrive in the next week or two. Both grandmas are ready, standing by to start the transitional Chinese 1-month postpartum care procedure.
My blessings go to my friends who is and will go thru labor this month. Because of them, my views of life has expanded to a new horizon.
Welcome, Leo babies!
Saturday, August 02, 2008
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
It was after the opening night of his survey exhibition in 1975 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, he was troubled by Why he needs to have such museum shows. He sat in the hotel room all night long, thinking and asking. By 6am the next morning, he had an answer: It is his responsibility to be showing in order to inspire fellow artists and help them bring out their best.
I did not quite understand that answer, but I've heard a lot of entrepreneur gurus talking about the same spiritual fulfillment from wealth. I kept that note in mind, remembering that it takes more than wanting to express to be a successful artist and somehow I too have respobsibility to the whole art community.
Being dormant for a change, I sat quietly and patiently for the door to open. Then again, I hear the same message from Tony Robbins. But this time, I understand it a little better, more on the level of my heart.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
He will be talking at Hammer Museum this July 1st at 7pm!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 05, 2008
Friday, April 04, 2008
Most women have wishes for their appearance, I wish for a new immune system.
I have experimented on all sorts of herbal remedies, diet changes, life style modifications. I consider myself pretty clean inside by now, but my immune system still remains busy overloading herself with tasks. Very much like me.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Monday, March 03, 2008
The only word I can come up is "flawless!" both conceptually and visually. The way she approaches social issues is genius and effective.
Thank you, Zoë, for your existence. Art is more interesting because of you:)
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Tossed out the dog-drowning sobbing-wet despair, I stood up to the Halliburton of pity.
Today is a better day.
Got both hands on the draft of a new installation piece. It turned out that a few fans, an audio splitter and some earphones are all I need for the design. I'm naively and officially stepping into the interactive art zone.
The love on internet circulating knowledge I need.
All the loggers and MAKE gurus, my gratitude goes to you!
The year of Rat has already taught me how to accept the changes, discard old limits which nobody but myself set upon me. The best thing on earth is to Grow!
Life is doable when I rid of stress and get back in the loop with fellow artist friends
High five to ben dalton at MIT on this wonderful piece: Rabbit Field.
"Each rabbit is self inflating using a simple computer fan, and can sense its internal pressure state by monitoring its fan speed. If a rabbit is squeezed, and partially deflated, the rabbits around it respond, as if out of empathy, deflating themselves. In this way, a wave of deflation ripples out from the squeezed centre."
What a great piece, Ben! This is one thing that made my day today~ Thank you!
Saturday, January 19, 2008
A little retro-report here from last Nov. when I listened to his talk in Taipei.
Organized some interesting concepts to help understand where he's from. But don't pick my scattered notes, I was freezing cold and sick that night.
Notes taken from Murakami's talk about his art:
"There is a specific moral system in the west, therefore, pornography is forbidden. Any raw desires had to be oppressed. But people have to find a way to express the desires and put it at home.
In the west, art means expressing the raw/original elements of life.
Art, in their definition, is like pornography. It is expressing the original desire and put it at home. Porn is shown in literature, but never sculptures. This is why I made the sculpture works with 海洋堂.
Pornography is similar to religions, it is a way to release secrets or oppression, to let go the shameful secrets.
Art is the same; art is not only self expression, but showing the most shameful part thru expressing. This is the same for people with religions.
From the pornography concepts, I organized the Super flat show in LA. I wanted to show works commenting on porn culture. It drew a lot of negative criticism in Japan. But I wanted to ask, if nobody likes porn and everybody is ashamed of it, why are there still so many people buying it?
A critic talked about my works, 'He turned what Japanese are ashamed of into big profit on high-end market in the west.'
Why are people ashamed of kawaii styles? Because they think kawaii is childish, is immature. But I ask, what is wrong being childish? What is wrong being a child?
Also I ask, What are Japanese artists shamed of? The narrow art market, not enough collectors or appreciation from the society?
Originality means What you discover or observe but others don’t.
I encourage all artists Face what you feel ashamed of bravely and honestly.
I think we’ve reached an age of retrospection. Some wealthy people start to think that the acts of consuming or purchasing is shameful after they reached a certain level of wealth. This is why I worked with LV to create a store in the MOCA show. I want to bring out what people are ashamed of and put in right in front of them."
At this point, I still don't like Murakami's works. But I have to say that I feel what he feels. Often we create works to bring out the ugliness, but people only see the celebration part of it. It is not right or wrong because art is created by artists and viewers together. It just seems funny that the art critics are writing in one way, the artists are thinking in another way, yet the viewers who go gaga for the works are totally looking at them in YET the other way. I say, that is humor!
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
I found myself caught in the emotional mouse trap and not able to move forward, it is called "Grief."
Uncle Bill passed while I was on vacation. I didn't even have a chance to say goodbye. But he made sure that we can all come home for his funeral. It is difficult admitting someone I love and owe great deal to is no longer there when I seek help, it is even harder to see the family suffer.
Grief makes one mature. But I wonder if my heart can still take it when it happens too often. It is a familiar experience. Don't' have appetite nor desire. Once a while the body vibrates quietly from the violent force in the middle of the chest, ego is trying hard to hold back the tears. One may not be at the appropriate location to break down in tears, therefore the heavy weight lead drops on the artery to replace the releasing of sorrow.
It is like all thoughts in life. It doesn't exist if one doesn't think of it. Once you bring it into focus, it blows itself up into a giant balloon in your body. you are about to explode, not even bawling can save you from bursting.It is therefore impossible to create when one's hollowed from inside out. A dilemma for modern people, you would to withhold all emotions and continue business, or turn your daily life into a giant healing course?
I sob so I can feel.