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!! SHORT NOTICE !! Opening reception tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 5th at Black Crown Gallery

Please come to the opening reception of a two-person show with myself, Masako Miyazaki, and Tanja Geis at Black Crown Gallery.
The reception will be from 6-9pm in the Chinatown section of Oakland, California.

——> 814 Alice Street, Oakland, California 94607. 

This event is a coalescence of many exciting elements—the inaugural show of a new gallery space in Oakland, my most recent sculptural work, and the work of Tanja Geis who most recently completed her time at the Headlands Center for the Arts. 

The show will be up until September 10th.
Would love to see you there!

Great opening night!

Thank you, everyone for coming out to the opening reception. Attendance was fantastic! My colleagues and I are proud of what we've put together. We've also proved that a "dark show" can still work, meaning, there were some concerns about the appeal of a dimly lit show. The gallery continues to attract a good number of people walking through during open hours. 

The gallery manager has now had to put a rickety "Please do not touch the art" computer printout signage next to my work as it's been enticing people to palm and handle the sculptures. This is a good and bad thing. I feel good in that the sculptures lure the viewer enough that one wants to touch it, yet the handling freaks me out because the pieces are fragile and I don't have molds of them yet. The idea is to edition each "Temple" after the show is down.

For those who have yet to see the show, please come on over. You must experience the "aura."

Thesis show is finally up and open!

Come check out the Stanford MFA Thesis Show, "my only heroes are phenomena"! My art children will be on view until June 12th. They are in good company with the rest of my mates' work. You've got 2.5 weeks to see them. DO NOT MISS
Click on the image above to get directions to the show.

The title of the show comes from a lovely H.P. Lovecraft quote.

"Individuals and their fortunes within natural law move me very little. They are all momentary trifles bound from a common nothingness toward another common nothingness. Only the cosmic framework itself — or such individuals as symbolise principles (or defiances of principles) of the cosmic framework -- can gain a deep grip on my imagination and set it to work creating. In other words, the only “heroes” I can write about are phenomena.”

Letter to E. Hoffman Price, August 15, 1934

Graduation Thesis

There are two parts to completing a thesis at Stanford's MFA Art Practice program. One half is a written thesis and the other is the work. Page number wise it isn't bad at all. I've written longer papers in my first year here but writing about your own work is very difficult.

My first pass at writing the thesis was basically a research paper. I was quoting Marx, Whitehead, Dewey, Benjamin, etc. I packed it with references to other artists and art history. Then, at my first thesis review, I was told that I needed to include more of myself in the writing. In response to this feedback, I proceeded to go through my life's sob story for the next two drafts—not particularly interesting to other people I suspect. Finally, from the fourth draft on I started on the real writing.

Writing about your work requires a certain amount of self-awareness. BUT trying to articulate thoughts while the art is being made is inordinately difficult. How did the thesis work come about? What are its conceptual underpinnings? Is there a logic and if so, what is it?

Such hell, but I came out the other end. Sure enough, I feel much more equipped to talk about my work, especially my most recent work that will be in the thesis show. 

It may sound cheesy but I mindmapped my thesis. I used a small app Delineato Pro for the mapping. It was great to be able to move things around and make new connections. I realized there were contradictions in thought. But because of this finding, I was able to preserve the argument and make a point in addressing it in the thesis.

I had blurb for printing the short book. 
Message to blurb: 1. offer a matte finish option for trade book covers.
2. offer text in colors other than pure black.

Designing the thesis was another rabbit hole I went down. The writing is delirious and I'll probably poke at it for a round 2 after the show goes up. Right now, I'm in full production mode until the 16th.

All for art

Perhaps, if I post about this I will start working out again. Back in August I COMPLETED P90X. Which now I guess is called P90X Classic because there is a P90X3 out. You may have heard about this exercise regimen since it began as infomercials back when people were stuck watching whatever was on TV.

I did not buy this. Technically, my partner at the time bought it and so I will dash images of me watching late-night TV, sitting on an oversized, basement couch, in mid-chip delivery to my mouth.

After 90 days, I felt awesome. I felt great. I made it a point to talk about how my shirts felt tight around my shoulders. My form was good. Tony Horton should've annoyed me but he didn't. I was a champ.

How does this tie into art? 

Well, I was using my studio as my main workout space. Although P90X routines are mostly contained, there are some that require jumping around. My studio was perfect for this. Then, in my second year here at Stanford, I started my thesis work and went into full production mode at the beginning of the year. I bought some bitchin’ saw horses (a certain big box hardware store GROSSLY undercharged me—the art gods were in a generous mood that day) and rearranged my studio setup for heavy duty sculpture work. No more room for exercise. And so, I promptly have stopped working out AND cooking AND laundry is in constant code red AND no social life. Rarely do I know if it’s a weekday or weekend. Only one pair of pants fit me now.

So, I’m blaming it all on art, not potato chips. When I poorly parkour my way up to the stage and snatch that rolled up piece of fancy paper from my department head at graduation, just know that underneath my gown I could be better. #gradlife

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