Archive for April, 2012

April 22, 2012

Peter Holslin

Peter Holslin, one of my best friends in the entire world, a kind friend that you think of when you are at the lowest in your life after several months of doing heroine in NYC, is turning 26 years old in approximately 2 hours.

To express how much I appreciate the friendship, I sent him 2 drawings for his glorious birthday. One is called “chocolatecake on acid” and the other one is called “weather is nasty.”

And I also made a documentary of Mr. Holslin. Happy Birthday Peter.

Peter is an excellent writer, intelligent experimenter and also a raging musician that I believe you will notice in the documentary.

And another extraordinary thing about Holslin family is that nobody is lame or uncool or awkward. I know Peter’s mother, father and brother, and they are immediately likable and intelligent people. I tremendously appreciate the genes Holslin family carrie.

I was at Peter’s party an hour ago. I had to leave because I just got over nasty sickness, and beer was making me nauseous in the stuffy apartment. But I had a blast. I was very impressed with the cake. After people sang a happy birthday to Peter, Peter cut the cake and a miniature goat jumped out from inside the chocolate cake and performed progressive rock music.

Peter is a man full of surprise.

Happy Birthday Peter!

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April 12, 2012

Landscape In My Dream 夢の中の風景

This painting, consisting of 2 paintings, is my latest work.

2枚の絵からなるこの絵は、私の一番最近の作品です。

I wanted to describe landscape in my dream where ratio of things are off, walls are huge and ceilings are high, and abstraction and realism mix.

いろんなものの比率があべこべで、壁が巨大で、天井が高く、アブストラクションとリアリズムが混ざる夢の中の景色を表現しようと試みました。

The dog in the painting is my dog Kuri who is 15 years old now. I haven’t seen him for about 2 years because he is at my parents’ house in Japan. I asked my mom to send a picture of my dog, and couldn’t believe how fucking old he looked with his whiter fur in the picture my mom sent me. He is slowly becoming deaf too. One cold winter night, we adopted him when he was a puppy crying outside of our house. He was a very new and fresh puppy. And now he has become an very old dog. When I witness somebody’s life course, it makes me look at my own life simpler, and it is nice and serene feeling for me. I love my dog. Somehow he managed to knock up my friend’s dog too.

絵の中の犬は私の犬クリで、今は15歳です。私の犬は日本の実家にいるので、私は約2年間クリに会っていません。母親にクリの写真を送ってくれるように頼んで送られた写真を見たとき、クリの毛皮も昔よりも白くなり、信じられないくらい老け込んでいました。彼はゆっくりと耳も聴こえなくなってきています。ある冬の夜、私の家族はクリがまだ子犬だったときに家の外で泣いていたところを引き取ったのでした。彼はとても新しく、フレッシュな子犬でした。そして今彼はとても古く年老いた犬となりました。私が誰かの人生のコースを見るとき、自分自身の人生をよりシンプルに見ることになります、そしてそれは私にとってとても穏やか感覚です。私は私の犬が大好きです。どういうわけか、彼は私の友達の犬を妊娠させることにも成功しました。

I am showing my art (mostly newer ones) at this event called Hostel Takeover. It is at Hostelling International in downtown San Diego this Saturday, 4/14. The address is 521 Market Street. Time is 6pm-11pm. If you happen to be around the area, you should come out. There will be over 25 artists and music acts. I believe there will be free food there too. You can park your car at City College’s parking lot, and there will be shuttle bus running during the event because the parking might be difficult in downtown. Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

April 11, 2012

Bear In Heaven/ Primitive Noyes/ Car Sick

(photo1) Primitive Noyes’ van and lady Jenni

April 4th and 5th were very musical days.

4月4日と5日はとてもミュージカルな2日間でした。

On 4th, My friends and I all hopped into the van and rolled to Casbah San Diego.

4日、私は友達とワゴンに乗り込んでサンディエゴのカスバへ行きました。

Bear In Heaven, Blouse, Doldrums and Primitive Noyes played that night.

その夜のラインアップはベア・イン・へブン、ブラウス、ドルドラムズ、プリミティブ・ノイズでした。

As I got buzzed on whiskey, Doldrums played their set that sounded like full of love, 00’s style. (How do you say 2000’s?)

ウィスキーを飲みながらほろ酔い気分になっていると、ヒッピー的な愛でいっぱいな感じのサウンドのセットをパフォーマンスしました。2000年スタイル。(2000年代って何て言うんだっけ?)

Blouse sounded trendy and 80’s. My friends whom I trust their music taste really liked them and even purchased a vinyl. yes! to the band.

ブラウスはとてもトレンディーで80年代のサウンドを思わせるセットでした。音楽センスのいい友達が絶賛し、レコードも購入していました。バンドにイエス!

(photo2) Jordan Hammond of Primitive Noyes

Primitive Noyes played 2 short sets in cozy atari lounge. I’m not gonna say anything about this band because they are my friends. (My blog has journalistic integrity! …but yeah I know I have my own brain and ears and stuffs too…) You can download their music for free. They are kind of like Explosions In The Sky. Everyone in this band has big nose and curly hair. primitivenoyes.com

プリミティブ・ノイズは2つの短いセットをアタリラウンジで行いました。このバンドについては友達のバンドなので私は何も言いません。(ジャーナリズムの誠実さをブログへ!…まぁ自分の脳みそも耳とかもあるから仕方ないんだけどね…)彼らの音楽は無料でダウンロードすることができます。エクスプロージョンズ・イン・ザ・スカイに似てるかな。バンドのメンバー全員が大きな鼻と天然パーマを有しています。

(photo3&4) Bear In Heaven

And Bear In Heaven was great. I like how they have their own sound. That’s what you need to make good art right? Vision? I hope they have a great tour. bearinheaven.com

そしてベア・イン・へブンはすごく良かった。彼らは独自の音を持っているところがすごく好き。それがいいアートを作るために必要なものだよね?ビジョン?彼らのツアーがいいものになると願う。

Then the next day, I went to The Smell, all-age venue in downtown LA with Primitive Noyes crews. I felt like we were in the car for very long time that day because that’s LA. Seeing Colony was great. They had new songs and sounded great. Glen (drummer of Primitive Noyes) was getting jealous because Colony managed to write new songs in huge and smelly LA while Glen was drinking wine and playing video games in sunny, clean-air San Diego. But Glen too is slowly but surely making progress on his projects like a cow.

そして次の日、プリミティブ・ノイズのクルーと一緒にロスにあるオールエイジベニューのザ・スメルに行ってきた。ロスってわけで、その日はとても長い時間車の中にいたような気がした。私達の友達のバンド、コロニーはなかなかいい新しい曲を書いてた。グレン(プリミティブ・ノイズのドラマー)は、彼が快晴で空気の澄んだサン・ディエゴでワインを飲みながらビデオゲームをやってる間、コロニーが巨大で汚い街ロスで新しい曲を書いているので、羨ましがっていました。だけどグレンもちゃんとこつこつとプロジェクトを進めています。

And I got car sick. Let’s keep it creative anywhere in the world.

そして私は車酔い。世界中のどこにいてもクリエイティブでありましょう。

(photos) inside the van.

April 2, 2012

ART as gifts/ individualism

Art works below are the ones I gave to my friends and family as gifts. I think whatever handmade is a sweet and better gift than merely purchased mass-produced materials. I believe it is better for a sender to create something than going to a mall, and also better for a receiver to have something unique and original. And I believe it is better for today’s globalized world that looks like it is about to be owned by corporations that don’t give a shit about real human culture.

Americans value individualism, but it is clear that cultural homogeneity is happening as huge corporations influence the mass through mass media. Advertisers and PR are ruthless. They are full of shit too. Media has been dumbing down many many brains. Anyway, if you just look around, so many people are dressed the same and think the same. How many places in America have to look identical, dominated by chain restaurants and shopping malls with the same companies in? Good communities with small businesses are getting harder to find. Commercialism is killing a uniqueness, individualism and diversity in the culture.

I am from Japan and Japan is one of the most collectivistic countries in the world. One of the characteristics of collectivism is that people in collectivistic countries value harmony as a group more than individual’s  uniqueness, being outstanding and independence and such. But after having been living in the U.S. for more than 5 years, I had to conclude that not so many people are unique here. And people can’t take “weirdness.” They freak out and get mad when they hear something like “communism” or something that oppose to famous American propaganda. And they don’t even know the meaning of the word or what it is. It seems like to me that Japanese people are chill about being “normal,” and Americans are collectively trying to be unique, which make them not unique at all especially when they try to be “cool” according to what’s “cool” by mass media. I think they have better chance in pursuit of uniqueness if they consume better media and maybe read good books or something.

But what can you do? You know only what you know. Our brains are essentially full of information we perceive through senses, each person processes it differently, but when there are only the same information circulating in the world we live, it is really hard to be a different or unique individual. And it probably harder for modern people because corporations constantly feeding propaganda directly into consumers’ mouths. Corporations can do that because media organizations need money from advertisers. Media works by selling advertising space to corporations. And it of course is to fuel the consumption.

I don’t know any sadder tragedy than this modern world created around materialism and commercialism and corpocracy and all the nonsense comes with them. But I do believe that creative activities can save brainwashed brains that believe something like “you are what you wear.” Act like writing, painting, drawing and playing music requires critical thinking. You need to be creative, think critically and self-critisize. I guess it is called soul-searching.

Creative work is a reflection of some sort of reality. When you create art, you are trying to express something out of whatever kind of information you have in your brain, and your own (nobody else’s) perspective of the reality is what makes your art really good and mind-blowing. Work by Banksy is a really good example because it is really intelligent and reflective of the current world. Novels by Haruki Murakami are great because nobody wrote like him as far as I know, and his works are highly sophisticated and I think they describe the spiritual emptiness of Japan really well especially in Norwegian Wood and South of the Border, West of the Sun. There are limitless ways to see the world and it is healthy to have our own. We don’t need to stay in the box.

Anyway, what I’m saying is that I think we should start creating something valuable that actually represents ourselves.