Posts tagged ‘art’

August 11, 2013

The Power of Artistic Acts: A Case Of Yohei Miyake’s Election In Japan, The Election Campaign Done In The Most Artistic, Fashionable and Underground Way Possible

8/10/2013

Highly unexpected, extraordinarily artistic and poignant events sometimes liberate people from repressed situation. Sometimes artistic acts reveal how people unconsciously self-regulate and mindlessly accept repressing status quo. And it ends up hardening the already rigid view of the reality. It often takes extraordinary courage and action to breakthrough the firm situation.

In Japan, recently Yohei Miyake, a candidate from Greens Japan, did something extraordinary. In July, he utilized an Upper House election to pull out a major political and artistic act in the national scale and it ended up being a movement. He used music to the fullest, and sent out political messages mainly about environmental concerns and world peace artistically and he even weaved some spirituality into it. His decision to put aside his music career to run for election was out of a strong sense of crisis he had since 3.11 nuclear disaster in Japan. His determination, courage, strong will, consistency in his words and actions and sophisticated messages moved many people.

He defined the election as “festival” and brought up a bunch of his fellow musicians from underground music scene and toured all over Japan during the election campaign. He used the network that he built all over Japan through his music career in the last 15 years. He called his campaign “Election Fest,” used it to promote democracy and participation in the politics. It succeeded in getting attention from wide demographics including the so-called most apathetic, or desperate young generation who never were able to expect anything from the politicians.

He didn’t wear a suit, didn’t shave, didn’t even wear shoes on the stage sometimes. He wore shorts and T-shirt and a green cap. He refused to be a preexisting someone in order to be consistent with his belief which respects diversity. If the politicians reflect the diversity, it shouldn’t be such a big deal if a politician don’t wear a suit.

His election campaign was one of the lowest budget campaign supported by donation and a couple of thousand of volunteers.

He was bluntly honest and had intelligence to back up his points. And he had an excellent communication skill. He said many things that typical politicians don’t dare to say. His contested grounds were the world peace and environmental issues especially regarding the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis and 400 nuclear power plants in the world. These are serious concerns shared by many in Japan.

Throughout the campaign, he kept bringing up the repressed issues on the table, showed people how to face and deal with those issues, and ended up changing the conversation and atmosphere. Even though he didn’t win, he got 17,6970 votes which was 26th place among 162 candidates. There were 48 seats. But the current system didn’t allow him to win a seat.

What was played out seemed like a revolution, a movement, a shift of age, or an epic joke. It probably was a little bit of everything. Mr. Miyake somehow managed to leave a texture and iconic impression in Japan, and he is not stopping.

Followings videos are some of the musicians who played at the “election fest” to support Yohei Miyake.

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April 12, 2013

Shoko Hachiya’s Last Art Sale In San Diego

April 11th, 2013 -San Diego

Shoko Hachiya is moving back to Japan on April 26th, and she is selling most of her art works that she made in San Diego from 2010-2013. Here’s the price list.

mixed medium on canvas 12 x 30 $100

mixed medium on canvas
12 x 30
$100
SOLD

mixed medium on canvas 30 x 40 $150

mixed medium on canvas
30 x 40
$150
SOLD

Acrylic on canvas  11 x 14 $60

Acrylic on canvas
11 x 14
$80

"FOCUS" mixed medium on wood 12 x 12 $60

“FOCUS”
mixed medium on wood
12 x 12
$60
SOLD

"Linear Time Limitation" mixed medium on wood 10 x 10 $80

“Linear Time Limitation”
mixed medium on wood
10 x 10
$80
SOLD

"Routine Limitation" mixed medium on wood 10 x 10 $80

“Routine Limitation”
mixed medium on wood
10 x 10
$80

"Limitation Of Civilization" mixed medium on wood  10 x 10 $80

“Limitation Of Civilization”
mixed medium on wood
10 x 10
$80
SOLD

Acrylic on wood (2 panels) 12 x 14 + 12 x 14 $50 as a set

Acrylic on wood (2 panels)
12 x 14 + 12 x 14
$50 as a set

mixed medium on paper 12 x 10 (framed) $40

mixed medium on paper
12 x 10 (framed)
$40
SOLD

"Intimate Salon" mixed medium on canvas 12 x 12 $60

“Intimate Salon”
mixed medium on canvas
12 x 12
$60
SOLD

"Bliss Green" mixed medium on canvas 9 x 12 $60

“Bliss Green”
mixed medium on canvas
9 x 12
$60
SOLD

mixed medium on canvas 9 x 12 $60

mixed medium on canvas
9 x 12
$60
SOLD

"Our Collective Amnesia/ Penguins and Avocados"  color pencils and ink on paper 10 x 12  $40

“Our Collective Amnesia/ Penguins and Avocados”
color pencils and ink on paper
10 x 12 (framed)
$40
SOLD

"Our Collective Amnesia/ Night Bird"  color pencils and ink on paper 10 x 12 $40

“Our Collective Amnesia/ Night Bird”
color pencils and ink on paper
10 x 12 (framed)
$40
SOLD

"Our Collective Amnesia/ A View From A Cafe" color pencils and ink on paper 10 x 12 (framed) $40

“Our Collective Amnesia/ A View From A Cafe”
color pencils and ink on paper
10 x 12 (framed)
$40
SOLD

"Head Space: Attempt to Organize Information (to see the consistency in the reality)" mixed medium on canvas 24 x 30 $400

“Head Space: Attempt to Organize Information (to see the consistency in the reality)”
mixed medium on canvas
24 x 30
$400

"Head Space: Unbiased Yet Limited Sight" mixed medium on canvas 16 x 20 $250

“Head Space: Unbiased Yet Limited Sight”
mixed medium on canvas
16 x 20
$250

"Head Space: Childhood and Kokoro" mixed medium on canvas 24 x 36  $150 SOLD

“Head Space: Childhood and Kokoro”
mixed medium on canvas
24 x 36
$150
SOLD

"Phantom Vernacular" mixed medium  25 x 16 $50

“Phantom Vernacular”
mixed medium
25 x 16
$50

"Phantom Vernacular" mixed medium 14 x 11 $30

“Phantom Vernacular”
mixed medium
14 x 11
$30

"Phantom Vernacular" mixed medium 14 x 11 $30

“Phantom Vernacular”
mixed medium
14 x 11
$30

"Phantom Vernacular"  mixed medium  14 x 11  $30

“Phantom Vernacular”
mixed medium
14 x 11
$30

"Phantom Vernacular"  mixed medium  14 x 11 $30

“Phantom Vernacular”
mixed medium
14 x 11
$30

"Phantom Vernacular"  mixed medium 14 x 11 $30

“Phantom Vernacular”
mixed medium
14 x 11
$30

"Glen" 20 x 16 pencil on paper $30

“Glen”
20 x 16 (framed)
pencil on paper
$30
SOLD

"Glen 2" color pencils and ink on paper 20 x 16 (framed) $30

“Glen 2”
color pencils and ink on paper
20 x 16 (framed)
$30

"Satire Series: GMO MOM" color pencils and ink on paper 10 x 4 (framed) $20

“Satire Series: GMO MOM”
color pencils and ink on paper
10 x 4 (framed)
$20
SOLD

"Satire Series: Vampire's Day Dream" collage  5 x 3.5 (framed) $20

“Satire Series: Vampire’s Day Dream”
collage, ink and color pencils
5 x 3.5 (framed)
$20
SOLD

"Satire Series: Exploitation of Insecurity" collage, ink color pencils 5 x 3 (framed) $20

“Satire Series: Exploitation of Insecurity”
collage, ink color pencils
5 x 3 (framed)
$20
SOLD

"Vanishing Tigers" mixed medium on canvas 14 x 11 $30

“Vanishing Tigers”
mixed medium on canvas
14 x 11
$30

"Mushroom Man" mixed medium on paper 10 x 12 (framed) $30

“Mushroom Man”
mixed medium on paper
10 x 12 (framed)
$30

mixed medium on paper 20 x 16 (framed) $50

mixed medium on paper
20 x 16 (framed)
$50

mixed medium on paper 20 x 16 (framed) $50

mixed medium on paper
20 x 16 (framed)
$50

ink and acrylic on paper 12 x 10 (framed) $20

ink and acrylic on paper
12 x 10 (framed)
$20

"Japan's natural disasters and man-made disasters" mixed medium on canvas 16 x 20 $50

“Japan’s natural disasters and man-made disasters”
mixed medium on canvas
16 x 20
$50
SOLD

"A Scene" mixed medium on wood 18 x 24 $350

“A Scene”
mixed medium on wood
18 x 24
$350

March 9, 2013

Local Artists And Musicians Will Blast The Habitat House With Colorful Art And Music

March 9th, 2013- San Diego

On Saturday, March 9th, a group of local San Diego artists and musicians will blast the Habitat House (1008 21st Street, San Diego)  with colorful art and music. The initial plan was to charter a helicopter and dump 100 gallons of paints from the sky onto the house, then have people dance on the roof, have them walk around and leave the colorful footprints all over. However, it was way out of the budget and also Zack, an owner of Habitat House, declined the plan. Now the plan is to respect the house, art, music and the people and give out a good vibration and provide warm, fun and inspiring time.

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Artists showing their work are Shoko Hachiya, Danica Molenaar, Hugo Fernando Fierro and Keith Milgaten. Hachiya is about to going back to her home country Japan to utilize the universal healthcare to fix her teeth and save her people from nuclear bullshit. “Japan needs me and my teeth need an affordable dentist,” she says. She also made two adorable stop motion animation flyers for this show. Molenaar, known for dark and psychedelic narrative pieces, will be showing her brand new pieces that are more experimental and abstract.

Three electronic music acts will be also very colorful. Keith Sweaty will blast his intricate party techno. Mystery Cave will take you to a magical mystery tour, and Recycled Dolphin (Balloons) has an elaborate plan to blow your mind with gameboy music and multi-media visual he is creating for this show. The show starts at 7 p.m.

Citybeat article about the show:

http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/article-11554-shoko-hachiya-says-a-%E2%80%98weird-goodbye.html

February 28, 2013

Five Steps To Spend A Really Fun Thursday Night In San Diego

February 28th, 2013 -San Diego, California

1. Jenga. Start out the night by playing Jenga with good friends to get blood circulation going. Moderate amount of alcohol recommended at this stage. This is a crucial stage to get a momentum going for the night.

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2. “Phantom Vernacular” closing reception at Disclosed Unlocation 6-9 p.m.

Disclosed Unlocation: 1925 30th Street, San Diego

After the Jenga session, go see some art, think and play with your perspective. Group Art Installation by Jfre Robot Coad, Andrea Giaier, William Goff, Shoko Hachiya, Daniel Headley, Annie Perkins and Cari Veach ,which had a opening back in December 2012, is going to have a closing reception tonight to say good-bye. J Doerck and Jason Sores are going to be playing audio component for the show.

3. VAMP Showcase “Dirty Talk vol.2” at Whistle Stop Bar 8:30-11p.m.

After getting some wine and cheese and art blast at the gallery, walk to Whistle Stop for some story time. Every last Thursday of the month is So Say We All’s VAMP Showcase at Whistle Stop Bar. Sip your drink, relax and listen to unique stories performed by cute intelligent locals. Tonight’s vamp features David Latham, Juliet Escoria, Marion Wilson, Justin Hudnall, Jennifer Jamall, Eddie Deull, Yesi Padilla, Holland Holzer, Delia Knight.  https://www.facebook.com/events/458346487555381/

4. Drinking Whiskey on the beach

VAMP showcase ends early, around 11p.m. So why not go to the beach and drink some whiskey with friends, listen to the ocean, have some intellectual talks and look for UFO.

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5. Someone’s birthday party in a random hotel room

After the beach, go to the random hotel birthday party that you were somehow invited to.

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January 26, 2013

34 Year-Old Get Out Of Porn Addiction By Looking At Various Paintings

January 25th, 2013 -Los Angeles

34-Year-Old Porn Addict Matthew Menard succeeds in kicking the porn addiction by looking at various paintings. It started when Menard met a lesbian artist at UCLA, and she introduced him into the art world. Within a year, art helped to change his perspective greatly. Menard was not capable of having a relationship with women because he was heavily addicted to pornography. He had a deep fear for women and a problem of looking at women as objects so that made him incapable of connecting with women. “Ever since I was 14 years old, porn was always around and I just got addicted to it before I realized. In my 20’s, I realized I was just incapable of having a real relationship with women,” he says.

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(Photo: One of the paintings that helped Mr. Menard)

The beginning of his breakthrough was when he started seeing paintings of female figures. “I realized that paintings of women are focused on natural beauty of female bodies, not necessarily on sexuality or sex. There are so much nudity in art, but they were not exploitative like pornography,” he says. Menard was able to humanize women by seeing their beauty, their emotions and their expressions described in paintings. Women in paintings were not portrayed as mere sex object.

One of the things art can do to minds is giving new perspectives to viewers. There are always multiple ways to look at the very same thing. “It is about liberation,” art professor at UCLA Sandra Keen says. Art education is very important to nurture minds because it gives students to interpret the reality more flexibly. Skills like that is necessary to humanize the society especially when various industries, authorities and religious groups are spending billions of dollars to eliminate diverse minds and ideas. Art gives power to individuals to nurture their intuition and see through artificial lies, she says.

January 20, 2013

A Boy Get Stolen From A Painting

January 19th, 2013 -San Diego

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Photo (a kidnapped boy, looking at raindrops through the window at his house)

A boy got stolen from a painting of San Diego based artist Shoko Hachiya. Kidnapping happened sometime between Dec 11th- Jan 8th while the painting with a boy (6 x 6 mixed medium) was displayed along with her other works at a local venue.

Police are investigating the case. However the investigation has been very difficult since the boy has no name, no personal records on any documents, in fact he is not an American. Since he is not a legal citizen, police suspects that he may be a terrorist or spy.

An expert says that people who steal art works are usually not the ones who enjoy art, but they understand that some people buy them. Sometimes they steal for mere excitement. Thieves usually have internal struggles such as boredom, apathy, obesity and low self-esteem. “Personally I think stealing art from museums is pretty bad-ass, but stealing art from local no-name artists is just lame. There are difference. Shoplifting from corporations that abuse modern-day slaves holds a sense of “taking something back.” But again, stealing things like local art doesn’t do any social justice,” he added.

Miss. Hachiya says, “Maybe he didn’t  even get stolen. He got bored looking at raindrops way too long so decided to leave or something. Next time I should try to animate him so he can move around in the frame at least.” But she plans to cast a spell of obesity and bad teeth at the thief if she ever finds out that someone actually did steal the boy. If the thief has a pre-existing condition of obesity and bad teeth, she’ll put the thief in front of the Shell’s front-line drilling team in Antarctica to prevent Shell from drilling and devastating the environment again. The boy really liked polar-bears and penguins, she says.

A good news is there is a witness of the boy. Ann Hemingway (29) says she saw the boy at a pond in San Diego State University. Apparently he was hanging out with turtles and fish at the pond. He also had a small boat and a binocular.

If you see the boy, please contact Eagles Nest Productions. The boy disappeared in the middle of producing their new short film starring the boy.

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The boy at the pond (photo taken by Miss Hemingway)

January 18, 2013

Good Ideas, Music and Art Are Brewing Harder in San Diego This Year

January 17, 2013 -San Diego

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A mood to keep working toward transcending bullshit that humanity inherited from the past is brewing even harder in San Diego this year. Since the dark and gloomy year 2012 ended, young, talented, intelligent and beautiful artists, musicians and writers are preparing to thrive and “explode.” Here are some fresh voices from visionaries in San Diego.

Jordan Hammond, a guitarist from Primitive Noyes suggests one of the reasons why 2013 is going to be explosively awsome is something to do with a fact the age of Pisces is over, and cats are creating universe from the bottom up, and oysters also are rebuilding their kingdom up. His band Primitive Noyes also recently finished their finely produced 2nd album Slow Emergency (http://primitivenoyes.bandcamp.com/). The band plans to camp on some mountain peaks this year.

An anonymous medical marijuana patient profoundly says, “everything will be OK. At least people are realizing that the current world is the dystopia they fear so much. It’s time to make moves.” He recently made a confession that he was planning to slip DMT into major American corporate CEOs’ drinks in order to make them realize that there was no need to do evil deeds for profits and demolish ethics and human qualities. He made this conspiracy when he lived in San Francisco during the 80’s, but he got married and eventually forgot about the plan. His poetry book about Cold War is finally coming together.

City’s spokesman Josue Sunny Diego, who recently became a legal citizen after working below minimum wage for American Apparel and Forever 21, says the best live show he went this year so far was Jan 11th’s show at Bar Eleven with the Line up of Primitive Noyes, Psicomagia, Colony and Mystery Cave. It was actually the day his wife became a legal citizen and crossed the boarder, so he took her on a date to a local concert. He said Mystery Cave’s sound melted all the hardship away from his shoulders. His wife said all the American music was bullshit until she saw Psicomagia that night. She is very hopeful about her new life in San Diego and especially looking forward to going to see Studio Ghibli collections at Ken Cinema. “I was an fearless activist like Princess Mononoke when I was young,” she brightly said.

And of course there are more great events coming up in San Diego this weekend. Tomorrow Friday Jan 18th, JOY, Harsh Toke, Primitive Noyes are playing at the Tin Can (1863 5th Ave). DOODS FOODS’ (located inside the Tin Can) special for this week is LSDelicious sweet and spicy pulled pork sandwich, this highly creative sandwich is a collaborative effort of JOY and DOODS FOODS. On Sunday, Hostelling International downtown SD (521 Market Street) is having their first Hostel Takeover show of 2013. There will be hundreds of local art all over the hostel. Stay cultured San Diegans!

January 5, 2013

New Works: 3 pieces of abstruct narrative

Here’s my newest series. (mixed medium)

Enjoy.

Also check out = http://gosandiego.wix.com/shokohachiya

December 13, 2012

Do It For the Sake of Tigers, Local Art and Craft Beer

There are only 3200 tigers left on the planet. One of the ways to help tigers is to come to the Tiger Bomb Art Show at El Dorado Cocktail Lounge (1030 Broadway, San Diego) on Thursday Dec 13th. The show is curated by a local band Lion Cut. 30 local artists created tiger inspired art for majestic tigers’ sake. 75% of sales goes to WWF to save tigers. Monkey Paw brewing is launching their very special beer, Tiger Bomb IPA, on this Thursday night for beautiful tigers. And 50% of beer sales also goes to WWF to conserve tigers. Lion Cut will be performing 🙂 So, why not party this Thursday. Buy local artists tiger art, drink Tiger Bomb IPA and simultaneously help tigers! FREE event!

Here is a one that I made for this event. “Vanishing Tigers and Audience”

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December 10, 2012

“Head Space” art show/ film screening

Good evening people floating in the blog-sphere in the global village. I have news for you regarding the cultural event in San Diego region. Tin Can, one of my favorite music venues in San Diego, is hosting an art opening for my very first solo art show on Tuesday December 11th. On opening night, I am screening my new short film at 9:30 p.m. I spent so many hours on making this film so now my biological clock is so off-synched with the earth’s rotation and most of the responsible people. I hope that made this film good at least. The film is an experimental film (check out the trailer!) that I shot in NYC in October earlier this year. I am curious to see what people think about it.

And of course there will be art. The theme of the show is “Head Space.” You can read my interview with Magic Brotherhood here if you are interested  (http://www.magicbrotherhood.blogspot.com/2012/12/head-space-works-by-shoko-hachiya-tin.html)

And the night is also the first ever Trippy Tuesday Freakout Jam hosted by Magic Brotherhood. All Welcome! Doods Foods will be serving great foods till 10 p.m. My personal favorite from them is Grilled cheese with tomatos. They make it with sourdough bread and it’s crispy like early summer day in San Diego.

I am looking forward to hanging out with my friends, meeting new people, drinking and releasing all the stress that I built up preparing for this show on Tuesday 🙂

Hope to see you there!

Tin Can: 1863 5th Avenue, San Diego CA 92103