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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

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January 23, 2013

Hostel Takeover Helps Downtown To Be A Less Sucky Place To Hang Out For Artists

January 23rd, 2013 -San Diego

IMG_7181 Photo: a painting by Chris Vannoy

A growing art event Hostel Takeover at Hostelling International Downtown San Diego (521 Market Street) has been helping downtown San Diego to be a less sucky place to hang out for local artists. Hostel Takeover has succeeded in not only bringing fresh local art in the area of town that never represented San Diego’s local culture but also bringing local artists who always avoided shopping malls and out-of-touch-with-reality douche bags.

Unfortunately downtown San Diego is known as a place where douche bags hang out. Daniel K. Sellers,  a professor of sociology at University of California San Diego, points out that downtown San Diego has many elements that attract people who are unconsciously trying very hard to look like or act like people from mainstream media. Because they spend so much mental energy trying to conform and assimilate themselves into their perfect image that was planted by mainstream media to enhance the consumption.  They tend to be very delusional, poor at communication, easily manipulated, and having small capacity to interact with new things or concepts. What they do is opposite of what artists do. One of the artists who participated in the event said, “People walk around downtown look like wandering souls without purpose. Looking at hundreds of girls in identical black dress and ugly high heels going to shitty mega clubs makes me so sad. Also someone should tell them a difference between dance moves and humping.”

One of the great things Hostel Takeover offers to artists is an adorable national and international audience. During the last Hostel Takeover on Jan 20th, cute and curious travelers and artists and their friends enjoyed the night together. A surprise of the night was a coincidental guest Haruki Murakami. Mr. Murakami was traveling to write a travel journal with his cameraman Matsumoto. They happened to be staying at room 310 of the hostel. He bought 2 cases of Italian wine for everyone and greatly encouraged traveling, dreaming and always being on the side of eggs not the wall.

(Below are some photos of the art works displayed at the hostel)

December 17, 2012

“Head Space” Will Be Displayed at Tin Can from 12/11- January

Thank you everyone who came to the opening on 11th. My works will be displayed at the Tin Can till the first week of January. Below are the photos of my works and their prices. (If you are broke, we can talk about the price too 🙂 ) I got lots of compliment for my new short film after the screening. Thank you for encouragement! I will post the short film online very soon too. Trippy Tuesday Freakout Jam was amazing. So was DJ. World Wide Music Released in the Last 5 Years. Lastly, thank you Tin Can, Magic Brotherhood, Danica Molenaar, Jordan Hammond, Glendon Romett and musicians who jammed hard! Jena Bogorad will have her works for February‘s show. Second Tuesday of the month is Tin Can’s Art Opening day. Remember that 🙂

 

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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November 3, 2012

NYC TRIP

I was in NYC from 10/20 – 11/1. Thank you NYC friends for hanging out and letting me stay over! It was great to see my friends from Japan, San Diego and of course NYC while I was there. Meeting new people was very positive and exciting too.

I love density, diversity and the energy of NYC. Walking in Central park with beautiful autumn color was pleasing, walking around and riding subway felt great, eating at all kinds of restaurants such as African, Tibetan, French was fabulous, street musicians brightened me and amount of art in the city from street art to high-end art was amazing. I bought George Orwell’s 1984 and Franz Kafka’s The Trial on the street book venders when I was walking Bedford Ave. I ate bagel and read the Onion. I met artists at the high-tech interactive art opening and went to after party at a club blasting Polish pop music on Halloween weekend. I love how I can just walk around and almost always find something interesting in NYC.

Rather randomly coming across Jeremy Geddes exhibition “Exhale” at Jonathan LeVine Gallery was one of the highlights of this trip. (There are some photos of Mr. Geddes’ paintings below) His work is extremely meticulous and sophisticated. In this series, contrast of man-made urban environment and raw soft body is very vividly painted.  I thought his works were not only sophisticated but also very playful because of the concepts and how the buildings and bodies are in midst of radical movements. And most importantly his works made me feel very happy and satisfied. When I walked into the gallery it felt like warm water was filling up my heart and I was in awe for a while. It was very moving, memorable and inspiring experience.

Also, I worked on a film project while I was in NYC. I asked my friends to be in it and took lots of footage. I will share the short film when it’s done. If you are interested, you can watch my video project in NYC  from last year.

And of course the Hurricane Sandy… I had no knowledge that the storm was coming. But after a long night of Halloween parties on Saturday night, people started preparing for the storm. One of the supermarkets in Williamsburg I went with my friends before the storm had a pretty long line outside and also a door guy regulating the line. Subways were shut down prior to the storm, lots of school and businesses were closed and people in zone A had to evacuate.

I walked around the post storm Brooklyn and Manhattan. The area I was staying seemed mostly OK, no power outage, no flooding, no fallen trees. But lower Manhattan was out of power. And I heard about severe damages on different areas. I hope the city recovers quickly and people will be safe and warm.

October 18, 2012

Head Space Series

I finished a new series called “Head Space” that consists of 5 paintings. When I started painting a few years ago, my approach to visual art was to create something that’s visually pleasing for me because visual art is visual art: it is good if I enjoy making art: putting meanings on paintings are not always necessary. But this time I consciously took a different approach. For this series, I created a main character and made the series around him. The approach was to create (paint) the space that doesn’t physically exist but does exist through his perceptions and experiences. I put commentaries for some of the paintings. Hope you enjoy the series.

5枚の絵から成る新しいシリーズ「ヘッドスペース」が完成しました。私は数年前に絵を描き始めたとき、絵は絵であり、視覚的に美しいければ、描くということが楽しければいい、そこに意味が必ずしもある必要はないというアプローチで絵を描きましたが、今回は意識的に今までとは違うアプローチをとりました。今回は絵の中に主人公を描き、彼(主観)が経験したり知覚している感覚的で、物理的には存在しないスペースを描き出すというアプローチを取りました。いくつかの絵には解説を入れておきます。

(1)Attempt to Organize Information 情報整理の試み

In this painting, boxes and shapes are the information that floats in the reality, but they are unorganized and not making sense. He is reaching for the scene or some sort of point of view or understanding that he might be able to see by trying to connect pieces of information with the telephone-wire like wires.

情報は四角や三角といったようないびつで不完全な形をとっていて、情報はリアリティーを構成するピースでしかありません。この絵の中で主人公は電話線のようなワイヤーを使ってなんとか情報を繋げることによって見えてくるかもしれない風景やある種の見解に手を伸ばしています。

(2)Resident in the Music 音楽の中の居住者

(3)Rain and the Window 雨と窓

(4)Childhood and Kokoro 子供時代とこころ

I think “Kokoro” is a unique Japanese word. English translation for “kokoro” would be mind or heart, but “kokoro” has a difference nuance and feel.

「こころ」とは日本語特有の言葉だと思います。英語に翻訳すると、マインドやハートになるわけですが、こころには日本語特有のニュアンスがあります。

(5)Unbiased Yet Limited Sight 先入観のない、しかし限られた視覚

He is trying to see the world with unbiased eyes, but his sight is still limited.

主人公は先入観を無しに世界を見ようとしています、しかしその視界は限られています。

If you feel like supporting my art through facebook, I have a page called Space House People.

ちなみに Space House People はフェイスブックでもやってるのでよろしく!

Thank you!

September 3, 2012

Good bye Jon Blaj and Neat Beats

When Jon visited my house a couple of days before he left San Diego, I pulled my gun from my waist and pointed at his head. Then, I turned the gun away from his head and shot the California Condor that was flying outside the window. It was the last wild California Condor alive, but of course it doesn’t matter to me. I asked “How much cash do you have?” And pale-faced Jon handed me all the money he had in his wallet. I thought that I could have thrown a rock in the air and cut it in half in the mid-air with a Samurai sword with Japanese Samurai soul, but I re-thought. Unfortunately Samurai sword is illegal in Japan, and merely possessing it is illegal. Also this is America, the country of cowboys. So I ended up choosing the most logical and legal and easiest option. Outside the window, crows were curiously staring at the fresh carcass of the last wild California Condor.

*This is a fiction

ジョンがサンディエゴを去る数日前に私の家を訪れたとき、私は腰のところに挟んでおいた銃を彼の頭に突きつけました。そしてそれをそらして窓の外を飛んでいたカリフォルニア・コンドルを撃ち殺してみせました。それは野生で最後のカリフォルニア・コンドルでしたが、そんなことはもちろん私には関係ありません。「現金でいくら持っている?」と聞くと、彼は真っ青な顔で財布の中のお金を全て私に手渡しました。侍の魂とも言える日本刀で外に転がっている石を宙に放り、それを空中で切ってみせてやっても良かったな、と思ったのですが、私は考え直しました。残念ながら日本刀は少なくとも日本では違法で、それを持つことは違法なのです。それにここはカウボーイの国アメリカなので、手近で簡単で合法な銃を選ぶというロジカルな選択に至ったわけです。窓の外ではカラス達が今できたばかりのカリフォルニア・コンドルの死骸を興味深そうに見つめていました。

※この話はフィクションです

Thank you Jon for buying my art. Hope you enjoy them. And  I hope Jon, Tara and Alvin enjoy the new city and keep discovering the different and interesting aspects of life.

ジョン、私のアート買ってくれてありがとう。ジョンとタラとアルヴィンの3人が新しい街で実りある日々を過ごし、人生の違った面や興味深い面を発見し続けることを祈っています。

Looking forward to seeing Neat Beats again as well.

またニート・ビーツのライブを見るのも楽しみにしています。

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 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.

December 30, 2011

Film/Art show @Eagles Nest

12月22日、ウサギはパーティーを開きました。
ウサギは自分で作った約2時間のフィルムを披露し、パーティーの当日は
緊張のあまりお酒を飲み過ぎ、危うく嘔吐しかけるという様でした。

Dec 22, Rabbit threw a party.
She showed her 2 hour long hand-made film.
On the day of the party, she almost threw up because she was nervous and drunk too much.

しかし、よくよく考え直して、家を見回してみると
手作りのフィルムと、たくさんの食べ物とお酒、そしてたくさんのアーティストに
持ち寄られたアートが家中に飾られていました。

But when Rabbit looked around the house
she saw hand-made film, great food and drinks, and art brought by
many artist friends.

こんなパーティーが開けるようになったなら、月にいる家族もきっとウサギのことを
誇りに思ってくれるだろうとウサギは思った。

Rabbit thought her family on the moon would be proud of her if they knew that she could throw such an awsome party.