Saturday, October 31, 2009

Proof That I Have Been Keeping Up

So. One of my struggles has been maintaining self-motivation. I guess it's a good thing that I'm dealing with this now, rather than later.

Anyway. I'm not taking any studio art classes this quarter, so I've been TRYING to keep up with the rest of you, in terms of art production.
I still have room for improvement..... but... I'm soooooo weeeeeaaaaaaak.... lol.

I took the liberty of appending Simone's work, too X-P

Oh. And one of my friends stopped by the painting studio to give me a Halloween cupcake >_<

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Just some pumpkin carving ^_~

So, a week ago, me and the roomies (there's 8 of them) carved pumpkins.

Below is mine! Beauty in simplicity, right?? lol

(my inspiration was this emoticon: o_o)

Anyways! I guess this is dadaist art?? lol i dunno...
Just thought I'd share!

Shitty mexican food sooooo far from Mexico, we should have known better.

Arrived safely at JFK (thanks for asking) and was greeted in our room with a fat pitcher of Belgian beer and two mismatched glasses. After a few pints, off we went to find dinner in Grenwich Village. Panchitos Restaurant off Bleecker St. called our names. What absolutely shitty Mexican food. Better luck tomorrow.

Monday, October 26, 2009

cute / macabre

Hi Everyone!

I have always been interested in art incorporating bones, taxidermy and other macabre materials, so when I came across Jessica Joslin's work, I thought it was really exciting. She uses animal bones, antique fabrics, metal pieces from instruments and other vintage items to create these creepy/adorable creatures.

A friend sent me the link for artist Michael Paulus, who has taken popular cartoon characters and used his imagination to render their skeletal systems. It’s quite amusing and off-putting at the same time.

I came upon Fabio Viales work online and was blown away by his incredible marble creations. He makes paper planes, giant pieces of popcorn, even a workable motorboat, all out of marble. In some instances he uses recognizable art such as the Mona Lisa or Hirst’s Diamond Skull and renders them in marble but creates the illusion that they are made of Styrofoam. Craziness!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Alwin Nikolias

I see a lot of dance with my wife. Here is a cool choreographer Alwin Nikolais, he does everything choreography, designs the costumes and creates the music. Enjoy

Food? Landscape?

Wow, looking at these it definitely changed my perception of food. Which landscape would you guys rather be in? I would probably choose the ice cream one, on a hot day.

my inspiration

The first time I saw a painting by Joanne Ludwig I was in the school library, the area to the right of the doors where you can study. Last year she put together a small showing in there with Kris, Rene and other artists. I really loved the rough white quality in her paintings and how she organizes her colors. Its like controlled chaos. Her painting inspired the background for my "Behold, A Lady" series.

Anyway, I went to Somar Bar and Lounge in uptown Oakland this weekend and when I walked in I freaked out because the first few paintings that were up on the walls were Joanne's! I pointed and said "I know her!" My cousin turned around thinking I knew somebody and I was like "No, I know that art!" and she laughed and called me a dork. haha! So I HAD to take a picture of it. Excuse the really bad picture...I took it at the end of the night.

All I could find of her online is her myspace page.
Not really digging her anime paintings though.

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Christine was born in the year of the monkey in Sunnydale, California. In her free time she enjoys skating backwards up steep hills, sitting on random people in movie theaters and eating their popcorn, and not swimming in sewers.

Improbability Drive

I think that this is my favorite part of the whole movie.

Exciting Upcoming Event!

Hey Guys,

I hate to impose my PR/Marketing stuff on you all, but there is going to be an exciting event at YBCA Saturday, Nov. 14th. I'll be there (well, I'll be helping out) and I hope some of you can come to see it.

This is the ad for this year's event.

This is what happened at their previous event (given that there will be some changes, it gives you an idea of what the night will be like).

Hope to see you there!!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

James Jean

Hey Guys I wanted to introduce this artist, his name is James Jean. I stumbled upon him randomly and I really love his sketchbook stuff. He has a wide array of things to look at if you go to his site.

I suggest you go to the tab that says Sketch- it's awesome stuff.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


another one, yeahhh so dope.

a collaborative animation by Blu and David Ellis
year 2009
produced by studio cromie
music by Roberto Lange
made at Fame festival 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

Crooked Teeth

I'm not really into Death Cab for Cutie but I really like this song and this video. I think the robot is my favorite.
Crooked Teeth - Death Cab for Cutie Video by Jeff - MySpace Video

Shared via AddThis

here is a rather interesting artist, dig the futuristic web site!....some images are not the faint of heart! , still he has a cool detached style, I am drawn to the landscapes and hermaphrodite images.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I wanted to post this in response to Jaz's entry on Jake Fouts show in San Jose. They both share similarities; the human form depicted with non human objects ect... but mostly I wanted to point out that Archimbaldo got his "Green" on over five century ago. Dude your interest in going "green" is so last yesterday.

Nintendo Cake

Hey Guys and Gals,

I wanted to share this pretty neat cake I saw online, it's in the shape of the Nintendo game system. I grew up playing Atari, Nintendo, and Sega Genesis so this is definitely a cool cake in my opinion. Aside from that I find it highly artistic.

I thought this may intrigue you ^_~

One of my roomies, knowing that I may appreciate the creative genius of this artist, decided to show me some dead fly art! ^^

And I thought I would pass it along!

Nonhuman Art

Hey Guys,

I wanted to share some videos and pictures of art by nonhuman artists. I volunteer at the Gorilla Foundation (known for their sign-language speaking gorilla named Koko) where I feed gorillas. Currently, there are two gorillas, Koko and Ndume, but there was also a third gorilla named Michael. Working with apes, especially with art, is something that I hope to do in the future as part of my career (I won’t go into specifics about my career plans, because it’s kind of long and boring).

Anyway, here is a video of Koko (you may need to blast the volume in order to hear it). I think it shows how gorillas can also be frustrated artists. In gorilla sign-language, “toilet” is a great insult. Other gorilla insults (which are not in the video) include “nut,” “devil,” and “bird” –words you don’t want the gorillas to sign behind your back.

I couldn't figure out how to get the video inserted, so here's a link showing a video of Michael. He knew sign-language, but was especially known for his art.

Here are pictures of some of my favorite gorilla paintings. The gorillas titled the pieces themselves. Yes, the gorillas also have annual art auctions and they have had art shows across the U.S.

Michael, Me, Myself, Good.

Michael, Pepper.
Michael, Anger.

Michael, Love.

Koko, Love.

If you would like to learn more information about the Gorilla Foundation, you can visit their website at:

Friday, October 16, 2009


Hey guys, I forgot to add that Jake Fouts does create those sculptures. He designs everything himself and then takes photos of them.

PARTY TONIGHT at SOMArt SF. Brannan between 8th and 9th

Party starts at 6pm and goes late with live music, food n booze.
Take a whiff of Phil's leather mosaic up close and personal.

Come on down n git yer groove on f'shizzo!
I'll be there after 7.

Trick or Treat

Hey Everyone,

Since it's getting close to Halloween, I thought I'd post some spooky/weird/creepy-type art stuffs.

Erin Mulvehill takes beautiful photographs, and in this series she experiements with doing portraits underwater

Also, a friend sent me this link about artist Jason Hackenwert who makes these incredible, outlandish balloon sculptures/creatures.

Lastly, here is a video from Dead Man's Bones featuring a quirky little apparatus called Machine with Wishbone made by Arthur Ganson.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The totals are in..

For my latest leather mosaic, Honoring Four Oakland Heroes, I'm creating a video documenting the work using still photos. My earliest pictures are dated June 29, 2009, but by then I had spent about a month sketching out compositions, creating the full size pattern and cutting out the OPD shield logo in various colors of leather. I jumped on the shield element of the composition early on because of it's level of detail and it would be a piece that could stand alone on display at the Best of the East Bay Party at the Oakland Museum.

I just tallied all the photos I took of the process: 5,784 photos taken with my Pentax K20D.
Thanks to the built in intervalometer it was much easier to capture the work. Now begins the process of creating a YouTube video using iMovie. I spent the greater part of the day going through the photos, whittling it down to 1806. This yields a video over seven minutes at a quarter second pre frame (iMovies minimum).

Next I'll trim it down further, getting it as close to the length of the song I've chosen as possible (about five minutes).

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Frighting!...the picture of Dorian Grey, by Ivan Albright is the link showing Cralla's work.
Hello Class,

Below is some art I found online that I thought was pretty cool. The first artist is Endia Summer. I've seen her work before and I'm definitely a fan.

The second artist is Cralla, I love her use of color...great stuff!


re re re re

Sorry I posted the Lucky dragons super blanket twice, I meant to post this video.
This would be a cool student project, imagine a bunch of us making funny noises and adding them all into one music video? tazer music blankets would be cool too.


So Kris and I went to Jake Fouts photo show called "Agronomy". His images are meant to stimulate the imagination and create interest in a topic that seems to be prevalent in today's "green" society. As our society progresses towards living with our planet's best interests in mind. we will begin to rely on renewable organic matter more than petroleum oil as a building block for creating energy, fuel, and hundreds of raw materials and consumer products. These tiny powerhouses already fuel our minds and bodies. Prehaps one day they will fuel our world. This new "bioeconomy" requires the growth of new types of plant matter for raw materials and chemicals that are used throughout the world. This is one task of an Agronomist.

There were 15 photos all together--5 sets of three. Each set of fruits and veggies either matched the background color or were complimentary with the background--see the blue photo with the orange carrots, green artichoke with the green background.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Giant Rubber Ducky

Dutch artist, Florentijn Hofman created a giant rubber duck for the Loire Estuary, an outdoor contemporary art exhibition in France (2007). The exhibit also featured 30 other artists and their works were installed along a 40-mile stretch from Saint-Nazaire to Nantes.

Check out Hofman's work:

Nice Ice Art

Hello Class,

Here is some really neat ice art that I found online. I love art that is created with unlikely materials such as natural elements. Hope you enjoy it too.

music through skin contact

Lucky Dragons

Lecture Series Fall 2009

Hey everyone,
Today in Lisa's class I was reminded of the Lecture Series that is going on at mills college. This would be a great opportunity to sit in on a real established artist to hear about their development and their art. Heres a list of the artist that will be lecturing this year at Mills College in Oakland.

Uta Barth*
October 21, 7:30pm

Nancy E. Green
November 15, 3:00pm

Patty Chang*
November 18, 7:30pm

Trisha Brown
January 29, 2010, TBA

Phil Ross*
February 29, 2010, 7:30pm

Anthony Discenza*
March 3, 2010, 7:30pm

Lisa Anne Auerbach*
March 17, 2010, 7:30pm

Heres the link to the Mills site to get directions and more information.

And heres another link for the CCA lecture series in Oakland.

These lectures are really interesting all of the time. Enjoy.
Hey Everyone,

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art is having their 29th Annual Art Auction Saturday, Oct. 24th and is currently have an Exhibition of 150 Bay Area artists and here is a link:

This center is close to SJ's Art Museum as well.

Monday, October 12, 2009

grad school

....well Bart Simpson sums it up, I don't really want to discourage you all from continuing on with your watch this with a gain of salt,, or two

Sunday, October 11, 2009

like cool

kinda cool

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Lots of art this fine day in SF

Started at the De Young Museum for the Kin Tut Exhibit. Though Tut's death mask and sarcophagus were not included, the show is amazing.

Then on to Yat's on Potrero Hill for some Louisiana Po' boy sandwiches and some suds. Believe me, the combo tastes like art.

Over to Fabric8 in the Mission where we saw Ursula Xanthe Young's solo show, "Atlered States, Dreamscapes and Underworlds" in their back room gallery and met the artist out in the rear garden.

Topped the day off by going to an open studio in the Castro to see the work of Joseph Wrye. It was a bit of a maze to get into but it added to the mystery, making the reveal all the more poignant.

The Hilarity of Dickson


I *FINALLY* checked out Dickson's blog...

I kept hearing about it.

And felt like maybe I was the last to actually know wtf ppl were talkingz about.


I was reminded of the essence of Dickson and how his crazy murmurings have really spurred my intellectual activity, even if it was simply the product of trying to figure out wtf he's actually trying to communicate...

The videos are great, Dickson...

And when you sing, I relate you to a rather strange Mr. Rogers ^_~

The Dirty Bird Lounge

Hey Guys,

Thursday evening I went to the Dirty Bird Lounge off of Mission St., Hayward to attend alumnus Victor Salazar’s opening reception. Rene went to the opening too! The exterior of the place was a little, um, ghetto, but the interior was really nice since the place had been redone.

Seeing a series of work displayed in a bar setting was cool because it helps to enhance the atmosphere of the bar itself and of the artwork on display. I wanted to take more pictures, but my non-iPhone-cell phone isn’t that great for pictures. I think most of you know Victor, but if you haven’t seen his paintings or if you want to go to a bar close by to the school, you should check it out!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

OPD Memorial Front page!

Just got an email from a friend out in the valley.

Front Page of the Argus Newspaper!

I'm honored to have my work noticed.

It was a goal of mine that this piece will keep the memory of Dunakin, Romans, Sakai and Hege alive.

Looks like it's on it's way.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Honoring Four Oakland Heroes gets some press!

A write up in the Contra Costa Times website was just posted a few hours ago.

I hoping I get it in print as well.

Better get my butt to the newsstand tomorrow.

Heres the link:
november 16

Hey Everyone, I thought I would post up this stop motion I did for a photo class. It's all stencil work, and I used spray paint and newspaper. Stop motion is a fun thing to try out if you haven't. After watching Micheal's and Phil's stop motion videos it reminded me of this street artist, Blu. For those of you that haven't seen this video, please enjoy.

Jake Fouts + other shows at SJSU

opening reception is on Tuesday, Oct 13 from 6:30-9:30 in the SJSU Art building--Third floor, gallery 8

If you're not doing anything you should stop by. Jake is a friend of mine and I've never seen anyone do what he's doing so I'm excited to go check it out. I don't know if this fits the requirements for a professional exhibit since its his BFA show but I'll document it anyway!
There also should be other shows going on in the building.

Hello Everyone in Thesis Class,
Just thought I'd share a few scuba photos from this summer in Oahu with you and join Blogville.
Nice to join the class finally...I guess I will have to wake up earlier.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Out of the frying pan...

I've neglected myself to finish the OPD Mosaic. Just finished my first jog in at least two weeks. Man, it sucks to fall off the wagon. Now I'm gearing up to install last years mosaic, Ascension of John Long, at SOMART Center in San Francisco, along with creating a flyer to print up and email, and I have at least 5000 photos to put together into a stop animation video to post on youtube.... I think I need an intern!