Sunday, May 30, 2010

Watercolor

Candy monsters.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Art and Movie Day! "Exit Through the Gift Shop"

Today was incredibly inspiring and productive day.
I met one of my actors from my movies and my dear friend at Montana street and we went around looking at some really chic furniture stores. She has earlier gave me a book called "Artist's way" which is a very positively influencing book for artists and I was very thankful for that. It was a great time talking to her about life and all. I was also very inspired and encouraged to make stuff. I kept thinking about what to make with all of those fabrics I've found on the street yesterday. I found some pretty cool ideas.

When I came home, I had the greatest urge to clean the entire apartment so I vacuumed it and got rid of some clothes laying around. It feels good to clean sometimes. It's like resetting a computer. I still have a lot of mess in this place, but I think I will get to it tomorrow.

Then, my colleague from school came to visit me and to discuss about his project I've been helping him on. I've been doing some little animation for parts of his film and I was pleased to see how my works have integrated to great looking live action footage. In the same time, I felt very responsible for creating work that would be worthy to the film. I felt very motivated about continuing the work.

We haven't seen each other in a while, so we spent some time talking and decided to watch a movie by Banksy, "Exit Through the Gift Shop".
The movie was very funny and interesting and got me thinking about how art is found and brought to us everyday as products and in means to make money.
Money and Art is like a couple that hate each other. As much as art is not supposed toe be connected to monetary value and merchandise, it needs that to keep going and be spread to the public.
It also made me think about the importance of having ideas and obsession to your creation. I felt that if you want to be successful as an artist, you need to be smart and persistence. Skills to create things are not as essential as the ideas to do it.
I understood that the main intention of the film is to criticize about how ironic the whole "Art" business works, and I realized that weather I like it or not, I am part of it and I will have to live in it. Banksy is an exception because he is talented and established already, but for the rest of us still trying to make it, we actually can learn from MBW about how things work around here.
So I felt sad but motivated. True talents are out there and Banksy can make films, a real good one.

I kept thinking about all these great noble things, but my cat is obsessed with me and he would not go to bed without me so I am going to bed.
Good night.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

@ fowler museum.

Museum at night :)

Found these by my house!

Tons of scrap fabric:-D
Me and my friend were extatic!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Hiking!!

Out in OC regional park.

Slow progress on Mermanz

Eyes in. Need some more detail.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

At Ross

Bizarre and grotesque things I found in a friendly market in my
neighborhood.

The first coat.

Looks a bit more lively.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Weekend report

It's already monday, and I am sick.
Hare are some things I've been doing. I've been keeping pretty busy except for working hard.

Thursday- figure drawing
I started using charcoal with my sketches and realized they are great for shading. Still not that great, but it is fun to experiment.


































































Friday- Art shows
I had a chance to go to the opening of a solo show of Allison Sommers at Thinkspace with a good friend of mine.
Also, we just peeked from the window and saw bits of Thomas Doyle's show at LaBasse Projects right after. What a nice coincidence! The works are brilliant of course, but most of all, we were just soo hyped by the fact that they were both utilizing glass domes to put their artworks in.
There was just something about the domes that just made us so excited and we decided to work on a piece using it ourselves.
Too cool!!!


















Saturday - Hunt for a dome and more art show
To my surprise, finding a glass dome was much harder task than I've ever imagined.
We started with thrift shop, then T J Max to Micheals... and finally till Petsmart to find no luck whatsoever. There were so many regular glass vases and containers, but none of them would go upside-down nicely. I mean, of course they are not designed to be upside down. We are still looking for it up till today, but I have a feeling we need to make some kind of compromise in the end.
After getting exhausted by empty hunting, we decided to refresh ourselves with a little bike ride.
We went to a small collage near her house to find this bizarre site.

























Bunnies!!



































and more bunnies!!

There were hundreds of them around on the lawn, just chilling out. I was so amazed and full of wonder how the school operate with most of their properties occupied by rabbits.
Later that day, I was able to go to another show by a local students, which I did appreciated to some extent but was not too impressed for the most part.

Sunday - Museum and D-box
I revisited Museum of Jurassic History. This time, I was able to sit down and watch some of the videos I missed last time, but come to find out, there wasn't much clear information in the videos as I hoped. Some of the visual, especially about the Russian scientists who were convicted as counter-revolutionary organization under Lenin. There was some odd time back then.
Then, to change the mood 180 degree, we experienced D-box, the moving seat in the Chinese theater. We watched Elm street, the new one.


It was literary a massage chair that is synchronized with actions in the movie.
I wasn't so into a movie itself, but I fully enjoyed the vibration and movement. It was almost like an amusement park attraction.
Would this have repeaters? I don't really think so. It was fun, but not enough to make me want to go again.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Day trip @ Salten Sea


I am about to sell my old-ass wagon soon and I thought I should take it to a trip before I give it away. After all, this car has helped me so much through my college years carrying heavy film equipment and 3 times move. I could not have done as much as I did if I didn't have this.
So, to show my gratitude, I took it to a last 400 miles trip to Salten Sea by Palm Spring.

Weather was perfect and wind was good. I was there from 5pm to sunset and I took bunch of pictures.










































































It was really calming and beautiful.

Sunday, May 2, 2010