Posts Tagged ‘artwork’

Way back in the year 2000 — just after eating 237 boxes of Weetabix to help scrub my interior of the last grim remnants of Y2K hysteria — I took a trip up to Portland, Oregon, and visited the 24 Hour Church of Elvis, founded by artist Stephanie Pierce.  The shots you see here were […]


The 2012 Aqua Metropolis Osaka Festival offered a series of delights, including a giant inflatable kokeshi doll produced by the artist collective Yotta Groove.  There’s something both benign and menacing about the cute blankness of the kokeshi doll when it’s magnified to kaiju proportions.  Yotta Groove wasn’t the only collective active at the Aqua Metropolis […]


The 2011 Kobe Biennale runs through November 23rd, so now seems as good a time as any to drop a post about the 2009 Kobe Biennale, which I attended with my friend Ikko.  I love the Biennale (I also attended the 2007 model), which is full of playful and intelligent artwork, beautiful and interesting displays […]


I find the art and animation of Shoji Goto (後藤 章治), husband of Yoshimi P-We of OOIOO and Boredoms fame, to be some of the most incredibly unique and exciting work around.  His video for OOIOO’s song “UMO” engages in a future-primitive aesthetic that manages to convey the urgency of ecological disaster while remaining delightfully […]


In addition to Yanobe Kenji’s magnificent Torayan exhibit, the 2009 Aqua Metropolis Osaka event had a lot to offer, including community art displays, installations that emphasized the potential of recyclable materials, lots of information about the history of water use and management in Osaka, and — to top it all off — a giant, yellow, […]


November 23rd was the last day of the 2009 Kobe Biennale, which I went to visit last week.  The Biennale is held at the waterfront site of Meriken Park, under the shadow of Kobe’s famous Port Tower and right next to the Maritime Museum.  Because Kobe is historically a port city, the organizers of the […]


I had to leave the Viola exhibit early to meet my friend Mông-Lan, who I hadn’t seen for several years, even though she lives in Tokyo. Lan is an incredible poet, photographer, and painter (and a dancer too) — i.e., quite simply a talent in the classic sense of that term. Her latest book of […]



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