Posts Tagged ‘art’

My birthday was on March the 4th, and I received this beautiful collage in the mail from my mother, Cecily Axt. The stamps that accompanied it were pretty super as well. As if that weren’t enough, a wonderful colleague of mine surprised me by popping into my office with his mandolin and singing a spirited […]


demon island

03Feb17

Megijima island, which floats in the Seto Inland Sea just off of the port city of Takamatsu, is the home of demons. The island is associated with the mythical Onigashima (鬼ヶ島 – Demon Island) because of a series of man-made caves hidden away on the island’s sole mountain peak. According to several versions of the […]


self matsuri

21Feb16

Last year, on September 22nd, I finally got around to visiting Osaka’s Self Matsuri (or ‘Self Festival’ — セルフ祭 in Japanese), a DIY street festival held in the Shinsekai neighborhood that I’ve wanted to attend ever since it was first organized several years ago. The festival primarily takes place in a branch of the Shinsekai […]


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 […]


Last week my friend Miyuki and I visited the 2013 Dojima River Biennale — being held at the Dojima River Forum — so we could listen to ice records.  The Biennale is a masterclass in curatorial intelligence: centered around the theme of ‘water,’ the exhibit showcases a huge variety of highly-pleasing work.  I’m sure that […]


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 […]


Andy Diaz Hope’s work has taken the form of large-sized portraits of hungover friends constructed out of thousands of gelatine capsules; glittering chandeliers made up of medical supplies and Swarovski crystal; enormous mythologically-styled Jacquard tapestries that feature images of Skylab, the tree of life, and Kurt Friedrich Gödel; and cabinets and mirrored geometric shapes that […]



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