Wednesday, March 4, 2015

New Drawing Project "What I Eat"

After my show "The Human Shop" in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, I went through some post exhibition depression as usual. I was happy that the show went well but at the same time, I was very sad it was over. I did not do anything for a month. Spring semester started a week after my show was over so that I was preoccupied with school work. 
I slowly started working on some creatures as usual and felt really sick of everything I did before.  I wanted to start working on some new artwork but did not know what. Also, it was quite painful to go back to studio practice after taking a break for a month.  Suddenly started to think about drawing everything I eat while I was eating peanut butter cup chocolates!
 At first, I started to draw almond milk I alway drink in the morning, peanut butter cup chocolate, some onion leftovers.
 That is how my project "What I Eat" started. I was doing this just for fun. Then, I started to think this project as drawing challenge, which means that I would draw what I eat one everyday.
 This is grilled peppers at Old Granite Street Eatery that I ate last Friday.
 Here is my very first drawing.
 This is my typical meal looks like. I eat brown rice with beans and some side dishes.
 Sometimes, pasta with a glass of red wine.
I wanted to draw sushi so I went to eat and take pictures to draw, haha. What a great excuse, ugh?

I can't draw anything when I have to do school work. So, I do two or three drawings so I don't feel bad when I can't work in the studio. I still feel I make one drawing a day. I am thinking to do this for 100 days and see how it will end. I have done 15 so far. Please keep checking on my blog and see how my drawing progress!!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Human Shop at SNAP!

I had my solo exhibition " The Human Shop" from Jan 10 until Feb 14 at Snap in Edmonton, Albert, Canada. It was freezing cold( about -22f, purr) but I went there prepared. I had a pair of boots that could protect my feet up to -44f, hahaha!
Here is some images of my show.

 I used two walls to hang these guys. I showed some of them at 1078Gallery in Chico, California. I added additional 50 pieces and made total of 100!!!
 I also used plastic containers that was shipped from Seoul S.Korea.
 I am pretty content how the show went. The installation was somewhat closed what I was imagined in my head and the space was perfect for it.
 The exhibition was reviewed at Edmonton Journal. The writer wrote a nice review and I see the image of my exhibition other newspapers in other region of Canada!

 This is called "Plastic Surgery". I made this one in Gualan China at the end of 2013 while I was in sabbatical. I turned them into cards and finally got to show them in Edmonton!!

This is called "Heads" I actually finished sewing all of them just last week :).
There are many things to say but I would like to show images. Let my art speaks itself!!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

First solo exhibition at 1078 gallery

It has been almost two months since I got back from my a year traveling. While I was away, I had to move to a new place, which I absolutely love. School started in late August and it was, I have to say, rather hard at the beginning. Regarless, I push myself to make work for this show and am pretty happy with the outcome.

Here is the gallery after installation. I had about 40 stuffed creatues, 80-90( I did not count exactly how many) heads in plastic boxes, a big drwaing, and framed small prints and drwaings. 

This is a shot from the other side of the gallery. 1078 gallery is located in dowtown Chico, a beautiful small town/ city in North of San Francisco. I showed some of old work of mine that were made from 2009 to 2011 to show the transition of my work. Some of my latest work, the Humanshop and Humanity Bites were shown as main pieces of the show.
This is a close up shot.
I have never installed my work in this way. It was challenging at the beginning but turned out to be super fun! 
I had Somebody made shelves for me, then I painted them with some polkadots.

Each creature has each shelf. The wall of the gallery is 65 feets so that it is extremly challenging to take photos as a whole. In the mean time,  I had fun taking some close up shots.

Many people came for the opening and I enjoyed talking to people who came. Unfortuntately, I was so busy taking puctures. There were some Korean students from California State University Chico who brought beatiful flowers. 

The day after the opening, I had a waterless lithography workshop at CSU Chico. Students made some amazing artwork at the workshop.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Come back to studio

Sometime of you who followed my blog know that I have traveled for a year. I started with Bilabo and Canary Island in Spain. I went to Venice, Florence, and Rome Italy after that. Then went to Macau to see my friend Jen and headed to  Hong Kong. Then, I was in a city of Gualan near Shenzhen in China for a month. I went to Cambodia after that. Then I went to India. I kind of stopped blogging when I went to China. I experienced so much in China, yet I was not able to access my blog. Then, I kind of got disinterested in updating what I was doing since it was so much to cover after a month.

After India, I got so sick. So, I stopped traveling and went to Korea to stay with my family for three months and half. It was another interesting journey for me. Now I am back to Reno, Nevada and get ready for another chapter of my life. Some things have been changed while I was traveling. One of the biggest change was that I moved while I was away!!!!! When I came back, I have a new life waiting for me, haha.

I will show you some of a new studio I am going to work on. Before I start, here is my baby ms. Lola Pumpkin Muffin. She was very happy to see me. I was afraid she might have forgotten about me but well, she is a way smarter than I thought, of course!

The nice thing about my new place is that I have so much space for my art. As long as I can live here, I am going to pump out my art. So, be ready for my new artwork showing on this blog! I also got many goo ideas while I was traveling. Now all I have to do is to give them a birth to this world. I turned the living room into my studio. Here is a shot of my studio wall.

 I was trying to take photos of my creatures that I started to make in India. I never got to take good photos of them. The studio was rather dark inside as it was raining. These guys will be shown at 1078 gallery in Chico, California from October 8 until November 1, 2014. Please keep checking my blog or website for more info!!!
I got some good shots of images but I decided to call a professional. So, I contacted Sebastian, my former student, who always take pictures of my work. So, now I have some good images of these guys for the exhibition. The title of the exhibition will be "Humanity Bites" and these guys will be the main work for the exhibition. I will also show my ceramic pieces and some of drawings and prints.
 I use fabrics that I got while I was traveling in india. Then, I started to have an idea about my creatures being a case of a cultural study. Ones that I made in India look like indian creatures. I used some of traditional fabrics for the creatures that I made in Korea. I feel that this project can go for ever like this. I can travel all over the world, collect fabrics and turn them into my own creature. It is like the planet we live in. I would make, however more peaceful and interacting than the reality. I don't like what is going on in the world right now. Humans that I create or recreate can be happy and peaceful at least the world they are in although it may not be the case in the real world.
 I have made about 30 of them so far. I am hopping to make as many as possible and eventually filled a whole space with these guys!!!
This is a shot of working in progress.

Okie, this is a teaser for another upcoming exhibition at SNAP in Edmonton, Canada in January in 2015. You can't really see the detail on this. That is why you have to keep checking my blog because I will upload more images of these guys as I progress!!!!
Stay in tuned for more. I will come back  with more images! Until then, ciao!!!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

A new beginning at the end of something.

Sorry guys. It has been a while. I promised you to keep updating my blog  but I stopped doing that once I went to China because it was blocked.  Then, I got busy with my life and have not had a desire to come back and write. So, I briefly explain what happened after Italy. I went to Korea to get visas and then went to Macau, HongKong, and mainland China. After New Year's day, I went to Cambodia and India. I saw a lot of different things. Some were good and some were bad, but mostly interesting. Now, it is my last day in Korea and going back to US tomorrow. I have so many pictures and thoughts to share but would like to end with some of images of my art that I had made.
 This is showing in NYC right now. My inspiration from India!
Faces and faces

I am so surprised by some of new trends in Korean culture. About a century ago, the Korean government made a new law that people could have their hair cut if they wanted, which was illegal for centuries. Some people committed suicide to protest that they would never change or get rid of any part of their bodies that was given to them from their parents. A century later, Koreans are going completely opposite direction from how we used to be. When I visit Korea this time, I could not believe how plastic surgery was so popular. People can change anyway they want if they have money. You would not believe what kind of changes you can make. I find it very ironic.

I have so many pictures that I would like to share and much more works that I have made for the year of traveling. When I get back, I will try to post more, but for now, I am wrapping up this amazing journey I have had for a year with this post.  I am sad that this journey is getting over but also very excited for a new beginning. Who knows what is waiting around the corner of my life!

Saturday, October 19, 2013


Ok, let's talk about my trip to Italy. I started from Venice and went to Florence. I am staying in Rome right now. It has been nothing but wonderful. I have been to many places but I have to admit Italy is one of the most amazing places I have ever visited. There are so many things to see, do, eat, and buy!
Some friends suggested that I should get apartments and it was an excellent idea. Especially person like me who has diet restriction, would benefit a lot!
When we were in Venice, I could cook excellent meals with reasonable budgets and avoid crazy expensive and horrible restaurant foods in Venice. I also have amazing experiences at local markets- fresh porchini mushroom, prosciutto, salami, cheese,  and other fruits and vegetables in Italy.

It was a small studio in Asanale, two minutes from Biennale. So convenient if you are an artsy people.

The apartment I stayed in Florence. It was a quite fancy place and two minute walk from Duomo.

And this apartment in Rome... I forgot to take pictures when I first came in. It is two hundred years old, which is very young for Rome. It is not as nice as other two but the place is located in right next to Roman Foro and Colosseum. What else do you need in Rome? You will be too busy to be outside anyways.

As I said, I cooked quite a bit here in Italy. We can buy gluten free stuff here fine. I found very good gluten free spaghetti in Florence. 

Fresh mozzarella and tomatoes with red wine.
Yummy prosciutto and cheese in Venice.

My hand size jujube. It was awesome.

I dinned out a bit as well. There is the oldest cafe in Venice called Florian. It is a bit too crazy expensive for a cup of tea, but well for one time with live music play, that is not too bad.
This seafoods look fine but it was an awful experience in Venice. Never ever go to restaurants in tourist areas in Venice.

After that, I forgot to take pictures of foods. I met with my old friend Kate in Venice. She gave me a tip that we should go little streets off of the main roads. Then, I found some nice restaurants. I did not go to any restaurants in Florence because Central Market was five minutes from my apartment and they had really amazing fresh produce that I just wanted to buy them and cook!
Here in Rome, I got too lazy to cook, plus it is pretty cheap to eat out here.  I had seafood pasta with gluten free noodle for lunch near Spanish Piazza area once. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Las Palmas

This is the last thing about Canary Island.
I was staying not far from Las Palmas. It was a beautiful city, where has incredible history behind it.
Let me start with some photos.
The island was completely remote from civilization for centuries until Spaniards came.
I could see the influence of Spanish, but also some Islamic influence as well.
The following picture is a kiosk in the street.
One of landmarks in Canary Island.
Beautiful street view. Yes, it is a definitely touristic place, yet very quiet and clean.
You can see many Spanish influence through buildings. But those balconies are very Canary style. 
There are some real old buildings from 14-15 century. A lot of them are from 19th.

I love the shapes of windows.
This is a very old building. When you open your arms, that is about the width of this building.
Were people smaller back then?