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

Italia!



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?








Sunday, September 1, 2013

Mountain life in Canary Island

Alfonso took me to the top of the mountain in Canary Island. The island was shaped after eruptions of volcano thousands years ago. There are eight islands and I am on one island called Grand Canaria. 
It was a nice day that I could see the other island, Tenerife. The mountain over there is the highest mountain in Spain.
Beautiful landscape. I also wish I could include the smell here too. 
Then we arrived in an old village. They used to dig mountains and lived there. Now people built actual houses in front of it so that you cannot really see how the cave home looks like. But this museum preserves the old cave home really well.
A beautiful entrance. I enjoyed their garden and a whole decorations as much as the actual museum.
Inside of the cave home.
This is how people here used to live.
Old kitchen area.

I loved this place. This was an amazing trip I will remember for a long time!











Thursday, August 29, 2013

Botanical garden in Canary Island

I made some really good friends in Canary Island. Gea an Lluvia took me to a botanical garden, Jarden Botanica, the other day. It was very hot day, but we did not mind because it was so beautiful...

The garden starts from the top of a mountain. Then you walk down to the main garden.
Drago trees. I love them so much!
A fruits and there are more fruits inside the fruit.