Thursday, December 09, 2010

Phallocentrism's role in censoring full frontal male nudity in Hollywood.

This week a dozen people showed up to our house for meditation and a vegetarian potluck!
Also, the semester is over! You can read my final research paper for my history of the body class here. The footnotes for google docs are in roman numerals. sorry.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New Picasso paintings!!!

271 Picasso pantings and drawings just turned up, worth 75 million! Unbelievable! I'm so...happy. They look great!
"271 Picasso works that were never seen, never inventoried - that's just unprecedented." It's a great, albeit shocking day for the art world!
For my world, at least.

What do you think? Were they stollen or were they gifts?

Thursday, November 18, 2010


My good friend Kyle hooked me up with a pet corn snake, Dr. Sheldon! My house, "Witch Mountain" is extremely happy to adopt Sheldon. I had a pet corn snake growing up so this is all super nostalgic.
Tomorrow I have a show in Kansas City. I am decorating a law firm's holiday party. Over 300 lawyers, judges, and art lovers will be there!!! And saturday my sister is getting married!!!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Drunken Noah and the curse of Ham

Wait, let me get this straight. Slavery was religiously justified in America because Africans, as the decendents of Ham, were cursed to suffer after their ancient ancestor saw his father naked? Wiki Curse of Ham.

I googled that famouse biblical scene and collected some of the images.

Men clearly have issues.

After Noah's three sons populate the earth, young King David defeats the giant! This is one of my favorite scenes. by Dore

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Jonsi in St. Louis

Jared with Jonsi and Alex.

Zack, Leigh, Ulfur (aka Klive), Alex, and a member of Mountain Man.

I'm not quite sure I fully comprehend what happened last night. My housemate Jared, who pretty much lived with Jonsi and Sigur Ros in Iceland while studying there for a semester, invited Leigh and I to meet Jonsi at his concert in St. Louis. We went there, met Jonsi before the show, hung out with him and the band, enjoyed the show, wow what a show!, and then afterwards drank, danced, and partied with them. Just us. We didn't get home until 7:30 AM. Not to brag, but Jonsi flipped out over my magic tricks and even kissed me goodnight. What!? I was so impressed with him and his partner Alex (also in the band). They are both vegan raw-foodists, beautiful, nutty, totally human, no super ego or was amazing. We also got to meet their opening act: a three women folk vocal group Mountain Man. Turns out one of them loves Ken Wilber, zen, and Gempo Roshi's Big Mind Process...we had a lot to talk about.

"I see you're colourful
I see you in the trees
I see you're spiritful
You're in the breeze"

Saturday, October 30, 2010

work in progress

Here are a few of my new paintings. I have my big critique in front of professors, visitors, and other grad students coming up next week. None of these are quite finished, but you get the idea (dont you? I hope so). I hid some animals in "Backyard". Can you find them?

"All in All"
"Groin Vault"
"Where did they come from?"

And here is one of my contemporaries utilizing formal elements of stage magic in a completely new pictorial way. Hats off. Great ambient glitch music too.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Chestnuts, Puja, and The Edge of Hell

Obhi Hazarika stopped by and ate dinner with us on my mother's birthday. Obhi, who used to be the drummer for MGMT, took me to India my first time in 2001. It was so good seeing him again.
Cat, Leigh, Wylie, and I spent an afternoon picking chestnuts at a local farm.
Every Thursday we have sitting meditation and vegi potluck at our house. It's so wonderful.
Eli and Raphael visited from out of town. Heaven on earth.
And here is Taka, Ishita, and Leigh at the Indian Puja we attended Saturday. Taka is an exchange student from Japan I've been acculturating (a favorite hobby of mine), taking him to the haunted houses downtown, queer dance parties, mexican restaurants, etc. After watching Shortbus at my house he said "My worldview has now been changed." I asked him how and he answered, "Because I could empathize with the gay and queer characters in the movie, I feel they are no different from me."

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Why do we dance?

My beautiful friend Catherine just moved in with us. Now there are three.
My Japanese friends came over and made us all okonomiyaki for dinner. Leigh made inarizushi,手作り.
Here we are eating breakfast with Michael Garfield. I was so thrilled he stopped by. We stayed up all night chatting in my studio with Lauren, who was visiting from Chicago. Best best best.
And the new painting in progress. Can you tell what it is?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Endless Coupling

mens agitat molem
"Mind Moves Matter"
Endless Coupling...Light-dark, emptiness-form, visible-invisible, sound-silence, figure-ground, presence-absence, mind-matter, chaos-order, yin-yang, masculine-feminine, spontaneous-intentional, individual-universal, heaven-earth, open-closed, love-fear, nirvana-samsara, one-many, formally we usually like patterns of multiple mirror relationships of variations on a theme (Jazz). Teepee-house, there is a large transparent cathedral behind our wooden one there. Can you see it? You can sleep in there, in that wooden temple. Seriously, shrines and churches in Japan become huts, tents, teepees, refuges, to keep you warm and alive at night. I've slept in one of these well kept communal forest shrines and've had wonderful dreams,... I miss them so. And who out there dreamed of living in a teepee? I think I had a small teepee growing up as a kid. I actually used to think I was an Indian, I remember. On top of my nanny being half black half cherokee, the tribe I belonged to with my father was called Indian Guides. I'm Golden Eagle, son of Bald Eagle (we chose our own names). I recently heard Indian Guides will become "Adventure Guides," Princesses (girl version) will be "Explorers" and "tribes" will be known as "circles," as the YMCA programs "curriculum" shifts to a more generalized one "based on nature." I'm also a native American in that i was born here, from Kansas, the "Wind tribe". Aquarius is an air sign too, interstingly. The "Water Carrier" is the air? Here is the Indian Guides pledge: "We, Father and son, through friendly service to each other, to our family, to this tribe, to our community, seek a world pleasing to the eye of the Great Spirit.”

I'm almost done with this painting. "Endless Coupling" comes from the Noguchi sculpture of the same name living at the Nelson Museum in Kansas City. I visited there last weekend and ended up taking about fifty photos of human hands found in the classical paintings--stunning drawings and powerful mudras each and every hand. I'll post more of those pics soon. I also spent a lot of time in the Noguchi section--Ends, Energy Void, Endless Coupling, Avatar.
Noguchi was half Japanese you know, and was the only person to voluntarily enter a Japanese internment camp during the war; he wanted to help make art, gardens, and build parks for the prisoners. What an artist! He studied under the great mystic Brancusi, who studied under Rodin, who changed the way the world looks at realism and sculpture. (See my article Reexamining Realism for more.) In a famous interview Rodin got so angry with the reporter because he though he abstracted the figure in some way. "You are mistaken. I do reproduce it exactly as it is."
"Are you not compelled to change it slightly?"
"Under no circumstances. I would have cursed myself if I had to do it!" Rodin then explains that the life of the model--the soul, anxiety, breath, and the movement of the model has to be included! "I see the whole truth, not only its surface." Anyway Noguchi's work is a big inspiration for me, im not sure why. Anish Kapoor and James Turrell as well. Those two guys blow my mind. I seriously dig what they do.
Terri said

"Ahhhhhmen. Each of these artists move beauty into space like fingers making mudras."

I miss you!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Sutter Buttes

I've just started a new tree painting. I'm working almost entirely from memory.
And I've almost finished this one. Can you see the feathers and tadpoles?

I went to Yuba City, California this weekend to meet some new family. I got to explore "the smallest mountain range in the world," the Sutter Buttes, with my nephew, father, and uncle. It was golden.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Pool Party!

The pool party was a great success! I got to see new friends and old ones. The sun illuminated the open sky, Japanese people ate veggie burgers for the first time, and the water was perfect!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

a little news

Leigh and I went to our local super market and found all these beans, teas, and more! I love Lawrence.

I just learned that in June Colorado joined the 13 other states in legalizing medical Marijuana and decriminalizing possession of up to an ounce! Wow.

And last week the conservative republican openly gay federal judge Vaugh Walker overturned California’s same-sex marriage ban “Proposition 8”!

"Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples," the judge wrote in a 136-page ruling that laid out in precise detail why the ban does not pass constitutional muster.

"Because Proposition 8 disadvantages gays and lesbians without any rational justification, Proposition 8 violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment."

California may soon join Massachusetts, Iowa, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Washington, D.C. in allowing same sex marriage.

The upward drift towards legalizing marijuana and gay marriage is happening! Finally.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Final Days

Here are some of the people who came to the station to see me off. Tricia took the pic.
Yoshiharu DJed for me at his house: quite the honor.

Last zen meditation at the monastery. I love the empty zen garden.
The tree was more beautiful than ever.

As was Tasuku.

Friday, July 30, 2010

a couple videos

Here is Konayuki ("Powdered Snow") live by Remioromen. One of my schools sang me this song at my farewell assembly. I cried.

And here is a new Bobby Mcferrin video with a song from his new album Vocabularies. Certain parts of this song give me goosebumps.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Last week

Here I am sweeping the doorway to the tiny temple dedicated to the holy camphor tree and medicine buddha, Yakushi-nyorai. I want to live here.

There is Peter beneath Matsuyama Castle.

One last look at my shrine.

Sorry I haven't posted anything recently--been so busy finishing work and moving out of my place. I don't know where to start! (Family trauma aside),
I went camping by the Kamo River with Pat, owner of Club Belinnis where I painted the mural, for three days and he provided a hip-hop rave party, bar and coffee...I spent time with great friends and witnessed childish sexuality...
Junya came up from Tokushima to give us a curry party! pure love and affection.

Here are a few commissions I worked on till the last day. They aren't finished, but what can I do?--Sell them as is and pray for the best.
Paintings usually don't ever "finish"though anyway--They just pause at interesting places and then have a life of their own. I hope they work.
I saw the new Ghibli! The Borrower Arritetty. As expected...beautiful, subtle, creative, mature, memorable. I'll write more about it later.
Then Peter and Abigail visited and everything
came alive!!!

What beautiful, glowing, friendly people! I took these Kansans all over my town. It was a hot, sunny day. Ikku Shrine with the 1000 year-old camphor totoro trees,
the river and holy tree with Tasuku,

Emily's preschool, we met some of her kids--heaven on earth. We also went to 4 hours of karaoke!
I finished my teaching work, gave my goodbye speech at some of the schools about the Japanese proverb "Ten People, Ten Colors," cried in front of all the kids, thanked them for teaching me, took lots of pictures and got presents and flowers....

Here is Peter at the tree. What a great tree.

May all beings be Free and in Love.

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