Hammer Museum Dino Laboratory

We thought the rain will discourage people from coming to the museum, but it was quite the opposite. Average attendance for Close Encounters workshop is about 65 participants, with the most being 108. The attendance of Dino Laboratory were more than double. Over 220 people came to join us on Sunday, and many of them were first time visitors of the museum too. 

Before the visitors observe the sculptures made by Francis Upritchard's, we gave a guide for the parents and their kids. They wrote down all the informations about the dinosaur that they're about to create. It has the general information about its physical appearance, habits and personalities. The simple guide is an important step for their art creating process, which led them to start exploring and brainstorming with their creative mind.

After observed the sculptures, they came up to the workshop, where our staffs prepared all the materials that they required to start with their own creations.  Some parents needed help with my assistance and  that's when I stepped in and gave them a demo. 

Kids really enjoy playing with the clay. In the end everyone went home with their dinosaur art and had an educational and fun experience at Hammer Museum with their love ones. This was my first workshop at Hammer, and it was very successful. Thank you all who came join us on Sunday and thanks to the staffs from Hammer to help and prepare such an exciting event.  

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Two exhibitions

I was in two group exhibitions opening last night.
 '40X400' Curated by one of my favorite artist & teacher Mark Todd at Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena. The event was almost like a mini Art Center College reunion. Seeing old friends and mentors again definitely brought back lots of memories. My piece, 'Porky's Cabbage' 

Over in west LA, I'm also in the show 'Text and Pictures' at GR2 
We're rush and busy everyday to try to make ends meet. Sometime we just need to slow down a little bit and look back to what you've accomplished then regroup yourself.  My piece for the show 'Slow Down'
It's been years since I made a mini motor bike in the work. It's made out of paper, clay and some wire. The bike is about 3/4" length. It's very time consuming to make it but I'm pretty glad how it turns out. 

12 miles hike

I love hiking, it's a great way to exercise and very inspirational.  I was accompanied by two awesome artists, Kozyndan. We hiked on Echo mountain all the way up to the inspiration point. What a fun 12 miles hike. Although I stayed in bed the next day because my body was in pain the whole morning... 

First time seeing a circled rainbow, is there a name for this beautiful sight? Sunbow? 

First time seeing a circled rainbow, is there a name for this beautiful sight? Sunbow? 

A couple years behind my technology feed, I found out my phone can shoot panorama! 
Right the way I tested it out for the first time.  I was excited like a kid learned to ride a bicycle for the first time.

After 6 miles hike we've arrived to Inspiration Point.

Hammer Museum Visit

Recently I visited Hammer Museum and met with the wonderful staffs to discuss about the Hammer Kids artist workshop in January 2015. The Event is called "Dino Laboratory." We'll be exploring art by Francis Upritchard then create a dinosaur sculpture of your own based on the guide we created for the event. 
The workshop is on Sunday, January 11, 2015 from 11-1pm.
Save the day and visit the museum for some fun. 
 

David Choe's commission work in progress Part 1

In 2012, I participated in a group exhibition, Giant Robot Biennale 3, at the Japanese American National Museum. On the opening night, I met an interesting elderly lady. She dressed bright and colorful like a peacock that stood out in the crowd of people. She came to me and showed so much interest in my work. We talked briefly, but eventually got distracted by the crowd of people. 15 minutes later she brought her son David Choe to see my work again. I knew David, but not very well. I knew he is a rock star in the art scene but didn’t really know much about him. I was very excited to meet him but we talked only briefly.

David and I met again at the closing party a few months later. This time we got to talk more. He showed interest in buying my work, but I was just informed by Eric Nakamura (curator and GR founder) that the Cat Robot was sold. David decided to commission a work from me. The idea of the work is simple, instead of the cat themed piece I made; he wanted a piece with a dog. David said he hates people getting away with the things he wanted, so the commission has to be 10 times better than the Cat Robot. There is no deadline so go crazy with it. Since then I started listening to his podcast and tried to get to know him better. 

The commissioned piece, "Loyal Friend" is influenced by David's podcast "DVDASA." The show is hosted by David and the adult film superstar Asa Akira (Best Female Performer of the Year 2012 & 2013), thus DVDASA. It also stands for Double Vaginal Double Anal Sensitive Artist. The show is extremely sexual and quite disgusting sometimes. However, it was the No. 1 Health podcast on iTunes at some point.

DVDASA is almost like a reality show but in podcast form and YouTube.  It's definitely not for everyone and it could be tough to assimilate, but once you get passed all the dirty jokes it's actually quite entertaining and inspirational. Pretty soon I started listening to it religiously. On the show they invited their friends as special guests. They talked about all kinds of topics; sex, money, life experiences, stories with fiction or nonfiction. The word 'allegedly' is used in many occasions. Sometimes, it’s just a group of friends talking nonsense and having fun. Sometimes, David will make motivational speeches about life for all the struggling souls out there listening. Eventually I became a fan of his work, the podcast is the extension of his art. It's dirty but sensational. 

The podcast is known for putting people's career and life at risk after going on the show. The fact that I'm actually making child friendly art for Disney, I probably shouldn't be associating with them. Oh well, I love the show and will always support it… allegedly!

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