Wednesday, July 06, 2011

SNIFF - Screening at Mark Moore Gallery July 8th

SNIFF

My animated short "SNIFF" will be featured in this event:

"Second Fridays" Summer Screening Series #2
A screening of group short films curated by artist Kiel Johnson

Friday, July 8th at Mark Moore Gallery
5790 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA
8pm-10pm, Free!

more info

facebook event link

SNIFF - Synopsis/Info:
A stop motion animation short about a sandwich cat enjoys the company of its newfound friend in the wonderland inside of a magic bread.

SNIFF is the first video project I collaborated with my brother Will Tee Yang aka the great man behind the camera and post editing. We started filming it in the end of 2010, finished by editing it this year. Soundtrack by Shugo Tokumaru. (Special thanks to Mr Tokumaru for granting us the right to use his music for our animation.) We are also pretty excited that we're invited to this group public screening before we put our video up on the internet!

Below is a still frame from SNIFF:
SNIFF

No onions, please!

A new piece for a hamburger themed show at the Q POP Shop last month.

No onions, please!

This is a total MOS Burger menu! I love MOS Burger ever since I was little, if I'm asked, "What is your favorite fast food chain?" it would be MOS.

No onions, please!
Acrylic on wood
10x10 (Framed)

No onions, please! details

How do you like a bite-size burger cat? (with no onions, of course) CHOMP!


This one has already been eaten, that's why it's not on the menu:
Trying to escape and hide

Thursday, June 02, 2011

More pieces from Synthesis art show at GR2 (including a mini slideshow as a bonus for my dear readers)

Melody Mike Cupcake

Melody Mike Cupcake

Melody Mike Cupcake
Acrylic on wood
14x18 (Framed)

"Melody Mike" is another vintage toy instrument form the 70's. Press the nose to open the mouth, there you see his colorful teeth as the piano keys, get ready to play and jam!

Melody Mike

Melody Mike

Melody Mike
Acrylic on wood
14x18 (Framed)


Melody Mike

Melody Mike Cupcake

Think would be fun to document the progress of a painting. What do you think? Should I make more of this?
Background music by my dear friend Ryan Francesconi, from the album Interno.



Taiko drummers detail

Taiko drummers framed

Little Taiko Drummers
Graphite & acrylic on wood
20x20 (Framed)

Synthesis, a 2-person show featuring new work from Jesse Fillingham and I. Art is on display at Giant Robot in L.A. until June 8th.
Here is the link to the opening photos!
Synthesis artworks are also available for purchase on Giant Robot web store!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

More pieces from Synthesis art show at GR2

Melody Train

Melody Train

Melody Train
Acrylic on wood
8x8 (Framed)

Melody Trains (or Musical Trains) are toy instruments. I had one of these when I was little. They seems to be still popular right now. I think the concept might come from in real life as the music being played at the train stations while a train is arriving or departing. In the toy version, each railway sleeper represents a music note, so when a train runs by, it's how the music will go on. What an exciting vacation!
There is a song in the piece, can you guess what the music is by the hint of the notes in this painting?

Burger Organ

Burger Organ

Burger Organ
Acrylic on wood
12x12 (Framed)

Burger Organ is a vintage toy instrument in the 80's. With the shape looks like a burger, with the sound, I guess, would probably make you believe it's edible. Start chewing the keys already!

Lemon Organ

Lemon Organ

Lemon Organ
Acrylic on wood
12x12 (Framed)

Lemon Organ is another vintage toy instrument. It's made by the Japanese piano company Kawai in the 70's. I think I would like some sweet and sour tones, please.

Moon Guitar frame 2

Moon Guitar

Moon Guitar
Acrylic on wood
8x8 (Framed)

Moon guitar (Yueqin in Chinese; Gekkin in Japanese; Đàn đoản in Vietnamese) is a traditional string instrument that is popular in Asia. Originally from China, it is one of the main instruments play in Beijing opera orchestra and many asian folk music. The name came from the round shape of the body that looks like a full moon.

Here I found a video of the great moon guitar master from Taiwan - Chu Ding-shun (朱丁順) doing a demo. He is 84 years old and has been playing and teaching moon guitar most of his life!


Synthesis, a 2-person show featuring new work from Jesse Fillingham and I. Art is on display at Giant Robot in L.A. until June 8th.
Here is the link to the opening photos!
Synthesis artworks are also available for purchase on Giant Robot web store!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Some pieces from Synthesis art show at GR2

Armor Concertina detail

Pling Plong detail

Slit Drums detail

Castanets Food Chain detail

If you missed the opening, or if you are interested to see how our artworks look together on the wall inside GR2, here is the link to the opening photos!
Synthesis artworks are also available for purchase on Giant Robot web store!

Show is on display until June 8th. Please come check it out! Hope you enjoy!

Armor Concertina

Armor Concertina
Acrylic on wood
10x10 (Framed)

Pling Plong

Pling Plong
Acrylic on wood
10x10 (Framed)

Slit Drums

Slit Drums Treats
Acrylic on wood
10x10 (Framed)

Castanets: Food Chain

Castanets: Food Chain
Acrylic on wood
10x10 (Framed)

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Synthesis : 2-person show at GR2

Hello! I'm having a 2-person art exhibition at GR2 this month, featuring new works by Jesse Fillingham and me. My new pieces in the show are inspired by music instruments and vintage toy instruments. Opening is next Saturday, May 14, 6:30 – 10:00 p.m. Flyer below. If you are in the LA area, please come check out our new works.

Friday, March 04, 2011

When I'm 88, I will still be playing video games

I went to the woodworking shop last weekend to make frames for two new pieces in Giant Robot SF Game Over 4 group show. I began building my own panels and frames since 2008, this is one of the wood shops I've worked at that hosts some of the very nice and friendly old folks whose average age is about 70. One of the grandma, who I believe is at least 80 years old (Yes, she old, but experienced. She is building furnitures at the shop, she has built 3 big dining chairs in the past and is making her first rocking chair). She saw me brought the finished pieces in for framing and recognized the piece I made from the Super Mario. It was really cute and lovely that she started to hum the Mario theme song to me right away. She told me that she knew it because she used to watch her grandchildren on the nintendo system all day in the past. I am not too surprised, but I think it is amazing that the video game culture has passed from one generation to another. For me, I can picture myself in the future, being an eighty years old grandma and still be playing games all day. Also imagine the video games I am playing right now will become one of the classic games for the next generation. How exciting is that.

This project was really fun, I cut more than 1000 wooden bits from recycling wood to experiment with:


Here are the two pieces I made for Game Over 4:
Co-Op Multiplayer (detail)

Co-Op Multiplayer (framed)
Co-Op Multiplayer
Graphite / Acrylic on wood
11"x14" (Framed)

Make A Wish (detail)

Make A Wish (framed)
Make A Wish
Acrylic on wood 18"x10" (Framed)



Info:
Game Over IV at GRSF, March 4, 2011 - March 30, 2011

Reception: Friday, March 4, 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

GRSF



Co-Op Multiplayer

Make A Wish

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Year of the Rabbit 2011

It's that time of the year again. By celebrating the lunar new year of 2011, Giant Robot in Los Angeles is hosting the annual lunar year art exhibition. The animal this year is rabbit.

For what I remember from the old asian folklore that I was told when I was a child. The jade rabbit (also called as the moon rabbit) lives on the moon and make mochi.

Mochi has been a very popular dessert in Asia, needless to say, one of my favorite sweets. I made a rabbit illustration. The bunny is chubby, is sweet, and it itself is a mochi dessert! In Japan, this kind of unique rabbit sweets is called うさぎ饅頭 (Usagi Manju), a popular traditional confection. Rabbits are just too cute to be eaten, but also sweet enough to look like a dessert...

I hope you enjoy!

Mochi bunny. Please have a bite!

Mochi bunny. Please have a bite!

Handmade panel and frame:
Mochi bunny. Please have a bite!

Mochi bunny. Please have a bite!
Graphite / Acrylic on wood
8"x8" (Framed)

Info:
Year of The Rabbit at GR2, Feb 5, 2011 - Mar 2, 2011.
Reception: Saturday, Feb 5, 6:30-10pm
www.gr2.net

Friday, January 28, 2011

First Month

HAPPY NEW YEAR! So happy to be back at WWA Gallery again in the first month of 2011! The awesome curator group Industrial Squid put up a 5 person show - "SUPERKICKASS". I am beyond excited to be part of it, showing with Denise 'Dee' Chavez, David Chung, Edward Robin Coronel, and Tracy Tomko. Here are my contributed pieces in the show:





Me in front of my talented friends Robin and Dee's art, and two of my pieces:
after dessert

Show runs from January 21st - February 19th. If you missed the opening, you may see the artwork from all artists here.