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Tokyo Time Machine Revisited

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Trio of Seagulls, Tokyo Time Machine Revisted

 

Sometimes I return to where I had photographed before.  It may be for the challenge of finding something interesting in a place I have often visited.  This time I wanted to see how much the area had deteriorated since I had last photographed along the wall.

My first visit to the small industrial island that lays in the river between Kasai and Urayasu was for a multi sensory project for DONT Magazine six years ago.  It has been one of the most expressive experiences with a web based magazine.  I was interviewed, and DONT mashed up the interview and put it with a slide show of the images.

I have passed near the island for years, and I have kept wondering what has happened to those crumbling images.  Today in the bright and shinning sun I decided to go over and check them out.

Some of the images had complete crumbled into nothingness.  Some were still there but struggling to adhere to the wall.  While  I was taking the pics an elderly guard man with a grill of missing teeth came over to me and asked me what I was doing.  I told him plainly, “I am taking pictures.”  “Of what?” I pointed at the pictures on the wall and just shrugged his shoulders like I was a completely crazed foreigner for wanting to take pictures of a wall.  He then told me it was dangerous and I shouldn’t be doing any crazy business.

I finished up my pictures and left.

Sometimes I need to return to somewhere I have been in order to know where I need to go.  Lives change, cameras are swapped out, and my vision as an artist continues to grow.

 

Two Children, Tokyo Time Machine Revisted

One Boy, One Shadow, Tokyo Time Machine Revisted

A Day in the Country at Kawamura Museum

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

I love my adopted home of Tokyo, but I love heading out of it every now and then.  I sometimes forget that there is a world out there in Japan that isn’t an urban jungle of concrete and iron.  We decided, at the suggestion of a close friend, to visit the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art in the sticks of Chiba prefecture.  My peeps in Japan that have never been there it is definitely a place to explore.

I was pleased to see a world class collection that included Rembrant, Chagal, and a room filled with maroon colored Rothkos.  Unfortunately half the museum was closed as they were prepping for a László Moholy-Nagy show that opens in a few days.  I was a little miffed, but it is a good reason to go back to the museum to see the other half of the collection that I missed.

The highlight of the museum, for my artistic soul, was the painting David’s Dream by Marc Chagall, and the room filled with Mark Rothko paintings.  The Chagall was luscious in its colors, filled with spirited shapes that just floated in the space.  The movement with in the image was amazing.  I just sat and watched the painting as if it were a movie being told in 24 frames a second.  Those blue hues are just amazing.

The Mark Rothko Seagram paintings in a low lit room as they are suppose to be viewed was an exploration in the power of color.  Color that just seeps in through the eyes, and rolls around inside your spirit.  The muted colors fill the entire field of vision.  There is nothing to do but to surrender to the colors and let them flow through your veins.

There is a connection between these two artist.  They both use color to tell stories.  In the case of Chagall the stories come from his roots as a Jewish artist.  Telling stories through the color dances and the floating figures.  Rothko was stripped his paintings down to their pure color elements.  Color its self is the theme.  The colors dance and play with in our vision.  Striving for that mystical connection with the Creator.

After the museum we wandered around the large gardens.  A stroll trough a small cedar forrest.  A walk around a lotus and a lilly pond.  The skies were large and filled with a blue of the Chagall paintings, as cotton wisps of clouds speckled the color field.

A lovely day among art and nature. A perfect combination as the summer is quickly drawing to a close.  A mystical trip to the sticks of Chiba for art, skies, and mushrooms.

Sky Trees Henry Moore Sculpture Grass

Lillies Abstract

Sky Whisp Forrest Field Fence

Graffiti at the Popmaster Fabel Catalyst Event

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

The walls got rocked at Catalyst by some of 305′s finest writers.  Big shout outs to GS, TREK 6, DAR, CUE, SICKS and WEEL.  They brought bright colors and the aroma of fresh paint throughout the Catalyst courtyard.  I love watching the writers paint.  Layers of history, layered on top of each other, and over time watching the burner come to life.

Trek 6 & and a Ladder

Weel, Blackbook, and Cans

Columns, Palm Trees and Tags

Legs and STV Swirl

Trek 6, Weel and Brimstone127 in front of the Cataylst Burner at the Popmaster Fabel Event

Brimstone127 in the Round

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

It has been a while since I have been in my painting studio.  Things have just been kind of crazy, and I haven’t had the time or the purse inspiration to work on some collages; however, this all changed last night.  I got the vibe to go into my studio and work on something.  I had no idea what I was going to make, but I knew I had to make something.  I dusted off my cans, and paint bottles, and got to work.

I am thankful for the chance and the inspiration to get my hands dirty.

Brimstone127 Contemplating

Sun Shone through Colored Glass

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

The sun shone high in the sky.  The moisture has returned to where it came from.  The light brightened all the land as the streets glowed under it’s weight.  I was freed from my cold, and awoke with colors in the heart.

Frosted Glass Happy Ending

VIne pon Wall

Can't Go

Wall of the Time

Collage for Five Friends

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

This piece appeared in a small show in Urayasu, Japan over the weekend.  It was nice to see it all put together before it is dismantled and sent to friends all over the world.  Thats right, I will take each of the five panels and send it to those creative souls that I know.  It will then only exist in digital images as a complete piece unless I can get all five together at the same time in the same place.  Bon Voyage.

Collage for Five Friends

Love Them: Mixed Media Painting

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

A creation of PURE love for my brother Brimstone127 and his wife AJ.  A mixed media image created using inkjet transfers, stencils, and old fashion painting.  

 

Love Them

Shown some Love on Keyko’s Website

Monday, June 30th, 2008

I was fortunate to see Keyko perform with HIFANA at the end of April. She inspired me to start some new stencil based collage works. She has recently posted the piece on her website. You can follow the link below. Sorry it is only in Japanese.

keyko’s Blog

keyko

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