Happy New Year! New Art

HNY! And a good 2015 it will be! I won’t even start with all the things I promise to do or even say some New Year resolutions but instead in the words of the infamous Dan Pena “Just Fucking Do It”!

So with that being said here is some new artwork for the new year.
I was commissioned by the City of Monterey Park to design 3 buses, each “Spirit” bus will be vinyl wrapped with a different theme. Water Conservation, Air Quality and Energy Conservation. Well after some going back and forth with some city employees and finally getting the approval. These are some views of the final drafts. I can’t wait to see these rolling in the streets. Let me know what you think.MPK_WaterMPK_AirMPK_Energy

A talk with Takashi Murakami

Internationally acclaimed contemporary Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, who is represented by 11 works in the Broad collections, was in conversation with author and longtime resident of Japan Pico Iyer. Murakami is known for his bold, graphic works that merge fine art, design and animation and continue to blur the lines between high art and pop culture. His wide appeal and star power often mask his deeply intelligent take on Japanese culture and knowledge which emerges from extensive training in classical painting and his doctorate in Japanese art. The author of numerous books on crossing cultures and a regular contributor to Time, Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, and many other publications, Iyer’s writings intersect with Murakami’s work in their focus on the common disconnect between local tradition and imported global pop culture. The pair discussed the complex social and historical narratives woven into Murakami’s work and how they reflect upon contemporary Japanese culture.

It was very good and interesting night last night. I was very lucky to be invited to go see and hear a talk with Takashi Murakami & Pico Iyer. He had many good things to say about the art world. Takashi is a very funny guy but one in particular words of advice for people who want to enter the art world: Be careful.
After the talk I able to meet and talk with Takashi. He’s was extremely kind and again funny guy. His 1st movie is coming out tomorrow, called “Jellyfish Eyes” so if you can go check it out! Keep up the great work Takashi! DTLAorpheum orpheumisnicestayconnectedthetalkTM

Inspiring Creativity

Inspiring Creativity is a short film created by Liberatum, directed by Pablo Ganguli and Tomas Auksas, and presented by illy, featuring 20 artists and cultural figures from art, fashion, film, design, technology and music. The film is an insider’s perspective on inspiration from the minds of leading creative personalities including:
Diana Picasso, Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer, Inez van Lamsweerde, Vinoodh Matadin, Academy Award nominee James Franco, Joan Smalls, Johan Lindeberg, Jonas Mekas, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Nico Muhly, Karen Elson, Karim Rashid, Klaus Biesenbach, Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels, Lola Montes Schnabel, Marilyn Minter, Mark Romanek, Tracey Emin, Moby, Paul Schrader, and TED founder Richard Saul Wurman.
Through the authentic interpretation and responses from these individuals, the overall project communicates what inspires creative thinking and behaviors for nurturing inspiration, while provoking thoughts on how culture, society, and technology continue to affect creativity.

Inspiring Creativity – A Liberatum film presented by illy from Liberatum on Vimeo.

History Is A Weapon: Rethink Columbus Day

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Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island’s beaches and swam out to get a closer look at the strange big boat. When Columbus and his sailors came ashore, carrying swords, speaking oddly, the Arawaks ran to greet them, brought them food, water, gifts. He later wrote of this in his log:

“…They … brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned… . They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features…. They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane… . They would make fine servants…. With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want. …”

www.historyisaweapon.com

Proppertone!

Just got word from Yxta Maya Murray an American latina novelist and law professor. That The Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice, a law review published by Harvard Law School will publish her 105 page article called “Inflammatory Statehood”. An article dealing with Arizona anti-immigrant policies. Which will include my artwork called “Proppertone”.
Much Thanks to Yxta Maya Murray.
newCoppertone1 “Americans have been taught that their nation is civilized and humane. But, too often, U.S. actions have been uncivilized and inhumane.” -Howard Zinn

Occupy Second Anniversary

#Occupy 2nd anniversary today. Nearly 8,000 protesters have been arrested since then. The gap between the rich & poor is still growing. Enjoy what you have, it may not last long. However “It’s always the ruling elite determine the configure of revolt.”
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“Study Your History…”

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On this day 68 years ago by executive order of President Harry S. Truman the U.S. dropped the nuclear weapon “Little Boy” on the city of Hiroshima on Monday, August 6, 1945, followed by the detonation of “Fat Man” over Nagasaki on August 9. These two events are the only active deployments of nuclear weapons in war.

Within the first two to four months of the bombings, the acute effects killed 90,000–166,000 people in Hiroshima and 60,000–80,000 in Nagasaki, with roughly half of the deaths in each city occurring on the first day. The Hiroshima prefectural health department estimates that, of the people who died on the day of the explosion, 60% died from flash or flame burns, 30% from falling debris and 10% from other causes.

Depiction and Public response:
During the war “annihilationist and exterminationalist rhetoric” was tolerated at all levels of U.S. society; according to the UK embassy in Washington the Americans regarded the Japanese as “a nameless mass of vermin”. Caricatures depicting Japanese as less than human, e.g. monkeys, were common. A 1944 opinion poll that asked what should be done with Japan found that 13% of the U.S. public were in favor of the extermination of all Japanese, men women and children. News of the atomic bombing were greeted enthusiastically in the U.S.; a poll in Fortune magazine in late 1945 showed a significant minority of Americans wishing that more atomic bombs could have been dropped on Japan. The initial positive response was supported by the imagery presented to the public, (mainly the powerful mushroom cloud) and the absence of evidence of the human effects—photographs showing corpses and maimed survivors—were suppressed, and reports were censored. As an example, a member of the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey, Lieutenant Daniel McGovern, used a film crew to document the results. The film crew’s work resulted in a three-hour documentary entitled The Effects of the Atomic Bombs Against Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The documentary included images from hospitals showing the human effects of the bomb; it showed burned out buildings and cars, and rows of skulls and bones on the ground. When sent to the U.S., it was mentioned widely in the U.S. press, then quietly suppressed and never shown. It was classified “top secret” for the next 22 years.

Imagery of the atomic bombings was suppressed in Japan during the occupation[89] although some Japanese magazines had managed to publish images before the Allied occupation troops took control. The Allied occupation forces enforced censorship on anything “that might, directly or by inference, disturb public tranquility”, and pictures of the effects of the people on the ground were deemed inflammatory. A likely reason for the banning was that the images depicting burn victims and funeral pyres evoked similarities to the widely circulated images taken in liberated Nazi concentration camps.
Hiroshima/the atomic bomb: Part I
Hiroshima/the atomic bomb: Part II

“… Study your history — Whoever don’t? I pity-the-fool like Mr. T Knowledge this degree, it ain’t no mystery…”