Katsuya Terada pulled off an amazing drawing in the two hour slot at his "studio" area at The Japanese American National Museum. Flickr set The live drawing event wasn't planned far in advance. It was more of a "hack." Terada was already drawing in that space and although he had finished his detailed diptych just a day earlier, he was up to do a drawing demo for his fans and visitors. January 3rd was his last day in LA after visiting for a month and it turns out, it's the busy Oshogatsu Day at JANM. Perfect. It was great to pack the room and the questions were non-stop which is how he likes it. Yoskay Yamamoto helped with translations. I...
The Japanese American National Museum Free Family Day took place on saturday. Here are a few photos from the workshops with Yukinori Dehara, Yoskay Yamamoto and kozyndan. Here's a link to more photos. kozyndan (kozy - above) helps out with paper dolls. Super cute work and great idea. Below: Yoskay talks to the kids (and a few adults) who got to paint on his wood pieces. Below some adults sneaked in to work with Yoskay. More instruction and kids and adults too! Yukinori Dehara has his hands full! Painting mini-figures is a fun activity.
LA Downtown News gave some coverage to the Giant Robot Biennale 4. The article hovers a bit around, "where are the robots?" but then talks about some of the art. I'm glad for the cool coverage by Kelcie Pegher. Show it support by reading some of it. Link
I've received some nice awards and recognition by the City of Los Angeles. I have one or two signed by ex-Mayor Villaraigosa, perhaps one or two by current mayor Eric Garcetti, Little Tokyo Councilmember Huizar, and I'm positive there's at least one or two more signed by a soul I can't remember. But this one, which didn't show up at the opening reception of the Giant Robot Biennale 4 and doesn't quite have the correct name of the exhibition might be the one that I like the most. It mentions the "Giant Robot exhibition" in Little Tokyo and gives a nod to my commitment to Sawtelle Japantown. Thanks Councilmember Mike Bonin and Senior Field Deputy Len Nguyen!
When you see a vinyl wall mural look like this, you know you're in great shape. kozyndan have a way of being a show stealer, and maybe they've done it again. The entrance to the Watanabe Gallery downstairs is an amazing ride though the eyes of a whale. You're swimming among a few others, your baleen is filled with krill, and there's these weird illuminated jelly things floating around. Sounds fun? Come see it!