Monday, November 30, 2009

Food Journal Update

I got behind on inking the pages of my food journal. Drawing out what I eat really doesn't take that long, but inking takes a while. We had a lot of free time during Thanksgiving so I was able to get around to this.

Food Journal 10
Mon Oct 26-Tues Nov 3
Monday the 26th- On the drive back from LA with Adam we stopped off at an In & Out in Kettleman City on the 5. Before that I ate some of Ryan's cereal while he was away.
Wednesday the 28th- Moving out of the old studio in the City, Marci, Michelle and I went to Hard Knox. It's a really good Southern place, and I would highly recommend you eat there if you're either in Dogpatch or the Richmond. I got fried chicken, collard greens, mac & cheese, and mash with corn bread.
Saturday the 31st- We got mini tacos at Trader Joe's and ate them with a bowl of beans. I was at some Halloween party and my friend made me a mystery cocktail with Jim Bean and it was kind of weird.

Food Journal 11
Wed Nov 4-Thu Nov 12
Thursday the 5th
- I guilt tripped Marci into driving me to Nations cause I forgot to eat while she was doing her girl's night dinner with Michelle.
Saturday the 7th- I watched the Botany of Desire on PBS and decided that maybe I haven't given apples enough chances. I figure there are so many types of apples that eventually I'd find an apple I'd like to eat. So I tried a Red Delicious apple. It was too acidic.
Sunday the 8th- We went and saw "Where the Wild Things Are" and shared a thing of popcorn. I tried a Jonagold apple. It was kind of mushy.
Tuesday the 10th- I went out to lunch at Saul's with Adam and got two poached eggs with pastrami, hash browns and a bagel. I haven't eaten a bagel since I was like 16 so it was kind of weird. Afterward I made Adam come with me as I went produce shopping at the Safeway. We split a box of It's Its Cappuccino.
Wednesday the 11th- Marci makes her Rice Porridge (or what she calls, "Health Food of the Ancients"). It's really good, has both chicken and shrimp and she makes SE Asian style croutons. I added dried shrimp my mom picked up for me from Cambodia a few years ago. I tried a Gala apple. It was okay.

Food Journal 12
Thu Nov 12-Fri Nov 20th
Friday the 13th
- Had to go down to install for my solo show at GR2. My friend, Tommy drove me down in his pick up truck. Apparently all I ate that day was two taquitos, fries and a burger.
Saturday the 14th- Went to the Brite Spot with Tommy, Conor, and Ben. Also went to Hurry Curry of Tokyo after the opening. I really like Japanese Curry but know of only one place in the city. I know, this is totally not exciting. I'm just pretty surprised that every place I eat has a website.
Sunday the 15th- Back on the 5. I ate at Popeyes for the first time ever. It wasn't really that bad. That day I ate that, some mini cinnamon rolls I got from a 24 hour donut shop in Koreatown in LA, and Marci's Tuna Casserole.
Tuesday the 17th- Honey Crisp Apple. Ok.
Thursday the 19th- Pink Lady Apple. I think the Pink Lady is the best I tried so far.

Food Journal 13
Sat Nov 2st-Mon Nov 30th
Saturday the 21st
- Picked up a Bud's Kona Coffee Ice Cream. Bud's Ice Cream of San Francisco is based in Thailand which is kind of weird knowing that.
Tuesday the 24th- Braeburn Apple. It was Crisp and I thought it was okay.
Thursday the 26th- Thanksgiving at Marci's Grandparents house.
Friday the 27th- We went to Rainbow Orchards in Camino and got an apple crisp and apple cider donuts. They fry the donuts when you order, and the apple crisp was fucking amazing. The donuts were $1 and the crisp was $4.
Saturday the 28th- I took a break from apples and tried eating a D'Anjou Pear. It was okay, but I kind of didn't finish it.
Sunday the 29th- Ben Bush was in town so I went with him and some of his Oakland friends to the Thai Temple lunch in Berkeley. It was pretty awesome. If you're in Berkeley on a Sunday and near the tool lending library on MLK you should stop by. I got BBQ chicken with rice and a Thai Iced Coffee for $7. I think it was probably the best Thai meal I had in a while.
Monday the 30th- One of my new favorite meals is a grilled cheese and tomato soup on the side. Marci made Tuna Melts.

Jesus shit. Yeah. That's what happens when you get behind in inking. So pretty much each week I make my way to the grocery store about 3 or 4 times, probably. Each time I go out I pretty much try hitting under $20. Sometimes I get it, but other times I don't. Its' strange, there's a lot of autumn fruit that's on sale. Bananas are 79c a lb, and if you want organic ones they're 99c. If I remember correctly they were about $1.19 during the summer. I bought 6 today for $1.64. Navel Oranges which were pretty expensive during the summer are 99c a lb, or $1.49 if you go for the organic ones. I bought four for $2.45 today. Are navel oranges autumn fruits? They don't have Southern Hemisphere citrus anymore at the grocery (all the oranges I was buying during the summer were from Australia or South America), so all the ones in the Safeway are from California. The Clementines are also in season. They're seedless and they're packaged as Cuties, but sometimes they're labeled as Satsumas or Mandarins. We got a large bag at Costco for $6.99 which is about the same price as you'd get at Trader Joe's or the local Safeway for the slightly smaller bags.

Marci's favorite fruit is pineapple and I noticed they were on sale too (for about $2.89 each). I don't know anything about pineapples so I looked up videos on how to pick out a good pineapple and how to cut them up. It wasn't that hard but I still didn't cut my pineapple so awesome.

Post Its for LA

postits 2009
I made these Post Its last week for the Post It Show at GR2. I probably could take a better photo, but sundowns at 5, and I wake up at 1, so that means I have about 4 hours of daylight to take a photo of anything. but yeah.

Below is the Post-Its I drew for last years show. I'm just putting them up cause I ran out of stuff to talk about.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

This Saturday, Printed Matter at GRSF


I'm sending two prints to this show in the City on Saturday. Nothing really too exciting, since they're just prints that I sell on my store. Uh, I did the framing. Yeah. I probably should have taken a photo of them but I wrapped them up by the time that thought crossed my mind.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Group art show opening

Printed Matter 7 at GRSF
December 5, 2009 - January 6, 2010
Reception: Saturday, December 5, 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

618 Shrader Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Giant Robot is proud to present Printed Matter 7 at GRSF.

The latest installment of the popular Printed Matter series of art shows will feature nearly 50 artists with a wide variety of aesthetic styles and printmaking techniques. Limited-edition prints are one of the best ways for budget-minded and new collectors to acquire artwork and support independent artists, and we are committed to providing this venue on a recurring basis. Prints will be cash-and-carry, making this an excellent resource for unique holiday shopping.

Participating artists include the following:
Apak, Sasha Barr, Christopher Bettig, Brandon Bird, Jon Burgerman, Scott Campbell, Richard Colman, Mike DeNicola, Liam Devowski, Claire Donner, Theo Ellsworth, Audrey Erickson, Everybody Get Up, Justin Fines, Matt Furie, Mike Giant, Mark Giglio, Charles Glaubitz, Tim Gough, Andrew Holder, Rich Jacobs, Yellena James, Ben King, Little Friends of Printmaking, Phil Lumbang, Noa, Francois Paultre, Simon Peplow, Andrew Perry, Mike Perry, Albert Reyes, Grant Reynolds, Rob Sato, Alexander Shen, Skinner, Hannah Stouffer, Tyler Stout, Deth P. Sun, Supermundane, Joe To, Aiyana Udesen, Chelsea Wong, Lawrence Yang, Diana Sudyka, Madeline Zygarewicz, and MANY MORE

The reception featuring many of the artists will be held from 6:30 - 10:00 on Saturday, December 5. For more information about the artists, GRSF, or Giant Robot magazine, please contact:

Eric Nakamura
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
(310) 479-7311

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Daily Life

So the past few weeks we've been holed up in the studio working on our various projects. Marci has to finish up some paintings for her gallery to take to Miami and I've had a shows to deal with so it's been a few late nighters. It's been really cold I've been working till 4 or 5 in the morning just cause I can't get myself out of bed earlier than 1 in the afternoon.

Since I got back from LA it's pretty much the same thing. Just hanging out in the studio trying to get stuff done. Marci's been picking up audio books from the Library and I've been watching stuff off of PBS's website and Netflix instant view as we're working. My feet get pretty cold. I'm pretty warm blooded, but I'm still from San Diego, and sometimes the extreme cold of Northern California gets kind of annoying. The colds months should really just be between November and February. But I really hate Southern California heat, so I can deal with 40oF nights.

Above is a photo of my spot in the studio while making work for my solo show. I just line everything up after drawing everything down and then I start painting by color. I start off with the more transparent colors and then progressively start using darker colors. This just saves me from wasting paint and it makes sure my brush stays clean from getting mixed up with another color. Also I think my brush lasts longer when I do this cause I'm not constantly cleaning it out.

It kind of doesn't feel like I'm working on several different paintings, but more like just one giant one with many little parts. It seems like I'm not getting anything done but then near the end everything finishes up pretty quickly.

I found this photo online (shot by John Trippe of Fecalface) of my spot of the studio when it was Evah's. It's from one of Brendan's studio visit. We just got a letter from them the other day and it reminds me that I should send them something in the mail sometime soon.

I've been behind on a lot of things. Like updating my website, uploading images to flickr, collating and stapling this stack of zines, and I have to ship off paintings to shows. I'm also doing the Post-It show at GR2 but I haven't started on any Post-Its yet. But yeah. All in good time. Marci's been stressed about painting for her deadline, so I'm helping her out a little cause she helped me out so much while getting stuff done for the Japanese American National Museum and my solo show.

But yeah. I watched the Botany of Desire on PBS and it made me want to try out different types of apples. I really don't like apples at all, so I thought I'd try to find one I might like. I've tried a Red Delicious, it (sucked, super mush), a Gala (it was okay), a Honey Crisp, and a Pink Lady (both are alright). I'm taking a short break from Apples and I'm going to try a different near fruit tomorrow, a D'Anjou pear. But I never liked pears either.

Blood Orange season just ended and I miss them a lot. I don't know when they'll come back. I found a nice recipe for a blood orange and whiskey cocktail. Pretty much it's just fresh squeezed blood orange, mint and whiskey. It was the end of blood orange season when I tried this so I had to use navel oranges but it worked the same I guess. It was slightly cheaper. Blood Oranges go for about $3.65 a lb, but Navel is like about $3.19 a lb. Oranges are kind of expensive, they make out to be about $1.60 per fruit, but one orange is about 25% of your daily requirement in Vitamin C. Yeah, I don't know. I also miss Mineola Tangelos. Right now it's California Navel and California Clementines (Cuties). It's kind of weird that bananas are never out of season.

I think the only reason why I'm on this fruit kick is cause I want to draw them in my food journal, get fruit stickers to learn codes, and have something to put in my compost. My compost pile is pretty sweet (In the top photo you can see the studio compost bowl). I like turning the soil and feeling how warm the dirt gets. It's a pretty organic compost (the only man-made thing in it are unbleached coffee filters) so it breaks down pretty quickly. There's a lot of oranges in there but you really can't see the rind after just a few weeks. There's a lot of rocks to shift through but I think I've been getting most of them out. Peach pits don't compost and whoever composted before me ate a lot of them so I've had to shift those out, too. The squirrels keep leaving half eaten apples everywhere so I've been putting those in my compost. Yes, yes. The world is alright.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Photos for My Show in LA

Here are some photos from my show in LA. It's up till December 2nd, so if you're in West LA you should stop by. I went down there with Tommy cause Marci's still on a deadline and I stayed with a friend in Koreatown. Although LA is 6 hours away and is quite exciting every time I come down for a show I tend to not really do anything special. I think it mostly has to deal with the fact we lived down there for a year so there's nothing really new to explore, that and the last three times I've been down, Marci hasn't been able to make it down so it's kind of like, yeah.

The last time I was in LA we played cards in my friend's front yard and I visited a haunted house in Burbank. The time before that which was October 2008, I got sick, so I spent most of the day before the show sleeping, and my friend, Carolline went out and rented Jumanji or something and fell asleep halfway through. This time we played Trivial Pursuit while drinking whiskey and had lunch at the Brite Spot by default cause we couldn't think of a better place to go to.

Uh, installing was pretty easy. I suckered my friend Derek to skip out on whatever he was doing to help me install and he pretty much measured out all spacing and hung everything needing nails. I use velcro to hang my smaller pieces, so those went up pretty fast. I spent the bulk of the trip down cutting strips of velcro in the dark and was lucky to come away with no injuries. Uh, our friend Adam was also down and came by to help. It looked like it would take us about 6 hours to get it all up but it took us about 3. Yeah, not really that exciting.

Marci framed my prints for me. She did a pretty good job.

My friend is a carpenter in the city and cut out the 5"x5" and 5"x7" panels for me from the extra wood lying around the place he worked. I paid him in beer and whiskey.

I wish I had more stuff to say but it was a really fast trip. We got in at 7 PM on Friday, and left 9 AM on Sunday. That and I don't really take very many photos unless there's a cat around, or there's something strange I'm going to eat.

Rob & Ako
I did take a photo of Rob and Ako. The live in LA but I went to school with them at CCAC, but the graduated the year I came in. They both make lovely work, and Rob's on the cover of the new issue of Giant Robot.

Post-It 4 at GR2 in LA December 5


Post-It Show 4 at GR2, December 5, 2009 - January 13, 2010
Reception: Saturday, December 5, 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 445 - 9276

Giant Robot is proud to present Post-It Show 4 at GR2. Curated by artists Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson, the show is slated to feature nearly 2,000 works by noted contributors for only $20. These pieces will be on standard-sized 3" x 3" Post-It ® notes. (Larger sizes of 4" x 4" and 6" x 6" will cost a bit more.)

More than 125 artists will participate, including the following:

APAK!, Andrice Arp, T. Edward Bak, Scott Bakal, Gary Baseman, Drew Beckmeyer, Marc Bell, Mike Bertino, John Black, Jill Bliss, Jon Boam, Aaron Brown, Jeffrey Brown, Chris Buzelli, Brian Cairns, Lilli Carre, Christine Castro, Martin Cendreda, Katherine Chiu, Chris Cilla, Greg Clarke, Josh Cochran, Tim Cochran, Allison Cole, Jen Corace, Jennifer Daniel, Eleanor Davis, Luke Davis, Skinner Davis, Vanessa Davis, Ryan De La Hoz, Bob Dob, Doodles, Seth Drenner, Evah Fan, Korin Faught, Nina Frankel, Shannon Freshwater, Jordan Fu, Matt Furie, Nicholas Gazin, Leif Goldberg, Frieda Gossett, Katherine Guillen, Peter Hamlin, Lisa Hanawalt, Pam Henderson, Tim Hensley, Jaime Hernandez, Ryan Heshka, Paul Hornschemier, David Horvath, Mina Horvath, Patrick Hruby, Rama Hughes, Yellena James, Jeaux Janovsky, Levon Jihanian, Hellen Jo, Mark Johns, Sun Min Kim, Kinoko, Olaf LaDousse, Travis Lampe, Will Laren, Le Merde, Daniel Lim, Ben Marra, Jacob McGraw, James McShane, Brendan Monroe, Mark Murphy, Kiyoshi Nakazawa, Tom Neely, Andrew Neyer, Tru Nguyen, Anders Nilsen, Saelee Oh, Martin Ontiveros, Christina Paulos, Carlos Ramos, Luke Ramsey, Ron Rege, Jesse Reklaw, Joe Rocco, Zachary Rossman, Johnny Ryan, Souther Salazar, Brooks Salzwadel, Scrappers, Chris von Szombathy, Raymond Sohn, Zack Soto, Bwana Spoons, STO, JJ Stratford, Deth P. Sun, Shirl Sun, Team Macho, Daria Tessler, Peter Thompson, Jeremy Tinder, Aiyana Udesen, Steven Weissman, Gilian Wilson, Ben Wolfinsohn, Connie Wong, Jamie Zollars, and MANY MORE

A reception for Todd, Watson, and many of the artists will be held from 6:30 - 10:00 on Saturday, December 5. For more information about the artists, the show, GR2, or Giant Robot magazine, please contact:

Eric Nakamura
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
(310) 479-7311

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Double Punch San Francisco Nov. 21st.

Double Punch Nov 21st - Dec 10th, 2009

Double Punch Gallery Presents
"We Haven't Felt This Way In Years"

NOV 21st - DEC 10th 2009
Opening Reception NOV 21st 7PM till LATE
Gallery Hours Mon - Sat 11 till 7 Sun 11 till 6

Double Punch Gallery

1821 Powell St. @ Filbert
San Francisco, CA 94133

Many of the artists will be in attendance and refreshments will be served.

Alexander Martinez, Alexis Mackenzie, Andre Eamiello, AKO, Ben King, Brett Amory, Bwana Spoons, Deth P. Sun, Doodles, Frank Callozzo, Henry Gunderson, Jason Vivona, Jeremy Forson, Jessica Trippe, John Casey, Julian Duron, Kevin Taylor, Kevin Scott Hailey, Kyle Ng, Liam Devowski, Mary Syring, Mildred, Oscar Mendoza, Ryan De La Hoz, Ryan Bubnis, Scott Barry, Tara Lisa Foley, UPSO, Zach Lewis, and Zosen