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take my heart away

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as you can see, i’m fishing…

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for my right hand…

wait a minute!  is that a left hand?! obviously i lost my right hand… i should pay more attention.

this is one of the drawings for my solo show ‘indoor playground’ at the stall gallery in saskatoon.

Indoor Playground
opening :: april 24th friday
chit-chat with me :: april 25th saturday

the Stall Gallery
105-120 Sonnenschein Way
Saskatoon, SK Canada
Phone: (306)653-0800

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the untitled love project book has finally been released by ISM.  i took part in phase 4 of this project. this drawing is titled ‘soul pumping’.

there is a book release party + artist signing at the cerasoli : lebasse gallery tonight.

to buy the book (US$4.95), please visit ISM website.

After two years of exhibitions, interviews and editing the ISM: Untitled Love Project book is finally finished.

We will be celebrating with a book release party + artist signing at the Cerasoli : LeBasse Gallery on Saturday, December 13th, 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

The untitled LOVE project is an emotionally influenced experiment examining the broken heart. Each individual artist revisited a past relationship through their medium.

The book features each original artistic expression accompanied with interviews, short stories, or journal entries regarding the story behind the conceptual recollection.

Allison Sommers. Amy Sol. Angelina Wrona. Anthony Clarkson. Aaron Jasinski. Audrey Kawasaki. Bradford J Salamon. Brandon Francis. Brian M Viveros. Brianne Drouhard. Camilla d’Errico. Camilla Engman. Candace Metzger. Caro. Carrie Ann Baade. Casey O’Connell. Chris Ryniak. Courtney O’Quist. Crystal Yin. Dave Chung. Dave Pressler. Dennis Hayes. Elesavet Lawson. Erik Abel. Erik Siador. Grace Chee. Haubs. J Shea. Jarrod Eastman. Jen Tong. Jeni Yang. Jesse Hotchkiss. Josh Hart. Joshua Clay. Julie Lee. Justin DeGarmo. Katy Horan. Kelly Vivanco. Ken Garduno. Kenneth LaValle. Kmndz. Kris Lewis. Kristyn Dors. Leanne Biank. Lizz Lopez. Lori Escobar. Matt Dangler. Melanie Moore. Melissa A Contreras. M Mararian’s Inky Dreadfuls. Munk One. Nekoshowgun. Nicolette Davenport. P Williams. Patrick Ballesteros. PJ Fidler. Rachel Schmidhofer. Ron Velasco. Ronald J Llanos. Sanithna Phansavanh. Sarah Joncas. Scott Altmann. Scott Chenoweth. Sheesh. Suzanne Clements. The Dead Beatnik. Tony Philippou. Yuka Yamaguchi. Yukari Nishi.

2h. Alexis Mackenzie. Alison Casson. Anders K Iden. Andrew Hem. Brian Kesling. Catia Chien. Dan Ah Kim. Daniel Fleres. Daniel St George. Edwin Ushiro. Gabe Leonard. Jesse Kerr. Jimmy Bleyer. Jon Todd. Katherine Chiu. Kristian Olson. Lilly Piri. Marco Zamora. Marie Barr. Matthew Feyld. Mike Stilkey. Pamela Henderson. Rad Sechrist. Rich Tuzon. Rob Kruse. Scott Barry. Scott Saw. Seizer. Timothy Karpinski. Tuan Vutran. Tommii Lim. Victor Marquez. Zoso.

Gallery I: Evan B. Harris ‘Maritime & Mythology’
Gallery II: ‘Gifted’ Group show featuring small works of 12″ x 12″

Cerasoli : LaBasse Gallery
8530-B Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

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this is one of the drawings for the group show ‘flatlanders’ at mendel art gallery here in saskatoon.

(september 2008 – january 2009)

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this is one of the drawings from the group show, ‘flatlanders’ at mendel art gallery. (september 19 – january 2009)

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‘jealousy’ — drawn on the street at the fringe festival, 2008

the fringe festival is finally over (well, three weeks ago).  it was very productive in many ways.  i got a nice suntan and a knife stuck in my heart.  as usual, people said to me whatever they felt like saying.  it was wonderful and amusing.

i was surprised that many people remembered or recognized my drawings from my show at the mendel gallery over a year ago.  some people even remembered them from my show at royal red gallery at phonographique three years ago.  a few people told me there were looking for me at this fringe this year since i wasn’t there last year.  the best moment was when a guy told me that he’d had seen one of the drawings, ‘inseparable’ somewhere, but he couldn’t remember where.  he left then came back just to tell me the postcard was up on the fridge door at his friend’s house.  he was so excited he came back for the third time to show my work to one of his friends.  i was very touched by all this.  so thanks and arigato!

i kept track of comments that i enjoyed.  so here’s the diagnosis;

  •  ’you should do medical illustration.  you’ll be great!’ — i don’t think so…
  • ‘do you draw family portraits? i have a photo here.’ — no thanks…
  • ‘she’s a freak!  she’s a freak!  she is a FREAK!’ screamed a guy with his full body tattooed and wearing a scary outfit with spikes.
  • ‘i LIKE it!’  said 8 year old boy who flipped through all the drawings.
  • ‘i wish i could draw…’ — i feel the same way
  • ‘ahaha!  look at those boobs!’
  • ‘these are amazing!’
  • ‘i had the EXACT same image ( an elephant coming out of my belly) recently.  i should draw that!’
  • ‘do you like creepy stuff?’ ‘no’ ‘… then why do you draw creepy stuff??’ — good question!
  • ‘do you take any drugs?’
  • ‘you look normal, but i know you aren’t!  you are not normal!’
  • ‘did you draw these?  they are so weird and grotesque.  and you are so adorable!’ — do you want a candy?

i feel so energized and encouraged.  thanks for all the encouragement and cheering as well as your nasty looks.  i did a couple of drawings sitting at my booth and i’ve been drawing away ever since.

more soon, including news about shows i’m doing in september…

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after having lived in london, ON for four weeks, we stayed in victoria, BC for one week.

we visited beacon hill park.

it’s time to check out wheels with a stick.

whoa~!  super exciting!

and he never forgets to be adorable.

finally we’re back in saskatoon.  it’s good to be home.  i like it here.

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blind date

(click the image to view close up)

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in vein

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tonight is the opening of the group show, “girls at play” at compound gallery. i’ll be flying to portland all day today — no direct flight from saskatoon, so we have to change planes in calgary and vancouver. i hope elijah will be happy and sleepy all day.

the curator from the gallery contacted me back in july and invited me to be part of this show. he said the theme would be “twisted eroticism”. i’ve never tried to draw anything erotic, so i wasn’t sure why he asked me. but then i remembered that some of my drawings show up on sexy websites from time to time, especially the ones with naked breasts. it’s a little strange to me that people find my drawings to be erotic, since i don’t think of them that way.

i’m not very good at drawing around a theme, or doing anything on purpose. i tend to get heavy mind-constipation worrying about whether my work will fit with what i’ve been asked to do, or if anyone will understand it. as a good japanese citizen, harmony is very important. so i end up thinking a lot about the other people and the situation, instead of just drawing what i feel like drawing.

i didn’t get much done for this show until the end of september. it was elijah’s super-fussy season around age 2-3 months. then, when i had time to think about drawing, i couldn’t decide what to do for this show.

after all that mind-blowing mind-constipation, i decided i wouldn’t care what i was supposed to do for the show. i just started drawing whatever came to my mind: first there was a girl playing nintendo wii with her breasts, then there were some roosters doing strange things (i didn’t realize what the other word is for “rooster”), then finally there were some giant hearts attached to a stump body of a schoolgirl. maybe some people will still find it sexy but it doesn’t seem that way to me. i was just trying to make myself laugh.

i’m happy the show was given the title “girls at play”. i didn’t know the title until just recently, after doing most of the drawings. it’s good that i drew the girl playing with the wii. but even the other drawings are just me playing around with my pencils, so it still fits with the theme.


i hope people have fun looking at my drawings. if you’re in portland tonight, come to compound gallery. i’m not very chatty and don’t make much sense, but i’d be very happy if you are there.

here is the set of drawings i’m showing. you can click the images to enlarge, and go through them like a slideshow.




my original drawings can be purchased from compound gallery’s online shop (and at the gallery, in portland). i will be making prints of a few of these drawings and adding them to my online shop.

girls at play

four female artists who represent a new movement in japanese art
(show details)

november 1 – 30
reception november 1st @7pm

compound gallery
107 nw 5th avenue
portland, oregon

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ai no toriko

the kanji say “ai no toriko”, which means “slave for love”.

another drawing i did for the “girls at play” show at compound gallery, in portland.   the show opens thursday, november 1st, at 7pm.  i’ll be attending the opening.  if you can come, please do.

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