Monday, August 31, 2009


Originally uploaded by hijun

Young couple is kissing for good night after the date. The young woman's mother is near window waiting her daughter to come back. A cat is enjoying the night chasing birds. A church in the distance stands still. A village drunk is fishing on a ground, The marking on the flags symbolizes the entire universe. An ancient bird is flying under the stars. Another birds that cannot fly woke up from his bed with a nightcap on, is quietly observing the whole situations.
ink on paper
4.5" x 5.5"

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Logo Contest ( Deadline Aug 28th)

Philadelphia Center for the Book is sponsoring a contest to design a logo for BPS. Submit entry to by Friday, August 28th. Logo must include the words "Book Paper Scissors" and must be reproduced on a 4-color postcard. The third annual Book Paper Scissors artists' book fair will be held at the Free Library of Philadelphia on December 5, 2009. The prize is a free table at this year's BPS event.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

New Opportunity for Women Artists

Here is some info for women artists

I must mentioned that 'were' should be used after 'wish' in proper English, as "I wish I were..."

A.I.R. Gallery Presents a New Opportunity for Women Artists:
A Juried + Invitational Exhibition

In January 2010 A.I.R. Gallery will host "The Man I Wish I Was" a month-long, partially juried, partially invitational exhibition. In keeping with the feminist tradition of irreverent internal-critique and self-vigilance the intent of the show is to question how gender perception relates to personal identity.

We look forward to unanticipated perspectives and encourage an open interpretation of "The Man I Wish I Was."

October 2, 2009 at midnight online, 6pm if hand delivery, or postmark October 2 by mail.

Any artist worldwide who self-identifies as female may submit original works of art. Collaborations are welcome.

Lauren Ross, Curator and Director of Arts Programs, Friends of the High Line
Kat Griefen, Director, A.I.R. Gallery
Kharis Kennedy, Independent Curator and Artist

SUBMISSION FORMATS: Artists may submit digital images via the online application, or may download a paper application to accompany slides, video or a CD of digital images

Complete entries include:
1. Entry form;
2. Four (4) images (including details) OR one three (3) minute video;
3. $20 entry fee

Submissions may be in the form of sketches for incomplete works or images of completed works. The jury will conduct a blind review of applications; therefore, artists must not include names on submission materials, except where indicated.

Please click HERE<> to apply online or download an entry form.

Deadline for Receipt of Entry: October 2, 2009
Acceptance Notification Date: November 15, 2009
Exhibition Dates: January 6 - January 31, 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 7, 2010 from 6pm to 8pm

Please note: A.I.R. Gallery is closed through September 7, 2009. All inquires regarding the application process during this time should be directed to: Inquiries will be responded to on a weekly basis.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

You have a week to submit

I came across with this show announcement. Anyone, who likes taking photos with cell phone, should submit photos to this show. No entrance fee.

Helen day Art center in Stowe, VT, announces the first of its kind (?? I have a doubt) international call to cell phone artists. Submit up to 10 digital images in jpeg format, high res, up to 3mb per image, directly to Find full guidelines at

Monday, August 17, 2009

Interview with Ms. Hannah Cole

I visited Ms. Hannah Cole's Studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn, and interviewed her about her art.
Her studio building hosts about 50 studios.

(Ms. Hannah Cole at her desk that she built)

Ms.Hannah Cole is a painter, originally from Boston, had lived in Italy. She just had her solo show at Greene Contemporary Gallery which is located in LES. I was intrigued by a few works I saw there and I would like to hear where her ideas are coming from.

A funny coincidence was that I was looking at Ucross residency website, and found her photo on their site. Ms. Cole was there in this spring session.

Here is the video clip.

I was very attracted with this painting at her solo show. It was quite a large piece.

Tunnel Vision, oil on multiple shaped birch panels, 37" x 92", 2008

The shape of canvas is a car window shield from certain angle. When you stand front of this piece, you will feel like you are driving in a tunnel. And you look back the rear view mirror. But instead seeing cars behind you, you will see this...

close up of "Tunnel Vision"

Here is the original Painting by Thomas Cole, (Not related to Ms. Cole) ,19th century American painter who is consider to be the founder of Hudson River school.

Romantic landscape with Ruined Tower (1832-36)

As I was leaving her studio, I noticed an attractive large round canvas on a shelf over her desk. Ms. Cole kindly unwrapped and showed me this gem. It was made with embroidering and quilting.

American Memory, sewn cloth assemblage, 24" x 30"

Bonus Footage: Ms.Hannah Cole talking about the piece on her behind

Ms. Hannah Cole's website:
Her gallery website:

Her recommanded website and blog.

This was the very first interview on this blog. I would like to keep visiting more artists.
Please send me comments.

Peace out

Monday, August 10, 2009

Adventurer of Lt.Ishida: Episode1

I, Lieutenant Ishida, was called to pilot the Montello Airline’s first flight from Floyd Bennett field in Brooklyn, NY on September 2nd,20xx. To oblige my mission, I took off from the undisclosed base with my Fiat CR.42 Falco with a booster fuel tank. Soon after taking off, I noticed that the oil temperature gauge was not functioning correctly. I yanked a few times on the gauge, and it showed the normal temperature. I was flying under this circumstance for a while, thinking that I should not rely on duct tape so much.
And then suddenly the tachometer went into the red zone. Soon the oil pressure totally dropped, and the engine stopped. I was forced to perform a crash landing. I had no control of the craft. My airplane dove down into a corn field....

I don’t know how I did it, but I managed to minimize the impact to the ground. My craft, however, was totally stuck in the field. I checked my body; nothing was broken. I tried the radio; no function. I came out from the cockpit. My Falco was not so lucky. All the blades of the propeller were broken off or bent. I was still happy that there was no serious damage to the craft itself and probably I could probably fly with a new propeller. I need to bring my vehicle to the nearest airport. But I had no idea where I was. I had to find a way. Where was I, anyway?

I was desperately needed to locate my current position. After walking several hours, I encounter friendly locals in a meadow. They were quite curious what I was up to. They wanted to know where I was from. I explained my situation. They told me I was in Burlington, Wisconsin. They said they had heard a loud noise and expressed dismay that noise might affect their productivity. I apologized and told them that I hope this kind of thing would not happen again. Then I mentioned that I needed to repair my craft to go to Brooklyn, NY so that I could bring New York people to Montello, Nevada


One local was very excited when he heard that I was headed to Nevada. It tuned out that his high school sweet heart moved to Nevada about two decades ago, and he wants me to ask around about her when I get there. I promised him that I would do what I could. Then he told me the short cut to get to the main road. They served me a cup of tea with milk. I asked for two sugar cubes. They had flower decorated sugar cubes!! I told the hostess that she has fine taste. She blushed and told me that she just loves flowers. Although the conversation was lively and I was enjoying having a few cups of fine tea in the meadow, I had to go on my mission. I thanked them and departed. They wished me luck.

I was looking for the main road. I was estimating that once I reached the main road, I could hitchhike to the airport shop or a junk shop and fabricate whatever I needed. Still, I was starting to think that I may need to have a crane to lift up my Fiat CR.42 Falco -- or 23 donkeys, whichever I could find.

But I seemed to be completely lost. I must have made a wrong turn on the trail. I ended up on the bank of a big lake. As far as I could see, there were no signs of human activity. Well, actually I was wrong.

While I was studying the map and matching my location by observing the shore lines carefully (this was difficult with only a world map.), small people came out from behind. They were very cheerful and friendly. They actually suggested that I go around the shore line a few miles, so that I will meet big people. I was not sure if that was a good idea since I cannot see how big this lake was, but I didn’t seem to have an alternative course to take. I followed their advice. They also told me that if I could come with them, their Ma would make us casserole. I asked them if it came with crashed ramen noodle on top and they said "yes". I thought that this would be wonderful to have an authentic Mid-west experience, but I had a mission to carry on. So, I had to go.

The trip was rather dreadful. I encountered scorpions, snakes, spiders, hornets, and poisonous frogs. But with my strong will to rescue my craft so that I can fly the passengers from Brooklyn while they are enjoying themselves gave me courage to cross the horrible terrain. For whatever reason, I was thinking of Vegemite the legendary dish from Australia. Thinking of having Vegemite once I got back to a cosmopolitan area kept me walking. Finally, I saw a deck with a recreational vehicle on the bank. I reached the "big people" area, but there were no signs of people. They must have gone to fishing or something else. I knocked on the door, made some noise, and sang the song "Never Gonna Give You Up" at full volume, but no one came. I squinted into the horizon. It seemed as if there was a boat on the lake. "Is this Lake Michigan, actually?" I thought.

I had no idea where Burlington, Wisconsin was. It could be a next to Lake Michigan if it was on the east side of Wisconsin. It could be next to the Mississippi River if it was on the west side of Wisconsin. By the way, do you know that one can sink the entire Benelux countries into Lake Michigan? But why would anyone want to do that? I have never met people from Luxemburg nor Bergen, and my Dutch girl friends actually buy me drinks instead of going Dutch. (I am not sure about dudes.) But, anyway, there were no people that I could flag down for help. So, I left the site following a narrow road that the RV might have come from.

After I left the RV park near a lake, I finally reached at a wide road. Then I realized that I was just making a circle. I came back to the corn field that I landed in. My entire day was lost. I did not have water. I had not eaten all day. I needed to take a hot bath and get a massage with rose petals. I needed to get a manicure. If I were at an all-you-can-eat sushi place at this point, I probably could eat so much sushi that the restaurant would have to build a fleet to catch enough fish to satisfy me. Even with a conservative estimate, I probably could eat an entire six foot tuna by myself. I was that hungry. And I probably could drain the Lake Michigan. I was that thirsty. I waited for someone passing by on a road. But no one came. It seemed that the corn field was managed automatically by a central ultra big agricultural biz machine. I needed human contact. Automated sprinkler started chasing me in a field with water.

I was so tired, but I did not want to get wet. Also, I felt the mean coldness from this automatic sprinkler structure. It was not just an automated water sprinkler. It had definitely sinister streak to the machine. So, I ran. But the sprinkler hand kept reaching for me and its half a mile long hand kept chasing me. I had to run and run and escape from the corn filed, escaping from the domain of the sprinkler machine. I saw the woody area near the field. And I dashed into the woods where the sprinkler could no longer reach me. I was short of bless. Then I met Bob, my savior.

He asked me what heck I was doing with circus costume on. (He though I was shot out from a human cannon.) I explained that I must find a shop to fix my airplane to bring joy to the people in Brooklyn who would like to go to the Montello, Nevada. He said he would help me. He could take me to his brother in law's place and he can come and get my airplane with a winch from his jeep. Also, he can probably fabricate anything for me from his junk yard. Then it was my turn to ask him what he is doing in the woods with all the stuff on his truck. He said that his wife and her sisters have a craft project and that they need to have vines to make baskets. I said to him that is so admirable that there is art and craft movement in this area. I also told him that everyone should have knowledge of how to make baskets for catching fish in the lake. I also told him that basket is a good item to dunk in the ocean to catch an octopus and told him how my uncle catches octopus. (Well, he actually uses a clay pot instead of a basket, but he told me that I can use a basket too.)
He said he has nothing to do with devil fish, but I told him that octopus tastes good with balsamic vinegar. He said I was strange fellow and had peculiar sense of humor, so he would give me a ride.
Finally, I was saved, and the good thing was that he had bread pudding and a ruben sandwich to share with me. He also fed me a good chunk of Wisconsin cheese.
At this point I knew that I could not show up on time to fly the airplane from Brooklyn, but I thought, "At least I can repair my craft, Fiat CR.42 Falco, and fly again in a few days and my glorious adventure will continue."

In retrospective, I could not reach at airfield was a minor problem. The scheduled day of flight, there was a severe storm at the Floyd Bennett field. So, even if I was there I could not fly the airplane anyway. I spent the next days, watching Packers games with Bob, drinking Pop at Lucy’s, eating chicken wings with a lot of blue cheese, until my Fiat was fixed.
....... This was the story of my latest adventure, the episode of "Lost in Wisconsin". I am sure I will have a more tales to tell. Until then, I, Lieutenant Ishida, am over and out....

(Edited by my dear friend Paul Mihas)

Kwannongyo or Samantamukha Parivarta

Kwannongyo or Samantamukha Parivarta
Originally uploaded by hijun

Thursday, August 6, 2009

KiK Residency in Netherlands

For MEDIA ARTISTS: KiK Residency in Netherlands
Stichting KiK in Nijeveen: KiK is an art foundation located in an old milk factory in the North of the Netherlands, which fosters projects that make full use of the unique opportunities of the rural landscape. KiK offers residencies for development, research, co-operation, experiment and production of dynamic and innovative projects. * Duration: three months (November 2009 - February 2010), no deadline. International artists are welcome to apply. * Disciplines: architecture, photographers, video and film, as long as the project is related to the landscape and heritage. * Monthly grant: 750 euro.
For more information, write to: Stichting KiK, Kolderveen 30, 7948 NJ Nijeveen, Netherlands or call +31 522-491003, E-mail or visit the website at:

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Metropol.Mode Art & Culture Showcase

Metropol.Mode Art & Culture Showcase
Celebrating the abundant, diverse, and cutting-edge creativity that emerges from high population-density metropolises.
Date: Sunday, August 23, 2009
Attn Artists:
I am currently seeking artwork for an upcoming exhibit in Brooklyn. Contemporary art / Street art / Outsider ArtPaintings / Sculpture / Prints / VideoPlease contact me at your earliest convenience to set up a appointment.
Jeremy Marquez - President
Implica™ - Art + Design + Music + Culture
+1 720 422 0877

Monday, August 3, 2009


I was reading a blog, "Mira's list" about grants. (Link at the bottom)
Then I realized that last grant I applied was a rather questionable one.
Because they charge fee and did not ask for a proposal, and their website was too simple.
I cannot say for sure if they are not legitomate; for instance a lot of not for profit organization's web sites are not cutting edge. But not to be asked proposal for grant was rather strange to me.
In my past, I had participated juried shows with fee. Once I was in a show in Chelsea from such a juried call, I ended up with 100 artists in 200 sqf for one day show. I realized that we were just paying for rent for this gallery from our entrance fee. (They were not so subtle about in fact they don't care about the show.) Questionable people organize a show to collect entrance fee, or invite outsider for a group show to cover their cost of the show. I did not think about this can be true to foundation's, however, anyone can call themselves such and such foundation and have a website. I admit that I was not careful. Here is what Mira how to say. (Follow the link)


Call for Proposals.

Dream Deferred
Purdue University Galleries
(West Lafayette IN)
DREAM DEFERRED. Call for Proposals. Purdue University Galleries (West Lafayette, Indiana) is currently reviewing proposals for an exhibition of contemporary art relating to the Langston Hughes poem “A Dream Deferred” and contemporary socioeconomic challenges facing minorities in the United States. The exhibition will be presented in the Stewart Center Gallery from January 11 through February 21, 2010 in conjunction with a presentation of “A Raisin in the Sun” at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Work must be available to be exhibited at that time. There is no entry fee. All media are eligible, including new and emerging technologies. Exhibit will be curated from submissions and may feature a single artist or group of artists. Applicants should send cover letter describing proposed exhibit and estimated expenses, examples of current work (up to 20 jpegs on CD or DVD for time-based media – no slides), resume, artist statement, and SASE to: Craig Martin, Director, Purdue University Galleries, Y e-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts, 552 West Wood Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2002,, (765) 494-3061. Call for proposals is available for download at or by e-mail request. Proposals will be reviewed continually – deadline for submissions: September 18, 2009.
Website: galleries_ex_dreamdeferred.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Call for Video

Live Box Gallery - Video
Deadline: August 8, 2009
Requesting single channel video for screening program.
"Because the Night" references Patti Smith's seminal work; the
exhibition will include work that reflects the multiple facets of
human behavior in the night. Mayhem, sex, romance, battles and war
activities, dreams, and abstract works that evoke the poetics of
nighttime. The exhibition will open October 19, 2009 at the Guggenheim
Gallery at Chapman College, in California.
"Becasue the Night" is curated by Sabina Ott, with a video screening
program by LiveBox. Visual artists participating include: Stephanie
Brooks, Pamela Fraser, Michelle Grabner, Kristin Calabrese, Terence
Hannum, Goody B. Wiseman, Candice Lin, Dana Duff, Jordan Biren, Alison
Ruttan, Scott Stack, Mathew Girson and more.
Please submit a DVD or QT mov file, plus digital copies of video
synopsis, CV, and jpegs.
You can also send an email to with a link to the
video or excerpt online. Do not attach images or documents.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Paris Residency Program

Paris Residency Program
For New York City-Based Visual Artist
At the Cité Internationale Des Arts, Paris, France
Sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of the City of Paris/Mairie de Paris
Open Call for Applications
Application Deadline:
Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 5PM
This is NOT a postmark deadline; it is an in-office deadline.
Residency Dates:
March – August 2010
About Paris Residency:
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Mayor’s Office of the City of Paris (Mairie de Paris), are partnering again to provide one New York City artist with the opportunity to live and work at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France. LMCC is currently inviting artists to submit applications for this special residency. One artist will be selected to receive live/work space in Central Paris and a monthly living stipend for six consecutive months, from March – August 2010.
The Paris Residency Program is open to emerging and mid-career visual artists who are U.S. citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents, and are also New York City residents. New York City includes all five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island.