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Playing on Fire

18Mar08

Yamashita Yosuke playing at a beach in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. Yamashita Yosuke, a Japanese pianist, recently played an event featuring a piano on fire, on the beach.  He played for 10 minutes until the piano fell silent. The idea and images were beautiful.  Check it out here. Advertisements


Over the weekend, I went to the Shinjo Ito show, which is traveling from Japan and currently on view at Milk Gallery in Chelsea. You can find info on the exhibit here. I had seen the posters in subway stations, a golden Buddha shining in the darkness of the dank New York subway and was […]


Shimaoka Tatsuzo died at the age of 88.  The New York Times had his obituary.  He was designated a national living treasure by the Japanese government in 1996.  A potter heavily influenced by the mingei or folk arts movement, it was a visit to the Japan Folk Crafts Museum in 1938 that inspired him to […]


Aya Uekawa’s uniquely stylized figurative paintings were a highlight of the show. (courtesy Aya Uekawa) I went last week to the newly open exhibit at Japan Society entitled “Making a Home: Japanese Contemporary Artists in New York”. The last two exhibits I had seen at Japan Society were both amazing: Murakami’s “Little Boy: The Arts […]


I saw Beirut and the Fifth Veil play at the Masonic Temple in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn on the 20th. I was just as excited to see the building as I was to see the band when I went. I had seen the outside of the building many times, but had never been inside.  From the […]


I picked up the hardcover book Japan Crafts Sourcebooks from the “Artists and Fleas” market in Williamsburg on Saturday the 29th. It was only $10 although it was listed at $40 on the inside cover, and even Amazon.com has only used copies for $26 or so. The book was produced by the Japan Crafts Forum […]


Poem by my good friend Ms. Arisa Kubo (ありさ久保), also a member of Colette Columbirch ’06 5/20 ゴミ箱の隙間 抜け道 駆け足 汚れないように 覗く青と白 光の残像 複雑な理想をコラージュ頼りに 時を急ぐ それは何だったっけ? 結局何だったっけ? 愛情も欲情も感情もカタチになって転がってた つまずいた心に 降りそそぐ心 変えられないモノがそこにはあって 泣き笑う私に 降りそそぐ太陽 変わっているモノがあるのを知った Colette Columbirch Poster (by Robert Enders.) _________ ’06 5/20 A crack in the garbage can a way out rushing so as not to get stained […]


I got Kitano Takeshi`s Sonatine movie on DVD from Netflix. I was expecting it to be a new, but it’s actually an older film from 1993. The clothes and hair/make were from the late 80s or early 90s, and being able to date it after having lived through that era made me feel old. The […]


I was trying to find the ending theme song from Pee Wee’s Playhouse on the internet after, for some reason, recalling it today.  As a kid, I used to love watching the show on Saturday mornings, bouncing on the couch to the theme song.  I searched and searched for it, but couldn’t find it online […]


On Saturday, I went with my friend O. to see art galleries in Chelsea. I particularly wanted to check out Kohei Yoshiyuki’s exhibit at the Yossi Milo Gallery. It featured nightime photos from the 1970s that he’d taken in Tokyo parks using infrared film to record the crazy sex acts that took place there. Although […]