Thursday, April 10, 2014

Boba


Boba
Acrylic on Wood Panel
18" x 24"
2014

For Corey Helford Gallery's final show in their original space, they chose to host "Pop-Eyeconic", a group show with a Pop/Icon theme. This was the perfect opportunity to bust out an idea I'd been sitting on for a couple years now: "Boba".
To me, "Boba" was a simple, almost obvious, visual pun. I was honestly surprised I hadn't seen it yet. Combine Boba Fett (the infamous bounty hunter from Star Wars) with Boba Milk Tea (a popular tea based drink featuring "boba" or tapioca balls).  Both of these things have played some kind of role in my life. As a child, the character Boba Fett and the Kenner action figure were hugely popular to me. And as a young asian american adult, I'd indulge in Boba Milk Tea whenever I visited my folks in the San Gabriel Valley. For the painting, I also added a hoodie because it's one of my favorite articles of clothing. 
"Boba" will be available as a limited edition print from my friends at 1xRun on April 11th, 2014.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Alcoholic's Anonymous


In December, 2013, my friend and colleague Michael Mararian curated a show called "Bound Requiem". Hosted by Last Rites Gallery, the idea behind the show was to have artists "reinterpret paper bound books into contemporary art pieces".
For this show, I chose to create a painting on the cover of an Alcoholics Anonymous.
This particular copy of AA was given to me while I was checked into a rehab for a substance abuse problem. Though I personally don't have an issue with alcohol in particular, many addicts are referred to the AA book because of the college level writing featured in its pages. (The NA book is written at an elementary school level)
The painting I created is essentially a revisit of my painting "Dirty Martini". The biggest difference being the crucifix toothpick that's impale the head/garnish in the cocktail. I chose to feature this kind of religious imagery because Alcoholics Anonymous (and Narcotics Anonymous) turn to religion as a tool to help addicts come to terms with their humility. Unfortunately, it's this religiousness that I find difficult to accept, and usually kept me from accepting their fellowship.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Milk & Cookies

Milk & Cookies
8" x 10"
Acrylic On Wood Panel 
2013


"Milk & Cookies" was created for a Krampus themed group show hosted by Copro Gallery in December 2013. In case you're not familiar, while Santa distributed gifts to the "good" children, Krampus distributed punishment to the "bad" ones.
Upon further consideration of this relationship, I wanted to believe that Krampus and Santa were truly partners/colleagues for Christmas. Of course these characters are opposites of each other, but at the end of the day, they also need each other. I perceive them as being two sides of the same coin, and as such, this would mean Krampus would share in the spoils of Christmas, ie. "Cookies & Milk".
This painting ended up being the first in a series I'm hoping to explore in the future. Where most of my paintings are built around a simple formula:"light" characters in "dark" situations, "Cookies & Milk" reverses the formula, inserting a "dark" character" in a "light" situation.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

"Love & Allergies" Silk Screen Print Release


Love & Allergies
16" x 20"
2014

On Saturday, February 1st, I'll be signing my limited edition 7 color silk screen print of "Love and Allergies", the painting I created for Cat Art Show Los Angeles.
Only 80-85 of these prints will be available. They are $250 a piece and the image is sized at 16" x 20." If you don't have to live in LA to buy them - you can email
susan@catartshow.com to place an order!

The Cat Art Show and my signing are hosted by 101 Exhibit
6205 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

The signing will run from 2pm-3pm. 
I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Post It Show 9

On December 2013, I participated in Giant Robot's annual Post It Note Show (number 9). For this show, I started by thinking about how I used post it notes. What I realized was that I mostly used them as grocery lists. From there I illustrated six items I normally purchase when I go grocery shopping.
 

The week after the opening of Post It Show 9, Giant Robot decided to host a second opening since a bunch of artists were late with their contributions. I used this opportunity to create a second set. Sticking with the food theme, I chose to create a series inspired by my love of coffee.
For my coffee series, I decided to feature an animal that I consider the opposite of what coffee stands for: the Sloth.
 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Random Acts of Sadness

In August 2013, Corey Helford Gallery hosted my solo show "Random Acts of Sadness". As the title suggests, the show compiled a variety of paintings, most of which focused on the forlorn narratives I'm best known for. This being my first major show in Los Angeles in two years, I decided to incorporate a handful of paintings I've shown in some of the art shows I did outside of LA, and I also touched up / revised many of these paintings for the show.
Jack
Mixed Media Sculpture
Approx 20" x 15" x 8"
Sculpted and cast by Julie B and Pretty In Plastic


An Arm and a Leg 
Acrylic and Ink on Canvas
24x30

The Cat and the Rat 
Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel
20x24

You Are What You Eat Series (Bear Paw) 
Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel
16x20

 
You Are What You Eat Series (Shark Fin)
Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel
16x20

 
You Are What You Eat Series (Tiger Penis)
Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel
16x20



Character Study (Skin)
Character Study (Muscle)
Character Study (Bone)
Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel
6x6

Even A Monkey
Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel
24x30

It Ain't Easy Being Green
Alt Title 1: Kermit and the Kappa
Alt Title 2: Yearning for the West

Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel
12x16

Nesting Doll (Revised)
Mixed Media on Wood Nesting Dolls
Skeleton Doll Sculpted by Jesse "Jryu" Yu

 People Think I'm Easy
Acrylic and Ink on Canvas
36x48

Phoning It In
Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel
14x18

 Seppuku
Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel
12x16

Stabbed In the Back (Revised)
Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel
24x18

Target (Revisited)
Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel
16x20

The Heavy Head
Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel
14x11

The Painter
Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel
14x14

The Slug and the Salt Shaker
Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel
14x18

Totem
Acrylic and Ink on Canvas
18x36


Toys & Role Models - Barbie
Toys & Role Models - HeMan
Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel
9x12


Wish I was Bowie
Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel
8x8
 

Dung
Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel
8x8

Friday, June 14, 2013

Ugly Love (Featuring Peaco)

Ugly Love (Featuring Peaco)
6" x 8"
Graphite and Ink on Paper
2013

Ugly Love (Featuring Peaco) was created for Uglycon 2013, a show dedicated to Ugly Doll. Hosted by Giant Robot, contributing artists were asked to create something featuring, or was at least related to, the Ugly Doll. For my contribution, I imagined it (in this case, the character Peaco) being loved by my bear to the point of being hurt. 
Because I had little time to do this (with my upcoming solo show looming overhead) I choose to stick with using graphite and pen on paper.