Art Bin Participation at Yokohama Museum of Art

By appointment, I got my chance to throw my bad bit of art into Michael Landy’s Art Bin installation located inside the Yokohama Museum of Art. An interesting western idea being executed in a most Japanese way.

Mentioned in an earlier post, I created a large black snowflake that turned out to look like a disgusting spider. The Art Bin installation was perfect timing for me to purge my studio of this really bad idea.

IMG_0073 In typical Japanese fashion, I needed to apply, pick a date and hope they contacted me that my art would be acceptable. A week later they replied by email to let me know what time I was allowed to stop by on my chosen date. IMG_0069

This is a Bring Your Own Party event! There was no one else there to throw their art into the bin! Despite the Yokohama Triennale happening, it wasn’t very busy at the museum and I’m glad a friend was able to join me. I thought they would at least group a couple of artists together to toss work in but, sadly, there was just me.

screenshot I made the lonely 2 story climb to the top of the bin, waved to my friend, and tossed in my piece. It fell like a creepy dead spider and plopped to the bottom never breaking from it’s dead spider character to the end. screenshot

It was all very anti-climactic. Hearing the story behind work other artists tossed would have been a nice experience. Maybe a once per week time for artists to come by, line up and toss a piece in would have been nice. A good way to connect with other artists is completely squashed with the Japanese system of requiring specific appointments.

screenshot The whole Yokohama Triennale turned out to be a disappointing experience. Nothing really made my friend or I say, “Wow!” Too many pieces by artists that are seen over and over and over again. Various artwork that was crammed into areas too small and other work that clearly was placed in an area way too large.

Very few pieces were new work! So much of it was already presented at other venues for the past 10, 20, 30 years! There are just too many amazing installation artists out there for them to have just played it safe. Especially in a city that boasts how international it is.

Thankfully I had great company in my friend so it was still a fun Art Play Day! A big THANK YOU to her for taking photographs, also :)

展示の準備しました!また明日取り付けします! / Preparations for the exhibition are complete!

Tokyo Art Book Fair Preparations

Our group, Tokyo Art Byte Critique was accepted into the Zine’s Mate Tokyo Art Book Fair to be held Fri, Sept 19 – Sun, Sept 21. So we have jumped into high gear to create amazing book art work for you to stop by and enjoy!

Yesterday, I got together with fellow Tokyo Art Byte Critique member Lori of The Spendy Pencil and while she made photo choices to include in her works, I chose to bind my map-paged Travel Journals with more pages than originally planned. From 24 pages now up to 40 pages per book for a total of 80 if you choose to use both sides of each page!

Fellow member Lyle Nisenholz has completed another amazing book of his original drawings which flow from one page to another through creative cutouts and and folds on the pages. Enjoy the Bonobo Book video:

A couple of us will be getting together again next week Thursday for another Book Art Assembling  Party to keep pushing each other to offer our best possible art books at the Tokyo Art Book Fair! Check back to see our progress each week and hope to see you at our booth next month!

Tokyo Art Book Fair 2014: We’re In!

HoursTracker – Lepidoptera, Algebra & Crochet

According to my HoursTracker App, this past week, I have completed 17 hours 15 minutes of Research & Development and 47 minutes of Marketing. But just what have I accomplished in this time?

I’m getting ready to place a big colored-copper wire order and wanted to be sure of the gauges, colors, prices and which company  will send their items to me in Japan at the most reasonable price within a reasonable timeframe. Of course, it is difficult to make direct comparisons as one company sells by the yard, another by the  meter and yet another by the 1/4 pound! Due to proprietary metals compositions and permanent coloring techniques there is no way a simple yards to meters conversion will give me a good complete picture. And by the 1/4 pound? Puh-leez! There is no algebra professor that can find that kind of “X”!

So I made a few wire crochet studies to be sure of the gauges that will be best. Last week was the Tunisian Crochet experiments. This past week was working a doily pattern which I completely misread by the 3rd row! Thankfully, it was the wire work look and feel I was testing not my pattern reading!


IMG_0026 Off the clock, I chose to layer the wire crocheted pieces, combine them with fun destash yarn and created a wall hanging sculpture that I’ll insert into a deep box frame.

My lepidoptera research has been going over my photographs of various Butterflies native to Queensland, Australia, learning their wing colors, both on top and the bottom which is often very different. Googling what their eggs, caterpillar, and chrysalis look like along with which flora species they prefer. I am super excited that this will be a bright & beautiful project when it’s completed.

A bit more research went into locker hooking techniques to help me recreate the rainforest floor. Thanks so much for all those YouTube posters who have happily shared their knowledge. This morning I’ll tackle a sample piece.

The Marketing time is mostly adding to this website and posting daily progress to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, tumblr…

The Cornershop 1st-31st August 2014

As I embark on my own long-term art installation project, others such as Lucy Sparrow who have reached their goal peak my curiosity.
8 months in the making, 14 hours a day, 4000 handmade recreated felt items! Watch her interview with Vaiders Arc:

Love Knitting did a great interview asking deeper questions about what it took for her to bring this project to completion. How she was able to fund it using multiple sources and just how much it has consumed her life for the last 8 months.

If you are in London this month, or in Brighton come October, stop by The Cornershop!

Good (Bad?) Enough to Bin It!

Yes! That really great idea I had that turned out to be not such a great idea is going in the Bin. More precisely, Michael Landy’s Art Bin at  Yokohama’s Museum of Art. 

As mentioned in my Decluttering Art post, what cannot be reclaimed, repurposed or given away to even one’s mother to love will need to go to the garbage bin.  This huge (1 meter in diameter) black snowflake needs such a home. It reminds me too much of a yucky spiderweb.  I am so very happy my project was good (bad?) enough to be accepted for binning at the Yokohama Triennale.

This huge black snowflake/spiderweb monstrosity of a bad idea will be given a chance to be rejected with dignity in an art museum along with a tribe of other rejected art.

IMG_0018 Thursday, Aug 28th, sometime between 11:00 – 12:00 stop by to watch this and other rejected art be tossed into the Art Bin.