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Japanese Zen Gardens and I Have Everything Project

Japan, and the way of Zen, had a profound effect on me. I had seen how the absence of a thing creates meaning, of the thing itself. I sat on the sidelines of a sand pit, with rocks in it, and this gave me a very meaningful experience – I got in touch with something within myself that was a part of the bigger world around me.. and this experience made me realize how connected I am to everything without actually owning it or having a formal relationship with it, or even an intellectual understanding of it. It was the absence of everything that we expect to give us a worthwhile experience ( in the west ). I returned to the sand pit several times. And went on to other similar gardens around Kyoto and had several days of uninterrupted near bliss which i have not had the capacity to explain as I am not a Buddhist and this wasn’t a religious experience, I didn’t have any crutches to stand on.

The Whale – Rock and Sand Dry Landscape Zen Garden at Ryoan-ji Temple, Kyoto
The Whale – Rock and Sand Dry Landscape Zen Garden at Ryoan-ji Temple, Kyoto

Around a year after the trip to Japan I decided to sell and donate most of my possessions and move to New York City. I had built a substantial cache of things and had a pretty lifestyle, this is all i want to say about it. The possessions that surrounded me had started to take a large amount of my time and resources. all required not only dusting,  regular care and space to inhabit – they needed use. It means I had to sit around playing with my possessions to put them to good use or find them storage, organize them properly and so on. Imagine the amount of time it takes to properly care for a house full of stuff. Sounds like a lifetime.

Now  I don’t really recommend doing a big shed unless you are properly motivated.  Short of putting on a robe or having another”proper” context  – it is hard to explain or relate such a move to anyone. At the time I wanted to find self-worth beyond what I had, and beyond my commercial work. I found that with being constantly fed a program i had atrophied my own capacity for self-motivation and self-tasking which is essential for independent artists. I left my apartment in San Francisco and moved to a small room in Harlem. Till this day  i only feel relief and not a single drop of regret or doubt.

 

my studio on 3535 Fillmore st in San Francisco - one of the priciest and greatest places on earth
my studio on 3535 Fillmore st in San Francisco – one of the priciest and most beautiful places to live on Earth. I had a view of Golden Gate and run 6 miles every day to the foot of the bridge and back. I used to sail my kayak (yeah, with an actual sail strapped to my back) from Half Moon Bay and watch great whales migrate North.
the room with red Chair in Harlem
the room with red Chair in Harlem

What does it mean? Nothing, it really has no meaning to anyone or no purpose beyond what it really was – i did my first hand drawing in this room and because I had no distractions whatsoever and no other model – a whole body of work emerged focused on my personal space.

I often come back to the big shedding of things as it was really fascinating to watch all the stuff go. Each object I sent away had a connection to my life and held a string to a particular event or reflected on a particular experience. None was trivial, I always felt an object had a permanent bond to their owner on account of us being blobs and constantly absorbing molecules from our surroundings. Thus emerged the what I call “I Have Everything project”. There was no intent for any of it to become any sort of project, simply had to photograph each item for either craigslist or ebay.. at different times, both in San Francisco and New York city.

Saks Fifth Avenue evening gown I wore to the Met opera, complete with a box seats ( if you have ever shown up to the met overdressed and ll eyes are on the gown and the bare back )
Saks Fifth Avenue evening gown I wore to the Met opera, complete with box seats ( if you have ever shown up to the met overdressed and ll eyes are on the gown and the bare back )

Saks Fifth Avenue evening gown I wore to the Met opera, complete with box seats ( if you have ever shown up to the met overdressed and all eyes are on the gown and the bare back ), unforgettable moment which I never repeated. Since, I have always gone to the Opera in jeans and a jacket, standing room only. In fact the standing room area at the Met Opera is the most fun as you have often a reason to get a conversation going with others on the railings. The gown went on ebay.

 

Had to question every single thing I was taught, and the whys outweighed the dos.
My Tae-Kwon-Do gear. Had to question every single thing I was taught, and the whys outweighed the dos. Eventually realized I cannot be completely conscious and kick or hit another human.
My Tae-Kwon-Do Yellow Belt.
My Tae-Kwon-Do Yellow Belt. Loved the color.

My Tae-Kwon-Do gear. Had to question every single thing I was taught, and the whys outweighed the dos. Eventually realized I cannot be completely conscious and kick or hit another human.. Loved the color of the yellow belt.

Tae Kwon Do was not a trivial or trifle experience, I learned much about it and what creates a mastery of movement. The same thing that creates mastery in anything – practice. Once you have practiced poomse 10,000 times – you become one with motion, with the  air around it and enter a zone of being. Never became Jackie Chan but appreciated him more. along with the doing I needed questions answered and a meaning built around it that I could’t find in kicking itself, although i enjoyed it physically. I loved kicking paddles, not humans. The favorite lesson form Tae Kwon Do was the fact that my teacher, Mr K, always said commit the kick vs simply saying “kick” it.  Commit the kick to me contained the whole philosophy of martial arts which is repetition and becoming one with air. Or with chairs as is the case with Jackie, it is an Art form after all.

This set got left i believe on the streets of Brooklyn. Perhaps I still have the belt.

The trusty jetta donated to KQED.
The trusty jetta donated to KQED.

The trusty jetta got donated to KQED. Bay Bridge, 101 taught me to appreciate audiobooks. I learned a bit of Japanese in this car, mostly during San Mateo bridge commutes.

Upack. I named a drawing later on after these events: "New York One Way".
Upack. I named a drawing later on after these events: “New York One Way”.

 

Still have the ladder.

 

A small photograph from an obscure book

about a dry waterfall and a poem from Hyakunin isshu that read:

“Though the sound
of the cascade
long since has seized
we still hear the murmur
of its name”

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Fashion in an Age of Technology at The Met

Fashion in an Age of Technology at The Met

 

When you look at the first (3-D-Printed) piece made, you can see the fine lines of the print. You can see how the piece has been built up. In one millimeter, there are up to ten lines. It’s almost like a fingerprint – it’s as detailed as your fingerprint… It was inspired by the way limestone deposits from shells. With 3-D printing, I am very much drawn to the organic.

Iris van Herpen

 I call this the the Matrix dress! NEON DANS LA NUIT SUIT 1990/91 hand embroidered with fluorescent stripes

I call this the the Matrix dress!

NEON DANS LA NUIT SUIT
1990/91
hand embroidered with fluorescent stripes

3-D-printed polymer 2014 Noa Raviv “While working (with) 3-D software i was fascinated by the grid shown on the 2-D screen and by the way black repetitive lines define voluminous objects.”

 

3-D-printed polymer
2014
Noa Raviv
“While working (with) 3-D software i was fascinated by the grid shown on the 2-D screen and by the way black repetitive lines define voluminous objects.”
1968 Egg Carton Dress

 

1968
Egg Carton Dress

Modern Egg Carton Dress 2015

Modern Egg Carton Dress
2015

MIYAKE DESIGN STUDIO 2010

 

MIYAKE DESIGN STUDIO
2010

MIYAKE DESIGN STUDIOS 1990

 

MIYAKE DESIGN STUDIOS
1990

MIYAKE DESIGN STUDIOS 1990 - same dress flat

 

MIYAKE DESIGN STUDIOS 1990 – same dress flat

My favorite! It is all about the name and it has got spirit. MIYAKE DESIGN STUDIOS 1994 Flying Saucer Dress

 

My favorite! It is all about the name and it has got spirit.

MIYAKE DESIGN STUDIOS
1994
Flying Saucer Dress

BAHAI 3-D-printed Fractal weave dress - with six degrees of fractal growth.

 

BAHAI 3-D-printed
Fractal weave dress – with six degrees of fractal growth.

3-D latticework dress 2015 Iris van Herpen

 

3-D latticework dress
2015
Iris van Herpen

3-D printed dress using stereolithography. it was built layer by layer in a vessel of liquid polymer. The polymer hardens when struck by a laser beam.

 

3-D printed dress using stereolithography. it was built layer by layer in a vessel of liquid polymer. The polymer hardens when struck by a laser beam.

Alexander McQueen 2012

 

Alexander McQueen
2012

Laser cut white foam 2013

 

Laser cut white foam
2013

Noir Kei Ninomiya 2015-16

 

Noir Kei Ninomiya 2015-16

 

Noir Kei Ninomiya
2015-16

Fashion in an Age of Technology at The Met

 

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