Archive for the ‘Art around the Bay Area’ Category

Pixar animation studios – art for good

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

I feel very fortunate to be part of the great northern California adventure of digital art and film. I had the opportunity to meet and work with some of the most talented people in the digital art industry, the movers and shakers of the contemporary digital art world. Recently I have been thinking more and more of the opportunity we have as artists to influence the visual advancements for the greater good and for social change in the world. I believe change happens one person and one good and one single minded intent at a time. My friend Maria Lee invited me and a few friends from the film and game industry to donate art pieces to a great cause – I was really glad to see my friends rally around and make a difference. Thanks to Maria Lee and all my friends and of course John  Lasseter & Pixar who generously organized and hosted the event.

Dia de Los Muertos

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

“Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Meso-American holiday dedicated to the ancestors; it honors both death and the cycle of life. In Mexico, neighbors gather in local cemeteries to share food, music, and fun with their extended community, both living and departed. The celebration acknowledges that we still have a relationship with our ancestors and loved ones that have passed away.

In San Francisco, Day of the Dead has been celebrated since the early 70s with art, music, performances and a walking procession, which help us contemplate our existence and mortality — a moment to remember deceased friends and family, and our connections beyond our immediate concerns.”

-I took the following photographs at the Mission district of San Francisco as well as at the Mission Cultural center, where an altar installation was held at the beginning of November. In my culture when it comes to the dearly departed it’s all somber black and sometimes crying.. Here I was just hypnotized by the beauty and the exuberance… A woman who gave me sweet tea and bread told me on this day I am supposed to be happy. This is what I red afterwards and made me change my outlook entirely: “Don’t just cry mournfully over the individuals, dreams and influences that have helped make you what you are. Dance for them; sing for them; honor them; leap into the air and kiss the sky for them.” It was almost wonderful..

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Dia de Los Muertos

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Dia de Los Muertos - an installation and an altar at the Mission cultural center

Fashion Feud

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

My favorite sport is base jumping, I practice a special version of it where you have to perform some aerial acrobatics and go through a series of hoops to get the chute to open. I really enjoy this.

The other favorite past time of mine is fashion and the display of fabrics accompanied by beautiful lighting. I went to the San Francisco based Fashion Feud competition and took photographs of some nice looking crowd in a great night spot turned runway  for the night: My Fashion Feud Flick Set.

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Fashion Feud is a live "Project Runway" like competition on stage. Designers are given an hour to create a design to prepare for a runway on stage. Models will have a walk-of on stage with their newly designed outfits. The audience will judge who the best designer of the evening by their applause.

Fashion Feud is a live "Project Runway" like competition on stage. Designers are given an hour to create a design to prepare for a runway on stage. Models will have a walk-of on stage with their newly designed outfits. The audience will judge who the best designer of the evening by their applause. Fabrics will be provided from"Mood Fabrics New York". This event is sponsored by "SCION".

Fabrics provided from "Mood Fabrics New York". This event is sponsored by "SCION".

Luminous Sculpture – Eric Ehlenberger’s work was a lot of fun to look at and photograph !

Sunday, October 25th, 2009
Venusian Garden
Luminous Sculptures
Luminous Sculptures -  @ The Venusian Garden – 1286 Folsom ( at 9th )
  • Alex Andon's pieces - real watertank with jellyfish. I took Andy's suggestion and took a picture of the luminous sculptures through the tank - Voila!
  • Alex Andon’s piece – real water tank with jellyfish. I took Andy’s suggestion and took a picture of the luminous sculptures through the tank -  and Voila!
  • Open Studios in SOMA

    Saturday, October 24th, 2009
    689 Bryant
    These little guys caught my eye
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    I had the same idea a few years back.. only to repackage myself in junk and take a picture... I might still do it
    I loved the trees... if only for the concept and idealism behind it
    I had the same idea a few years back.. only to repackage myself in shredded credit card statements and take a picture… I might still do it
    Simple drawings of shoes by Benjamin Chan.. I love minimal interventions and even more minimalist art

    Simple drawings of shoes by Benjamin Chan.. I love minimal interventions and even more minimalist art

    Art and Mezklah playing at the YBCA Late Night Party

    Monday, August 17th, 2009
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    Mezklah playing at the YBCA Late Night party

    Mezklah frontman

    Mezklah frontman

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    Big Idea! Artwork at the YBCA Late Night party