I flew into Cali right when the ball dropped in NYC. Dropped my bags off and went straight to Andrew and Rachel’s spot, where I chowed down on some great food they made. Then we headed out to a Current TV house party where we partied til the AM.
Before we headed out, Andrew, the master dumpster diver showed me his score that day, last one of 2008. Laxmi has a crazy light show and a choice of 3 songs to choose from, pretty dope. They mentioned they were gonna stick it on their Roomba
Each year the Center picks someone in the Bay area for their artist in residence program which offers the artist technical and studio support to create an editioned artist’s book.
2008 was Ala’s year.
Ala’s book was a response to a poem by the renowned Iranian poet and scholar H. E. Sayeh. The Farsi and English texts reads in opposite directions across a 7-panel accordion structure. Three layers of letterpress-printed paper creates a continuous loop of overlapping text and imagery. The book was really well done.
Glad I got out tonight to check out Ala’s work, was lucky enough to chat with him as well, super nice guy.
Also if you have some extra cash around you can purchase his book here. The edition consists of only 30 signed and numbered copies.
Here’s some of his other work, you can check out more on his site.
I went to this crazy Korean restaurant in a garage, called Toyose, last night to celebrate P and Atsushi’s Birthday, it was a fun time. Met Hellen Jo there, I missed her at A.P.E. a couple weeks back but got to see some of her work today. Really enjoyed checking it out, the illustration above is called “Bodhisattva Jelly Time.” That title is way too funny. I think I’m gonna pick up one of these shirts as well. Weird.
I finally got to see Deerhoof, one of my favorites, for the first time on Saturday.
It’s been a long time coming. Saunier destroyed the kit.
Also went to see a couple flicks. I lost 2 hours of my life watching the new bond film (I’m glad I didn’t pay to see it; thanks Mouse.), but I gained it right back when I watched Slumdog Millionaire on Sunday. Wow, Danny Boyle did a great job on this film. I highly recommend this one if you get a chance.
My buddy Jon over at My Robot is Pregnant did a short interview with me last week about a project my friend Mark and I have been working on for a while now. We have been slowly interviewing and photo documenting Indian-American families that live and run in independent motels across America. Mark and I are off on another roadtrip at end of next week, this time concentrating on Northern California.