yaso skull exhibition : kyoto

the yaso skull exhibition at parabolica-bis (pic above – thx carrie!) ends 8 may – after that it will be travelling on to… well, i’m pretty sure they just stuck a pin in a map of japan – it appears to be a lunchroom in a remote spot, half way up a mountain(?), somewhere near kyoto (pic below) – 13 may to 6 june

会期:2016 年 5月13日[金]~ 6月6日[月]
京都市山科区安朱稲荷山町6 TEL:075-501-1989

gea★ gambaru!

tb girl makes good! – the first book of gea‘s personal and perverse drawings of tormentative little girls published by timeless – i get credited (or accused?) for being her motivation in the acknowledgements – altho, yes, she’s been a good friend for countless years (since the internet began?!), the fact is i do a bare minimum of back-patting for her – i take more of a back seat (devils advocate?) role in encouraging her to work harder to get that all-important thumbs up “like” from trevor brown (for what that is worth!) – i never even offer advice, what a meanie! – so of course it’s good to see her succeed on her own merits, slowly finding her own way and becoming more confident, without being protected under my wing – being known as a “tb girl” is a lousy epitaph!

keizo miyanishi

an exhibition of keizo miyanishi work now showing at the hakusen gallery in my home town of asagaya (tokyo) – altho they show a lot of manga type stuff this is my first visit to the gallery – they’re located in a small side street just yards from the main shopping thoroughfare – i’ve walked past hundreds of times blindly unaware! – …and i think many people who’d be interested are also blindly unaware of keizo miyanishi’s art – so i’m attempting to rectify that with a little gallery of scans here – a distinctive cross between maruo and bellmer?!

my collection of keizo miyanishi manga – he was most productive in the eighties – very little new art since, he’s now more active as a musician – “esther” perhaps the most recommended book (and most possible to actually be able to find?)

flesh and excess

a couple of my works in jack sargeant’s new book on underground film published by amok books – old nineties artworks, which makes sense as i was very much a part of underground culture back then – but now no longer operate in that milieu (to use a very jack seargent-esque word) – i no longer fit anywhere?! – just a paragraph about me in the text as it shifts from jg ballard to romain slocombe to industrial culture (tg/spk) to rudolph swarzkogler… in a medical themed chapter

yaso skull exhibition

went to check out the yaso skull exhibition at parabolica-bis – it’s good – amused to eardrop on fellow visitors – a girl exclaiming “kawaii kawaii” and her totally unimpressed bored-sick boyfriend grumbling “kawaikunai” – pretty typical, only girls are interested in art – what are japanese boys into nowadays, i dunno – maybe the answer lies in the adjacent neighbourhood akihabara (where they can be found in abundance slobbering over silly anime) – a shintaro kago exhibition now showing simultaneously at parabolica – tho i don’t feel excited about his work as much as i used to – the same exploding head idea is getting tiresome…