19 January 2014 | drawing book, tb | 1 comment
a capacity crowd (40 seats) for the talk show event at my drawing book exhibition yesterday – a discussion of trevor brown between temma matsunaga of urbangarde and yuichi konno of studio parabolica (yaso magazine) – i wasn’t there (i don’t talk!) and actually unsure whether it’s something i’d have liked to sit in on or prefer to know nothing about? – my wife did attend but wasn’t quizzed for gossip tidbits re the real trevor brown, and avoided intervention – so i remain a mystery and it was mainly thoughts on what makes trevor special and different from any other artist (i can’t draw, haha!) and speculative hypothesis (my “survivalist” painting of a knife wielding girl and her collection of severed pickled penises causing much consternation) – at one point, on the topic of “art is freedom” (and in a moment of excess exuberance?), temma suggested it would be okay for an artist to kill in the name of art – gasps from the audience! – [and of course, art is no longer freedom anyway with various countries now decreeing what can and cannot be drawn] – but despite that slip, temma is a clever man with deep knowledge
yesterday i went instead to deliver art to span art gallery and then to see moira at jimbocho gallery – her exhibition running concurrent with mine – sad to miss tama murata who’ll be going today but did happily get to meet “nana7nano” (? 七菜乃 ?), another of kenichi murata’s models, who also has an exhibition at the same gallery next month – …today is my first book-signing “event” day at parabolica-bis
15 January 2014 | tb | 4 comments
i have a four page feature in the current issue of tattoofest, a glossy full colour tattoo magazine from poland – a translated interview in their “inspiration” section (even my name gets translated to “trevora browna” in the introduction) – question nine: “Would you like to add something?” – “i don’t like doing interviews!” – the only interesting thing revealed here is that chocolate makes me sneeze – and my “studio” overlooks a korean school playground full of little pigtailed girls
13 January 2014 | tb | make comment
東逸子 宇野亜喜良 北見隆 甲秀樹 建石修志
トレヴァー・ブラウン 花輪和一 丸尾末広 山本タカト
i have five mini-paintings in this group exhibition at span art gallery next week – the original idea was five works by each artist, post card size or smallest frame size (14 x 18cm), which the gallery would buy outright upfront for a fixed sum – sounded good to me (even tho i don’t like working at such a small size) – but apparently some of the artists were unhappy about this (!) so the idea abandoned – it seems the theme of the exhibition may have also changed – i think it translates as “extraordinary boy or girl”? – whatever, i’m still going along with the original idea – two old works and three new works (doing them right now)
11 January 2014 | drawing book, tb, toys | 4 comments
a trevor brown / hippie coco collaboration – a do-it-yourself kit for “gaikotsu-chan” – additional tools required: iron, scissors, needle and thread, stuffing, chopstick, patience… – it took me, a total sewing amateur, approx three hours to complete (my one shown below!) – the handmade kits (including some instruction tips in japanese) produced primarily for my current drawing book exhibition – selling at ¥1500 (plus tax) – “limited” to 20 – but more may be made at a later date…?
4 January 2014 | drawing book, tb | 1 comment
opens 12.00 at parabolica-bis – i’ll be there at the start (tho probably not all day) – 42 drawings and 13 paintings (4 in window display not prepared yet) – i filled up the mattina gallery space and encroached upon the cafe area wall – drawings are relatively cheap, go early if wanting to buy! (frames included in price) – two book signing days have been allotted, 19 and 25 january, with two sessions each day: 2-3pm and 4-5pm – 30 customers capacity? – see you!
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