!! Save the date !!5/14/2013
Studio #1 will be open the first 2 weekends of June for East Bay Open Studios. I'm excited for you to see my new work so come on down to Swarm Studios in Oakland's Jack London Square. I will also have a number of works for sale.
Group show at Woodstock School of Art5/12/2013
If you’re ever in the upstate New York area, specifically Woodstock, please drop in at the Woodstock School of Art for their “Black & White” show. My piece “Strobe No. 7” will be part of a group exhibition opening at the Robert H. Angeloch Gallery on Saturday May 18th and will be up until July 6th.
Thinking as a box4/16/2013
this is what 84 square feet looks like. But, as you can see, I don't think in square footage. I think in CUBIC footage.
I have 1008 cubic feet to fill and this is how I do it. One of those automated dry cleaner rails would be nice. Then I could hang and shuffle through my drawings with ease.
Looks like it's time to find a larger studio space.
At Fault archival work in progress3/21/2013
I wanted to share what I've been working on. It's always interesting for me to see other people's studio process because you see the hemming and hawing and the conviction that goes into making THE mark. It's all very human. And no, I don't think it takes the mystique out of the final work.
YES, the "At Fault" body of work is going archival. I've been experimenting with different papers and their idiosyncrasies and I think I've found something that works.
I still do sketches and warm-ups with newsprint as you can see here. When it's showtime, the nice paper moves in. Not every one is a winner. It's all try try try. And learn learn learn.
I MUST mention the very generous gesture of a fellow stable mate Kristin Jensen, for offering to let me use her studio wall for a month. I really need a larger studio space. Anyhow, I'm not so sure I'd be as immediately giving as her. Seriously, Swarm Studios has great culture.
How much is too much?3/5/2013
I've added a diagram of how GLINT was installed this past month at Swarm Gallery. (Click the image above for a larger view.) In unison with being pumped about the video footage I shot to document the piece, I realized the experience of the installation itself is not entirely clear. The question is how clear should it be? Does it demystify the experience if I lay it all out? Or should I maintain a certain level of aura of mystery? Perhaps the answer is a case by case basis.
Another question is what sort of description, if any, needs to accompany the diagram? I have a fairly straightforward account of how the experience of the installation goes, but I also have a short blurb introducing the piece to the public which serves a different purpose.
What serves the piece the best? Are both okay if applied respectively to differing contexts?
"Viewers are invited into a light sealed and darkened environment. Upon entering they are asked for a few moments of patience. As one's vision begins to adjust to the ambient darkness, a spotlight emerges on the opposing wall. Within this faintly lit area, a web of glimmering lights gradually comes into view. Depth between said lights follow as the eye is further allowed to acclimate. The viewer is free to move along the back wall, and in effect, animating the chorus of lights in a slipping and sliding motion."
"An immersive installation, GLINT catches light in an array of oblique fissures and reveals hints of its span while viewers let their eyes adjust to the totalizing darkness. Once visible, the slits of luminescence slip and slide in tandem with the viewer’s change in perspective."
New installation piece GLINT now on view2/22/2013
The moment is now. I am psyched to present my newest installation piece GLINT. The video footage I shot for documenting the piece is an unexpected favorite.
The work can be found in the "Works in motion" section.
Thanks to those who made it out to experience the piece in person.
Working with installations, I understand, is not an opportunity that presents itself frequently so I'm especially appreciative of the opportunities that have continued to crop up. I've been able to engage in a kind of thinking and making that I wouldn't have otherwise been confronted with for example, in say, drawing or film.
New installation GLINT showing at Swarm Gallery's Project Space2/16/2013
Just like Swarm Gallery's blog post says, I have a new installation up in the Project Space at the gallery for THIS WEEK ONLY. The installation GLINT will be open to the public today from 4pm to 11pm and from 8pm to 11pm tomorrow night. The installation is open during the gallery's two remaining Sound Salon performances.
One of the primary challenges for this installation was to incorporate movement without a projector as I have with my last two installation pieces.
Proper video documentation and additional images will be added to this website next week. I'll be making a "News" post when this exciting moment happens.
Front page at Swarm Gallery2/9/2013
BOOM. The installation, LACES, was right on the front page of Swarm Gallery last week. (Sorry for the retroactive posting.) LACES was reinstalled in the main gallery space as an accompaniment to Swarm's current exhibition "Sound Salon". The install came to life on the nights of 26th and 30th of January in harmony with an impressive range of musical genres from folk and electronic to jazz. LACES was also reinstalled for Oakland's Art Murmur on February 1st at Swarm Studios.
I've posted a new piece titled, VEIL under the "Works in motion" tab. VEIL is comprised of a looping video and 4 stills from this video sequence. The frames are intended to show the near impossibility of detecting and capturing a living phenomenon in a still image. Even in its 30 second excerpt form, the video is a bit heavy so please give a moment to load. Life is motion, yea?
Props on KPFA 94.11/7/2013
Wonderful shout out from studio mate, Sharaine Bell, on KPFA 94.1, December 29th, 2012. Smooth interview. Thanks!
Here's a look at some works on 12" x 12" panel I've been experimenting with. Just the beginning sketches for some concepts I'm working on.
New installation piece GLYPH10/11/2012
There is a new installation piece posted under the "Works in motion" link to the left. The title of the piece is GLYPH.
This piece started out very different from the incarnation that it is now. Things change as the process teaches but with GLYPH, the turn was dramatic. So much so that I had to re-title the piece. SHEER LUMA, which was GLYPH's prior name, will be the next installation I'll be working on.
Just an anecdote from behind the scenes.
SHEER LUMA installation for Oakland Art Murmur10/1/2012
Check out Swarm Studios this coming friday (October 5th) to see my latest light installation piece "Sheer Luma."
MUSUBI installation included in Oakland Art Beat's "Photo Feature" 8/8/2012
Click on the link above and take a look at "Musubi / Knot" installed in Oakland's City Hall. More photo coverage of "Art & Soul" art and music happenings after the jump.
Oakland Art Beat, Art Enthusiast "Photo Feature", http://oaklandartbeat.com/2012/08/07/photo-feature-oakland-art-and-soul-festival/, August 7, 2012, Oakland, CA, retrieved August 8, 2012
Interview in Oakland Local and Shades Magazine8/8/2012
Oakland's favorite music fest returns with new look, digital art focus
"This year Oakland’s 12th Annual Art & Soul Festival will focus more on the “Art” than in previous years – with huge strategically-placed art exhibits in the streets and even with pieces within City Hall and the City Council chambers.
One of those featured is Oaklandbased artist Masako Miyazaki, whose huge sculpture, “The Knot,” will adorn the side of Oakland’s City Hall. Born in New York and the new Oakland resident, Miyazaki designed her piece based on the traditional Japanese “Awaji Knot” – a decorative knot used traditionally for weddings and funerals, which symbolizes both strong eternal bond and something that will never happen again, Miyazaki said.
“I wanted my piece to have an open meaning,” she said. “It’s symbolizing the relationship of City Hall and the people – it symbolizes a bond, an organized tangle. And it involves a lot of complicated issues as well.”
The piece, which is 13 feet tall and 15 feet wide, is still being finalized and will be black in color and large enough to be seen far and wide, she said.
“I’m excited and I was given this amazing opportunity and I immediately said ‘yes,’” she said. Miyazaki heads a list of artisans lending their talents to this year’s festival that is a veritable who’s who of local and renowned artists including: de Young Artist Fellow and Artist-inResidence Alumni,Ex’pression College for Digital Arts, Black Rock Arts Foundation,The Crucible, NIMBY, Pro Arts andAmerican Steel Studios."
Tuseda A. Graggs, Oakland Local, http://oaklandlocal.com/article/art-soul-oakland-kicks-weekend-new-look-digital-art-focus, Oakland, CA, July 31, 2012, retrieved August 8, 2012
Tuseda A. Graggs, Shades Magazine, http://myshadesmagazine.net/norcal-festival-highlights-art-sf-bay-artists-for-12th-annual-event/, Oakland, CA, July/Aug, 2012, p. 25, retrieved August 8, 2012
Public Art Installation in Oakland's City Hall8/4/2012
A new commissioned piece, "Musubi / Knot" is now installed over at Oakland City Hall. What an incredible opportunity to work on public art. The installation will be up until the end of August.
"Artist Spotlight" in the East Bay Express8/1/2012
East Bay Express, "Arts & Culture", Oakland, CA, August 1-7, 2012, p. 43
KQED covers "Musubi / Knot" City Hall installation7/17/2012
Art & Soul Oakland to Maximize Fun with Expanded Focus
"On the grand stairway’s central landing in City Hall, Oakland’s own Masako Miyazaki presents "The Knot" as an open symbol suggesting both the societal ideal of diverse entities united for a common purpose and an entangled structure produced by the processes of complicated relationships and compromised situations. Miyazaki’s piece, exhibited for the first time publicly, represents knottings and unknottings as a natural series of changes resultant from the negotiations of different ideas brought to City Hall."
Susan Mernit, KQED News Oakland Local, July 17, 2012, retrieved July 17, 2012
End of East Bay Open Studios6/11/2012Thanks to everyone who stopped by the studio. It was an incredibly rewarding experience to talk with visitors and show my work in person.
I felt the love.
If you happened to miss open studios or if any pieces of work interests you please feel free to get in touch.
Also, pop in during Oakland's Art Murmur First Fridays. Join in on the art crawl and check out what's happening every first friday of each month.
P.S. who took my mailing list pen?
New series STROBE6/6/2012
Please welcome new work, the STROBE series, under the "Works on paper" section.
A couple of notes: the pieces come in two sizes. See dimensions under each piece's description.
Also, these pieces are not photographs and yes, they are completely flat. Tricky...
!! East Bay Open Studios !!5/30/2012Come out and step it towards Studio #1 over at Swarm Studios in Jack London Square, Oakland, Ca. Works will be available for sale.