Wow! A Filipino dessert bar in the heart of the bustling Sawtelle area of West LA! Beautifully designed indoor and outdoor space with a play kitchen area for the kids. B Sweet. Represent!
During a lazy Sunday afternoon of mundane errands, I had a serious “Ah ha!” moment. (More like, “No duh!” moment.) I was reminded that there is way more to my life than a 9-to-5 job and emails and agendas and deadlines and things to prove. That everyday things can be works of art and that I am completely content simply spending time in a Japanese grocery store or Tokyo Outlet. And it was all thanks to our old neighborhood, Little Osaka along Sawtelle Boulevard.
I decided to wander into GR2 and was immediately inspired by the current Stories group show. Galleries and museums can often be so alienating but I love the shops on Sawtelle. The art scene here in West LA feels authentic yet approachable and even fun. Always inspirational. I love checking out what other artists are trying. Edwin Ushiro‘s graphite on vellum drawings are amazing. And I am totally in love with Jeni Yang‘s paintings on wood with laser cut embellishments. My favorite is her Nuke piece. I couldn’t stop staring at it.
Just as I was about to leave, a little stack of Audrey Kawasaki tins caught my eye. I couldn’t resist. Audrey Kawasaki is one of my favorite artists. And just when I thought my modern Asian-American art adventure was coming to an end, who happened to be the cashier but none other than Eric Nakamura himself! Founder of Giant Robot. I was completely awestruck. I tried desperately to think of something intelligent and thought-provoking to say as I paid for my tins. Instead, all I could think of was, “Uh that’s a cool watch in the display case… It’s on sale? Can I take a look at it?” I’ve bumped into famous people both in NYC and in LA and I usually have no problem chatting it up. “Excuse me, are you Henry Thomas?… OMG, I loved your work in E.T.! Wow!”
Oh well. I was never a very good extemporaneous speaker. Next time I run into Eric Nakamura, I’ll have my speech prepared about how inspirational his work has been — both in the art world and in the Asian-American community. In the meantime, I’ll just have to say my somewhat silent thank you via this blog post.
I am proud to be featured this week on the art blog, “The Art Directed Life.”
(The story behind the photo: Here’s a collage that I created with one of my illustrations. I felt weird submitting a picture without my son, Cedro, so I included his sippy cup. (a) He is obsessed with Lightning McQueen right now, and (b) I have been known to drink the rest of his drinks at the end of the day straight from his cup.)
Still Christmas shopping? Look no further! We’ve redesigned our Pacquiao shirts to comply with the Zazzle content guidelines. (We think.) Hopefully, the new shirts will be up there for more than 24 hours! For those of you who tried to purchase shirts for the Pacquiao vs. Margarito fight, we apologize for the inconvenience.
Now that Pacquiao has won, let’s eat!
Our friend, Korey Provencher, from Isaac Mizrahi has been working on his own side project — Kors d’Oeuvres!!! Isn’t that cute! We helped him with his logo and label designs. Hope those of you in the NYC area will check out the launch this coming Saturday, November 21st, 2009! Hope to see you then!!!!