Happy New Year 2013

Happy New Year 2013, and 謹賀新年、平成25年。

The year 2012 was a quite big turning point in my life that I can’t share with you in public yet.  It was my personal thing and not bad thing, but still I need to zip my mouth.

Zipping my lips made me feel to be quiet all that time.  Therefore, I somehow avoided to log in to my pages, even facebook or other SNS.

New thing in 2012 that related to my art was the fact that I started to expose my drawing in public. Luckily, I was awarded as one of eleven “Honorable Mentioned” out of 215 artists from 22 countries participated in Tallinn IV Drawing Triennial in Estonia with “accord, 2012” pencil on paper, which is small version of “accord, 2011” that I created for Egyptian Revolution in 2011.

Yes, you are right.  I should update the images of the drawing and other works here on time.  But I just want to keep “my clock” here in my website that is moving slowly and seems almost not working, which I like :-).

If you are interested in my everyday small things, then, please feel free to subscribe/follow my personal facebook or twitter.

Hope you have a wonderful year!

.

Posted in etc | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Big Queens Drawing Show

I have been invited to participate in Big Queens Drawing Show at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in Jamaica, Queens.  I created two drawings for this exhibition, which are based on my experience of visiting Hisanohama area in Fukushima, Japan last month.

I am going to participate the opening reception on 9/19.

— — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —
Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning

BIG QUEENS DRAWING SHOW

September 5, 2012 – October 31, 2012  January 3, 2013

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Monday and Sunday are closed.

Artist’s Reception:
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 from 6 – 8 p.m.

Curator: Heng-Gil Han

Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning
get direction
161-04 Jamaica Ave
Jamaica, NY 11432-6112

Phone: (718) 658-7400
email: info@jcal.org

— — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —

Posted in art, exhibition, sound | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Tallinn IV Drawing Triennial

A long time silence. This thing wakes me up.

Exhibition announcement:
My drawing is currently exhibited in Tallinn IV Drawing Triennial, Estonia!

— — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —
Tallinn IV Drawing Triennial / DIALOGUE

VOICE OF DRAWING

Vabaduse gallery
23.VIII—4.IX 2012
Opening 23rd August at 16:00.

Participants:

  • PEETER ALLIK (Estonia)
  • ANNA LITVINOVA (Estonia)
  • ANU PURRE (Estonia)
  • KLAVS USPACIERIS, DARTA HOFMANE (Latvia)
  • TOMIYUKI SAKUTA (Japan)

Cellar hall of the gallery of Design and Architecture (Pärnu mnt. 6)
23.VIII—15.IX 2012
Opening 23rd August at 18:00.

Participants:

  • TAKAFUMI IDE (Japan)
  • EVELYN KAWITI (New Zealand)
  • ANDRUS KASEMAA (Estonia)
  • ILLIMAR PAUL (Estonia)
  • MATTI PÄRK (Estonia)
  • UNO ROOSVALT (Estonia)
  • NADEZHDA TCHERNOBAYEVA (Estonia).

Curator: Loit Joekalda.
— — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —

Posted in art, exhibition, sound | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Update info: disperse, 2007

Happy New Year 2012, and 謹賀新年、平成24年。

Since last summer, I could barely work on my art project. Instead, I could work a lot as a full-time worker at Stony Brook University. :-)

Once I finished the semester, I thought I could do more and stretch my art fields in different degrees, but it ended up “nothing new” news.

Recently, I have gotten email that somebody is interested in my sand work that I created in 2007, therefore, I updated the content of “disperse, 2007”. Please go to the link under “work” on the top menu and you can find it. Thank you!!

.

Posted in art | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

my first Kickstarter project was failed

Thank you for all of you who made pledges for my Kickstarter project.
 Kickstarter プロジェクトへご協力していただいた方々、本当にありがとうございました。
Unfortunately, I couldn’t raise the fund up to my goal $1,000 this time…, therefore, your pledges won’t be withdrawn from Amazon Payment.
 残念ながら、今回の寄付の呼びかけは合計プレッジが目標額$1,000には至らず…、よって、Amazon Paymentからの引き落としもないものとなるでしょう。

I appreciate your help and support.
 声をかけて下さったり、サポートしていただいた方々に感謝いたします。
The best experience through the Kickstarter project was the fact that I could connect more people whom I have never had chance to know and to be known.
 今回のプロジェクトを通して良かった事は、今まで逢う事のなかった方々、または私の作品を知らなかった方々と、繋がりが持てたという事です。

Thank you very much!
 本当にありがとうございました。

..

Posted in general | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

drawing for archival prints

Since 1999, I have used Mac and Wacom Tablet as my drawing tools for archival digital prints. I use Wacom Tablet. This is quite old… Intuos 2, which is still in perfect working condition, and I have no reason to buy new one. A great product!!

I always take a photograph in order to trace a motif.  When I worked for a monthly periodical “Car Graphic” magazine, I always looked for a nice car. If you are interested in to see my illustration for “Car Graphic” magazine, please visit here: http://cargraphic.takafumiide.com/.

For the project at Kickstarter.com, my motif is “threshold.”

I open the photo image, which I took at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park last week, in Photoshop. I trace and draw the motif or subject with brush tool. It often takes about 4 hours to draw the main subject.

But sometimes I spend more time because I do several jobs in once. More time is better, because I can adjust my eyes. I prefer to have some breaks while I am drawing.

Here is the image of the middle of process for creating 5 x 7 inch print. I usually trace all the line and add shadows in this process.

I like how the black color with Brush tools works for my style of drawing. After I finish the all black ink, I add color. I am thinking to add pale green in the background with leaves…

Let’s see what is going on next!

..

Posted in art, computer, illustration, tech | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

installing the lantern at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park

It was rain.

I waited to stop the rain, but no luck of weather.
It was the only day to install the pieces at Stone Quarry Hill Art Part in Cazenovia, NY.

Inside the lantern, there are one high bright LED and one water-proof speaker.
I used three conductive cable in order to send the signals for both sound and light.
The ladder was a little bit slippery, but I could install the lantern and the motion sensor without problem.

I installed the motion sensor and the electric parts box on the tree with Zip-Ties.
I thought I should hide the box, but there is a big branch behind the tree, so I couldn’t find a space. Finally I installed the box in the place where I didn’t need to cut live brunches.  Although it is in front of the tree and a bit visible, I think visitors can also enjoy watching them with curiosity.

I tested them out in the rain until dusk. It works perfect for me. :-)

The final touch will be done by the Art Park.

..

Posted in art, general | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

motion sensor for threshold

After some research for the motion sensor for threshold, I decided to use a motion sensor from the Home Depot; Heath Zenith 240 Degree Replacement Motion Sensor.

I needed to have both wide range (at least 200 degree) and long distance (at least 25 feet) sensitivity. It was hard for me to develop a steady and reliable sensor with Arduino in a short period of time.

This is what I designed. In order to keep the easy access for a person who take care of the electric parts, I connected a pair of 125V plug and connector. The sensor turns ON/OFF the Arduino board. Once Arduino turns on, it plays a MP3 sound file. The setting of sensitivity will be easily changed on the sensor unit so that I do not need to be there to change the setting/programming everytime. This solved both easy access and reliability for this project.

Posted in art, sound, tech | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment