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Kow Yokoyama, in addition to creating the sci-fi model kit series SF3d for Hobby Japan (now known as Maschinen Krieger) worked on a whole range of projects in the 1980s. The Japanese cover of Bruce Sterling’s cyberpunk novel Schismatrix, monocycle designs for the film Venus Wars, and a series of Pocari Sweat commercials starring Cindy Crawford. Extremely talented guy.

no more- showtunes sung by women who are done putting up with bullshit and have zero fucks to give

on monday - 35mm: a musical exhbition // enough - in the heights // over the moon - rent // dogfight - dogfight // bring it on - bring it on: the musical // you want to lose your only friend? - chess // i want the good times back - the little mermaid // fool - xanadu // could i leave you? - follies // the ladies who lunch - company // no more- see what i wanna see // climbing uphill - the last five years // this is not love- lizzie // lovesick - women on the verge of a nervous breakdown // astonishing - little women: the musical //shine like the sun - 9 to 5: the musical // defying gravity - wicked //

L I S T E N

For you, Xanadu. Hands down my favorite film of all time. This film changed the way I view the world at just 6 years old. The main character was an artist, there was an animated sequence, amazing music, art deco architecture and a message to follow your dreams! Plus Olivia Newton-John as a muse. I was sold! It’s why I love Jem and the Holograms, art deco, blonde pop stars like Kylie Minogue. Literally the whole aesthetic of things I would grow to love as an adult was formed by this film. It also made me realize that I could follow my dream of becoming an artist. Thanks Xanadu, from the 6 year old me.

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I was in China not too long ago. It felt like months even though it was only three weeks. I visited family and explored the Yunnan Province. This part of China sits at the center of the Golden Triangle, which is a lucrative trade relationship between its neighboring countries, Laos, Burma and Thailand. We started in Kunming and stayed on the Yunnan-Tibet Road, which of course, is a path that links China to Tibet. Our furthest destination was the devastatingly beautiful Shangri-La. This trip made a lasting impression on me in ways I can’t even begin to describe. Strangely, it’s easier to explain in Chinese. China seems to be a place of enormous contradictions. Such beauty and history, yet great economic disparity and destruction. Lots of destruction and constant building.  When I got back, Gallery Nucleus asked me to be apart of their travel themed show, Adventure Awaits! It was just the perfect opportunity to reflect on my trip artistically. I’m so happy to have my work hung up by some pretty badass illustrators. The opening night is tomorrow, 5/24, so if you’re in LA, check it out! The following two pieces are in the show. 

Xanadu Houses


The Xanadu Houses were a series of experimental homes, built to showcase examples of computers and automation in the home in the United States. The architectural project began in 1979, and during the early 1980s three houses were built in different parts of the United States: one each in Kissimmee, Florida; Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin; and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The houses included novel construction and design techniques, and became popular tourist attractions during the 1980s.

The Xanadu Houses were notable for being built with polyurethane insulation foam rather than concrete, for easy, fast, and cost-effective construction. They were ergonomically designed, and contained some of the earliest home automation systems. The Kissimmee Xanadu, designed by Roy Mason, was the most popular, and at its peak was attracting 1000 visitors every day. The Wisconsin Dells and Gatlinburg houses were closed and demolished in the early 1990s; the Kissimmee Xanadu House was closed in 1996 and demolished in October 2005.