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While I love making linocuts. Sitting into front of one of my cheesy musicals on dvd and cutting and cutting till there are tiny bits of lino EVERYWHERE. I’m pretty sure I’ll never be as elegant and masterful as these people. Good granny they are amazing!!!

http://www.tugboatprintshop.com/PRINTSHOP_ALL.htm

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Listening to a new mix by Kitsune Noir, its pretty great, and I really like the cover art. He always manages to be simple and lovely. Thumbs up.

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Here is a picture from before I devoured the last of the heart peeps that Tina got in the mail. Mmmm peeps. If only we had a microwave to blow one up in. I also got a box of valentines cookies from one of my student’s moms. I’m now teaching her son McQueen, and her other daughter Irene (hehe their names rhyme).

In other news, Valentine’s was spent eating noodles from the shop downstairs, finishing watching the first season of Freaks and Geeks and taking an epic nap that made me grouchy.

We went to the Taiwan Beer Factory Bar. I always ride by it on the bus and wanted to go. The artwork painted on the walls around the factory I find particularly appealing. Its very organic and modern with lots of stark outlines but flowing color splashes. I like it. I need to go back with the camera.

Its basically a factory where one of the big rooms inside has been set up cafeteria style with tables. There were groups sitting everywhere eating and drinking (its the only place to get Taiwan Beer on tap, they really don’t do draft beer in Taiwan). There were little kids running everywhere and playing which was a bit strange…taking your kids to the bar, but everyone seemed to be having a good time. It cleared out at 10:30, I guess people were moving on. We went over to Bellywash, which is next to Cafe Odeon (the one with belgian beer I like–reminds me of the Family Wash in Nashville). Then home.

Really all I want to do is have a day where I curl up and read for hours and hours and hours. I think I might do that today, then mahjong later.

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Hahaha. Asians AND the election. Double whammy.

(Where can I get a dolphin hat like that)

When I get up tomorrow morning America will have a new president, and hopefully we can start being a good country instead of a shitty, evil, greedy one.

In other news today was my semi-day off. So after baby Pre-K and working on bulletin boards in the classroom I headed across town to see the Taipei Fine Arts Museum.

There was a Jerry Uelsmann exhibit that I was excited to see and really surprised was here, since I had only heard about him in passing from one of my professors-Libby. He had about 40-50 pieces, it was really great.

However I was really really blown away by the rest of the museum as well. It was a fairly large place. 3 massive square floors, and while the actual building itself was a bit rough: patchy paint jobs, bizarre hallways that led nowhere, floor gaps, videos set on cardboard boxes. The art was pretty impressive.

Right now there is the Taipei Biennial going so an entire floor was dedicated to mostly modern video and installation art. And while usually I thumbs down video art, a couple of the pieces were really fascinating. One I watched for a long time about a man asking people what day it was…and then the asian people looking at him and his camera and saying “they didn’t know” or “don’t film me” or “its June 4th…thats it”…after asking about 100 people and all of them acting very strangely and denying any knowledge of the day’s date I couldn’t really figure out what was going on.  Then it cuts to Tiananmen Square, an average day, with swat gear and police more than usual. June 4th 2005…Chinese citizens are still paranoid and petrified of talking about the date, 14 years after the fact.

IN addition to Jerry Uelsmann there was a floor of contemporary Asian ink paintings….already tired and having spent an hour of two wandering I wasn’t really into going into this last floor, but I felt like I should give it a chance, maybe it wouldn’t be the same paintings of bamboo and characters.

Wow.

Wow. is all I can say. They were amazing. Massive, giant, towering paintings, often in 1 to 2 colors, tones of grey, fine detail, millions of strokes all the same or similar to a large gorgeous effect. Several artists each with very distinct styles and they were beautiful, modern, amazing. I will have to find pictures to put up.

And at 15 NT for a ticket(!50 cents!) I am definitely going back – plus the giant park next door looked pretty lovely.

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The technicalities

To answer some questions:

When did you decide to do this?

The official deciding day was the Hamblet announcement in April. What is the Hamblet? Well, a large portion of the senior art show involves the Hamblet award, which is a 20,000$ grant to make art and have a solo show in the upcoming year. Initially I started on my senior show not with award goals but really to just accomplish creating an entire show. The process and stress of working on something so intensely and having the satisfaction of showing to a public what I think and am inspired by (which is incidentally old-school dangerous play ground equipment) was what I was thinking about. But the more I worked the more I thought that maybe my ideas would be worth something in grant money not just in wall space and would be something to decide my life for me, rather than flounder like all other college graduates.

I was at the same time tempted to keep on traveling. A semester in France had left me wanting to see more and visit more places. Tina was applying to the JET program (Japan english teaching) and I had several friends who had lived/living in Asia teaching english. Thanks to the Euro, and rampant unemployment in France, western civilization was out of the question, so I was looking at bit farther west…all the way to the far east, funny thing the whole circular planet thing. Who decided what got to be “eastern” and “western” isn’t it all relative? Anyways. Art grant -money to travel/make art. Teaching english -money to travel/make art.

The Hamblet happened, it was fantastic and it seemed very very close but not quite 20,000$. I got results from the show and indeed a push in life. Not really in the direction I had initially thought but certainly more adventurous and risky.

Thus me and Tina are now off on harebrained adventures, she turned down an acceptance to the JET program and I started trying to learn Pinyin. And the money I hope to save from my year traveling and working will be the money I now use to keep making prints, buying ink, screens, etc.

So I guess that’s a why as well.

Other whys include

A nest egg will be nice, and the process of acquiring it isn’t half bad. New stories, new life, a break from the American mindset, a break from everything I’m familiar with. I’m also aware that this is my last chance to really travel completely. Traveling when you’re 30-40-50..not the same. We all know that. I don’t have a house, a job, a couch, plants, all those little and big things that tie you down. So I’m going to frolic. Frolicking dammit, frolicking.

In terms of hard plans. I don’t really have any. I’m taking out a 2500$ loan to float any “starting a new life” expenditures. We’re staying with Tina’s extended family until we have an apartment, jobs, furniture, etc. No doubt there will be alot of nodding, bowing, and blank smiles. I had my first dream about Taiwan last night and it consisted only of that. It was pretty much silent, seeing everything and taking it in in my own head with no conversation.

Kinda weird, not scary.

Any other questions? Maybe, we’ll see later.

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