Wednesday, April 16, 2014

music video debut

The music video debuted today! Happy watching!
Congrats to my great friend Elizaveta for her new ep release "Hero" check it out on itunes.

Film Credits include:
Song: "Sorry" by Elizaveta
Dancers: Malece Miller and Nico Greetham from SYTYCD
Director: Nicolas Randall
Cinematography: Isaac Bauman
Choreography: Ryan Heffington
Style/Props: i102fly
Makeup: Kali Kennedy

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sua Suday Chnam Tmey

Happy Cambodian New Year. I love this time of year; I get to vicariously celebrate Cambodia's biggest holiday, relive some of my favorite memories from parties in Phnom Penh, and rope my friends into going to LBC with me eat to unhealthy amounts of Cambodian food.

We usually visit Sophy's. The beef jerky is so good, though I should mention I never had anything like it in Cambodia. They do make lemongrass soup (Somlaw Machu Kreung) which has that "good old taste." I met a girl on the plane to Cambodia. She invited me to take a detour after I got off the plane to come eat at her family's house. I did of course and have that phrase stuck in my head, because that's what she said when her mom brought out the soup. "Ahh that good old taste." 

(pic I took from Cambodian New Years festival in Long Beach a few years ago)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Sebastião Salgado and The Valley

A while back I caught Sebastião Salgado's show at Bergamot Station. I looked up where this place is (although it's probably doctored) Brooks Range, Arctic Alaska. Somebody send me on an expedition to the Arctic. I read a fantastic book by a Russian explorer not too long ago and have been dreaming of these landscapes ever since. Uncharted territory.

(The song is The Valleys by a now disbanded British group, Electrelane. The poem performed by an a cappella group is by Siegfried Sassoon circa 1918.)

Monday, April 7, 2014


chaz by swiss on Grooveshark A playlist in honor of my older brother, who is one of those people who can play an album on loop for 24 hours/24 days straight without getting tired of it. We all shared the stereo when we were young, so I have (in hindsight) fond memories of being badgered with the above tunes for months on end. Now when I listen to them I laugh. My brothers are the best. I have fond memories of driving with him to school in his super red 70s Nova. He got pulled over once. I remember wanting to watch the commotion with the cops, but trying like mad to finish my homework in the passenger's seat. Happy birthday to my brother, a man of southern rock, CAD for fun, flashy cars, and 2000 page novels at the race track.

Prints!! Available on Society 6

Moleskin: The alternative to therapy. I'm a big advocate for journals when therapy is too cumbersome or expensive! For the overly active mind it's a great place to dump the waste product of life and come out with a product that not too shabby on the other end.

I'm only half kidding. Journals, art books, sketchbooks whatever you want to call them are my favorite art form, mainly because they are typically unscripted, uncensored and unrefined, so close to looking into the human mind.. I've been tossing ideas into sketchbooks since the beginning when I thought everything that was binded became a library book. Childhood misconceptions are pretty funny, no?

I scanned in a bunch of these pieces for a show last year, but they were only available for purchase locally. Now I'm happy to announce that you can pick up the high quality prints online at Society6. There's a good collection of collage, on the spot drawings, studies, mixed media concepts and whatnot.

I was particularly excited to see the other formats that society6 prints offers. I ordered a couple of these for myself to see how they come out.

Dig both of these clocks. They come in several colors, but I like the black with that mixed emotions face and the wood with the Cambodian text.
That pillow is too cool! They are lyrics to a Cambodian pop song, "where you from, where you going?"
Stationary cards. These two in particularly I like.

Wish I had a iphone just to utilize these things. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Music - Angel Olsen

This song would've been good for this film. She even reminds me of Sarah Polley a little bit. It's a good rainy day song. Happy weekend. Dont get too down with this song!

Photo by Sabrina Rush

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Climbing lately

Realized I haven't written about rock climbing lately, you must be biting your nails!  Let me regale you with some shots of our ventures around Southern California where the granite and sandstone run deep.

James and his lady friiiiiends at Echo. Learned to multi-pitch on this day! We got up around 150 feet over the beautiful Echo Valley.

Looks good from up here!

Done a couple days of bouldering at the legendary Stoney Point* just north of Los Angeles city. I'm still not very good at bouldering (Bouldering: climbing without a rope "short" routes, usually below 15 feet, usually big round rocks). I'm not muscular enough and falling is not an option once you get halfway through your route, ie when it gets hard. It is, however, exceptional for your balance and technique. I've free climbed things and then gone back to the high walls and been shocked at how much better my form was.

Hiking to Echo is a slug with the ropes and gear. Mostly we all complain the whole way and then eat everything we have the minute we get to the base of the cliff.

Are we there yet?>

Made it. Oh, NOW we climb? pshhhh

Ash trying to retrieve gear on a tough route. 

Black Face wall. We got the place locked down like a compound

Taking a break in a tree!
And Leang always looking like an REI or Prana ad. Seriously?! They should sponsor her.

Dylan and Nak hooking up some anchors at Stoney. He saw a huge tarantula, but I was too slow to get a shot.

I got a good perch to take some action shots.

haha this wasnt that bad, I'm making it look like the Alps.

Some not-to-be missed climbing links:

A nice little doc about Stoney
Climbing without a rope, in that dept. no one can touch Honnold

Monday, March 31, 2014

Newspaper poetry

Are you any good at poetry? I have always had a level of reverence for poets and even recreational appreciators. I find myself frustratingly too literal. But...

// Speaking of choices // Likely to become a long scrimmage of Will / They barely know // The efforts needed to top that big rock // 

A while back I started making these collages in the morning after "reading" the newspaper. Sometimes there's not much reading involved, I just channel aggression at the sports page and tear it up.

Found word poetry is however, really kind of nice and zen. And if/when the poetry sucks you can always hide behind the fact that, well you were just working with what you had. How can you make poetry out of the sports headlines anyway.

But what I've found amazing is that, even though the words aren't mine, they have a way of expressing what's on my mind often far better than if had my choice. Some people pluck their ideas out of the ether, I guess I might be more of an assembler. Either way I highly recommend this experiment, and if you do end up doing it, please post a link to a picture. Honestly, I'd love to see it.

// As generations of man return to God // The foreign limits of a world // bound by the memory of all that is lost // charges on waiting for happiness //

This one (I guess obvious by the first sentence) is about the older generations departing this world and the lessons that they are taking with them; lessons about being happy and how those of us left behind are wounded by that loss and simultaneously complacent about our own journey; "waiting" for happiness because we dont really have the secrets that our forefathers have taken to the grave.

// Goodbyes are nice // To finish off a rainy day and march ahead // Away from the fire of blame // And an overblown showdown // Making off with nothing but // Lessons from the devil //

This one is a little melodramatic. About relationships that are so trying, and how it's pleasant when they just fade away rather than end in a gigantic unnecessary scene.

// Money for power // Still the fleeing spoils of a solitary life // See you quietly losing yourself // to earth's unseen spell //

Idealism coming face to face with the realities of participating in the rat race. It's the resistance to the idea that money does equal power, even power over your own destiny. While the answer could be to step away from it all and live like an ascetic in the spiritual world unphased by the theater of power and money, even for an idealist the temptations of the material world are too much to withstand. To enjoy what the earth has to offer you have to pay.

PS The last one is available on society6 if you'd like a copy, as well as some other prints.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday - War On Drug

A little something from my brother for this Friday as he embarks on a journey to attend a beard festival in Nashville

I was there to catch a man
I thought I had him by the hand
I only had him by the glove

Photo by Dusdin Condren / Pitch Perfect PR

Thursday, March 27, 2014

wrap it up.. past month (or so)

I'm doing a wrap up of a few things I've worked on in the last month, because my blog was tired of being neglected. 

This is a music video that just recently wrapped. You are looking at a one woman art department. Although the aesthetic is pretty clearly the directors, I didn't sleep for a week working on it. Clothes, props, eh.. hair. The two dancers got their break on So You Think You Can Dance and were definitely the high point of the shoot. They were both so sweet, talented and enthusiastic. It's in the final stages of editing, so look out for it soon.

The team of mens behind the camera. The mustached choreographer Ryan Heffington was particularly enjoyable to see at work, and a super nice guy too.

More film! Wrapping on Love Arcadia the feature film (photo by Anna Wu, lots more awesome shots here)

Some friends approached me about building a life-sized boba tea cup with mobile tapioca balls, personality, googley eyes, a back and bottom entrance, and arm holes. I drank my weight in boba tea trying to figure that one out. I'm excited and a little apprehensive to see it on film. Anyone need a plastic worker? For real I'm an expert at vinyl and corrugated plastics now.

The story follows three teens graduating high school and navigating that difficult period of decision-making and change. It's a light-hearted and fun movie, but with some pretty thought-provoking undercurrents.

From sketch to set. (That's catchy) It will be out some time next year.

And this one, because it was really fun. Some old fashioned graphic design work. Literally old fashioned ie 17th century style. Rachmaninov and Chopin style. These programs were for the annual epic Sannikova recital, pianist and instructor to the stars, well the star's offspring. 

I'm also working on some personal project which are keeping me up til 3am. But you have to work when you work best. Maybe I'm just mentally in another time zone. Maybe I've been up past 4am way too many times in the past week.

James Bond party with some crazy people : )