Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Back & Forth: Leaving Tokyo behind and Immersing myself in NYC Culture
I have one more Tokyo entry but I am saving it for when I get my film back from Chelsea Photographic Services on Friday. So I decided I should start writing about what I have been doing since I got back from Tokyo. SO aside from crying and trying to get my money back for some things like my Japan Rail Pass that I couldn't use, I've done a few neat things. I made use of my NY Art Beat Iphone app and made a list of shows I want to see. The first two shows I've seen on my list were two photography shows, one is closed now, "Minor Cropping May Occur", at the Lombard-Fried Projects gallery, it was really amazing. It was group show with 13 photographers from New York, Europe, and Japan. Most of the shots were of everyday life, just captured in the moment, but a few were definitely staged. Photographers included, Mike Brodie (AKA The Polaroid Kid), JH Engstrom, Carl Johan De Geer, Janine Gordon, Nick Haymes, Hiromix, Takashi Homma, Kitajima Keizo, Motoyuki Daifu, Walter Pfeiffer, Jacob Aue Sobol, Nick Waplington, Rona Yefman. Motoyuki Daifu, a 25 year old Japanese photographer is by far my favorite from this group and Takashi Homma is kinda neck in neck with him for me, I know he's like a super amazing photographers and has received all sorts of accolades.
In the middle of the week we went to see my friend Joseph Burke play as Obfusc at the Cake Shop. I love Joe's music, lovely ambient electronic music which he made even better by showing 8mm footage from his family reels that he edited to go with his music.
Next when the temps went up in NYC we tried out our new roof deck and grill while we sampled my partner's freshly brewed Triple Belgian beer, yum! No weekend is complete without brunch so Debra and I headed into Williamsburg to have a tasty meal at Egg.
Yesterday, I took advantage of the sunny skies and headed into Chelsea to pick up my Tokyo film and view another photography show at the Anna Kustera gallery of Swiss photographer Karlheinz Weinberger. The show, Karlheinz Weinberger, Halbstarke to Bikers, in Color" was lacking even though the subject matter was truly inspiring. Swiss teens and bikers, in their homemade fashions acting tough and proud of themselves, plus soft gay porn which he started as a semi-pro gig for a gay magazine.