Sunday, March 27, 2011


since i've been feeling a bit lazy lately, i've decided to write at least one blogpost a month about an artist who's work is hitting me hard. however, i will start tomorrow. today, i am reading rem koolhaas' essay junkspace and then i have to fiddle with some technology as well as start a proposal for the CCA in montreal's young curator's program. then i have a birthday party to attend.

Friday, March 25, 2011


a few months ago, i finally framed some of the work in my collection and hung it on the wall in the living room. today i hate it. it feels awkward. it is trying too hard. in fact, the whole room just feels off to me lately. i kind of hate sitting in it. maybe if all the walls were wood-paneled, i would like it better. maybe if the couch hadn't been eaten by the dog, and the floor didn't constantly need to be mopped, i'd like it better. things just don't feel right in here and i need a change. but i don't know how else it should be organized. the frames definitely need to come down. the couch definitely needs to be reupholstered or slipcovered or whatever people with little money do. the floors need to be washed a few times, and the tables need to be pledged. i guess that would be a start. but maybe it should just be a new room in another house. that would probably help a lot.

Monday, March 21, 2011


my good friend mai is from japan and she is asking for help for this project. she is an amazing individual who spreads joy to everyone she encounters. if you follow this blog, please do this for mai.

Dear Friends,
Firstly, I would like to thank you for all of your kind words concerning me, my family, friends, and the current situation in Japan and now I believe that the messages must be extended to the people who are affected by the recent disaster in the northeastern Japan. I have spent days thinking what I can do for those people and feel a little powerless because the situation there cannot afford any random support possibly disorderly coming from everywhere. Professionals in required fields have been hard working to provide necessary support to the people and contain the radiation leaks at the nuclear plant damaged by the disaster. The immediate and best support we can remotely provide to those people seems to be donations, especially the monetary support. However, throughout the long way to their recovery from the current tragic conditions a mental support has been and will remain to be crucial. After I moved back to Japan on January 1, 2011, I began a series of projects called hi-to-ko-ro, the word I created by combining three Japanese words: hito(people), tokoro(place), and kokoro(heart), for a purpose of creating the space where people and their hearts meet. Now I decided to become a point of communication and would like to ask you to send me your message for those suffering in Japan. The collected messages will be delivered to their hands as our collective hopes for their bright future once the situation will become more settled. You can email me your message to or mail it to Mai Ryuno @#205 3-4-5 Shinonome, Hakata, Fukuoka, Japan 812-0871. Please feel free to contact me if there are any questions.

With my highest gratitude for your support
Love for all
Mai Ryuno

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

which is to say perfect

Carmen: hmmm well the future
oh the future
its golden
me: too true
foggy but golden at the same time

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

memorize all the names of the people living in this world

the front of koki tanaka's business card pinned to my wall at work.