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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Yoshitomo Nara's Scary Kids

Some people say that an artwork is an extention of the artist's own self. Taking that into account, look at this chain-smoking Japanese dude.

And then look at his painting here.

Do you see the point?

This is one of the most intriguing artist that I've come across. His name if Yoshitomo Nara & he paints little girls. Wait, that doesn't sound right doesn't it? Let me rephrase that, he makes paintings of little girls.

The first impression that you'd get when a bunch of ladies see his painting is 'Awwww, soooooo Cute!'

But then if you look more closely, you'd go 'OMG!'

I imagine that if my grandma saw this, her immediate reaction would be 'Cheh! Ahnay poon ay tang tan chiak' which translates into 'Like this also can make money'.

Yoshitomo's paintings easily cross over between art, pop & commercial illustrations & back again.

His flat cartoonish/anime style really makes you think again about what is art.

Geez. If I knew this was possible, I would have continued to draw cartoons for a living.

Ok. This is not cute anymore. It's getting scarier.

Oh, if you want to know the name of the paintings, right click on your mouse & choose save as. You'll be able to see the title. This one's called Another Girl Another Planet.

This is getting really scary now. Sorta like Ju-on coming out of a box.

You can see the progression of his ideas here when he explores other themes like cosplay.

And sadism.

This is a nightmare. I'm beginning to wonder what goes on in his head when he did this.

Now I know this looks cruel. But it is kinda cute in a twisted way.

But I think the dog on the right needs a bit of privacy. His butt is exposed.

This one reminds me of what my foochow mother-in-law said once, 'If children likes to play with fire, you've got to teach them fear. Burn their finger & they'll know'. I believe she would do it.

I thought this was a funny installation. It's called Cup Kids. It's a bunch of bored kids in teacups.

This reminds me of the teacup ride in Disneyland. Somehow, I think Disneyland would not be very happy with this.

And finally, these are his eerie sleep walking series.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Alternative Fuel

Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob rode a bicycle from Kuching Hilton to Kuching Waterfront to attend a function on Monday.

You can bet that whatever these guys are doing, it's for a half-day show only. They'll come back tomorrow in their Mercedes Benz.

But seriously, cycling to work has always been something which I've thought of from time to time. The ridiculous fuel price hike is making this to be a very attractive idea.

But then again, with the kind of weather that we have here, this is just unrealistic. When it rains here, it's like God flushing the toilet. And when the sun comes out, we feel like a cookie in the oven.

I've thought about it, and the more I thought about it, the more this is beginning to look like a stupid idea.

Well, for one, cycling under the Malaysian sun is gonna make you look like this.

You're not only gonna sweat like Hasselhoff, but you're gonna smell like him as well.

And one more thing, when you reach the office, you gotta shower man. you gotta get rid of that Hasselhoff smell. That means bringing your soap & towel & shampoo & clothes to change into. I don't know about showering at the office. It feels kinda wierd. If you do it more often, then pretty soon you'll be moving into your cubicle & living there.

Guess what? I just heard. The petrol stations in Kuching are packed with cars again tonite, right now. There's a rumour going around that all stations will be on strike from Thursday to Saturday & will not be open.
The BN government needs to come out with a better solution soon. Otherwise, this may start to look like a very intelligent idea.

Wallop a can of baked beans & you're ready to go!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Rattatouille Dream

There has never been & never will be another movie like Rattatouille.

9 months ago, I was watching this movie with Nee on our very rare movie date (Nee doesn't watch anything else except Hong Kong TVB series). Watching the movie was like taking a trip to Paris.

Strangely enough, the climactic part was about a dish called Rattatouille & I've been having a craving for it eversince, for the past 9 months.

Well, LO & BEHOLD, a few days ago, my dreams came true.

I ...

had ...


Don't jealous jealous, eat vinegar.

Monday, June 23, 2008

The Barney Project

This is Barney, the most beloved & also hated singing soft toy in the world, depending on your age.Loved to death by toddlers, it is the most annoying living & breathing & singing dinosaur in existence today.

I bet it must have been one tough cookie to have survived the ice age. I mean he could have ended up like this.

A word of warning if you still do not know Barney. Do not mess with this royal purple pain in the buttocks. It will sing & drive you insane. I mean this is the very same thing US Troops used to torture Iraqi detainees. I am not kidding you.

Slowly but surely, you will find that your kids will begin to love Barney more than you. He plays with their minds.

Be very aware, there's not only one, but more.

And they hunt in packs.

This is Barney's creator.

If I knew where she lived, I would have sent a terminator back through time to terminate her project.

The news is my cousin Rodney ordered a cake for 2-year old Samantha. I thought that was fine until he wanted a Barney cake. Then all hell broke loose. I panicked at first but then I thought that I should be a good uncle. So if I can imagine Samantha's excitement, then it should all be worthwhile.

After doing a bit of research, I took out the merzipan & mixed it with some food colouring.

This is Royal Purple for the His Royal Highness' Purple Hide.

And gutsy green for his guts.

Now before I reveal my creation, please remember that I am just an amateur. My sloppy sculptures with Merzipan would not get an oooohhh aaaahhh response from you. At its very best, it can only manage an oklah, can do, just slightly passed. So, if you're Barney's No. 1 die-hard fan, please forgive me.

I do not know how to do sugarcraft, but I don't think a 2-year old would notice the difference.

I really hope Samantha could at least recognise it for Barney cos Merzipan is tough to handle. It sweats when you leave it out in room temperature. That's why I had to be careful & kept them in the fridge.
I know. They look so pathetic sitting there. They look like meat products.

This is how it turned out in the end. The colour went off a bit because of the camera settings.

Happy Birthday Samantha!