Death after Kyoto -Released Today!

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Death after Kyoto



Emily Patrick is a twenty four year old woman who travels to Kyoto and experiences reverse culture shock when she returns to the US and misses the warm social customs of the Japanese. Feeling lost, she slips into despair until taking a day off from work to attend the opening of Art Basel in Miami Beach. She meets the eccentric artist, Simeon Susluv, who invites her to a gathering of like-minded people. The next day, she is found dead in a park lying within a circle of pages ripped out of her drawing book.

Detectives Ryan Salter and Kim Ramos arrive at the scene of the murder. Although there’s not a trace of physical evidence, they find enough information on her phone to know that Simeon Suslov was one of the last people to see Emily Patrick alive. The detectives go to an Art Basel event Suslov is scheduled to be at and question him. They discover that Emily had been accepted into a society of secretive individuals that meet to tell each other Japanese ghost stories…

The perfect book if you’re into mysteries, Japanese ghost stories, secret societies, decadent detectives, ASMR, cyber-stalkers, eccentrics and twisted justice!

Event schedule

The official schedule for Saturday 6/10/17!

12:00 p.m. – Cosplay prejudging
12:00 p.m. – Exhibitor area opens (Ballrooms)
12:00 p.m. – Food vendors open (Rotunda)
12:30 p.m. – “Ponyo,” rated G (Theatre)
2:30 p.m. – “Otaku Mode” Art Talk featuring Carlos Aleman (Theatre)
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Calligraphy Art (Ballrooms)
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Origami Workshops (Ballrooms)
3:30 p.m. – “My Neighbor Totoro,” rated G (Theatre)
4:00 p.m. – “Anime-Japan” Art Reception (Gallery)
5:30 p.m. – Final Cosplay Showing (Theatre); Prejudging at noon
7:00 p.m. – Yoshiko Taiko Dojo Drummers (Theatre); Tickets required

City of Sunrise Civic Ctr.
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The Butterfly Effect

I’ve decided to put my new butterfly friend that I met today on the cover. Here’s a brief excerpt from the story:

“While she was still in the convention center, she received a reply from him. He explained to her that there was an existential battle raging inside of her. He asked her if she would like to meet him that evening at a gathering for people that all struggled with the same feelings of not fitting in with the rest of the world. There were of course many elegant cocktail parties in Miami that night to commemorate the start of the art fair, but that both of them would obviously prefer none of that type of commotion. She agreed.

The following morning, Emily’s lifeless body was found in a park not far from her home. The pages of her sketchbook had been torn out and scattered around her. Dog-lions lamenting the stillness of the night.” C. Aleman, Death after Kyoto

Taking the Stage

This is where I’ll be speaking on June 10th. -Hope you can make it! I sooo want to have the chance to tell you my thoughts about love, imagination and a life of creative fulfillment. This will be a preview of the workshop series I’ll be teaching this summer. Right after the talk (2:30pm) is my new exhibit opening (4:00pm)

Sunrise Civic Center Theatre and Art Gallery
10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard
Sunrise, FL 33351


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Digital Kintsugi

‘Androgynous No. 20’

‘Androgynous No. 19’
‘Androgynous No. 19’

A couple of recent paintings, Androgynous No. 19 & 20.  The gold, dabbed over the faces of the models is inspired by Kintsugi, the Japanese technique of repairing pottery with gold powder and lacquer (as describe in an earlier post).  The actual painting technique—rectangles applied with a flat brush—came from an idea I had in a design class back in the ’80s around the time of the Challenger disaster.  The assignment:  An analogous color study.

On tiny pieces of paper, I watered down my acrylic paints and rendered rectangles, transitioning from one hue to another.  Even back then, one couldn’t help but think of a digital future, such as the one Salvador Dali perhaps hinted at in Lincoln in Dalivision.  30 years later, I still find something compelling about that artistic sentiment.  Whether Dali was remotely interested in technology or was primarily concerned with achieving an illusion with a photo-mosaic, as things turned out, the world has become quite pixelated indeed.

Add a little humanity in the mix and our cyber experience of life might look a little more like a van Gogh painting with thick gooey brushstrokes.  I wonder if van Gogh, who was an avid fan of Japanese art knew about kintsugi.  No doubt, the golden years of expression came out of deep personal brokenness.

So there you have it—kintsugi, Lincoln in Dalivision and van Gogh—all swirling around in my head as I try to depict androgynous models and the fascinating things they tell us without ever saying a word.