Well, with a heavy heart I decided to cancel my trip to Tokyo for next week. The show goes on, and all the artwork has been sent to Tokyo. Needless to say the past few weeks are the reason why I could not go. After making this decision I was so conflicted that I even tried to re-book my flight .. but, in the end after talking to my buddy, Yo in Japan as well as my family .. this was not meant to be.
I also wanted to address another point about this show. I’ve been asked if it will be a charity show for Japan, and while I thought about this, I decided that this particular show would be a “normal” art show as planned. I considered all points, but after discussing this with my Japan friends, they all felt that the artists in Japan will also be hard hit by the resulting economic shock that has affected the country. So this show would help to support them and their art.
I leave it it up to each person to decide for themselves how best to help and support our friends in Japan. My ongoing projects in Japan will of course continue as will my efforts to spread the Kaiju world to anyone who will listen to me ;-P
I know they are all looking forward to this art show, to at least for a few hours celebrate and have some fun …
For me, I’m helping via the “Kaiju for Japan” sale (see previous posts), the Giant Robot TAP water show, and I know there will be more I can do in the future.
The guilt I feel, can not be described … I have a choice to not go .. obviously my friends in Japan do not have this choice .. it is their country and their homes and families.
Well, not to bring everyones mood down .. this show and life goes on !
Yo will be working his ass off to put up the show, man it for 2 days and take it down and ship it back to San Francisco for the April 23rd stop at Double Punch!
I hope you can come out to the opening in San Francisco and sign a poster to the Japanese artists in the show, that I will send back to Japan to show them our support !
Below are more of the wonderful pieces of art for the show .. Enjoy !
art by ralph cosentino – http://www.ralphcosentino.com
art by sebastian curadeau – http://conesandstuff.blogspot.com/
art by TOUMA – http://www.touma.biz/
art by Ai – http://ameblo.jp/ones-ai/
art by Tomoe – http://tsukuyomi09.blog97.fc2.com/
art by Namiko Sonobe – http://namiko-sonobe.com/