Musashi Mix Inq


Posted on May 31, 2011

Penitent, ©MMXI

A time to reap, a time to sow;

A time to live, a time to die…

• ± •

Spring's sweet scent–

You are forgiven…




Palliativity 126: Etiquette and Protocol

Posted on May 26, 2011

{x} Away, You may be disturbing

A difficult question of communication etiquette came up in conversation with friends a couple years ago. We had read on Facebook that our friend's grandparent had just passed away. My friends and I wanted to send condolences but were not sure just by what conveyance to send such a message.

Should we call? No, that's too invasive.

Text? Too casual.

Chat when we see them online? No, they probably just want some space to browse without interruption.

Facebook wall post? Far too public.

Facebook message? Possibly…

Nobody wants to video-chat when they're mourning.

Maybe just email them… hmmmmmm—

I used to laugh about the preposterously complicated Victorian fan and flower language or the far too cerebral courting poems of ancient Japan. The truth is that human communication has changed very little over time.

Referencing classic texts and spinning out variations of traditional idioms loaded with silliness and social-commentary has been replaced with wiki-consciousness and memetic humor.

People are people.

Communication is a battlefield.


Rhapsody in Spring

Posted on May 23, 2011

(Japan, don't give up!) Rhapsody in Spring, ©MMXI

"Enjoy yourself. It's later than you think."

- Chinese Proverb -

Bohemian Rhapsody


Færie Bombshell



Summer Show!

Posted on May 19, 2011


We've tentatively set a date for a big show this summer!

Kindred Spirits:  Silva | Tanimura

Opening Friday, July 29, and Closing on Saturday, August 13

Helium Gallery, 4710 North Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago

As a follow-up to last year's "Father & Son" show featuring my father and I,
this year we are privileged to team up with another father and son:
Bueno and Eulalio de Silva.

Look for more announcements here soon as the event gets finalized.


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Palliativity 125: Lifelines

Posted on May 12, 2011

My Week

This last Saturday night I spiked a fever of 106° and was in hospital for a G-I infection for most of the week. I've never had an illness threaten my life before.

I slept under a blanket thru which flowed nearly freezing water for most of a day to break my fever down. I danced with my iv and catheter bag on my hourly trips to relieve myself. Full spectrum antibiotics with the same symptoms as the illness itself.

I'm home now but this means it will take a little bit to catch up on my artwork, though I won't stop posting here. I can announce that a show is coming late this summer and it's going to be big 🙂

For now, like Japan, it's time for me to rebuild as well.


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Project Sunshine 7: Float

Posted on May 9, 2011

Float, ©MMXI

Many thanks to the children,

who showed the world that in their hearts burns a fire,

— a Rising Sun —

that no tide can put out.

• • •

There is still much to be done.

Please help us reach that bright horizon.

Donate and help rebuild.

Thank you—


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