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Artist Motoi Yamamoto first began creating salt labyrinths in 1994 after the death of his sister. Since then he has traveled all over the world building these intricate art works as temporary monuments as expressions of his memories of her. Traditionally, salt is used in Japanese culture for purification and mourning after the death of a loved one. Through his art Yamamoto’s grieves for his sister while giving beauty and life to the world.

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If you’re in the L.A. area, be sure to check out his upcoming exhibit opening in September at the Laband Art Gallery. More info here.

Lately, I have become captivated by artist Yayoi Kusama and her work. After her collaboration with fashion house Louis Vuitton was announced I wanted to learn more. What caught my attention was of course the polka dots– I love everything polka dot– but, delving deeper into the work, I became interested in her as the artist and person, almost more than the work itself. Kusama was born in Japan but came to New York in the late 1950’s where she thrived in the avant-garde art scene. She returned to Japan in 1973 and began writing surrealistic poetry and prose. At the same time she became ill and checked herself into a mental institution where she still lives and produces her work today. Currently, she has an exhibit on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

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After the lineup for the U.S. Open of Surfing music stage was released several days ago, I started listening to more TV on the Radio and quickly proceeded in becoming obsessed with their song “You”. The song is wonderful and the video is pretty great too. Listening to it is making me excited to see them in a few weeks. If you haven’t been to the U.S. Open in Huntington Beach you should definitely check it out, at least for the free live music– it’s pretty much the most exciting event in Orange County.

Full music lineup here.