Cycle of Love Triptych

Cycle of Love

Cycle of Love 2017 Just released! Cycle of Love!!! It’s been six years since I’ve done any work involving origami. This is in large part due to the fact that it took me a whole year to complete the last one, because it involved folding a thousand paper cranes in pursuit of making a wish (Senbazuru). But the thing is, although I always tell people the story of how I made my wish, I hardly ever discuss what I actually wished for. Traditionally a Senbazuru folder is suppose to make some sort of selfless wish, such as: wishing a couple …

LGBTQ+ Make Out At Trump Tower

I went to the LGBTQ+ Make Out At Trump Tower this past Sunday to document the LGBTQ+ struggle. Having had numerous gay friends since college, I felt like it was my duty to go document this protest in particular. Even though it was much less popular than some of the previous protests I covered in the last few weeks. Plus, the image of a huge crowd of people making out at the same time while protesting Trump seemed like a sure win in my mind. It was a cold, slippery, and rainy afternoon which probably contributed to the low turnout …

White suited Asian guy sitting on some steps in the shade, surrounded by angry looking dark suited asian guys with red shoes.

World of One: Angry Calm – the Art of Cool

Angry Calm 2016 Giclée Image size (HxW): 24″ x 47 9/16” inches | Paper Size (HxW): 30″ x 53 9/16” | Edition of 5   What is the essence of cool? I’ve spent years of my life (some would say wasted), trying find the answer to this question. The art of cool of me however, has always eluded me. Growing up in the 90s, I thought parachute pants were cool (something my high school friends will never let me forget). I also spent the entirety of my 20s trying to “keep it real” maintaining a lifestyle befitting for a bohemian …

Shinobi No Kame - A group of dark suited Asian men standing on a roof, staring at an Asian man emerging in a white suit.

World of One: Shinobi No Kame

Shinobi No Kame 2016 Giclée Image size (HxW): 24″ x 40 7/16” inches | Paper Size (HxW): 30″ x 46 7/16” | Edition of 5 Shinobi No Kame is inspired by Ninja Turtles (my favorite tv show growing up), and by the legendary Life Magazine photographer Gordon Parks. Although the atmosphere of Shinobi No Kame is reminiscent of a generic comic book ambush scene. The composition is inspired by Gordon Parks’ iconic The Invisible Man collaboration with writer Ralph Ellison. Production Notes This shot was taken almost as an afterthought. This summer, I was obsessed with shooting a water balloon scene for …

Walking Narcissist - A man in a dark suit walking in the street, with a line of men in white suits reflected in a window, walking in the opposite direction.

Walking Narcissist

Walking Narcissist Walking Narcissist is about the process of introspection, of questioning who we are and who we want to be. Like my Narcissus before it, this image directly deals with what is perhaps the primary theme of World of One, how our identities are constructed.   Production Notes The composition and placement in of the figures in Walking Narcissist, combines themes from my previous works Reflection, and Diligentia II. Reflection was the first W.O.1 image I shot on film, but I was never happy with the way it came out (which is why I hardly ever show it). I thought the …

Silent Scream - A women dressed in black screaming, with a group of the same women dressed in white sitting gesturing for her silence.

Silent Scream

Silent Scream Silent Scream is the product of a collaboration with NYC based Hip Hop dancer/choreographer/actress Mayo Kinoshita. Mayo has a dizzying array of skills, and I felt really lucky to have her pose for my camera. Originally I had a more static and somber image in mind. However, once we started shooting, I was blown away by Mayo’s more dynamic take on the subject. This resulted in a much more fluid image, which I find easier on the eyes and more enjoyable to study in detail.   Artist Notes Silent Scream is about how we use seductive lies to …

Instillation shot of BBoy Monsters at Reedspace

Show Report: BBoy Monsters at Reedspace

  I’ve always dreamed of having a solo show in Manhattan. So to see my BBoy Monsters work up at Reedspace, a venue some of my heroes (such as Phunk Studio, whose work inspired my World of One series) have shown in, this was dream come true!!! I was much more involved with the organization of this exhibition than normal. So it really felt like it was brought to life through pure willpower. The majority of shows I participate in, all I’m really expected to do is deliver the art on time. This show however, not only did I make …

Showcard for BBoy Monsters at Reed Space, by Johnny Tang.

BBoy Monsters at Reed Space!!!

  Hope to see you there!!!   Thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign, I am honored to cordially invite you to the opening of BBoy Monsters my first NYC solo exhibition!!!! Come out for an evening of art and dancing!! Photographs will be on display till May 31st, hope you can make it!!! BBoy Monsters @Reed Space May 14 – 31, 2016 151 Orchard St. New York, NY 10002 Artist Reception: May 14 4-7:00PM Sign up for my Secret Society and never miss a post! Just hit SUBSCRIBE over in the top right for details!!! Please support this work by …

Popping Monster - Sun Kim, Buddha's Slap. Sun Kim tutting in DUMBO Brooklyn with 5 arms.

Popping Monster – Sun Kim

Popping Monster – Sun Kim, Buddha’s Slap 2016 Archival Pigment Print 24″ x 17″ inches | edition of 10 Allow me to introduce the latest addition to my Monsters series: Popping Monster – Sun Kim!!! Sun is not only a talented dancer with legendary popping skills, but also a dance instructor, and a choreographer! Not content with conquering events such as: Step Ya Game Up 2014, Book of styles 2014, and Immortal Street Dance battle 2013. Sun has also appeared in commercials, music videos, and has even taught a Popping workshop at Princeton University. Sun is currently preparing for Who You Are, an innovative and experimental …

Popping Monster - Sun Buddha's Box. Sun Kim posing in DUMBO Brooklyn , tutting with 6 arms.

Published in Daily Mail Online Today!!!!

From my latest set of Popping Monsters – Sun, Buddha’s Box (more to come soon!) My BBoy Monsters were published in the Daily Mail UK this morning! The headline reads “How many arms and legs? Break dancers are turned into Buddhas for bizarre photography project” I guess it makes sense that this work ended up in a tabloid newspaper. But with a circulation of over 1,700,000 I’m not going to complain! With 6 days left to my indiegogo campaign, more exposure for this work is exactly what I need!!! Thank you to all my fans, contributors and collectors! Your continued …