Artist Statement"Collaborations necessitate seeing things from different perspectives. Collaborations keep me from forming habits and force me to learn new skills. Collaborations, as communicative social experiences, allow me to hang out with hip, fascinating people."
With Jad Fair
"Having long been a fan of Half-Japanese (his awesome band!), I was giddy to work with Jad Fair. Here I was collaborating with someone who had himself collaborated with Yo La Tengo, Daniel Johnston and the Teenage Fanclub. He is also the writer of classic lines such as, 'A princess? Uh-uh. A cheerleader? No. They're not even half as good as an angel.' When Jad arrived in Tokyo for his Japan tour, I promptly handed him a box of photographs that I had taken around my neighborhood. I then took him out for some damn fine sushi. At the conclusion of his 4-day tour, Jad returned to Tokyo and presented me with the same box. Inside, all the photos were beautifully cut to hell - creature masks of various shape and mood. At the exhibition opening party, Jad couldn't stop praising Japan Rail, "Thanks to the smooth ride of the bullet train, I was able to produce the works you see before you."