TERRA OVERLAY at Strongroom

Sarah Chow
"Terra Overlay"

Sept 13 - Oct 20, 2014
opening: Saturday, Sept 13, 6-9pm

Strongroom is a monthlong proposal in the historic bank vault of IKO IKO + Building Block's studio space. There are no formal definitions; the intimacy of the space influences the experience.

Strongroom at IKO IKO + Building Block
1727 N. Spring St, 3rd Flr
Los Angeles, CA 90012
323 719 1079


Some pics of my beautiful unicorn friend Hayden from our trip to Puerto Rico in January. It really did feel like a dream. This was a hidden cove called The Women's Well which is only accessible via a short path through the jungle and down a rock outcropping.
Steph using my envelope clutch in Austin this past December.
More new things coming soon. :)


this morning. c:



My work in an e-book curated by Mica, Ian and Paul of Badlands Unlimited.

Feat. 50 contemporary artists. Reviewed on Rhizome with a mention of my piece!


The first of its kind, "How To Download a Boyfriend" is a group art exhibition in the form of an interactive e-book.Featuring artwork by 50 contemporary artists from New York and elsewhere, HTDAB showcases the most exciting work being created at the intersection of digital and popular culture today. Established artists like Thomas Bayrle and Cory Arcangel use xerox machines and disposable cameras to make images while younger artists like Josh Kline and Petra Cortright mine the web for materials to create one-of-a kind works. Artists and writers have also written interactive "quizzes" that test readers with funny, probing, or simply absurd questions about the nature of love and desire in the 21st century. Curated and produced by the staff of Badlands Unlimited.

Available on Apple iBooks for the iPad.


Takashi Amano planted fish tanks: There are so many gorgeous specimens that I don't know where to stop! Amano started building aquatic landscapes in the 80's after an interest in aquascaping led him to found his own company, Aquatic Design Amano. He is the grandfather and original master of the wabi-kusa style of planted tanks (as opposed to the Dutch style more commonly found in the West). There is a museum in his hometown of Niigata, Japan, dedicated to his planted tanks.
Before all this, Amano traveled the world as a large format landscape photographer. You can see how clearly and vividly the photographic influence translates to his aquatic landscapes. Some more tanks: View the entire gallery here.


Chromodoris Quadricolor!

A diamondback tritonia. These guys are vicious and launch themselves out at swaying sea fans to bite off polyps before they shrink back into the coral. This one missed.

A Blue Lettuce Sea Slug... they usually come in variations of green but this cobalt blue is amazing and looks like the aurae borealis. Sea slugs are actually not closely related to the slimy earthling counterparts despite their name. They're actually shell-less mollusks that have been able to develop an amazing array of colors, patterns and a variety of ornament that act as warnings to predators. They're armed with stinging cells and toxins for protection.

Um, FRIED EGG SEA SLUG. Need I say more.

The Blue Sea Dragon. I love this one. This is amazing. How does this exist? The world can not be doomed if things like this really exist.

Another view of the Chromodoris Quadricolor. They're so awesome. Those hairy antennae taste, touch and sense the ocean around them since they're nearly blind and can actually only see vague patches of light and dark.

Janolus Fuscus. These are named after the two-headed god of Roman mythology, Janus. I think they have more than two heads though. This guy looks like he'd never be able to make up his mind on which way to go.

Glossodoris atromarginata.

Things I learned tonight:

1. Some sea slugs are SOLAR POWERED. They consume photosynthetic cells from the plants they eat and in turn absorb the energy to power themselves. Since usually photosynthetic cells need the originating plant's DNA to operate in this way, that means the sea slugs have also imbibed part of the plant's DNA into its own cells to generate solar power for itself. In layman's terms, sea slugs are like Superman. Or that guy in Heroes who carved out people's brains to take their superpowers after he killed them. (Source)

2. The blue sea dragon actually preys upon the Portuguese Man o' War and CONSUMES THE ENTIRE ORGANISM. This is totally crazy because blue sea dragons are tiny! Not only that, but blue sea dragons are actually more venomous then the Man o' War since they imbibe and store its most venomous threads for later use in their fan-like fingers. (Source)


My sister's doing a project on Japanese subcultures and sent me this link last night... the first Harajuku subculture in 1980!