UKIYO. The word conjures images of the lives of Japanese courtesans and the nobility, a life of excess and luxury. Or it can mean "sorrowful world." A "transitory world." An implication of a separate, illusory reality. A staging place for the afterlife. Author and illustrator Carl Polkovitz's UKIYO centers on an existence based on varying perceptions. Hallucinatory visuals tell a tale inspired by the rapidly advancing technologies of today's social media and global economic interconnectivity. UKIYO is a study in non-linear storytelling, drugs, online personas, and obsession.