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GR2: Sun 4/27 3:30-5:30 SuperAwesome Book Signing

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Giant Robot is proud to present a SuperAwesome Book signing at GR2.

Sunday 4/27, 2014 3:30-5:30pm at Giant Robot 2

Scheduled to appear at GR2 are kozyndan, Andrew Hem, Sean Chao, Luke Chueh, Masakatsu Sashie, Rob Sato, Ako Castuera, and possibly more!

This exhibition catalog features interviews and images, some from Giant Robot magazine and some that are completely new. Artists featured in the publication include: Ako Castuera, Sean Chao, David Choe, Luke Chueh, Hamburger Eyes, Andrew Hem, James Jean, Kozyndan, Masakatsu Sashie, Shizu Saldamando, Rob Sato, Amy Sol, Deth P Sun, and Adrian Tomine. Also included are forwards by Konrad Ng, Aaron Cometbus, and curatorial statements from Carin Adams and Eric Nakamura.

For any additional information of inquires,
feel free to contact Eric Nakamura: [email protected]



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GR2: 5/17 – 6/4 House of Daydreamers – Yoskay Yamamoto

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Giant Robot is proud to present an exhibition by Yoskay Yamamoto – House of Daydreamers

5/17 – 6/4, 2014 at Giant Robot 2

Yoskay Yamamoto is a treasure in Los Angeles. As thoughtful and charming as his presence at various exhibitions, he’s also a developed creator. His painted imagery is unmistakable and his 3d work which is often hard carved is whimsical and precious. Yamamoto will be creating numerous flower sculptures along with paintings, and as usual, will create an enchanting installation.

Yoskay Yamamoto was born in Japan, attended school in Santa Barbara, and is a self taught artist living in Los Angeles. Join him and many of his friends at his exhibition reception. Music will be provided by Kalin Charles.

May 17 – June 4, 2014
Reception: Saturday, May 17, 6:30-10 PM

For any additional information of inquires,
feel free to contact Eric Nakamura: [email protected]



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New Kozyndan print for SuperAwesome at OMCA + much more!

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Giant Robot Time: 4.11.14 – Suspects artwork now available online!

 

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SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot

April 19 – July 27, 2014

Reception: Friday, April 18

Oakland Museum of California

New Exhibition Coincides With 20th Anniversary of Giant Robot Magazine Celebrating Asian American Pop Culture and Beyond

(Oakland, CA)—This spring, the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) presents the major exhibition SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot. On view in OMCA’s Great Hall from April 19 to July 27, 2014, the exhibition features 15 contemporary artists that have been inspired by the artistic sensibility of Giant Robot throughout its 20-year evolution.

Co-curated by Giant Robot visionary Eric Nakamura and OMCA’s Associate Curator of Art & Material Culture Carin Adams, SuperAwesome presents new or recent works by California and international-based artists affiliated with the culture and aesthetic of the popular magazine that brought Asian, trans-Pacific popular culture to mainstream audiences in the United States. Artists featured in the exhibition include: Ako Castuera, Sean Chao, David Choe, Luke Chueh, Hamburger Eyes, Andrew Hem, James Jean, Kozyndan, Masakatsu Sashie, Shizu Saldamando, Rob Sato, Amy Sol, Deth P Sun, and Adrian Tomine. Art works in the exhibition represent a range of mediums, including mural art, sculpture, illustration, portraiture, large-scale installations, graphic novels, photography, and more.

In addition, the exhibition features Giant Robot magazines and ephemera, vinyl toys, custom vending machines, and the original Giant Robot Scion XB. Designed by Eric Nakamura, inspired by Nintendo’s Famicom gaming console, and fabricated by Len Higa, the car-turned-interactive gaming station boasts built-in sound and projectors. Visitors will be able use the car to play the original game Return of the Quack by Chevy Ray Johnston with graphics by Matt Furie.

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Are you a Giant Robot SuperFan?

OMCA is collecting stories of what Giant Robot means to its many fans. Join other SuperFans and give Giant Robot a video shout-out. Your video could be featured in the exhibition, SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot or in our online video gallery.

Keep it simple! Make a self-shot video using your phone or webcam. What are you waiting for? Send your video testimonial file or link to [email protected].

Ice-Bat Batman / Wedgehead Robin Vinyl FiguresFunko – Uglydoll x DC Comics


Wedgehead as Robin! He’s got one eye on crime.

30 Postcard Set / Cats Are Weird and More ObservationsJeffrey Brown


Cartoonist Jeffrey Brown’s drawings perfectly capture the humor and quirkiness of cats.

Alarm Clock Projection Gun / Lens MugThumbsUp!


We’ve restocked a handful of fun accessories from ThumbsUp!!

XOXO Postcard Set / RiftJames Jean


Rift is a richly detailed fifteen panel accordian-style book.

30 Postcards / CursivDavid Choe


Cursiv is a black and white collection of drawings, sketches, writing, and ephemera.

 

The FlipBooKit Show

April 26 – May 14, 2014

Reception: Saturday, April 26, 6:30-10 PM

Venture into the world of amazing art – that moves! Giant Robot Artists and creators of FlipBooKit team up to bring their art to life.

The work of over 40 artists, animators and sculptors will be showcased in the first official FlipBooKit show. Featuring hand-cranked miniature movie machines, the FlipBooKit presents animated art in a tangible, physical form. Experience the revival of this nostalgic art form as it breathes life into the moving picture in a whole new way.

First Official “FlipBooKit” Exhibition with art by:

APAK, Aya Kakeda, Aaron Brown, Jeffrey Brown, Stasia Burrington, Sean Chao, Shawn Cheng, Luke Chueh, Eleanor Davis, David Horvath, Mari Inukai, KMNDZ, Jerome Lu, Cassia Lupo, Monkmus, Kwanchai Moriya, Rob Sato, Deth P Sun, Katsuya Terada, Jesse Tise, Scott Tolleson, Yoskay Yamamoto, Jeni Yang.

Heather Cardone, Rachel Koukal, Tanja Rector, Neil Sanders, Hoppip, Tom Bunker, Patrick Burnell,  Csaba Klement, Carmen Luceno, Jeremy Sengly, Jason Clarke, Tiffany England, Ofelia Marquez, Pernille Kjaer, Hope Kroll, Alexandar Lansang, Buster Moody, Daniel Pagan, Colin Raff, Akio Segawa, Cindy Suen, Alexander S. White, Elaine Chen, Elena Renn, Metalnat Hayes, Natalie Gamble, Xray Dreams and More.

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GR2: Kendama Night Photos!By ERIC

A group came from Las Vegas and another from SD on a wednesday! Thanks much everyone.

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David Choe Time Lapse Mural for SuperAwesome at OMCABy ERIC

David choe cranks out a mural of SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot at OMCA.

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Punk Photos B-Shots Exhibition Continues at BalconiBy ERIC

Who knew that 20+ years after shooting the pics, I would have an exhibition of some of the shots at my favorite cafe – Balconi Coffee.

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2015 Sawtelle Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90025

2062 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

 

    



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OMCA: SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot Artists

Giant Robot and OMCA Present:

It’s just flyers, but the exhibition is getting set up quickly. Watch for us next week. Here’s the FB page.

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GR2: 4/26-5/14 The FlipBooKit Show

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The FlipBooKit Show
April 26 – May 14, 2014
Reception: Saturday, April 26, 6:30-10 PM

Venture into the world of amazing art – that moves! Giant Robot Artists and creators of FlipBooKit team up to bring their art to life.

The work of over 40 artists, animators and sculptors will be showcased in the first official FlipBooKit show. Featuring hand-cranked miniature movie machines, the FlipBooKit presents animated art in a tangible, physical form. Experience the revival of this nostalgic art form as it breathes life into the moving picture in a whole new way.

First Official “FlipBooKit” Exhibition with art by:

APAK, Aya Kakeda, Aaron Brown, Jeffrey Brown, Stasia Burrington, Sean Chao, Shawn Cheng, Luke Chueh, Eleanor Davis, David Horvath, Mari Inukai, KMNDZ, Jerome Lu, Cassia Lupo, Monkmus, Kwanchai Moriya, Rob Sato, Deth P Sun, Katsuya Terada, Jesse Tise, Scott Tolleson, Yoskay Yamamoto, Jeni Yang.

Heather Cardone, Rachel Koukal, Tanja Rector, Neil Sanders, Hoppip, Tom Bunker, Patrick Burnell,  Csaba Klement, Carmen Luceno, Jeremy Sengly, Jason Clarke, Tiffany England, Ofelia Marquez, Pernille Kjaer, Hope Kroll, Alexandar Lansang, Buster Moody, Daniel Pagan, Colin Raff, Akio Segawa, Cindy Suen, Alexander S. White, Elaine Chen, Elena Renn, Metalnat Hayes, Natalie Gamble, Xray Dreams and More.

For any additional information: See FlipBooKit.com
or feel free to contact Eric Nakamura: [email protected]



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GR2: Kendama Night Photos!

A little late on the Krom Kendama Night starring Matt Ballard and Thorkild May. A group came from Las Vegas and another from SD on a wednesday! Thanks much everyone. We’ll do this again.

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David Choe Time Lapse Mural for SuperAwesome at OMCA

David choe cranks out a mural of SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot at OMCA. It’s coming soon. Reception April 18th. I shot this with an old iPhone 4 and stitched it together. Music is by Goh Nakamura.

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Punk Photos B-Shots Exhibition Continues at Balconi

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“Solo show” and “Artist” aren’t two things that go along with my name, but for an evening on Sunday March 30th, I heard it a few times. First, it’s a “solo show”, but “artist” feels like a stretch. I shot photos for pure fun in the late 80s and early to mid 90s. I wanted to keep improving the images and the craft mattered to me. When walking into a venue, I did two things, first, a quick scan of the best vantage points and then I’d figure out how to capture the essence of the band or show. The show mattered too, but I was hell-bent on trying to get an image that captured something great.

This was before cellphones, selfies, and iPads. It was before sd cards, thumb drives, and uploading photos to a blog. This was manual photography, processing film, and hand printing on an enlarger. It was shot in black and white and not Photoshopped into black and white. Contrast was added with a filter, dodging and burning was done by hand, and there were plenty of test strips, fiber photo paper, 4 blade easels, Dektol, stop bath, fixer, hypo-clear, washing, and finally drying.

Who knew that 20+ years after shooting the pics, I would have an exhibition of some of the shots at my favorite cafe – Balconi Coffee. It started off innocently. I’ve been keeping a left-eye out for the negatives, but never bothered to really look. I’m into moving forward, not backwards. Then one day less than two months ago, I opened a random box and there they were – about half of the negatives and more than enough for an exhibition. After showing a couple of shots to friend and curator, Kio Griffith, he suggested a low-pressure exhibition.

It took me a while to figure out what mattered most about my time shooting photos of bands. It wasn’t all about the music or the musicians at all. It was something larger – the scene that housed it all. The kids, the venues, the details in between, and the stories that went with it. Throughout my photos, there’s plenty of “us” in the crowd watching the bands at the venues, and that’s as close to capturing the entire scene in just one shot. It was a great era for punk and indie rock.



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Giant Robot Time: 4.4.14 – Suspects opens this Sat. 4.5 at GR2!

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Giant Robot Time for this week.
Come and see Suspects at GR2!



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OMCA: Ray Potes Hamburger Eyes + David Choe

Ray Potes from Hamburger Eyes stopped in today to check out his prints. They’re gigantic and it’s part of a grid of photos being displayed in his section. Glad to see his curated images so large. I’m not sure how Hamburger Eyes is viewed everywhere, or if it’s viewed, but knowing the commitment to the craft of photography and taking it to the world of zines is amazing. Ray Potes and his crew do a lot for the world of photography. I’m proud of have them as part of this exhibition and it was great to see Ray for more than a few minutes since the LA Art Book Fair. I’ll see him again soon on April 18th.

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Meanwhile, David Choe just about finished his mural. It’s amazing how people tried to get in by “delivering food”. Did you really think you’d get into the doors? Security stopped some strangers from getting in. This piece shows a lot of maturity of David Choe. Can a face be obscured? Does each line need to represent something? Can it be abstraction? The work slowly changes in a great way. Not everything needs to be literal and clear. Glad to work with him again. Meanwhile catch him on ViceTV.

OMCA will be diligently working onwards for the SuperAwesome exhibition.

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David Choe Painting and Andrew Hem’s Mural at OMCA

I’m visiting the Oakland Museum of CA exhibition for the preparation SuperAwesome Art and Giant Robot. This might be the 6th or 7th visit now and counting and it’s looking great. I took a few pics of what’s going on including the already well documented mural by artist Andrew Hem who conducted great media appearances as well. The mural is huge and fitting for the space. It’s a rest spot at the entrance of the museum and people are already interacting with it. Great job Andrew! I’m glad to have him on board for it. See the extra photos for the details including his “giant robot” nod.

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I’m at one end of the exhibition space that actually has more to the sides than I can show. There are some rooms that are getting cut off, including the entry way that contains Giant Robot highlights, the room with the Scion Famicar, a room with my personal collection of “stuff”, Adrian Tomine’s room, and so much more. But this photo tells a lot about how large the space really is. It’s 8000 square feet.

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There’s David Choe painting. He’s quick. In a blink of an eye, he can cover a wall, then like Kaiser Soze, poof he’s gone. As many of you know, I’ve known him for ages and it’s almost like old times. The music: Explosions in the Sky, and he’s off painting.

The exhibition is coming together with the efforts of everyone involved and there are many of them. I can’t begin to thank the folks who helped, there’s just too many, but there’s still another few weeks of serious installing that’ll be happening. I’ll be on board to help.

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GR2: Wed April 2 6-8pm Kendama Night with Krom Kendama

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KENDAMA NIGHT at Giant Robot 2
April 2 Wedneday 6-8pm (and we’ll keep going later)

Come spend time with KROM KENDAMA professionals Matthew Ballard and Thorkild May, who is visiting from Denmark.

KROM KENDAMA is perhaps the greatest kendama maker in the world and you’ll have to chance to meet their representatives.

For any information about Giant Robot or Kendama Night, please contact Eric Nakamura ([email protected])

Giant Robot 2 is at
2062 Sawtelle Blvd LA, CA 90025
310.445.9276 www.gr2.net



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Giant Robot Magazine Talk: Eric Nakamura and Martin Wong

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Giant Robot Presented Tales of Print March 23rd, 2014.

I doubt there could ever be closure to Giant Robot magazine unless the door gets completely slammed, meaning no shop or gallery. Maybe I’d have to drop dead for that to happen. But then again, there are huge parts of my life, especially in new projects where Giant Robot magazine is a completely unknown part of my past. It’s amazing how many folks don’t know it. Then, there are moments when it’s brought back to life for an instant.

It’s great to speak with Martin about a period totaling 16 years of our lives. How can you do that in a window of two hours? You can’t, but you can fly through ideas with the broadest of strokes. We showed some slides of magazine stories from different topics, including travel, art, cinema, food, and history. Contributors, volunteers, friends, family, and past cover artists came through. It was nice to see their faces. The talk went for a little over an hour and a half and frankly, it went by a little too quick. There’s so much to say, so much minutiae that you can’t remember on the spot, and so little time. It was a long road to issue 68 and although 69 isn’t happening soon, you’ll never know what might happen. It’s one of those, “it can happen, but should it?”

A few questions came up and those were always nice to hear. Gladly, again our friends were the ones asking. It was fun to go over things again and even in this post, it’s hard to sum things up. Maybe it’s best to let them be changing memories, so that it lasts infinitely. Like that final episode of Lost, I wish I could flash sideways and hang out again.

Meanwhile, the 20 Year exhibition at GR2 continues, and the line up of artists might be one of the greatest ever, but part of that, is thanks to the legacy of Giant Robot. Imagine, among the first to join in when I sent out a call to artists? It was literally Takashi Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara. Both of whom I haven’t heard from in ages, jumped on right away. The many other artists as well, from way back to the final. It’s an honor and it’s great to keep working with many of them who I still see on a regular basis.

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Game Night Earth Defense Force Photos

You can’t beat an evening of video games that include robots defending the Earth against bugs. Couple that with pizza and drinks and you have it – a perfect Game Night. We have to thank D3 publishing for everything. Look at those happy faces. R0020920Game Night Earth Defense Force



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Giant Robot 20 Years: More Photos

Here’s a few more images from the reception.
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Giant Robot Time: 3.21.13 – Giant Robot Tales of Print is this Sun. 3.23 at GR2!

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GR Time at this link!



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Reception photos from GR2 for 20 Years: Art X Mags

Some photos from GR2 for 20 Years: Art X Mags. Photos by GR and DJ Tony Jr. It was a awesome night and there’ll be more to come.

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GR2: Exhibition 4/5 – 4/23 – Suspects -Albert Reyes, Sean Chao, KMNDZ, Ray Young Chu, Prodip Leung, Aaron Brown

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Group Exhibition, “Suspects” featuring Albert Reyes, Sean Chao, KMNDZ, Ray Young Chu, Prodip Leung, Aaron Brown.

It’s always difficult to encapsulate the work of six artists who are participating in one exhibition. The theme is that each of them creates characters which ultimately become topics of questions and thoughts, hence, Suspects.

Artists Albert Reyes, KMNDZ, Sean Chao, Ray Young Chu and Aaron Brown reside in the LA area, while Prodip Leung hails from Hong Kong. Each approach art from different backgrounds which include graffiti, illustration, music, and simple creativity.

Giant Robot 2 – 2062 Sawtelle Blvd LA, CA 90025 310-445-9276

April 5 – April 23rd, 2014 6:30-10pm

 



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Punk Rock Photo Exhibition 3/30 6-9p at Balconi Coffee – B Shots

A long time ago, I shot black and white photos of bands in LA. The negatives were lost for years and I just recently found them. Although there’s even more that will one day turn up, I’ll be showing a decent grouping at Balconi Coffee in West LA. Here’s the FB event page. I’ll write a few “liner notes” for the photos. Bands included in the shots: 7 League Boots, Antioch Arrow, Beck, Big Drill Car, Bikini Kill, Courtney Love, Drive Like Jehu, Dwarves, Fishbone, Jane’s Addiction, Jawbreaker, Jesus Lizard, John Spencer Blue Explosion, Kurt Cobain, L7, Living Colour, Firehose, Mudhoney, The Nymphs, Public Enemy, Slug, Sonic Youth, Supersuckers, Unwound.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1429487987291893/

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