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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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.