Giant Robot Time: 4.27.12


 

GR2 ARTIST TALK & DEMO

FEAT. AKO CASTUERA

SUN, APRIL 29, 3-5PM

They Are Us – Ako Castuera will be at Giant Robot 2 to explain and even demo her work. You might get a chance to try some drawing and painting yourself!

I AM FINE

EISHI TAKAOKA SOLO EXHIBITION

MAY 5 – MAY 30, 2012

RECEPTION: SAT, MAY 5, 6:30-10PM

   Eishi Takaoka’s work is coming back. Although the sculptures of Eishi Takaoka all portray the same serene expression, their outwardly calm façade belies a world of bottled-up emotions. With nowhere to go, these intense feelings manifest themselves in outlandish formations that sprout out of the top of each figure’s head. The uniquely sculpted heads of Takaoka are rooted in a personal fantasy world that is fueled by the emotional ups and downs of daily life in lower-middle class Japan. He instills his frustration with life in Kagoshima and feelings of isolation into each of the pieces, which are comprised of carved wood painted with raw mineral pigments placed atop empty glass medicine bottles.

Takaoka’s pieces have been seen in group shows in Tokyo and New York, one-person exhibitions at Giant Robot New York and GR2 in Los Angeles, and on the cover of novelist Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore.

For this exhibition, Takaoka will create 34 sculptures at Giant Robot 2 in Los Angeles. He is currently attending school in his hometown of Kagoshima, Japan and will not be in Los Angeles for the opening.

THEY ARE US

NEW WORK BY AKO CASTUERA

APRIL 7 – MAY 2, 2012

   Ako Castuera often shows at Giant Robot in group exhibitions. This will be her first solo effort at Giant Robot. Castuera’s work involves a look into the past which has brought us into the present. Along with her sweeping watercolor hills and valleys are dinosaurs and prehistoric animals. Castuera relays their significance as a dreaming point as well as their contribution in our ecosystem.

Also in this exhibition will be sculptural work also depicting prehistoric animals captured in a modernistic style. Castuera’s work is colorful, dreamy and captures a concept that explains who we are and where we came from.

 

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MOLESKINE – STAR WARS

LTD ED RULED NOTEBOOK


A limited edition dedicated to the greatest space epic ever told combines classic Moleskine features with exclusive artwork from the original 1977 film.

MOLESKINE

SHELL (SMALL)


Case for smartphone, iPod, digital camera and small personal items. It can be attached to any bag and is fitted with an anti-theft closure. Ideal for any kind of journey.

LEAFRESH SELF-WATERING

CULTIVATION KIT (MARIGOLD)


Cultivate edible flowers in this easy self watering growing kit. Grow the subtle tasting Marigold on your windowsill with no effort! Plants drink water from the bottom clear pot through a fabric wick.

UGLY VEGETABLE PLANT KIT

(UGLY CINDERELLA TOMATO)


Ugly Vegetables make an interesting yet delicious addition to your diet. This plant kit allows you to easily cultivate purple Cinderalla pumpkin shaped tomatoes!

MARK RYDEN

BLOOD


The BLOOD Exhibition Book — 2nd Edition features details, drawings, and paintings from Mark Ryden’s 2003 “Blood” solo exhibition at Earl McGrath Gallery.

JAMES JEAN

REBUS


Hardcover and the first edition went out of print in an instant. James Jean is a friend to Giant Robot. Rebus showcases new work as well as important creative milestones.

MOMIJI DOLL

PARTY GIRL


Momiji are message dolls. Turn them upside down and inside you’ll find a teeny tiny card, perfect for writing messages and sharing secrets. Spread the love!

UGLYDOLL

OX PILLOW


Should you ever decide to sit on the couch to play video games or watch TV, be sure to have one around to keep the large space between you and the next person seem less obvious.

   Read author Ed Lin’s new serial novel, Motherfuckerland. New installments will be released weekly. Lin, who is of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards. His latest book, One Red Bastard, has been recently published by Minotaur in April 2012.

 

 

 

 

SHOW REVIEWS: LEE RANALDO BAND AT THE SATELLITE, JUNGHAUS AT THE SMELL

By MARTIN WONG

The band was tight as hell (especially for its third show) with the masterful duo Alan Licht on guitar and Irwin Menken on bass, as well as fellow Sonic Youth member Steve Shelley on drums. Ranaldo had two guitars and no screwdrivers, but broke out a violin bow for the haunting “Stranded.” >>

MOCA TRANSMISSION LA

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Say what you need to, but the show is exciting and fun. Perhaps it does take the DJ event and a crowd. How does it fare with no one in the galleries? Regardless it’s supposed to be 17 days of DJing and it’ll bring out a crowd. The best thing? It’s Ben Jones. >>

ART CENTER GRAD SHOW 2012

By ERIC NAKAMURA

It’s nice to see the final work after meeting them all at a portfolio review. Of course the work always looks better in person. Take a look at the set. >>

A DAY AT THE RACES

By MICHELLE BOROK

In Mongolia horse races happen all year long, even in the crazy cold winter. In the winter, young horses (mostly 4 year olds) gallop across snow covered flatlands with jockeys only a few years older than them (7-10 years old) for a day of races, for crowds that grow throughout the day. >>

MOTHERFUCKERLAND: INSTALLMENT 15

By ED LIN

Read author Ed Lin’s new serial novel, Motherfuckerland. New installments will be released weekly. Lin, who is of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards. His latest book, One Red Bastard, has been recently published by Minotaur in April 2012. >>

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