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SDCC X GR 1729 Exclusive Yukinori Dehara Goods

We are long time friends with Yukinori Dehara. His passion, creativity and business acumen is inspiring. While he seemingly does what he wants, he’s quite studied as well. We have a few of his items, most are small vinyl figures! They tend to sell out, so get to us early!

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SDCC x GR 1729 SIGNINGS

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SDCC x GR 1729 – Yoskay Yamamoto – Flowers

Coming off of his exhibition at Giant Robot 2, Yoskay Yamamoto created single flowers in his painted vases. There’s only 9 of them. Yes, 9. They’re original and perfect. We’ll have them, and they’ll be sure to go. We will also bring some Yoskay Yamamoto prints as well. If you’re lucky, you might meet him at our booth. sdcc1



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GR2: Sun Aug 3 2-5pm Yukinori Dehara X Katsuya Terada LIVE DEMO and BOOK SIGNING

For Immediate Release, yes please release!

August 3rd, 2014 Sunday 2-5pm

Join us in a one time only event. It’s free, although it could get crowded.

Illustration legend Katsuya Terada and Character Illustrator Yukinori Dehara combine forces in a LIVE DEMO of art making at GR2. The subject, Japanese Yokai (supernatural monsters).

2-3pm – Dehara Terada LIVE Painting and Molding DEMO

3-5pm Katsuya Terada will sign his new book DRAGON GIRL AND MONKEY KING. We will have books in stock. (if you can’t make it, you can order a signed copy on our website).

GR2 – 2062 Sawtelle Blvd LA, CA 90025 310.445.9276 teradadehara



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GR2: Sun Jul 20 2-3:30pm – Edwin Ushiro Art Talk

For Immediate Release. Yes, please release it.

Sunday July 20th, 2014 2 – 3:30pm.

Edwin Ushiro will do a talk about his process of creating work and perhaps tell stories about some of the pieces shown in Gathering Whispers, his solo exhibition at GR2. We’ll show images and hopefully, you’ll ask some questions. Here are some moments from Edwin Ushiro’s opening. (link) Here’s a HiFructose write up. (link). Thanks much.

GR2 – 2062 Sawtelle Blvd LA, CA 90025. 310 445 9276 [email protected]

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GR2: Gathering Whispers Edwin Ushiro Reception Images

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It’s near impossible to capture the love, friendship, and togetherness of Edwin Ushiro’s solo exhibition, Gathering Whispers in a short review like this. The images on the walls tell stories of situations that he’s dreamed and witnessed. Some are nostalgic, and others are symbolic. Yet, they capture a feeling of living in a place that’s lush and living as compared to Southern California. The energy of Ushiro’s work are vibrant. They capture each emotions. The reception was more of the same. Ushiro’s family got together from Hawaii, East Bay California, and from Southern Califronia. Friends from everywhere came out and unlike many exhibitions, many didn’t want to leave. Ushiro is a magnetic person. He’s sweet, funny, and insanely talented. Exhibitions aren’t always yelling for attention. Some travel slightly under the radar, filling people will contemplation.



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SDCC X GR 1729 Exclusive 8 – Katsuya Terada Print and T-Shirts

Katsuya Terada has art exhibitions at Giant Robot. In fact he’s scheduled for one at the end of the year at Giant Robot 2 in LA. To hold you over, we’ll be releasing a print in an edition of 50. It’ll be 11×14 and in an edition of 50 for $50. We will also have three T-shirts. One is a Hot Pot Girl shirt from his exhibition last year at Giant Robot 2. It’s a collaboration T-shirt with Giant Robot, and at $23 is economical, yet beautiful. It’s also silkscreened. The second and third are T-shirts he’ll be bringing from Japan. They’re printed larger and if you look closely, are more of a garment. These are in more limited quantity (25 of each) and will be $35.

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SDCC x GR 1729 Exclusive 7 – Luke Chueh Head Space Series “Father / Fett” 2 Print Set

It’s always great to do something with Luke Chueh. In case you know his work, but don’t know the man, he is one of the most creative persons I know. He can problem solve, come up with ideas, and make what seems to be impossible, work. His Head Space series has been a hit and this set of “Father / Fett” two print set will be in edition of 100. 50 of which will be released at the almighty Comic Con SD, beginning on Preview Night Wednesday. The other 50 will go online on August 4th. Monday at 12 noon PST. It’s 11×14 paper with a 9×12 image. The original paintings currently hang at the Oakland Museum of California: Super Awesome Art and Giant Robot.

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Gathering Whispers: Edwin Ushiro Preview Images

I stopped by the studio of Edwin Ushiro and took a look at  a few pieces he had just completed. It’s hard to explain the feelings I get when I see them, but it’s nostalgia from my childhood and the minute feelings we experience in crucial moments. Somehow, Ushiro captures these like none other. It’s in the body language and facial expressions. His Gathering Whispers exhibitions begins this saturday at GR2.

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GR2: 7/12-7/29 Gathering Whispers – a solo exhibition by Edwin Ushiro.

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Giant Robot is proud to present Gathering Whispers – a solo exhibition by Edwin Ushiro.

July 12th – July 20th, 2014

Opening Reception with the Artist: July 12, 2014, 6:30-10:00 PM

Giant Robot 2

2062 Sawtelle Boulevard

Los Angeles CA 90025

Edwin Ushiro’s work contains a sense of nostalgia even for a person who didn’t grow up in Maui. The subjects of his works will range from beautiful, warm, and comfortable. One piece will include a not-so-obvious homage to Super Sentai (like Power Rangers). Kids will be jumping out of a pick-up truck as if they’re embarking on a battle against a kaiju. A piece about a bridge built by Okinawan craftspersons encapsulates ideas of change as it has been a subject of demolition to widen a road for more traffic. Another piece features sparklers which scares off bad spirits.

While we travail through our daily activities, Ushiro’s calming nature comes through in his work and you’ll be enchanted by its ethereal look. His pieces have a look that’s all its own. It spans from drawings taken to digital manipulation, and then back to hand painting for finishing. It’s a laborious process that’s all his own.

Come celebrate Gathering Whispers at Giant Robot 2.

For more information about Edwin Ushiro, Giant Robot or anything else, please contact:

Eric Nakamura

[email protected]

310-445-9276

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About Edwin Ushiro

Edwin Ushiro’s work resonates with the echoes of his boyhood in the “slow town” of Wailuku on the Hawaiian island of Maui. In his paintings, he recalls the sun-struck days of youth, when the world was fresh and magical, but also explores the eerie folklore indigenous to dark country roads and the boundless depths of the childhood imagination. While structuring his work around the narrative tradition of “talk story” native to the Hawaiian islands, he interweaves the uncanny obake tales of his Japanese heritage. Working in a unique mixed media technique which involves laboring in ink and acrylic over sheets of Lucite printed with assemblages of his more traditional drawings and paintings, he creates reflections on the past that are luminous and nostalgic, like cherished memories burnished by the passage of time.

After earning a BFA with Honors in Illustration from Art Center College of Design, he worked in the entertainment industry as a storyboard artist, concept designer and visual consultant. More recently, he has exhibited in venues worldwide, including Villa Bottini in Italy, the Museum of Kyoto, the Portsmouth Museum of Art and the Japanese American National Museum. On August 13, Edwin will present new artwork in the HI Society exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art. A published monograph of his work will be released in 2014. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

About Giant Robot

Giant Robot was born as a Los Angeles-based magazine about Asian, Asian-American, and new hybrid culture in 1994. Over the past 20 years, the Giant Robot brand has expanded to include retail stores and galleries in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, a restaurant, museum and gallery exhibitions, and a popular website. Considered by many as influential in Asian Popular Culture and in pop culture circles in general, it has become an important outlet for a generation of emerging artists, several of whom have achieved mainstream success.



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GR2: Photos Game Over Art Exhibition and Game Night

Game Over and Game Night proved to be a fun combination at GR2. It’s where Game art, meets games and gamers! We have to thank Kyoto Wild, The Pack, and Scratch Race!

Thanks AngryBananas.comDESTRUCTOID & Meat Bun

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GR2: 5/14/14 6-9pm – FlipBooKit Closing Party

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Giant Robot 2 Presents: Closing Night for The FlipBooKit Show.

It’s been a fun run thus far and this will be your last chance to see the FlipBooKit Show at GR2! We’ll have some prizes! Guess what they’ll be? FlipBooKits! Yes, we’ll have raffles and more.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 6-9pm. Questions? contact [email protected]

 



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SuperAwesome Reception

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Earlier in the day was the press preview. I thank them all for coming through. Some of the press is trickling out and some were posted hours later. It was a larger group than regular and their words will hopefully help the exhibition out. From my days of writing, I’d hope that this particular job was at least fun. So many writing jobs aren’t.

The weekend began with the Donor’s Forum. It’s a special thursday opening for the folks who donate dollars to the Museum. It’s when “the elite” of the OMCA come to play. I’m a curator who makes a speech and introduce the attending artists, and then after the words are complete, we get to see the exhibition. Although the idea is to make the donors feel like they’re part of this history-making exhibition, I’m not sure if everyone understood Asian Popular culture, this subset of contemporary art, and why Giant Robot. Yet that’s where the numbers come into play. For those who don’t get it, they love to see successful numbers.

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The following day was the opening night. The member’s opening began at 3pm which on a Friday, began slowly and picked up after 5pm. Families began to show up. Artists brought their parents and some of the museum staff brought their kids who zipped around from the Scion car, to the game stations. I stood outside the doors for a while, since it was cool to take in the friends who I might not see scurrying around from area to area inside. I had to thank everyone I could for showing up and giving us their support. A line formed that stretched up the steps and even further towards the entrance in front of the mural by Andrew Hem. It was an OMCA first.

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GR2: 5/3/14 7:30-10pm GAME NIGHT: OMORI by OMOCAT

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Game Night Featuring OMORI by Omocat

Sat May 4th, 2014 7:30-10pm

Giant Robot, Angry Bananas, Destructoid, and Meatbun present: Omori.

Omocat is quickly gaining momentum. From her gif animations, T Shirts, animation, and forward thinking style, she’s put those efforts into a new game, OMORI. We’ll be projecting her efforts outdoors and will have playable stations inside of GR2.

OMORI is a surreal psychological horror RPGmaker game. You must travel between two worlds, both welcoming, both concealing the same secrets. Meet new (old) people, fight new (old) enemies, explore your own memories, and uncover some hidden truths along the way (although you wish you hadn’t.) When the time comes, you can only choose one. Which world is more real? You decide, I guess.”

Come join us at GR2 on Sat May 4th 7:30-10pm. Free as always. We’ll also have some Omocat merchandise.



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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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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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Giant Robot 2
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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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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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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