OMCA Celebrates the Art of Giant Robot in New Contemporary Art Exhibition Opening April 19

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

(PDF Press Release)

Oakland, CA)This spring, the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) presents the major exhibitionSuperAwesome: 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.

“SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot will emphasize the larger pop cultural context that informed so much of the early days of Giant Robot.” says Carin Adams, OMCA’s Associate Curator of Art & Material Culture. “In addition to recent work, OMCA is excited to present new installations such as a custom mural by David Choe—who painted a mural on the Facebook campus, as well as a large scale outdoor mural in our Oak Street Plaza by Andrew Hem.”

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. It has also become an important outlet for a generation of emerging artists, several of whom have achieved mainstream success—such as Adrian Tomine, whose work has graced many New Yorker covers, and James Jean, whose is best known for his work for Prada, ESPN, and Atlantic Records.

“In SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot museum-goers will see that a certain artistic sensibility has remained intact throughout Giant Robot’s evolution,” says guest curator and Giant Robot co-founder Eric Nakamura. “The art is accessible because it has an illustrative aspect. People without art backgrounds can understand it.”

SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot will be on view at the Oakland Museum of California April 19 through July 27, 2014. The exhibition connects to OMCA’s other spring exhibition Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records through programs and in-gallery experiences celebrating how a range of communities comes together to create shared popular culture.

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GR2: 2/1/14 – 2/19/14 Year of the Horse Exhibition

Feb 1, 2014 – Feb 19th, 2014

Reception Saturday Feb 1st, 2014 6:30-10pm

Year of the Horse Exhibition

It’s the Year of the Horse which officially takes place January 30th, but on saturday, Feb 1st, 2014, Giant Robot will celebrate Year of the Horse with a group exhibition featuring 50+ artists. Horses are a constant great subject in art, and this will be an interesting and fun exhibition.

Featuring: Andrice Arp, Bubi Au Yeung, Rob Bellm, Elliot Brown, Aaron Brown, Stasia Burrington, Ako Castuera, Christopher Chan, Kris Chau, Shawn Cheng, Luke Chueh, Leah Chun, Theo Ellsworth, Cam Floyd, Kio Griffith, David Horvath, Martin Hsu, Mari Inukai, Levon Jihanian, Andrea Kang, Jeremiah Ketner, Jon Lau, Gosha Lev, Tiffany Liu, Jerome Lu, David Mack, Jim Mahfood, Jeff McMillan, Kwanchai Moriya, Masato Nakada, Shihori Nakayama, Shiho Nakaza, Tru Nguyen, Yejin Oh, Mu Pan, Sidney Pink, Sara Saedi, Yumi Sakugawa, Ken Taya, Daria Tessler, Jesse Tise, Jen Tong, Edwin Ushiro, Patricia Wakida, Christine Wu, Yoskay Yamamoto, Kohei Yamashita, Jeni Yang, APAK, Omocat, Miso, PCP, Feric, Little Friends of Printmaking and more.

For any additional information about Year of the Horse or anything else, email: [email protected]

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Photographer Adds Herself to Her Childhood Photos – Chino Ohtsuka

Chino Ohtsuka isn’t just a photographer. She’s a master of insertion. No! Not that kind, she puts current herself back to the past in her old childhood photos. It’s like Back to the Future but no need for a Flux Capacitor. What makes her better than anyone else I’ve ever seen do this? Her skills of putting herself into the photos are quite great. I’d like to see the photos huge to really judge, but so far, they look like they’re aged well, toned right, and sized perfectly. Imagine yourself in your old childhood photos. Someone cash in on the app, quick. You heard it here. (Bored Panda – Chino Ohtsuka) At the moment her site’s bandwidth is exceeded. (Chino Ohtsuka site)

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GR2 Interview: Merging Views – Dan-ah Kim

1) Explain about your work area / studio. What about it makes you enjoy working there?

I recently moved into a small art studio in Gowanus, close to where I live. I like having a space outside of my apartment where I can go to focus on work, put drawings up on the walls, make and leave a mess. It’s basically a white box that reminds me of art school studios, but it’s the first private space I’ve had and it feels like my secret hideout.

2) How does it differ from your last working area?

Right before this space I spent a year in large studio shared with a florist. That one was really inspiring to work out of but after moving apartments it became too long of a commute. Before that I worked out of a small bedroom crammed with supplies and paintings tucked away in every corner, my cat’s paw prints making their way into paintings.

3) You have other endeavors along with your fine art. Can you talk about what you do there, and how that intertwines with your work?

For the past few years I’ve been working as a graphic artist or assistant art director in film and television. My job consists of creating any graphic needs for the shoot, from signage to props and set dressing. It doesn’t crossover with my art work much, unless a decorator borrows some prints to put up in a set. I paint during the weekends, and usually spend a few months on a film or show then take a few weeks off to work on personal projects. I’m also about to self-publish my first children’s picture book!  It’s called “If I Lived in the Sky” and I hope it’s the first of several. (more…)


GR2 Interview: Merging Views – Kwanchai Moriya

1) Explain about your work area / studio. What about it makes you enjoy working there?

My studio is a humble corner of my room. Ideally, my studio would be a beautiful old warehouse with skylights. But, temporarily, it’s a large brown rug I got from Ikea in one corner of a room, atop which sits my drafting table, chair, and other such artsy things. I share it with spiders and ants, since I guess my place is pretty old and has lots of nooks and crannies. I like listening to podcasts when I work, especially RadioLab and This American Life.

2) How does it differ from your last working area?

My last studio was a different corner of my room. I rearranged my room a few months ago, and decided I could go with a new studio space. So I relocated to another corner, it’s been great!

3) You have other endeavors along with your fine art. Can you talk about what you do there, and how that intertwines with your work? 

Besides my paintings, I do a lot of freelance illustrating in a completely different style from my paintings. Mostly, I’ve been getting a lot of work doing illustrations for board games and children’s books. And I enjoy it just as much as working on a painting, but it uses a different part of my brain. And I enjoy the chance to do different kinds of things. I also do some woodworking. I’ve been making wood toys as a side project for the past year or so. I’m really grateful to have the chance to do different art things. I think I’m the kind of person that would feel very stuck if I had to do the same kind of art over and over again.

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GR2 Talk: The Little Friends of Printmaking and Daniel Rolnik

Here’s a video of the talk that took place at GR2 in commemoration of the Multimatter exhibition.

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GR2 Interview: Merging Views – Stasia Burrington

1) Explain about your work area / studio. What about it makes you enjoy working there? 

I work in my home studio in Seattle, WA. I’ve claimed the corner with the largest windows, so I have great natural light! I also have a coffee/tea station right behind my work area, to keep me fueled. I have a computer/printer/scanner station, as well as a large fold-out table for when I need more surface area. I most love working at home because I can take lots of breaks and continue to work late at night, with the company of our two little kitties. I’m surrounded by things that inspire me and make me happy.

2) How does it differ from your last working area?

Our last apartment was smaller, darker and further from town. Now it’s so much nicer!



GR2: Merging Views: Dan-ah Kim

Art by Dan-ah Kim who resides in Brooklyn, New York. When she’s not doing art, she’s doing set decor. We’ll update you soon!



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GR2: 1/5/14 2:30pm Live: Multimatter Talk – Daniel Rolnik & The Little Friends of Printmaking

GR2 Sunday. Jan 5th, 2014 

Come listen to art critic and fan, Daniel Rolnik and printing duo, The Little Friends of Printmaking talk about prints and multiples at GR2. It’s part of the Multimatter exhibition and it begins at 2:30pm.

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GR2: Merging Views 1/11 – 1/29/14 Reception Sat Jan 11, 6:30-10pm

Merging Views

January 11, 2014 – January 29th, 2014

Reception Saturday January 11th, 2014 6:30-10pm

Merging Views will be the first exhibition opening at Giant Robot 2 in 2014 and featuring great artists from Los Angeles and beyond: Godeleine de Rosamel, Wayne Johnson, Kwanchai Moriya, Stasia Burrington, Dan McCarthy, and Dan-ah Kim.

Each will be featuring their own hand in art, from 40 clay sculptures by childrens book artist, Godeleine de Rosamel, silk screener hero Dan McCarthy, who captures Cape Cod, life long ago and worlds beyond, to painters which range in styles. Wayne Johnson uses oils in a time tested technique that echoes both contemporary and historical works. Kwanchai Moriya works faster and creates pieces based on sci-fi and the fantastic, yet at times captures his local environment. Stasia Burrington mixes an illustration style often using watercolors, and Dan-ah Kim works with whimsical and contemplative images which will add a layer of complexity.

For any additional information about Multimatter or anything else, email: [email protected]


Two Cats at Balconi Coffee

Two Cats at Balconi, well actually four. I don’t get invited to make art often, but when I do, it’s Sculpey cats. The exhibition is called  _ _ ORNAM_NTS 3: Art Fortunes and it’s at Balconi Coffee in the Sawtelle West LA area. It’s no secret that I’ve made cats before for this exhibition in the past, but this time I went with a simple header card. Cats need nothing else. The cafe walls are filled with ornaments or objects that can work as ornaments. Check it out if you’re in the area and I always recommend the coffee. 11301 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064 (310) 906-0267

It sort of looks like this on the wall.

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Post It Show 9 Part II – 12/14 Sat 12 noon

Post It Show 9 Part II – 12/14 12noon.

Enough art is showing up late. Some needed more time and some just wanted to make more art. The list is subject to change and there will be more additions.

Updated. Audrey Kawasaki’s Post It additions won’t be making it in. We do have additions also from Matt Furie, Leah Chun, Ben Jelter, and we’ll see who else!


Post It Show 9 Reception Photos

Post It Show 9

The exhibition and sale continues into year 9. The artist list grew as did the quantity of Post It Art and the comment I’ve heard more than once is that the show is better than ever. It’s the same process every year of inviting folks, then finding a way to hang the 2600+ pieces, and then administering the folks who visit. This year, 100 people were in line when the door opened at 6pm. It was another great evening of artist friends and more passing through.

This photo has a lot of great pieces.

Much of the night looked like this. We let in the rest of the crowd at around 9:15pm.

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Post It Show Streaming

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Post It Show Rules

If you want to purchase, wait in line. Tickets distributed near opening time.

You’ll get a ticket at door and we’ll call your number and will help you.

(If you’re not here, you will be put at the end of the line.)

One piece per artist until the line is complete.

Do Not Touch Art

All Post It Art is $25 unless marked.

Cash or Credit Card accepted and you’ll take home art today.

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Post It Show 9 Entrants Updated

POST IT SHOW 9 – updated

Trevor Alixopulos, Erin Althea, Teppei Ando, Caitlin Anne, APAK!, Nick Arciaga, Peter Arkle, Andrice Arp, Craig Atkinson, Anthony Ausgang, Rina Ayuyang, bagger43, Scott Bakal, Matthew Bandsuch, Karen Barbour, Paul Barnes, Dan Barry, Gary Baseman, Niv Bavarsky, Melinda Beck, Robert Bellm, Andy Bennett, Mary Bergherr, Mike Bertino, Jon Boam, Katherine Brannock, Aaron Brown, Yelena Bryksenkova, Ryan Bubnis, Meredith Burgeson, Stasia Burrington, Jorge Parras Canete, Mandy Cao, Jorge Catoni, Mark Ceballos, Martin Cendreda, Graham Chaffee, Kevin Chan, Nidhi Chanani, Tanny Chang, Sean Chao, Monico Chavez, Louise Chen, Shawn Cheng, Alex Chiu, Ryan Cho, Daniel Chong, James Chong, Elaine Chou, Joey Chou, Luke Chueh, Leah Chun, Greg Clarke, Tim Cochran, Allison Cole, Patricia Colli, Michelle Constantine, Edward Robin Coronel, Jennie Cotterill, Ryan Crippen, Edward Cushenberry, Kelsey Dake, Vanessa Davis, Georganne Deen, Nikko Deleon, Jean DeWet, Alexandra Dillon, G. Doodles, Ben Dow, Seth Drenner, Addison Easton, Josh Ellingson, Theo Ellsworth, Jessica Miranda Enkyskulls, Steve Guerra Enkyskulls, Leo Espinosa, Joshua Evans, Kinoko Evans, Jeremiah Ferrell, P-Jay Fidler, Cam Floyd, Gordon Forkert, Anthony Freda, Harrison Freeman, Nina Frenkel, Shannon Freshwater, Sarajo Frieden, Alex Fuhr, Yuki Fujita, Kelly Fumo, Jason Furie, Matt Furie, Bert Gatchalian, Susie Ghahremani, Sean Ghobad, Jenna Gibson, Arthur Giron, Dan Goodsell, Frieda Gossett, Justin Hager, Kimberly Ellen Hall, Janet Hamlin, Nancy Hamlin, Peter Hamlin, Nao Harada, Brianna Harden, Jessie Hartland, Andrew Hem, Ranee Henderson, Tim Hensley, Jaime Hernandez, Brian Herrick, Ryan Heshka, Crystal Wen-Ying Ho, Jason Holley, Seonna Hong, Justin Hopkins, Jay Horinouchi, David Horvath, Kerry Horvath, Mina Horvath, Sun-min Kim, Jim Houser, Patrick Hruby, Hueman, Hilda Hufalar, Christine Hughes, Rama Hughes, Ryan Hungerford, Nick Iluzada, Mark Ingram, Mari Inukai, Aska Irie, Jordin Isip, J*RYU, Yellena James, Jarrett Quon, David Jien, Faith Jin, Alex Johnson, Wayne Johnson, Sze Jones, Kowoon Jung, Aya Kakeda, Andrea Kalfas, Andrea Kang, kaNO, Bijou Karman, Terri Fry Kasuba, Tasha Kusama, Audrey Kawasaki, Kyoko Kawasaki, Kaz, Kris Kehasukjaren, Mike Kelley, Jeremiah Ketner, Don Kilpatrick, Da Hae Kim, Dan-Ah Kim, Jaesun Kim, Julie Kim, Kinoko, Kinpro, James Kochalka, Melissa Kojima, Jared Konopitski, Philip Koscak, Chelsea Kowitz, kozyndan, Hawk Krall, Mike Kuo, Eric LaCombe, Travis Lampe, Jon Lau, Mashanda Lazarus, Agnes Lee, Ariel Lee, Jane Lee, Sarah Lee, Coney Leung, Frank Lin, Tory Lin, Sharon Liu, Tiffany Liu, Brandon Lively, Ronald Llanos, Tessar Lo, Loris Lora, Jerome Lu, Danni Shinya Luo, Brian Luong, Kevin Luong, Cassia Lupo, Christopher Lyles, Bradford Lynn, David Mack, Jacob Macraw-Mickelson, Jim Mahfood, Bill Main, Aaron Martin, Aaron Martinez, Jimi Martinez, Mark Matcho, Marco Mazzoni, Adam McCauley, Jed McGowan, Jeff McMillan, James McShane, Jordan Mello, Soey Milk, Misha, Miso, Ashley Mistriel, Monkmus, Paige Jiyoung Moon, Desi Moore, Kwanchai Moriya, Rick Morris, Chris Mostyn, Julie Murphy, Mark Murphy, Gary Musgrave, Masato Nakada, Joel Nakamura, Shihori Nakayama, Shiho Nakaza, Kiyoshi Nakazawa, Mari Naomi, Tom Neely, Lap Ngo, Tru Nguyen, Sean Norvet, Eric Nyquist, Mare Odomo, Saejean Oh, Saelee Oh, Yejin Oh, Michael Olivo, Omocat, Ming Ong, Martin Ontiveros, Nathan Ota, Sana Park, Lou Patrou, Cristina Paulos, Paula Peng, David Plunkert, Wendy Polish, Dave Pressler, Al Quattrocchi, Luke Ramsey, Kari Reardon, Maria Rendon, Martha Rich, Darth Rimmer, Pat Roberts, Joe Rocco, Jungyeon Roh, Sarahe Roman, Catell Ronca, Adam Roth, Brian Rush, Jung Yeon Ryu, Yumi Sakugawa, Souther Salazar, Shizu Saldamando, Matthew Sallack, J Salvador, Brooks Salzwedel, Isabel Samaras, Christina Sanchez, Erik Sandberg, Rui Vitorino Dos Santos, Emilio Santoyo, Rob Sato, Lena Sayadian, Kevin Scalzo, Joseph Scarano, Becky Schmidt, Jared Andrew Schorr, Ana Serrano, Marta Sesana, Matthew Sheean, Nick Sheehy, Sherrick, Aaron Smith, Jeff Smith, Ryan Jacob Smith, Amy Sol, Jenny Song, Justin Staller, Akiko Stehrenberger, Dave Stolte, Katherine Streeter, Rachel Sumpter, Ellen Surrey, Ryohei Tanaka, Ken Taya, Jeremy Tinder, Jesse Tise, Jon Todd, Lili Todd, Juliette Toma, Jen Tong, Shar k Toof, Gina Triplett, Edwin Ushiro, Amanda Visell, Ben Walker, Rebecca Wang, Malachi Ward, Susy Pilgrim Waters, Esther Pearl Watson, Ellen Weinstein, Steve Weissman, Kent Williams, Julie Wilson, Wishcandy, Mao Wu, Yoskay Yamamoto, Alisa Yang, Jeni Yang, Lacy Yang, Darcy Yates, Julie Yeo, Chris Youssef, Misty Zhou, Mario Zucca.

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Multimatter 12/18/13 – 1/8/14 Reception Sat Dec 21st


Wednesday December 18, 2013 – January 8th, 2014

Reception Saturday December 21st, 2013. 

An exhibition of Multiples. Multimatter began as “Printed Matter” years ago as an exhibition of prints and now it’s morphed into more. The means of production of non-paper items has improved and with that brings up new types of items. We’ll see prints, but then there’ll be plush, ceramics and more.

Aaron Woes, Aiyana Udesen, Ako Castuera, Alex Chiu, Apak, Aya Kakeda, Bert Gatchalian, Bigfoot, Bradford Lynn, Carlos Donjuan, Christine Wu, Daniel Rolnik, Danni Shinya Luo, Darth Rimmer, Dave Stolte, David Horvath, Dean Gojobori, Deth P Sun, Enkyskulls, Gabe Gonzales, Gosha Levochkin, James Chong, Jarrett Quon, Jeremiah Ketner, Jerome Lu, Jesse Tise, Jiyoung Moon, J*RYU, Kaori Kasai, Ken Taya, Kerry Horvath, Kevin Luong, kozyndan, Kwanchai Moriya, Leah Chun, Little Friends of Printmaking, Louise Chen, Luke Chueh, Lucky Nakazawa, Luster Kaboom, Mari Inukai, Mark Ingram, Martin Hsu, Masato Nakada, Matt Furie, Miso Hsiao, Nao Harada, Nick Arciaga, Omocat, Patricia Wakida, Ryan McIntosh, Sara Saedi, Sean Chao, Seonna Hong, Shawn Cheng, Sidney Pink, Stasia Burrington, Theo Ellsworth, Tru Nguyen, Yejin Oh, and more TBA.

For any additional information about Multimatter or anything else, email: [email protected]


More Post It Show 9 Art

… and trust me, there’s plenty more. This is Nate Ota below holding two of his gems.




Some Post It Selections

Mari Inukai

David Jien

Luke Chueh


Audrey Kawasaki

Rob Sato (Rule Breaker)

Yoskay Yamamoto

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Post It Show 9 Line

The exhibition and sale will begin on Saturday at 6pm. Last year, somewhere around 6am, the line began. It’s a long wait but the art is worth it. By opening at 6pm, we passed out 50 tickets for the folks in line.

The rules are the same as last year. 1 Post It per artist / per person, until the customer service is complete. All 3×3 Post It art is $25. We’ll be open through out the day. We’ll close for a bit before the exhibition to get everyone in order.

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