Events

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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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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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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GR2: 20 Years Art X Mags Exhibition

Mar 15th – April 2nd 2014

Reception Saturday March 15, 2014 5-10pm

Mar 15th – April 2nd 2014
Reception Saturday March 15, 2014 5-10pm

Giant Robot presents: 20 Years Art x Mags Exhibition
Giant Robot began in 1994 as a zine which soon became a full-fledged magazine and published for 16 years. Today, Giant Robot exists as a website, a shop, and as a gallery. Although the exact date of inception is a mystery, the date published on the cover of the first issue says it all – No. 1 and 1994.

Featuring many artists who have appeared in Giant Robot and some who haven’t.

The list includes:

Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Ryan McGinness, Rob Sato, Geoff McFetridge, Pete Fowler, kozyndan, Shintaro Ohata, Matt Furie, Albert Reyes, Shizu Saldamando, Souther Salazar, Megan Whitmarsh, Stella Lai, Saelee Oh, Seonna Hong, Adrian Tomine, Amy Davis, Ai Yamaguchi, James Jean, Heisuke Kitazawa, Scott Wilkowski, Jeff Soto, Mari Inukai, Sean Chao, David Horvath, Dehara Yukinori, Luke Chueh, Kohei Yamashita, Yoskay Yamamoto, Edwin Ushiro, Ako Castuera, Bobby Hundreds, 326, Rachell Sumpter, and yes plenty more TBA.

This exhibition will precede the epic SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot at the Oakland Museum of California. April 19 – July 27th, 2014.

For any additional information, contact Eric Nakamura ([email protected], twitter: giantroboteric) GR2 – 310-445-9276.



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GR2: 2/22 – 3/12 Nathan Ota – Scrambled Eggs and a side of Collectables

Feb 22, 2014 – Mar 12th, 2014

Reception Saturday Feb 22st, 2014 6:30-10pm

Giant Robot – Twenty Years 2014 – Presents:

Nathan Ota – Scrambled Eggs and a side of Collectables 

Nathan Ota is a graffiti legend who grew up painting with fellow artists like Risk in Los Angeles in the 80′s. His diligence led him on a successful route of fine art and this exhibition at GR2 will feature smaller original works and a few exciting new products and previews of things to come. His works are vibrant and detailed and his technique is unabashed. Ota attended high school at University High School, local from the gallery and this exhibition will be a sort of a “homecoming”. When he’s not painting, Ota teaches art at both Otis College of Art and Design and at Santa Monica College.

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



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GR2: Giant Robot and L.A. Zine Fest Presents: Friend-Love with Benefits 2/14 7-10pm Friend-Love with Benefits

Giant Robot and L.A. Zine Fest Presents: Friend-Love with Benefits

This Valentine’s Day, join Giant Robot and L.A. Zine Fest for a night of visual comic readings by 6 different comic book artists and zine-makers on the eternal themes of love, relationships, heartbreak, friend-crushes, online dating and more.

Short comic readings by comic book artists and zine-makers based in Los Angeles and beyond:
Bangs & Beard
Jesse Tise
Kelsey Short
MariNaomi
Nick Sumida
Yumi Sakugawa

A book reading and signing of I THINK I AM IN FRIEND-LOVE WITH YOU by Yumi Sakugawa. 

Zine prizes and give-aways at the end of the night. 

Friend-Love with Benefits
February 14th, 2014 
7:00PM – 10:00PM  



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MOCA: 1/31 – 2/2 Giant Robot@LAARTBOOKFAIR

at the Temporary Contemporary Location



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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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GR2 Game Night: 1/18/14 7:30-10pm – Samurai Gunn

Saturday January 18th, 2014 7:30-10pm

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

Samurai Gunn is a lightning-fast Bushido brawler for two to four players. Each samurai is armed with a sword and gun, with only 3 bullets to a life. Discipline and quick reflexes are the key to deflecting bullets and sending your opponents’ heads rolling.

Samurai Gunn is available now for PC on Steam and right here. Coming to Mac soon.

Samurai Gunn is designed byTeknopants and published byMaxistentialism. Logo by Cory Schmitz and Maré Odomo. Music by Doseone.



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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]



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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!



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Game Night 17 Sat 12/14 6:30-10pm Featuring Hyper Light Drifter, Irrational Exuberance, Perfect Stride

Game Night 17 – Saturday December 14th 6:30-10pm

GR2 Gallery – 2062 Sawtelle Blvd LA, CA 90025 310-445-9276

Featuring three games:

Hyper Light Drifter:

Explore a beautiful, vast and ruined world riddled with unknown dangers and lost technologies. Inspired by nightmares and dreams alike, Hyper Light Drifter is a 2D Action RPG in the vein of the best 8-bit and 16-bit classics, with modernized mechanics and designs on a much grander scale.

Irrational Exuberance:

A first-person mystery playground at the end of the world, Irrational Exuberance is a surrealist space oddysey.  Explore a cluster of asteroids that appear to orbit exoplanet EX-I.  Discover hidden beauty and unusual phenomenon that react to your presence.  Minimalist controls and UI.  Ideally experienced with virtual reality technologies like Oculus Rift. Stargaze.  Find hope.

About Buffalo Vision:
Buffalo Vision is an impossible dream, a company, an alter ego discovered by Ben Vance in 2010.  Ben spent many moons engineering strange magic at Electronic Arts before technically & creatively collaborating with 17-BIT & Plush Apocalypse on the award-winning strategy game Skulls of the Shogun.  Irrational Exuberance is the first project built exclusively with Buffalo Vision.

Perfect Stride:

Perfect Stride is a first person skateboarding game exploring a surreal world of 90′s computer graphics through graceful mouse motions & time manipulation. Coming some time soon for PC, MAC, & iOS.

For any additional information contact us at [email protected] or at 310-445-9276



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

Multimatter

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]



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GR2: 11/24 7pm Goh Nakamura LIVE Music

 

Enjoy the sounds of Goh Nakamura Live at Giant Robot 2.

On November 24th, Sunday 7pm, Goh Nakamura will wield his axe to perform a set of songs at GR2. The type of set is undetermined, but most likely will be a mixture of his acoustic songs and perhaps some of his musical compositions. For any additional information: please contact us at: [email protected]



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GR2: 11/17 3-5pm Paper Cutting Workshop by Ryohei Tanaka!

Bring scissors just in case we don’t have enough!

Sunday, November 17 th 3-5 p.m.

GR2 2062 Sawtelle Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90025 gr2.net (310) 445-9276

Giant Robot is proud to bring you a workshop with Ryohei Tanaka. Learn some of his tricks to cutting paper and creating beautiful designs. Bring a pair of scissors just in case we don’t have enough. This should be fun and watch your fingers! Afterwards, Ryohei will be cutting portraits for a mere $20. They come out great.

Eric Nakamura

Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
[email protected]
(310) 445 9276



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GR2: 12/7 – 12/15 Post It Show 9 – Sale Starts Dec 7 6-10pm

December 7th – December 15th, 2013

Reception and Sale: Saturday, December 7th 6 – 10p.m

GR2 2062 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025 gr2.net (310) 445-9276

Giant Robot is proud to present Post It Show 9. In 2012, Giant Robot 2 with the curatorial efforts of Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson, brought in over 250 artists and 2500 works of art. 2013 should be no different. We’ll be updating the artist list shortly, and it’ll impress as much as in the past.

An opening reception and sale for Post It Show 9 will take place Saturday December 7th 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

For more information about any of the artists, GR2, or anything else:

Eric Nakamura
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
[email protected]
(310) 445 9276



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GR2: 11/9 – 12/4 Paper Noise – Rob Sato and Ryohei Tanaka

November 9 th – December 4th, 2013

Reception: Saturday, November 9 th 6:30 – 10:00 p.m.

 

GR2 2062 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025 gr2.net (310) 445-9276

Giant Robot is proud to present Paper Noise, an art show featuring new works by Rob Sato and Ryohei Tanaka.

 

Rob Sato and Ryohei Tanaka were once roommates in the infamous “Art’s Crab Shack Apartment” during the late 90s in Oakland, California where they attended the California College of the Arts. They’ve remained friends since. Rob Sato often exhibits with Giant Robot and his work has continued to progress from wild and deranged imagery to a more controlled abstraction. Sato paints with watercolors and succinctly tells a story that’s steeped in historical references. Ryohei Tanaka “paints with scissors” and paper cuts his works. He’ll be exhibiting over 100 paper cuts often depicting beasts and are often bilaterally symmetrical. He’ll also be cutting paper live.

 

An opening reception for Paper Noise will take place Saturday November 9 th 6:30 – 10:00 p.m.

For more information about any of the artists, GR2, or anything else:

 

Eric Nakamura
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
[email protected]
(310) 445 9276



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GR2: 10/27 3:30-6:30pm Meet Katsuya Terada

Katsuya Terada wants to hang out with you. Super casual. Sunday 10/27 3:30-6:30pm.



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