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