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SDCC X GR 1729 Exclusive 9 – Assorted Figures from Ryuca

Ryuca! She’s new to most and has been exhibiting in Japan, Taiwan and Korea in the last few years. We were bestowed a small collection of figures. She’s completely sold out in Japan, so this is your chance to get some of her pieces. Watch for her to expand her horizons sooner than later and we’ll hopefully be there too.

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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 6 – Mugs on a Shirt – Mugs on a Mug

I’m not an artist, but I draw little faces of the people around us. This is how it manifests. The T-shirt came out great. It’s a giant array of tiny faces. People have been finding themselves in the grid. Are you in there? Also I would ask myself, where does this obsessiveness to draw them in columns come from? I have no idea. Mugs on a Shirt will go well with the Mugs on a Mug. We’ll have them at Comic-Con and they’ll be at Giant Robot store.

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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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Let Megumi’s Manko Go!

Character design in Asia has turned the world upside down, making poop cute, giving adorable algae spores testicles, making microbes and viruses loveable, and now – FINALLY – giving the vagina a kawaii makeover.

mankotoTokyo artist Megumi Igarashi has been creating character design and mixed-media sculptural pieces modeled after her own vagina. She calls herself the “bastard child” of Superflat artist, Mr.  Spoon & Tamago shares recent news about her arrest for allegedly emailing data to create a 3D model for a project. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department have arrested her on charges for electronically distributing “pornography” to over 30 people. The criminal investigation began in March, and this is reportedly the first the first arrest involving “obscene” 3D data, following the arrest of a man accused of owning working 3D printed handguns.

Megumi has been working to raise funds to build a working kayak designed on 3D sculpts of her vulva. Vocal and honest about the cultural stigma surrounding female genitalia in Japanese culture, her work brings the taboo into manga, vinyl toys, phone cases and iconic pop culture imagery. In “Fukushiman” she layers “taboo on top of taboo” in a Fukushima clean-up scene set on a plaster cast of her vulva. She calls her concept “Dekoman”, the decorated vagina. One of her workshops invited women to come into a safe space, produce plaster casts of their own unique landscapes, and decorate their mankos.

The root of her work is reminiscent of 1970s movements to introduce women to what lives between their legs. In a culture that pixelates pubic hair, and considers visual expressions of the vagina obscene (but has no problem with giant penis statues – well, penises of various statures, even coming in keychain size) Megumi’s Dekoman project is more than a publicity stunt.

Even in cultures less concerned with the digital transfer of data that could result in a plastic vagina, most women around the world still wouldn’t be able to identify their own vulvas in a line-up. We live in a time where vaginal rejuvenation exists, because somehow, without most women even knowing what their vaginas look like, beauty standards have been imposed on them. Megumi’s work empowers women to know their bodies in a way that’s light years away from pornography or sage-scented pow-wows with hand mirrors. Sadly, she’s being punished for it.

You can sign a change.org petition in Japanese calling for the immediate release of the artist. Click the blue button on the sidebar to sign and pass it on.



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SDCC x GR 1729 Exclusive 5 – Big Boss Robot Wood Laser Keychains

 

These just look too cool! We’re excited to have some GR Big Boss Robot keychains! These are laser cut on alder wood by our friend Charlton Yu. We’ll have merely 24 pieces.

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GR2: Aug 2 – Aug 20th, 2014 Tiny Little Objects Yukinori Dehara

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Giant Robot is proud to present Tiny Little Objects – Yukinori Dehara

Aug 2 – Aug 20th, 2014

Opening Reception with the Artist: Aug 2, 2014, 6:30-10:00 PM

Giant Robot 2 – 2062 Sawtelle Boulevard – Los Angeles CA 90025

Yukinori Dehara’s latest work strays from his past of creating boxed original sculptures. His latest entry into the figure world are minuscule versions of his art pieces. In what we’d call a smart move to do something completely different from the years of sculpting paper clay and then packaged to appear like a toy figure, these pieces will have it’s freedom and at the same time, be intimate. You’ll have to move in closer to see his objects.

On AUGUST 3rd 2-3:30pm, Dehara will work with Katsuya Terada on Japanese Yokai monsters. The details for this event will emerge, but thus far it appears to be a demo of live art.

For any questions about Tiny Little Objects, Giant Robot or anything else, please contact:

Eric Nakamura

[email protected]

310-445-9276

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About Yukinori Dehara

Character designer Yukinori Dehara has worked with Giant Robot on exhibitions for nearly a decade. His works usually follow a topic ranging from Yakuza, monsters to salary men, and at the same time, makes social commentaries of Japanese society. His “freelance” work includes one of Japan’s largest chocolate manufacturers, Meiji Chocolate. Although he appears shy, he can be quite opposite, often participating in public performances.

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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SDCC x GR 1729 Exclusive 4 – Giant Robot 20th Anniversary GR1 & GR2 Pack

It’s been 20 years since Giant Robot zine was published. It was also my first Comic-Con experience and I’ve made it back every year since. We reprinted a run of GR1 & GR2 for Zine Fest LA and we printed up a brand new batch. We’ll have 100 GR1 & GR2 Zine Packs and each has at least four “vintage” GR exhibition postcards including the ever elusive Ray Fong (Barry McGee) postcard from his exhibition at GR2. People sell this card on auction websites for too much money, but you can get one with each pack. Also included will be a GR sticker and a button! I wrote a short introduction for each issue and that’ll be in there as well.

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SDCC x GR 1729 Exclusive 3 – Hone Marilla GID by Mari Inukai

Giant Robot presents: Mari Inukai – who will be a resident at the Giant Robot booth. It doesn’t mean she’ll be there 24-7, but she will spend the majority of her time at SDCC hawking goods, making smiles, and drawing. We’ll have the Hone Marilla GID! $100 and it comes with a small original drawing. It’s displays beautifully. Also, DAILY mini-print releases. We’re working out the editions and details. Stay tuned!

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SDCC x GR 1729 Exclusive 2 – Sparq the Baby Dragon by Flat Bonnie

We’ve known Rick and Yukari for years and it’s a pleasure to see their project grow. Giant Robot is proud to host the exclusive, Sparq the Baby Dragon. All of the Flat Bonnie pieces are handmade with impeccable craftsmanship. Their work is consistent and has a look that is obvious theirs. We’ll be doing more with Flat Bonnie sooner than you think. Watch for their participation in a group exhibition, October 4th at GR2. We’re excited.

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Blood, Muscles, Bones, Street Eaters

  Photo: Shanty Cheryl

Photo: Shanty Cheryl

Holy crap, the new Street Eaters LP is perfect. From the backwards-masked vortex that leads into “Reverse,” one is immediately sucked into a brutally even struggle between drumstick wielder Megan March and guitar killer John No–each trading animalistic vocals as they trade primal beats and post-punk riffs like heavyweight boxers trading blows. And just as there’s no time for musical filler, there’s no space for lyrical stupidity, either. The sound may be rough but the songs are smart and solid and  suitable for those of us who grew up on indie punk as well as the crusty kids that use dental floss to sew patches onto their black Army surplus jackets.

After listening to the brand-new, hand-stamped CD (that comes in a stitched jacket) for weeks nonstop, I shot over some questions to the real-life couple/post-punk pair. Naturally, they answered my queries as a duo and from the road. Can’t wait until they finally roll into SoCal next month…


Blood::Muscles::Bones is a pretty stark title. Or does science necessarily equal bleakness?
The title was intended to evoke the bare necessities of life–in a sense, cutting out all the extra baggage that holds us back. Blood, muscles, and bones are vital components of the body that are found in every part of it and are always growing, changing, and moving. That sense of movement+change is also key to understanding how we approached making this record, which is about self-preservation and survival. I’m not sure if it was intended to feel bleak; rather, strong and real. Sometimes, if you want to build yourself to a place of strength, you have to face the bleakness head-on and accept it for what it is.

That first song is a real ass kicker! Street Eaters’ sound isn’t about studio tricks in any way, but the backwards tape part is so perfect for a song called “Reverse.” Can you tell me about that?
We do like to keep things raw and intense, which is something that can totally be lost along the way with a lot of studio tricks. We recorded onto 2-inch analog tape at Buzz or Howl Studios with Stan Wright, keeping things driving, and he did an old-school board mix in the studio. Non-digital, so if we wanted to change something we’d have to set the levels and mix it all over again from scratch. We decided to do the intro for “Reverse” after the song was already recorded, and we had a minute to think about it. We basically just picked a part of the song and ran it backwards, did some wild stereo panning, and it sounded perfect. (more…)



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GR X SDCC – 1729 – Exclusive 1 – BABY CE by MAFIA FACTORY

I’ll be posting our Exclusives and getting them up on social media as well. Hope you don’t mind these transmissions. This collaboration is a fun one. Imagine keeping in touch with a person you’ve never met in person. That’s how our relationship with Mafia Factory in Thailand has developed. My contact there did send his friend and family to come visit me at GR2. I felt awful since they were on vacation from Thailand but the five member family seemed to enjoy the bus ride.

Is a figure, a figure when it’s put together? Are the sum of it’s parts equal to a whole? It’s a philosophical question, but in this case, it’s the parts displayed nicely like a model kit. Put it together or just wear it. It’s a concept that’s deep and thoughtful and puts figures in yet another situation. The big kicker is that it fits LEGO brand items. It’s the size of a LEGO mini figure and you can interchange parts and stick it to bricks. We’ll have 200 pieces.  sdcctoy



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