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Theo Ellsworth at Giant Robot 2


GR2 – Theo Ellsworth Preview Images

The exhibition, The Sudden Amplification of Certain Senses, begins this saturday. Artist Theo Ellsworth will be in attendance. Theo just moved to Montana from Portland, so this will be a rare appearance. Here’s a link to his previous exhibition at Giant Robot 2.

Also catch the Obon Festival this weekend located just a block away at the same time.

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GR2 June 2 – June 27th, 2012 Game Over – Video Game Culture Art Exhibition




Game Over

Video Game Culture Art Exhibition

June 2 -  June 27, 2012
Opening reception Saturday June 2th 2012, 6:30-10pm

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

Giant Robot 2 (GR2) presents: Game Over

Video Game Culture Art Exhibition

Artists include:

Aaron Brown, Albert Reyes, Alex Chiu, Ana Serrano, Andrice Arp, Aska Iida, Bradford Lynn, Brian Luong, Bryan Wong, Bubi Au Yeung, Cam Floyd, Carlos Donjuan, Christopher Chan, Cory Schmitz, David Horvath, Devin McGrath, Elizabeth Ito, Elliot Brown, Eric Broers, Erin Althea, Gabe Gonzales, Gary Musgrave, Grant Reynolds, Heidi Woan, James Chong, James Kochalka, Jarrett Quon, Jay Horinouchi, Jeni Yang, Jeremiah La Torre, Jeremy Tinder, Jeremyville, Jeromy Velasco, Jesse Balmer, Jesse Fillingham, Jesse LeDoux, Jesse Moynihan, Jesse Reklaw, Jesse Tise, Jiyoung Moon, John Lau, Kerry Horvath, Kevin Luong, Kio Griffith, Kwanchai Moriya, Lawrence Yang, Linda Kim, Louise Chen, Luke Chueh, Luke Rook, Maiko Kanno, Mare Odomo, Mari Inukai, Mark Ingram, Martin Hsu, Matt Furie, Meatbun, Miso, Nick Arciaga, Patrick Kyle, Peter Kato, Philip Koscak, Renee French, Sana Park, Sara Saedi, Sarah Lee, Sean Chao, Shawn Cheng, Shiho Nakaza, Shihori Nakayama, Sidney Pink, Silvio Porretta, Stasia Burrington, Stephanie Kubo, Theo Ellsworth, Tru Nguyen, Yejin Oh, Yoskay Yamamoto, Yumi Sakugawa and more.

Also there will be playable indie games including the works of programmers Beau Blythe and Shelby Cinca who are creating a game with Sean Chao and Jeni Yang. It’ll be a welcome back to ArtxGames series.

Giant Robot was born as a Los Angeles-based magazine about Asian, Asian-American, and new hybrid culture in 1994, but has evolved into a full-service pop culture provider with shops and galleries in Los Angeles as well as an online equivalent.


Eric Nakamura
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
[email protected]
(310) 479-7311


Ako Castuera – They Are Us – Install Photos

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GR Time 3.2.12 – Catch the Latest Giant Robot Info!

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We all have interests that takes us away. Our postcard image by Australian artist Paul Robertson which hyper dense and 8-bit influenced. Jude Buffum from Philadelphia crosses 8-bit art and social and pop culture commentary. Monyo Monyo from Japan creates wearable masks that are furry and powerful. Feric from Taiwan is known for his delicate and cyber-detailed pieces. Originally from Taiwan but now a resident of Los Angeles, Sean Chao creates astonishing dioramic worlds. French from England evokes metal music and its iconography. Meat Bun, our comrades from multiple pop up shops and Game Night events will display some of their iconic work. In attendance for the opening will be Paul Robertson, Sean Chao and the trio who make Meat Bun.

We’ll also have a Game Night – March 24th 6-10pm also at GR2.
















Albert Reyes shows his tough side in this Pit Bull print. Classic Reyes imagery. Uglydoll brings its quirky characters to its series of classic tin toys. Functional, free wheeling trucks can keep your coins safe and in one place.




It looks like a lunch box. Hey, could be! Or you can use it to store your secret files and mementos. Detail view. New wallet friendly but not wallet sized prints from illustration duo Kozydan.




Turn them upside down and inside you’ll find a teeny tiny card, perfect for writing messages. From the depths of deep, dark outer space! Wind up the Space Robot to make him walk!



The first section showcases independent films and shorts made by Asian American skateboarders without financial backing from the action sports industry or the benefit of corporate screenings and festivals. The latter half features skating in Asia by Asians with local twists from Hong Kong and Bangkok.



Read this week’s installment of Ed Lin’s serialized novel. All installments to date are available and we are about a quarter of the way through.



The holiday is about more than starting a new year right, it’s about family coming together, and in a country where family can be far flung, the importance of coming together is honored.”



With all of the polish and scale of a modern Chinese blockbuster but none of the pretense or clumsiness, Let The Bullets Fly is as fun to watch as it is stylish and epic. Opens in the U.S. on March 2nd.

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Year of the Dragon Preview Images

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Pop Up Kimchi Shop Art Show

In Germany a duo of artists Kate Hers and Hanji Rhee are bartering Kimchi as part of this art show. You bring your own item of some sort, and you fit out a form to exchange it. It’s part of a larger project to get people to understand each other just a little bit better. It’s a simple concept, but has gigantic hopes and dreams. There are more photos and you can listen to the report. (PRI – Kimchi Shop)

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Cat Sitting on Two Blocks

I squeezed in another piece that’ll be up in Balconi Coffee today. This one is titled, “Cat Sitting on Two Blocks”. It’s made from Sculpey, wood, and acrylic paint. The wood blocks are ancient. I bought a box of wood blocks at a yard sale perhaps a decade ago. I can’t recall who, but someone said it was clutter but look at it now. I discovered Sculpey from playing with it with Souther Salazar and Saelee Oh. We’d have Sculpey nights and dubbed it Sculpey Kids. We’d have others come as well and it was always fun. I haven’t touched it in years. Kika, my cat is inspecting the piece.



Below: this is is a Ray Sato art at Balconi Coffee. While this special drink isn’t on the menu, it was made especially for me and it was the first time Ray ever made it. I’m getting it again.



Thanks Kio Griffiths for inviting me into an art show. Sometimes, getting an invite to something sparks ideas that lead to other ideas.

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_ _ ORNAM_NTS Art Show at Balconi Coffee

I’m in the below exhibition at Balconi Coffee.

_ _ ORNAM_NTS: keepsakes, relics, socks, magic
Group show of artists’ ornaments. Curated by Kio Griffith

DECEMBER 11 to JANUARY 9, 2012
OPENING RECEPTION: DECEMBER 11, 2011 from 5 to10pm


11301 Olympic Blvd, #124 Los Angeles, CA 90064

hand crafted syphon coffee brewing everyday from 10am to 10pm

Here’s a set of pics.



The cat is my entry. It’s a Cat on a Box in a Field. Paper clay, wood, acrylic paint. It’s what a cat would do, right? The pic isn’t the best, but maybe that’s the best way to see it. It sold. The wood block is ancient from a box of children’s blocks I picked up ages ago.



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GR2 12/10 – 12/29 – Post Its 7 – Reception 12/10 6:30-10p

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Art show opening

Post-It Show 7 at Giant Robot 2

December 10 – December 29, 2011
Reception: Saturday, December 10, 6:30 – 10:00 p.m.

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

Giant Robot is proud to present Post-It Show 7 at Giant Robot 2. Curated by artists Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson in conjunction with Giant Robot, the show is slated to feature roughly 2,000 works by noted contributors for only $20. These pieces will be on standard-sized 3″ x 3″ Post-It notes. (Larger sizes of 4″ x 4″ and 6″ x 6″ will cost a bit more.) The pieces will be cash-and-carry, making it a great chance to find one-of-a-kind yet affordable holiday gifts.

Thus far, the ever-expanding list of contributors includes the following:

Trevor Alixopolous, Erin Althea, Esao Andrews, APAK!, Nick Arciaga, Andrice Arp, T. Edward Bak, Scott Bakal, Dan Barry, Gary Baseman, Michelle Borok, Aaron Brown, Calef Brown, You Jung Byun, Lilli Carre, Christine Castro, Martin Cendreda, Helen Chau, Ching Ching Cheng, James Chong, Joey Chou, Chris Cilla, Angie Clayton, Tim Cochran, Allison Cole, Eleanor Davis, Bob Dob, Seth Drenner, Theo Ellsworth, Ines Estrada, Edie Fake, Evah Fan, Korin Faught, Jesse Fillingham, Michael Fleming, Cam Floyd, Renee French, Nina Frenkel, Shannon Freshwater, Future Colors of America, Nicholas Gazin, Susie Ghahremani, Gabe Gonzales, Kio Griffith, Katherine Guillen, Peter Hamlin, Pam Henderson, John Hendrix, Tim Hensley, Jaime Hernandez, Ryan Heshka, Len Higa, Andrew Holder, Jason Holley, David Horvath, Mina Horvath, Patrick Hruby, Rama Hughes, Ryan Hungerford, Tony Huynh, Mark Ingram, Mari Inukai, Jordin Isip, Rich Jacobs, Yellena James, Levon Jihanian, Hellen Jo, JUURI, Jared Konopitski, Allison Krumwiede, Maple Lam, Travis Lampe, Jeremiah LaTorre, Mashanda Lazarus, Daniel Lim, Christopher Lyles, Liz Mamont, Jed McGowan, Jeff McMillan, James McShane, Monkmus, Brendan Monroe, Rick Morris, Jesse Moynihan, Munkao, Mark Murphy, Gary Musgrave, Eric Nakamura, Shihori Nakayama, Kiyoshi Nakazawa, Tom Neely, Tru Nguyen, Anders Nilsen, Mare Odomo, Saejean Oh, Saelee Oh, Ming Ong, Martin Ontiveros, Pacolli, John Pham, Dave Plunkert, Jason Polan, Mimi Pond, Carlos Ramos, Jesse Reklaw, Martha Rich, Andy Ristaino, Julie Robertson, Edward Robin Coronel, Ron Russell, Johnny Ryan, Matthew Salata, Souther Salazar, Brooks Salzwadel, Emilio Santoyo, Scrappers, Ann Shen, David Smith, Owen Smith, Jeff Soto, Dave Stolte, Scott Teplin, Jeremy Tinder, Jesse Tise, Mark Todd, Jen Tong, Shark Toof, Anna Topuriya, Edwin Ushiro, Sara Varon, Jon Vermilyea, Chris Von Szombathy, Liz Walsh, Pen Ward, Esther Pearl Watson, Steven Weissman, Megan Whitmarsh, Kent Williams, Christine Wu, Jeni Yang, Jamie Zollars

Giant Robot was born as a Los Angeles-based magazine about Asian, Asian-American, and new hybrid culture in 1994, but has evolved into a full-service pop culture provider with shops and galleries in Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as an online equivalent.

An opening reception featuring many of the artists will take place from 6:30 – 10:00 on Saturday, December 10. For more information about the show, GR2, or Giant Robot magazine, please contact:

Eric Nakamura
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
[email protected]
(310) 479-7311


Kamen Rider Vs. Super Sentai Celebrates 40 Years


KAMEN RIDER Vs. SUPER SENTAI kicked off a double anniversary celebration of Ishimori Shotaro’s famous characters in downtown Los Angeles last weekend.  Curated by Little Tokyo’s new pop-culture shop addition, Q Pop Shop, and supported by Bandai and Anime Jungle, this official tribute honors 40 years of Kamen Rider and 35 years of Super Sentai.  150 artists offered a unique and eclectic twist on these retro icons that have captivated generations.  Super Sentai would eventually evolve into today’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series.  Artists representing Japan included a rare mix such as TOUMA, Devil Robots, Chikuwaemil, Mad Barbarians, and Yucachin’- joined by Luke Chueh, Misha, Martin Hsu, Lillidoll, and a larger-than- life Kamen Rider.  The timing of this exhibit, hosted by JACCC  (Japanese American Cultural Community Center), falls on coinciding celebrations.  In Japan, Bandai is simultaneously developing a new Super Sentai artist-series line.  Their video game “Super Sentai Battle Ranger Cross” was released in September this year.  “KAMEN RIDER Vs. SUPER SENTAI: Anniversaries Tribute Exhibition” exhibits at JACCC in downtown Los Angeles, from November 5 – November 13, 2011. (Text and photos by Caro)



Plenty of photos below! (more…)

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Art from Undercurrents Available Now Online

Martin Hsu and Lawrence Yang art available now online. Here’s the link.


Martin Hsu - Flux

Lawrence Yang – City Lights

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Giant Robot Artist Interview – Lawrence Yang

Lawrence Yang lives in San Francisco and has shown at Giant Robot a few times and is now teaming up with Martin Hsu for their Giant Robot 2 exhibition: Undercurrents set to open Saturday, October 15th. His day job is a tech firm in the Silicon Valley and he paints to un-fry his mind. His work is beautiful and serene and we’re happy to host him.



GR: How did you get started in art?
LY: I’ve been drawing since I was a kid, but I didn’t really start spending a lot of time on it until I graduated college and moved to San Francisco. Here, with a new home, a new job, and limited friends, I found I had a ton of time to myself. So I started painting, and eventually started posting to a blog. A gallery somehow found me online and asked if I wanted to be in a show. I’ve been showing my work ever since!

GR: What’s your day time life like? Can you mix that with your art work?
LY: I have a full time job in the South Bay, which when taking the company shuttle means about an hour and a half door to door ride. I work as an information architect, so I spend my day thinking about user experience and content hierarchies. I usually get home around 7 or 8, eat something, and if I’m not too tired – then I would start to paint. I feel like my job and artist life complement each other very well – it makes for a nice balance of structure and freedom! Now if only there were more hours in the day…



GR: You live in the bay area, can you talk about how the environment touches your art?
LY: The Bay area is a great place to live as an artist. The people are interesting and the environment is varied – ocean, bay, hills, redwoods, vineyards, mountains… Inspiration is everywhere.



Giant Robot 2 Robots Artist: Tessar Lo

Tessar Lo once lived in Los Angeles and now calls home, Canada. He’s doing art more freely than ever and is having an exhibition called, The Dying Wishes in Amsterdam. The show card is below.



His piece for Giant Robot 2′s Robots exhibition is below and we thank him for his kind comments that are found on his website.





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GR2 10/15 – 11/16, 2011 Undercurrents – Martin Hsu and Lawrence Yang


New Artwork by Martin Hsu and Lawrence Yang

October 15 – November 16, 2011
Opening reception Saturday October 15, 6:30-10pm

2062 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 445-9276

Currents are the source of life and death. What lies beneath the surface is unseen and often forgotten, but it’s also where much light and magic can be found. This series of paintings explores the color, vibrancy, and luminosity of the deep. Angelic creatures serve as messengers of life. They examine undiscovered feelings hidden away from the obvious by bringing light to the darkest places. There’s much beauty in the dark and life is brighter than we think.

Martin Hsu is an artist and designer based in San Francisco. He takes much inspiration from nature, animals, and Hayao Miyazaki. The series of paintings he created for Undercurrents is based on the concept of life arising from death. It’s also infused with his fascination for vibrant and fantastical creatures from the deep. At this moment, he’s still pinching himself for having the opportunity to show a body of personal works at Giant Robot. He hopes this is not a dream.”

Lawrence Yang wrestles with informational abstractions by day and paints by night. Influenced by graffiti art and traditional Chinese painting, he employs ink, marker, and watercolor, as the permanence of this media adds a sense of immediacy to his work. Lawrence’s paintings make use of color to communicate atmosphere and emotion, and they are concerned primarily with creating order out of chaos (and vice versa). Lawrence once ate an entire bag of Fun Size Three Musketeers™. He lives in San Francisco with his imaginary pets, Cholo and Binky.

Giant Robot was born as a Los Angeles-based magazine about Asian, Asian-American, and new hybrid culture in 1994, but has evolved into a full-service pop culture provider with shops and galleries in Los Angeles as well as an online equivalent.

Eric Nakamura

Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
[email protected]
(310) 479-7311


GR2 – Robots Art Exhibition

9/24 was a special night.

It’s hard to put into words we have for 9/24. Thanks is easy to say, but for us at this moment, thanks means everything. We have to thank the artists involved and the buyers too, there were many of you. We have 99 art pieces and our walls are filled. Throughout the night, many of our artist friends and close customers wished us well.

The evening started with a visit from artist James Jean. We can’t thank him enough and he even modelled the DRx vest. It was his birthday event soon after, but he still stopped by. There were also numerous folks milling around. Who were they? Why were they there? It was the special Grody figure from our comrade Luke Rook, who’s now in Tokyo. He made a run of a vinyl figure just for us. At 6:30, the price list was released and we were pleased at the maturity and kindness by the art and toy collectors. We’ve seen anger and fighting, but gladly all were as kind and “gentlemanly” as can be. We thank them too.

As the night continued, a great array of food courtesy of gr/eats and “mom” appeared, and by the end of the night, the food was decimated. I almost got a taste of something. See the cake? It says “Thank You” in mom font.

Many artists who we support and at the same time, support us came through to say hello. The night flew by, it was nearly a blur. We are touched.




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Scared Artless

“People at Art openings are pretentious and weird.” I hear variations of this comment all the time.

Either of these scenarios sound familiar? Standing next to a person by the bathroom for 10 minutes and not even saying a polite hello—much less making an introduction? Or even more awkward; standing next to someone whom you know is your Facebook friend, but neither of you are acknowledging this fact or each other? I rarely have this interaction with the same person when we meet in a restaurant, nightclub or even at Trader Joe’s—so what gives? Uncomfortable moments like these have got me thinking. Is it the other person? Is it me? Or could it possibly be something to do with the art venue?

The weird thing is, I go to museums often and I really do love art. I have become somewhat obsessed with artists such as, Brancusi, Dali, Hokusai, Freud, and Murakami to name a few. Yes, these are Masters, I know, I know, and yes, their works are mainstream and accessible, so it is not a surprise really that I like them.

Yet nothing has been more nerve wracking at times for me, than going to an art show. You know, one of those great gatherings, with great up and coming artists, like the ones that you get invited to on Facebook?  Something like those. So I’ll get an invite to one of these shows; and having the predisposition of a hermit crab–but knowing that I could use a little of that stuff called “culture”—I’ll throw my Repettos on and venture out from under my rock.

Here’s a dirty little secret…

Sometimes, I don’t even know who the artist is, or even the art medium that I am about to show up for. Quelle Horreur!! I know, I know, but off I’ll go. Then, it will happen that I get there and I have the awkward experience of either showing up way too early; or, being stood up by certain friends of mine (who will remain nameless ahem, but know who they are.)

As soon as those neon, dark-under-eye-circle-magnifying lights hit me—so do the butterflies. This calls for activities such as; typing a faux text on my blackberry; pretending to have to use the bathroom–and then often—just walking out. It’s kind of involuntary. Halfway down the street, after pulling out of my ‘karma good’ parking spot, I will have a little “what is my problem?” moment. If I do end up staying, I am tense, awkward and hyper-aware of every movement of my body. I’m not really enjoying the art because my brain is slowly melting as I try to adjust to being in the space correctly.

New people. Art. Florescent lights. People. Noises. Music. Nowhere to sit. Nowhere to hide. Nowhere to sit. How am I standing? Ahh.

Then, after settling into the place, I will often find myself taking on another behavior, even more bizarre. I will float around, avoiding eye contact, ignoring certain individuals and having light, safe conversations, mostly avoiding the topic of the event that I showed up for in the first place; the Art.

“I saw you but didn’t get a chance to talk to you.”

Huh? We are in a space about the size of a matchbox and are having a hard time connecting?

What a peculiar condition.

Well, having the propensity towards a hypochondriacal nature, I do sometimes self-diagnose. After much self-examination, I have come up with a little theory. What clinically might be known as a form of social anxiety might possibly have a more accurate diagnosis. I have taken the liberty of naming this condition:

Art Show Syndrome—or—with all due respect, A.S.S. I see A.S.S as a benign condition that affects a person’s attitude, posture, and vernacular in various degrees while participating in the Art Scene. A couple of weeks ago, I started an unqualified behavioral study of myself and other art goers surrounding me. Though I have not done enough research to argue what the causes or cures are for everyone, I think I have found a few simple facts that are at the root of my own A.S.S behavior. I will share.

Maybe some of you can relate…



GR2 – While You Were Away – Heisuke Kitazawa or PCP 7/30/11-8/24/11

Heisuke Kitazawa or PCP Art Exhibition – While You Were Away

Artwork photos below:


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Blithe Spirits – Sean Chao and Inés Estrada Opening

Brian Rush and Sean Chao. Brian Rush is known for blinking in photos, he does it here. Sean Chao said that Brian’s work is a great influence to him, so it’s great to see Brian come through.

Works in Inés Estrada

A GR cake! Chinese cake with strawberries in it. It was great.

Talk explains some of his pieces.

Leopard print is back!

Tons of pics after the jump!


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GR2 6/11 – 6/29 Blithe Spirits – Art by Sean Chao and Inés Estrada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Group art show opening
Blithe Spirits: New work by Sean Chao and Inés Estrada

June 11 – June 29th, 2011

Reception: Saturday, June 11, 6:30 – 10:00 pm

GR2 2062 Sawtelle Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90025

(310) 445-9276
Giant Robot is proud to host Blithe Spirits, a joint art show featuring new work by Sean Chao and Inés Estrada.

Sean Chao is a Los Angeles based artist from Taiwan. Chao sculpts, paints, and delicately constructs a world filled with curiosity and amusement through creatures and nature. The Mixed-media pieces capture odd moments frozen in time. They hint at a narrative and create an imaginary history. His latest works are inspired by automobiles and nature. Humor is one of the key ingredients in his work. Chao combined and created a world that automobiles and nature can co-exist without pollutions. He plans to have 10 to15 small to medium size pieces of sculptures and drawings.

Inés Estrada has lived in Mexico City for as long as she knows. She likes working with any materials she has at hand, as long as the result is colorful and messy. Her work is spontaneous and has no meaning other than you, the viewer, would like to find in it. She also likes making things with her partner Roi, and together they are Café con Leche, name under which they create comics, drawings, songs, sandwiches and plushie bastard children.

Giant Robot was born as a Los Angeles-based magazine about Asian, Asian-American, and new hybrid culture in 1994, but has evolved into a full-service pop culture provider with a shop and gallery in Los Angeles, as well as an online equivalent.

An opening reception for the artists will take place from 6:30 – 10:00 pm on Saturday, June 11, 2011. For more information about Chao, Estrada, GR2 or Giant Robot, please contact:

Eric Nakamura

Giant Robot Owner/Publisher

[email protected]

(310) 479-7311