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Yoshitomo Nara Exhibition – Blum and Poe 3/1/14

Culver City – Yoshitomo Nara’s perhaps 7th or 8th exhibition is an fantastic journey through his career. Giant bronze sculptures show some of his latest art projects. They’re huge, but at the same time, there are plenty of new paintings which are becoming more refined than ever. Nara’s characters eyes are deeper and rich. His new works also include “billboards” which are giant versions of his drawings set up on crate-like pieces of wood. I especially enjoyed seeing the collage of pencil drawings which are also affixed on crates. Upstairs, it’s 30 years of drawings and plenty of them, from 1984 – 2014 with a time line narrative of where he was or what events were happening. You can see the progression of his drawing style. Blum and Poe’s gallery space perfectly houses it all. It’s more of a museum style exhibition and guess what? It really is. As confirmed by Tim Blum himself who told me that it’s traveling.

Also imagine, Tim Blum is the OG Otaku. He spent years in Japan, speaks fluently, and eventually came back to the US and opened a gallery in Santa Monica in the mid 90s. He brought Nara and Takashi Murakami to the US and grew with them. Imagine the sphere of influence by these two artists from style, technique, business acumen, to place in popular culture. Those who were influenced have already influenced another generation of artists.

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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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Cafe Mode: Homing Pigeon Exhibition

This exhibition is taking place quite soon and as much as I’d like to be there, I won’t make it. Once upon a time, I studied photography. It’s a longer more involved story, but I was decent and even participation in student exhibitions and even an alumni one. It’s nice to have a chance to show a piece of my work again. The exhibition begins tomorrow and there will be a reception on the 19th at ROPPONGI 605.

My photo below is called Milky and it was shot during the Perseid meteor shower earlier this year. I used a Ricoh GR on a RAW setting. I actually forgot my tripod and had to figure out other means. The photo was near Pyramid Lake which is an hour and a half north of LA. When I look at the Milky Way Galaxy, I’m… “not expecting any return”.

Gallery Lara Tokyo + Cafemode present

HOMING PIGEON「伝書鳩」
Edition 2 : Tokyo

group photo exhibit

curated by Kio Griffith

ARTISTS RECEPTION:
OCTOBER 19, 2013 from 6 to 9pm

EXHIBIT RUNS: OCTOBER 9 – OCTOBER 19, 2013

FREE ADMISSION

ROPPONGI 605
7-5-11Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 106-0032. Casa Grande Miwa 6th Floor
Wednesday through Saturday noon to 7pm and by appointment

〒106-0032
東京都港区六本木 7-5-11
カサグランデ・ミワ6階 605
水曜日から土曜日、12:00-19:00

http://gallerylara.com/

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featuring:
Naoko Akiyama | Douglas Alvarez | Michael Arata | Yajuro Bando | Terri Berman | Nick Brown | Ako Castuera | Sean Chao | Sijia Chen | Sally Coates | Emily Counts | Ludmil Dimitrov | Veronica Duarte | Mark Dutcher | Shigenori Ebata | Aya Niibo Edamoto | Doug Eisenstark | Gabriel Escalante | Roni Feldman | Jon Flack | Shingo Francis | David French | Rema Ghuloum | Aaron Giesel | Allen D Glass II | Mat Gleason | Dean Gojobori | Kio Griffith | Michelle Carla Handel | Doug Harvey | Shisei Hashimura | Jun Hiraoka | Lusine Hovsepian | Bryan Ida | Mari Inukai | Aska Irie | Ichiro Irie | Yoko Irino | Tomoyuki Iwanami | William Kaminski | Virginia Katz | Phil Kim | Kohl King | Celia Ko | Minako Kumagai | Gil Kuno | Masumi Kuramochi | Michelle Lai | Jeremiah La Torre | Aleve Mei Loh | Leora Lutz | Yumiko Matsui | Douglas McNamee | Jon Measures | Adam D Miller | Shinnosuke Murakami | Masami Murao | Misato Nagare | Eric Nakamura | Clary Newell | Tony Ng | Emily Noguchi | Devon Oder | Shinichi Ono | Kazuyuki Ozonoe | Sara Pae | Kosta Potamianos | Max Presneill | Eron Rauch | Max Razdow | Christy Roberts | Satoshi Saegusa | Chigusa Saga | Samvel Saghatelian | Chiaki Saito | Ray Sato | Rob Sato | Tomoaki Sato | Nicolas Shake | Mika Soma | RIccardo Spinotti | Kenji Tajiri | Mayumi Tanaka | Ken Tatewaki | Ilan Terrell | Devon Tsuno | Mike Vegas | Minoru Yamaguchi | Fujio Yamazaki | Will T. Yang | Michiko Yao | Akihiro Yasugi | Kouichiro Yoshio and more…

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Gallery Lara + Cafemode proudly present “Homing Pigeon – Edition 2 「伝書鳩」Tokyo ” group photo exhibit by local and international artists

Before Internet and email there were homing pigeons. These pigeons carried messages only one way, to their home. By placing their food at one location and their home at another location, pigeons learned to fly back and forth up to twice a day reliably becoming an important means of communication.

The importance of homing pigeons in the centuries before electronic communications, such as the telegraph and telephone, is seldom recognized. Pigeons carried photographic negatives, documents of breaking news and even medication between hospitals countries apart.

As our means of communication developed into the present hyper-network, today’s homing pigeons have retired from messengers and now trained as racing pigeons. It is thought that racing pigeons rely on the Earth’s magnetic field to find their way home. Some evidence has surfaced indicating that mobile phone towers may be interrupting the birds navigation although no published research has investigated this theory.

The theme of this photography exhibit is an observation of the value of messaging; the sending, the expectations and the challenge of not expecting any return.

いまのようにインターネットやemailが発達する以前、伝書鳩(ハト)は重要な通信手段だった。小さく巻いた写真や書類を足に付けた伝書鳩は世界のニュースを伝えていたが、現代ではレース鳩としての役割だけが残った。

レースに参加した鳩の、鳩舎に帰ってくる羽数を帰還率という。その帰還率が全体的に年々悪くなっており、レースによっては全滅するレースも発生しているという。その原因は近年の通信・放送網の拡大で、基地局や携帯の電磁波が多くなり、鳩の方向感覚を狂わせているからだという説もある。

いまは、連絡の手段が豊富で容易なだけに、返信をもらうことが当たり前のような風潮だが、この充実した通信手段が狂ったらどうなるのだろう。
もう少しだけ、送る相手への気持ちを意識する。それだけで、何かが確実に変わる予感がする。
今回の写真展のテーマは「返事が要らないメッセージ」です。

- Kio Griffith

 

 



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GR2: Iwai Shunji – Reception Photos Set 2

Thanks DJ Tony Jr!



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GR2: Seasonal Changes – Gosha Levochkin

Watercolors is a difficult medium and Gosha Levochkin is able to manipulate it into an interesting narrative. This will be a larger offering of Levochkin’s works at GR2.



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GR2: Feb 2 – Feb 20, 2013 Year of the Snake Exhibition

YEAR OF THE SNAKE

Feb 2 – 20th, 2013

An amazing collection of artists to celebrate Year of the Snake.

A group art exhibition featuring:

Rob Sato, Ako Castuera, Aaron Woes, Jeremiah Ketner, Michael Hsiung, Christine Wu, Jeff McMillan, Cristina Paolos, Mari Naomi, Joe To, Gosha Levochkin, Kohei Yamashita, Theo Ellsworth, Hiro Hayashi, Stella Hultberg, Luke Chueh, Deth P. Sun, Sara Saedi, Dionne Bang, Yoskay Yamamoto, Edwin Ushiro, Audrey Kawasaki, Miso, Sean Chao, Martin Hsu, Bubi Au Yeung, Joe Hahn, Heidi Hahn, Mu Pan, Jen Tong, Pam Henderson, Stasia Burrington, Eleanor Davis, Kio Griffith, Silvio Porreta, Susie Ghahremani, Edwin Ushiro, Andrice Arp, Jeni Yang, Diem Chau, Andrew Hem, Shawn Cheng, Nao Harada, Aaron Brown, Ryuji Oguni, Ken Taya, Saelee Oh, Jeremiah La Torre, Wayne Johnson, Mari Inukai, Shihori Nakayama, Elliot Brown, Kerry Horvath, APAK, Sana Park, Jon Lau + More

For any other information, contact Eric Nakamura at Giant Robot.

Feb 2 – 20th, 2013

Opening Reception:
Saturday, Feb 2, 2013
6:30 – 10:00 PM
GR2
2062 Sawtelle Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90025
http://gr2.net/

eric (at) giantrobot.com
310 445.9276



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GR2 1/12/13 – 1/30/13 Living Depictions Art Exhibition


Living Depictions

January 12 – 30th, 2013

A group art exhibition featuring, Jay Horinouchi, Kwanchai Moriya, Sarah Lee, Elliot Brown, Shawn Cheng, and Maiko Kanno.

The commonality of the first exhibition of 2013 will feature six artists who’ll be exhibiting works ranging in subjects, yet most or all with be paintings. Each artist approaches their works in their own materials and ways. A few have recently graduated Art Center College of Design (Kwanchai Moriya, Elliot Brown and Sarah Lee) two currently live in Japan (Jay Horinouchi and Maiko Kanno), and one (Shawn Cheng) is currently living in New York City.

For any other information, contact Eric Nakamura at Giant Robot.

January 12 – 30th, 2013

Opening Reception:
Saturday, January 12, 2013
6:30 – 10:00 PM
GR2
2062 Sawtelle Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90025
http://gr2.net/

eric (at) giantrobot.com
310 445.9276



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Post-It 8 Notes: Rules etc.

We’ll be adding to this, so keep a look out.

Know: This is the busiest art exhibition at GR2. There will be more people than there will be space for people.

1) Line forms outside. As far as we know, at this point, Customers can line up anytime you’d like. We’d suggest that customers get here early. Do know that customers can’t save a space by showing up and leaving. More than likely, the space will be gone. We will not police this line.

2) Out of town Customers: We won’t save Post-it notes for you. You can’t buy them ahead of time. They will be available online after the exhibition.

3) Most of the same rules from years past will apply. For example: Customers can purchase 1 Post-it by each artist. Until there is no line left. Then it’s ok for “seconds”.

4) We will be serving at least three customers at a time this year to move the line faster.

5) Customers shall not serve themselves Post-it art.

6) Great Customers of GR2: We love you, but do not ask for “Cuts”. Everyone will be asking for “Cuts”.



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GR2 Art Exhibition 11/17 – 12/5 Susie Ghahremani “Work and Non Work”

Giant Robot Presents
Work and Non Work

An Exhibition by Susie Ghahremani.


Susie Ghahremani’s work is eye catching and quickly heart warming. Her painting style is smooth and echoes her life long interests in nature, animals, music and patterns. Ghahremani graduated from RISD in 2002 and continues her own business, “boygirlparty” in various forms including gift items, crafts and more.

This exhibition, Work and Non Work (the title borrowed from an album by Broadcast) “emphasizes the experimentation and play of my miniatures and drawings that I’ll be showing juxtaposed with the framed pieces.”

An opening reception for Susie Ghahremani will take place from 6:30 – 10:00 PM on Saturday, November 17th 6:30 – 10pm.

Exhibition: November 17th – December 5th 2012
Reception: Saturday, November 17th, 6:30 – 10:00 PM

GR2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

http://gr2.net/

For more information about Susie Ghahremani, GR2, or anything else:
Eric Nakamura

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



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Giant Robot Time: 9.28.12 – Misty Fog’s Combat Rock opening reception this Saturday 9.29 at GR2!

 

MISTY FOG’S COMBAT ROCK

LE MERDE & KIYOKA IKEDA

Giant Robot is proud to present Misty Fog’s Combat Rock, an exhibition featuring Le Merde and Kiyoka Ikeda of kaiju toy company, Gargamel.
Known for his hand sculpted figures, Le Merde has worked tirelessly on a new direction in his work. This exhibit will focus on Le Merde’s Misty Fog line of figures. New items will include: New T-shirt, New Beer Koozie, 4 new Coaster prints. 4 color art pieces and various customs of the new sculpts. Also scheduled is a new figure release.
Le Merde’s last solo appearance at GR2 was in 2009 for his Bruised, Beaten, and Blackened exhibition. He also participated in the Biennale 2: 15 years with David Horvath and Yukinori Dehara. Facebook event. Preview artwork. >>

Showcase and sale of unique, high quality, handcrafted, artist designed merchandise. Craft items for sale include: origami art, unique jewelry, kimono fabric clothing, handbags, silk/yarn scarves, ceramic and miniature bronze sculptures, cultural t-shirts, stationery, glass art, and much more!

Free admission to Japanese American National Museum exhibitions with craft show purchase ($5 minimum) (September 30, 2012 only). On the Plaza: Yuujou Taiko will perform at 12PM. >>


To coincide with the Biennale 3 exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum, we’ve released a set of 12 buttons. Cool, simple silhouettes of Horvath Kaiju characters and the classic Big Boss Robot logo.

     
Mike Kelly (Le Merde) always designs the coolest shirts. Get one at this Saturday’s opening reception.
The T-shirt features a mix of David Horvath and GR Big Boss Robot silhouetted icons.
While maintaining the intimate nature of his debut Capacity, Ellsworth has taken his personal experience to an entirely new reality, exploding with color and energy.
The American cartoonist takes from the lives of the leaders of the free world, his friends, his family, his sworn enemies, and gives them a new life that is both withering and oblique.
Redesigned to coincide with the release of Shortcomings in paperback is a brand-new edition of Adrian Tomine’s first book, 32 Stories.
New York Drawings is a loving homage to the city that Tomine, a West Coast transplant, has called home for the past seven years.

 

 

 

 

GIANT ROBOT BIENNALE 3 – PHOTO SET 1

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Photos from the Giant Robot Biennale 3 opening party at the Japanese American Museum. Photos by Dean Gojobori. Artists Rob Sato and Ako Castuera pictured above. >>

GIANT ROBOT BIENNALE 3 – PHOTO SET 2

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Artists Deth P Sun and Marci Washington pictured above. >>

GIANT ROBOT BIENNALE 3 – PHOTO SET 3

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Money Mark and Clement Hanami pictured above. >>

GIANT ROBOT BIENNALE 3 AT JANM (A.K.A. MY GR FAMILY REUNION)

By MARTIN WONG

To most, Giant Robot Biennale 3 at JANM is simply the biggest, best group show that an indie artist can be associated with. It isn’t very often that pop-rooted, independent fine artists (Asian or not) are given a top-shelf venue to gather and shine. Eric does a rad job of cultivating this scene, and has built up a real family of artists in the process. I am really proud to have worked with him on the magazine that has showcased so many of them. >>

GIANT ROBOT BIENNALE 3 – REMIX PROJECT ART WORKS

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

This is an attempt to show all of the Remix Project Customs. If you are in the Los Angeles area, the artwork will be on display at the Japanese American National Museum from September 23, 2012 – January 20, 2013. >>

 

2015 Sawtelle Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90025

2062 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

 



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Scenes From a Biennale 2

The banner is getting installed, but after finding a few snags in the print out, it’s all getting redone. Damn. So close, but not close enough. It’s a good looking wall.

 

Eishi Takaoka sculpture. The light was dim, so the photo is too.

 

Lynn Yamasaki… she made GR Jello. Those are Big Boss Robots in there. Seriously great and they taste great too.

 

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Into the Picture: Images of Asian Pacific America by Corky Lee

Corky Lee will have an exhibition at the Asian Arts Initiative which is at 1219 Vine St. It’ll be called. ”Into the Picture: Images of Asian Pacific America by Corky Lee” It sunds, September 7 – October 5, 2012 (AAI - Corky Lee)



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GR2 – Aug 18 – Sept 5th – Jeni Yang – Two of a Kind

Jeni Yang at GR2


August 18th – September 5th 2012
Reception: Saturday, Aug 18th, 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 Two of a Kind, an art show featuring new works by Jeni Yang.

Whimsical might be the way to describe the works of Taiwan born and Southern California residing artist, Jeni Yang. Her works intersect cats, cakes, and nature. Her recent entry into Giant Robot 2′s Game Over exhibition included a video game, Cat Burger, which will be on display as well. Two of a Kind will include: paintings, drawings, and small sculptures including a wall installation.

An opening reception for Jeni Yang will take place from 6:30 – 10:00 on Saturday, August 18th.

For more information about Jeni Yang, GR2, or anything else:
Eric Nakamura
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
[email protected]
(310) 445 9276



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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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GameSpot Tours Giant Robot Booth 1729 at Comic-Con 2012

 GameSpot gets GR Boss Robot Eric Nakamura to give him a video tour of BOOTH 1729 at Comic-Con 2012.



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Meet Satoshi – The Last Salaryman – This Saturday

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Video link.



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Giant Robot – Game Over Exhibition 6/5 – 6/27 Art Photos Part 2

Realized forgot to post Part 2 of the Game Over exhibition! 140 pieces is a lot (see the art in the shop)



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GR2 – Game Over Video

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Thanks, Carlos “Angrybananas” Lopez.

 

Here’s a link to the GR YouTube page.



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Giant Robot – Game Over Exhibition 6/5 – 6/27 Art Photos



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Giant Robot: Game Over Exhibition Photos

Thanks for the visit to Game Over at Giant Robot. The exhibition features 140 pieces of art from nearly 80 artists. The opening reception on saturday was one of the most crowded ever. People filed in at 6 and we had people still hanging around well past 10. The work fills the walls and if you’re a game or art fan, this is a perfect place to get lost for a while. One of the first things you notice are video game cabinets and they’re featuring a game made by programmer Beau Blyth with art by Jeni Yang. It’s called Catburger. That’s Beau and Jeni below. Again to those who helped us get the show together including: Meatbun, Adam Robezzoli, Carlos Lopez, Dean Gojobori, Kio Griffith and to who promoted, covered and showed up, thanks much. We’ll get art online for sale perhaps later today or tomorrow.

 

 

Dylan Sprouse is an indie gamer.

 

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