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GR2: June 29th – July 24th Yukinori Dehara: Nendo Pro Wrestling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Art Show Opening:

Yukinori Dehara: Nendo Pro Wrestling

June 29 – July 24th, 2013
Reception: Saturday, June 29th 2013 – 6:30-10pm

GR2 2062 Sawtelle Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90025

http://giantrobot.com

(310) 445-9276

Giant Robot is proud to host Nendo Pro Wrestling – clay sculptures by Yukinori Dehara. Wrestling culture has been popular throughout contemporary Japanese popular culture. Alongside of Mexico and the US, the wrestling scene has continued alongside and overlapping with Sentai (Power Rangers) shows. Superheroes have traversed in each others genres. We’ll be sure to feature clay sculptures and more from Yukinori Dehara! As with his previous exhibitions, Dehara’s work is often containing deep ideologies of our culture presented through his colorful characters.

Dehara will be here in person!

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 29th, 2013. For more information about Yukinori Dehara or Giant Robot, please contact:

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



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Luke Rook Looking Good

Awesome looking pieces and sculptures. The Riders are cool. You get two figures in one and who puts a cone as a nose. Yes, Luke Rook can. (Giant Robot Store)



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GR2: Luke Rook is Grody Reception Photos

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GR2: Luke Rook is Grody to the Max Pieces

Pieces from the exhibition. The Otanoshimi bags have been selling. Fun work.

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GR2 – Feb 23 – March 13 Luke Rook is Grody to the Max

Luke Rook is Grody to the Max

Feb 23 – Mar 13th, 2013

Luke Rook is a toy maker who moved to Japan to pursue his dreams of being part of the toy world. He researched and soon hit the ground running. He soon gained international recognition for his Grody Shogun figures as well as his unrelenting approach to toy making. There’s none other like him. His humbleness in his work is almost unique and his creativity and ability to think of how toys can be created and put together are that of a fine artist. He won’t hesitate to use parts and pieces that are normally discarded to use. He’ll blend parts of one figure and put them on another to create an entirely different object.

We’re proud to bring his works to you in a gallery setting.

For any other information on or about Luke Rook or anything else contact Eric Nakamura at Giant Robot.

Luke Rook is Grody to the Max

Feb 23 – Mar 13, 2013

Opening Reception:
Saturday, Feb 23, 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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JANM Entourage High Schoolers Making Stuff

I tried to help teach a class of kids at JANM. Using the Big Boss Robot, their job was to make something fun with what materials they had-glue guns, wire, paint, and general junk. All part of the Biennale! It’s hard to talk to High School kids, I could see them peering at me, wondering “wtf does this guy know?” Or perhaps it’s the complete opposite… and them thinking, “wtf do I know…” Either way, I think they listened. Once they got the robots in their hands, they got to work quick.

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New Uglydolls at Giant Robot

The hardcore fans may know that these aren’t exactly new, but they are harder to find. We got First Mate Trunko, Uglycorn, Pirate Ox, and Sleepy Chilly Icebat! (Get your Uglydoll at Giant Robot)



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Le Merde Collection

I meant to post this ages ago, but now is the perfect time since his and Kiyoka Ikeda’s (Gargamel) figures have gone online. (GR - Le Merde)



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GR2: Misty Fog’s Combat Rock – Le Merde and Kiyoka Ikeda Online!

The mastery of Kiyoka Ikeda and Le Merde will be available to the public online. They’ll be sitting a this link. 

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GR2 Le Merde and Kiyoka Ikeda Photos

Le Merde and Kiyoka Ikeda at Giant Robot 2. Kiyoka Ikeda wasn’t present, but his presence was there in the forms of his ground breaking custom work. The walls had some paper murals to be colored in a little at a time. That’s Matt Specktor, daughter and Mike Kelly (Le Merde).

Customers check out the figures.

Coloring in walls.

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Giant Robot Biennale 3 at JANM Photos Set 3

Koji Sakai, Clement Hanami, Greg Kimura, myself.

Money Mark and Clement Hanami

David Choe and Money Mark

Deth P Sun art.

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Giant Robot Biennale at JANM Photo Set 2

That’s Deth P Sun and Marci Washington

Rob Sato and family. That’s Ako Castuera in gold

 

That’s Mr and Mrs Choe!

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Giant Robot Biennale 3 at JANM Photo Set 1

Here’s photo set 1. I’ll get to writing later on. This set is by Dean Gojobori who helped throughout the exhibition. People enter Albert Reyes “maze” downstairs.

 

That’s my introducing Rob Sato and Ako Castuera.

 

The Queens Court. Thanks for coming through.

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Giant Robot Biennale 3 Customs

Photos by Dean Gojobori

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ON SALE THIS FRIDAY: SCOTT WILKOWSKI: INFECTED: FLATWOODS REVISITED RED

On Sale This Friday September 21st. 1pm PST
Scott Wilkowski: Infected: Flatwoods Revisited Red

It’s in Edition of 30. 1 of which will be exhibited at the Giant Robot Biennale 3: Remix Project

at this link.



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GR2 9/29 – 10/25 Exhibition Le Merde and 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.

An opening reception for Le Merde will take place from 6:30 – 10:00 PM on Saturday, September 29th.

September 29th – October 24th 2012
Reception: Saturday, Sept 29th, 6:30 – 10:00 PM
GR2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

http://gr2.net/

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

Giant Robot 2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90025
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Giant Robot Biennale Remix Project: Kohei Yamashita

Kohei Yamashita is Mountain Mountain. He’s a designer who also illustrates children’s books and on the side, enjoys model kits. He graced the cover of a previous issue of Giant Robot and is a person friend of ours. (FB – GRB3)



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Giant Robot Biennale Remix Project: Mari Inukai

Mari Inukai oil painted these figures. They feel like they’re one of her paintings!



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JANM Giant Robot Remix Project

Giant Robot JANM Remix Project: David Horvath/Uglydoll and Giant Robot Big Boss Robot Figures

The Roster of Artists for the project: 

64 Colors, A Little Stranger, Aaron Brown, Angry Woebots, Arbito, Atsushi Honda, Aya Kakeda, Bert Gatchalian, Betso, Bigfoot, Brent Nolasco, Bwana Spoons, Camilla d’Errico, Chuckboy, Clement Hanami, Cris Rose, D-Lux, Darth Rimmer, David Horvath, Yukinori Dehara, DrilOne, Edwin Ushiro, Elizabeth Ito, Fakir, Frank Mysterio, Gary Ham, Harpoon, Helena Garcia, J*Ryu, Jason Limon, Jeff Lamm, Jeni Yang, Jeremiah Ketner, Jesse Hernandez, Joe Hahn, Joe Ledbetter, Josh Herbolsheimer, Julie West, kaNO, Kat Brunegraff, Kio Griffith, Kiyoshi, Kohei Yamashita, Koji Harmon, Leecifer, Le Merde, Len Higa, Lou Pimentel, Luke Chueh, Luke Rook, Lunabee, Mari Inukai, Mark Nagata, Martin Hsu, Meat Bun, Miso, Nakanari, Nathan Ota, Nebulon5, Nick Arciaga, Noferin, Okkle, Oliver Hibert, Bob Conge – Plaseebo, Podgy Panda, Reactor 88, Rohby, Sarah Neyhart, Scott Tolleson, Scott Wilkowski, Shane Jessup, Shawnimals, Danni Shinya Luo, Spanky Stokes, Spencer Hibert, Squink!, Stasia Burrington, Susie Ghahremani, Tado, Tara Logsdon, Tiffany Liu, Tristan Eaton, UAMOU, Valerie Gudell, YoskayYamamoto.



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Biennale: Thanks Toysrevil and Additional Pics

Cris Rose – work in progress

 

Squink! - work in progress

 

Bob Conge – Plaseebo – Completed.

Thanks much Toysrevil. One of the first pieces of press for the Giant Robot Biennale 3, and they did it on their own and even found the only two photos we’ve seen until recently. We’re adding the Bob Conge / Plaseebo photos. Yes it lights up too. Thanks for the kind words. (Toysrevil – Biennale 3)



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