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GR2: 3/23 3-5pm Sunday, Giant Robot – Tales of Print

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Giant Robot 2 – 2062 Sawtelle Blvd LA, CA 90025 310-445-9276

Sunday March 23th, 2014 3-5pm

Join us in a talk about Giant Robot magazine.

Established in 1994, Giant Robot began as a zine and grew into a full sized magazine sold around the world. Considered by many as influential in Asian Popular Culture and in pop culture circles in general, the magazine ceased publishing at the end of 2010, but it’s legacy lives on. Scheduled to appear are the editors Eric Nakamura and Martin Wong and other guests TBA. Projected photos, stories, and more. For any additional information, contact [email protected]



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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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LA Zine Fest – 20th Anniversary GR Zine Packs!

Released at the LA Zine Fest. Issue 1 and 2 with a sticker sheet and button. I took shots of many of the folks who grabbed a set. It was also an honor when some folks bought a Giant Robot zine pack and issues of Cometbus together! Get your zine packs

 



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GR2: Nathan Ota Scrambled Eggs… Preview

Some images for Nathan Ota – Scrambled Eggs



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MOCA: 1/31 – 2/2 Giant Robot@LAARTBOOKFAIR

at the Temporary Contemporary Location



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OMCA Celebrates the Art of Giant Robot in New Contemporary Art Exhibition Opening April 19

New Exhibition Coincides With 20th Anniversary of Giant Robot Magazine Celebrating Asian American Pop Culture and Beyond

(PDF Press Release)

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.



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CES Day 1.5 – Day 3 and Fleetwood Mac

Doc? Flux Capacitor? No roads needed? Dean Gojobori hits CES Day 1.5 – Day 3 and he also went to see Fleetwood Mac. Alien Jerky on the way back?



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GR2 Interview: Merging Views – Kwanchai Moriya


1) Explain about your work area / studio. What about it makes you enjoy working there?

My studio is a humble corner of my room. Ideally, my studio would be a beautiful old warehouse with skylights. But, temporarily, it’s a large brown rug I got from Ikea in one corner of a room, atop which sits my drafting table, chair, and other such artsy things. I share it with spiders and ants, since I guess my place is pretty old and has lots of nooks and crannies. I like listening to podcasts when I work, especially RadioLab and This American Life.

2) How does it differ from your last working area?

My last studio was a different corner of my room. I rearranged my room a few months ago, and decided I could go with a new studio space. So I relocated to another corner, it’s been great!

3) You have other endeavors along with your fine art. Can you talk about what you do there, and how that intertwines with your work? 

Besides my paintings, I do a lot of freelance illustrating in a completely different style from my paintings. Mostly, I’ve been getting a lot of work doing illustrations for board games and children’s books. And I enjoy it just as much as working on a painting, but it uses a different part of my brain. And I enjoy the chance to do different kinds of things. I also do some woodworking. I’ve been making wood toys as a side project for the past year or so. I’m really grateful to have the chance to do different art things. I think I’m the kind of person that would feel very stuck if I had to do the same kind of art over and over again.



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GR2 Interview: Merging Views – Godeleine de Rosamel

1) Explain about your work area / studio. What about it makes you enjoy working there?

I’m working in a big studio. It is cold in winter, has no internet connection, and there is a lot of noise from the street traffic outside. I love it.  A good working space is really important. I enjoy having enough space to work on different projects during the same day – as each project has its proper “station”. I  like where it is situated, and I enjoy being by myself. I also spend some time at a ceramic studio ( Echo ), I  enjoy the change because working there with other people is a nice social change.


2) How does it differ from your last working area?

It differs a lot from all my previous working studios ( i moved studios a lot, 7 times in 11 years) – I was sharing the last one with an editor, I couldn’t make noise, I didn’t feel at home there. The one before that was in an apartment, it took me a while to realize how uninspiring it was. And it goes on. I really experienced how important it is to choose the right place.

3) You have other endeavors along with your fine art. Can you talk about what you do there, and how that intertwines with your work?

A big endeavor is to try to reconcile my ceramic work with my work as a children book illustrator, and that I’m finally getting there  (whooohooo!), and to make it happen I had to start to write my own stories. Second endeavor is to balance work and family time.

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GR2 Interview: Merging Views – Stasia Burrington

1) Explain about your work area / studio. What about it makes you enjoy working there? 

I work in my home studio in Seattle, WA. I’ve claimed the corner with the largest windows, so I have great natural light! I also have a coffee/tea station right behind my work area, to keep me fueled. I have a computer/printer/scanner station, as well as a large fold-out table for when I need more surface area. I most love working at home because I can take lots of breaks and continue to work late at night, with the company of our two little kitties. I’m surrounded by things that inspire me and make me happy.

2) How does it differ from your last working area?

Our last apartment was smaller, darker and further from town. Now it’s so much nicer!

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The Year in Review – Giant Robot (Part I)

The holidays are already here, and it feels like January 1st, 2013 was only yesterday. The high points of the year are plenty for me and like in the past, my life is always tied into Giant Robot.

1 January first is always special. In 2013, it was another spectacular Japanese feast. It’s called Osechi ryori, which is another word for New Years food. They do mix into a blur, but it’s been great enough where I know that January 1 starts off special. Maybe that’s why it’s a big deal in Japan.

2 January at the shop featured Adam Pfahler from Jawbreaker who did a nostalgic talk about being in a legendary band that everyone loves. It was perhaps the best way to open up a year. He mixed his effervescent humbleness with storytelling. He said it was his first time doing any kind of public talk and it was much overdue. (Pfahler at GR , also some Video here)

3 The Los Angeles Times featured the Giant Robot Biennale on the front page of the Calendar section with a huge photo and an in depth article. That was amazing coverage for the exhibition and JANM. I almost forgot about this major piece of press. If it were only about press, then I’d be satisfied, but no! Here’s that article (LA Times)

4 Jessica Lum passed away this year. Imagine, a gnarly form of cancer, she undergoes experimental treatment, slowly gets better, then goes to grad school and achieves some of her dreams and tells her story. I’m glad to have known her and was part of her life. (Jessica Lum Obituary – GR) Also later in the year, Columbian Journalism Review wrote about her (CJR - here) and they reference GR a couple of times.

5 Artist Friends Video series for Ashton Kutcher’s Thrash Lab YouTube channel. I’m glad I was able to feature six more artists including Shizu Saldamando, Luke Chueh, David Horvath, Edwin Ushiro, Rob Sato and Sean Chao. It was a pleasure shooting and directing the videos which means I got to spend time with them. The series began as a “for fun” project where I directed, shot and edited six pieces including Ray Sato from Balconi, Ako Castuera, Goh Nakamura (who provides all the music), Jeni Yang, Hitotzuki, and Ito Jakuchu. Fun times with filmmaking. (Videos here)

6 White House visit for Asian American Heritage Month – and also helping get some artists to visit as well just a week later with Michelle Obama. It’s a grand opportunity to visit the POTUS in his house. The “once in a lifetime event” happened again and just a week later, a small crew of GR related artists had the chance to visit as well. It was fun giving tips on things to check out while they’re in there. (Story at GR)



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GR Podcast: Artists Rob Sato and Ryohei Tanaka – Paper Noise



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GR2: 11/9 – 12/4 Paper Noise – Rob Sato and Ryohei Tanaka

November 9 th – December 4th, 2013

Reception: Saturday, November 9 th 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 Paper Noise, an art show featuring new works by Rob Sato and Ryohei Tanaka.

 

Rob Sato and Ryohei Tanaka were once roommates in the infamous “Art’s Crab Shack Apartment” during the late 90s in Oakland, California where they attended the California College of the Arts. They’ve remained friends since. Rob Sato often exhibits with Giant Robot and his work has continued to progress from wild and deranged imagery to a more controlled abstraction. Sato paints with watercolors and succinctly tells a story that’s steeped in historical references. Ryohei Tanaka “paints with scissors” and paper cuts his works. He’ll be exhibiting over 100 paper cuts often depicting beasts and are often bilaterally symmetrical. He’ll also be cutting paper live.

 

An opening reception for Paper Noise will take place Saturday November 9 th 6:30 – 10:00 p.m.

For more information about any of the artists, GR2, or anything else:

 

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



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GR2: 10/27 3:30-6:30pm Meet Katsuya Terada

Katsuya Terada wants to hang out with you. Super casual. Sunday 10/27 3:30-6:30pm.



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GR2: Katsuya Terada Working in Studio

I’ve been asked numerous times for preview images, yet the work isn’t complete. That said, for those of you who have written, I’ll be collecting your names and keeping you in the loop. We’ll also be releasing a Katsuya Terada T shirt which should be going online today. The work looks great by the way. There’s drawings, paintings and some illustration pages from the past.

 



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GR2: 10/19 – 11/6 2013 Exhibition: Katsuya Terada – Hot Pot Girls

GR2 Exhibition: Katsuya Terada – Hot Pot Girls

Oct 19th – Nov 6th, 2013

Reception: Saturday, October 19 th, 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 Hot Pot Girls, an art exhibition featuring new works by Katsuya Terada.

Many say that Katsuya Terada is a legend, but he and his work will be at Giant Robot 2. Hot Pot Girls features drawings and paintings, many of which are females wearing a nabe, or hot pot. The work comes in different sizes and on paper and wood.

An opening reception for Hot Pot Girls will take place from 6:30 – 10:00 on Saturday, October 19th.

For more information about any of the artists, GR2, or anything else:

Eric Nakamura

Giant Robot Owner/Publisher

[email protected]

(310) 445 9276



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Giant Robot at Kokoro Craft Affair

We don’t “table” often at events except Comic Con. Yet the annual Kokoro Craft Affair at JANM is a perfect combination of community, fundraising and family. It’s run by the volunteers and it’s estimated that a 1000 people came through. Vendors spotted the lobby and hall, MC’s made raffle announcements and Lomo Arigato truck set up outside. We’re visited by the volunteers, staffers, many who are now old friends and faces that make us want to be the best GR we can be. The better we are, the better the museum is – even if it’s just a tiny speck of improvement. When Museum head Dr. Greg Kimura came by and said, “well, it’s not quite Comic-Con…” I’m thinking it’s more than Comic-Con.



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GR2: Ako Castuera Preview Video

Ako Castuera Preview Video



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Comic Con Day 3 (fri) and 4 (sat)

Jonathan Ross. Yes, I met the journalist / jack-of-all trades genius. It turns out, he knows a lot about what little I have done with Giant Robot. We’re going to hang out one day.

Kid Koala and Dan the Automator signed last minute at our booth. It’s an honor housing two hip hop / music legends.

Mari Inukai signing.

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Giant Robot x San Diego Comic-Con 2013 – SDCC13

 

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gallery clothing in print accessories toys stationery artists functional

 

 

 



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