giant robot time: 3.15.13 | art by: jen corace
April 6 – Apr 24, 2013
Three Person Group Exhibition featuring James Kochalka, Matt Furie and Mark Todd
James Kochalka is a comic book artist, musician, and more hailing from Burlington, Vermont. His well known works include a new animated cartoon called Superfuckers. Matt Furie is well known for his illustrative character works, at times featuring super heroes and villains in a world that’s all his own. Mark Todd is an illustrator and instructor at Art Center College of Design. His works are often amalgamations of layers that often comprise his own takes on classic comics covers.
All three artists are involved in some type of published work, some of which will be available at Giant Robot.
For any other information on or about any of the artists or anything else contact Eric Nakamura at Giant Robot.
April 6 – Apr 24, 2013
Saturday, April 6, 2013
6:30 – 10:00 PM
2062 Sawtelle Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90025
eric (at) giantrobot.com
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.
We’ve worked with Jen Corace before, and it’s great to have her back into an exhibition. Her work has developed into a new style of narrative. We’re excited to have her and you’ll love her work.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Game Night 13 at Giant Robot 2
Game Night 13 – Hotline Miami and Tuning
Saturday, March 9th 2013, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Giant Robot 2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90025
gr2.net (310) 445-9276
In conjunction with Meat Bun Apparel, Angry Bananas, Attract Mode and Giant Robot, we are proud to host Game Night 13, an event that takes place at GR2 about every two months. This episode of Game Night will feature two indie games.
Three games, including an appearance by Spelunky creator Derek Yu . We’ll also have his figures!
The Games: Hotline Miami and Tuning both games created by Jonatan Cactus Soderstrom.
Hotline Miami – Hotline Miami is a retro style 2d top-down action shooter game developed by Dennation games. Its fast paced, has weapons of all varieties for you to use, a lucid trippy art style, and an amazing original soundtrack.
Tuning – Tuning is a platformer in which the levels are gradually presented weirder and weirder, creating visual puzzles where the player has to figure out how what he sees relates to his own actions in the game.
Cosplay in a Hotline Miami outfit and you’ll get a free download code for Hotline Miami (limited)
The Game Night Raffle – always a hit
Giant Robot was born as a Los Angeles-based publication 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.
Game Night 13 will take place on Saturday, March 9th 2012, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
For more information about Game Night, GR2, or Giant Robot magazine, please contact:
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
I haven’t done any public speaking about Giant Robot magazine since it bit the dust in November 2010. So I was surprised and flattered when my friend Eddie Solis (from the band It’s Casual) asked me to be on his radio show which has featured the likes of Chuck Dukowski (Black Flag), Keith Morris (OFF!, Black Flag), Dimitri Coats (OFF!), pro skater and musician Mike Vallely (Elephant Skateboards, Good for You), and Rick Kosick (Big Brother magazine, Jackass).
My particular episode streamed live on Monday night, and I was indeed a good fit since the magazine that Eric and I started was definitely a product of Los Angeles, punk rock, and even skateboarding. Eddie and I talked about all of those things and how they factored into the stapled-and-folded zine that became a mini-art and culture empire. I’ve had a lot of thoughts and emotions bottled up since moving on, and it felt good to let some of it out. Hopefully that came through.
I also got to play some music: J Church, Cringer, Clive Chin, Santic, Dirty Beaches, Romanes, Guitar Wolf, Paranmaum. Eddie played some track from the upcoming Good for You LP, too, featuring Mike V and Greg Ginn. Cranking and sharing your favorite music is the best.
Driving home, I began thinking about how great it felt to talk about the work I did, especially since the magazines are basically out of circulation and its memory is fading like a fart in the wind. Yet Giant Robot’s impact and spirit are still being felt, not only through the work that Eric is still doing in the world of indie art but also through readers who have gone on to to rad things, like Eddie.
Check out the podcast HERE or on iTunes and let me know what you think.
Top 5 for January 2013: New Punk (and Lounge), Mike Atta from The Middle Class, Mix Tapes, Black Flag/Scam, Los Angeles Nista on Monday, February 4
In the old print magazine, Eric and I used to give our Top 10s about everything that we had been checking out or into during the production of each issue. The lists could be random, ranging from what was on Eric’s thoughts on business to me being a new parent, with art, music, cinema, and other things in between. This was always done at the last minute, and it turned out to be one of the magazine’s most popular sections. It allowed readers to get to know our personal interests, habits, and happenings and, in turn, get to know us pretty well–even more than the articles which were pretty transparent anyway. On the same page, we’d ask friends and contributors to provide more highly edited Top 5s within a specific theme (favorite vegetarian restaurants, must-have art supplies, best starting five basketball players, etc.).
This is kind of in-between the self-indulgent Top 10s and the tighter Top 5s, mixed with music reviews. (more…)
giant robot time: 1.18.13 | artwork by: maiko kanno
GR: You paint in oil, can you talk about the difference vs painting in acrylic and why you choose to paint in oil?
EB: I paint in oil because it is the best way to finish a painting for me. I typically start my paintings with graphite and move to acrylic washes before moving to oil. This works well for me because I can quickly establish my values and basic color structure. The whole process of painting to me is a push and pull between building up detail and then destroying what isn’t necessary to the story or composition of the painting. The reason that I constantly obscure, break down, scrape down my paintings is because I want to avoid any part of my painting feeling too precious. My process of painting is just as important as the content and I believe that they should complement each other. Oil is my weapon of choice because it allows me to create depth and the build up of layers that acrylic cannot.
GR: Your subject matter seems to pose a lot of people hanging out. Can you talk about what you’re thinking and feeling with some of the images?
EB: My subject matter is a mix between documenting moments in my life, fabricated or candid, and painting people I find interesting that through the act of painting I can create a sense of emotion and sometimes romanticized life style. Though a painting of mine may contain elements of beauty or nature, it is through the lens of chaos and destruction. I want to recreate the sense of nihilism in my paintings that I see in life. Everything must be destroyed in order to obtain the kind of knowingly distructive lives we live. People I paint may drink, smoke, do some drugs, ride motorcycles, skateboard, play in rock and roll bands, and make questionable decisions. These are often the most creative and inspiring people that I know because they are authentic. Painting for me is relative to that balance of destruction and altered perceptions. I want to create paintings that build up layers in a way that invoke an altered state and sense of derelict freedom that I see in my subjects.
GR: Your work has a traditional element to it. Can you talk about your influences? Are any from centuries ago?
EB: My influences are mainly contemporary painters like John Currin, Nicolas Uribe and Kent Williams, and like them I have ultimate respect for the classics like Lucian Freud, Sargent, Sorrolla, and Goya.
GR: I know you’re into music, rock, etc, just through your attire, can you talk about that, and if it touches your art?
EB: Although I don’t play any instruments, music is a big passion of mine. I love going to shows, and many of my friends play is totally rad bands. I am mostly into heavy metal and good rock and roll, and lately I have been mostly into bands with psychedelic and folk influences. In some ways I relate the layers of instruments, progressions, and heavy build ups(especially in psychedelic rock) to the way I build up my paintings. There are ascending levels of paint and crescendos of texture that reverberate under dirty glazes. The music that I listen to has definitely been an influence in my life, and I suppose that my work is a bit more aggressive because of it.
Photos by Kat Rivera. It was an amazing day. Thanks to the JANM staff for the effort that made so many people smile.