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Giant Robot Magazine Talk: Eric Nakamura and Martin Wong

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(podcast of the talk at bottom)

Giant Robot Presented Tales of Print March 23rd, 2014.

I doubt there could ever be closure to Giant Robot magazine unless the door gets completely slammed, meaning no shop or gallery. Maybe I’d have to drop dead for that to happen. But then again, there are huge parts of my life, especially in new projects where Giant Robot magazine is a completely unknown part of my past. It’s amazing how many folks don’t know it. Then, there are moments when it’s brought back to life for an instant.

It’s great to speak with Martin about a period totaling 16 years of our lives. How can you do that in a window of two hours? You can’t, but you can fly through ideas with the broadest of strokes. We showed some slides of magazine stories from different topics, including travel, art, cinema, food, and history. Contributors, volunteers, friends, family, and past cover artists came through. It was nice to see their faces. The talk went for a little over an hour and a half and frankly, it went by a little too quick. There’s so much to say, so much minutiae that you can’t remember on the spot, and so little time. It was a long road to issue 68 and although 69 isn’t happening soon, you’ll never know what might happen. It’s one of those, “it can happen, but should it?”

A few questions came up and those were always nice to hear. Gladly, again our friends were the ones asking. It was fun to go over things again and even in this post, it’s hard to sum things up. Maybe it’s best to let them be changing memories, so that it lasts infinitely. Like that final episode of Lost, I wish I could flash sideways and hang out again.

Meanwhile, the 20 Year exhibition at GR2 continues, and the line up of artists might be one of the greatest ever, but part of that, is thanks to the legacy of Giant Robot. Imagine, among the first to join in when I sent out a call to artists? It was literally Takashi Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara. Both of whom I haven’t heard from in ages, jumped on right away. The many other artists as well, from way back to the final. It’s an honor and it’s great to keep working with many of them who I still see on a regular basis.

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GR2: 3/9/14 (3-5pm) Nathan Ota – Monoprint Workshop

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

Sunday March 9th, 2014 3-5pm

Nathan Ota Monoprint Workshop. Learn to make a one-off print using simple techniques and get exhibition quality results. The images on the flyer were created using this technique.

Bring an X-acto blade handle. We’d normally try and supply it, but ending up with 10-20 extra handles are useless for us. We will probably have some on hand regardless. We’ll have the correct blade. Bring the paper(s) you’d like your final print to be on. We’ll have plain paper, perhaps some nicer paper, and smaller sheets too.

Because of the use of blades, it will require close adult supervision of children.



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GR2: 2/1/14 – 2/19/14 Year of the Horse Exhibition

Feb 1, 2014 – Feb 19th, 2014

Reception Saturday Feb 1st, 2014 6:30-10pm

Year of the Horse Exhibition

It’s the Year of the Horse which officially takes place January 30th, but on saturday, Feb 1st, 2014, Giant Robot will celebrate Year of the Horse with a group exhibition featuring 50+ artists. Horses are a constant great subject in art, and this will be an interesting and fun exhibition.

Featuring: Andrice Arp, Bubi Au Yeung, Rob Bellm, Elliot Brown, Aaron Brown, Stasia Burrington, Ako Castuera, Christopher Chan, Kris Chau, Shawn Cheng, Luke Chueh, Leah Chun, Theo Ellsworth, Cam Floyd, Kio Griffith, David Horvath, Martin Hsu, Mari Inukai, Levon Jihanian, Andrea Kang, Jeremiah Ketner, Jon Lau, Gosha Lev, Tiffany Liu, Jerome Lu, David Mack, Jim Mahfood, Jeff McMillan, Kwanchai Moriya, Masato Nakada, Shihori Nakayama, Shiho Nakaza, Tru Nguyen, Yejin Oh, Mu Pan, Sidney Pink, Sara Saedi, Yumi Sakugawa, Ken Taya, Daria Tessler, Jesse Tise, Jen Tong, Edwin Ushiro, Patricia Wakida, Christine Wu, Yoskay Yamamoto, Kohei Yamashita, Jeni Yang, APAK, Omocat, Miso, PCP, Feric, Little Friends of Printmaking and more.

For any additional information about Year of the Horse or anything else, email: [email protected]



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GR2 Interview: Merging Views – Dan-ah Kim

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

I recently moved into a small art studio in Gowanus, close to where I live. I like having a space outside of my apartment where I can go to focus on work, put drawings up on the walls, make and leave a mess. It’s basically a white box that reminds me of art school studios, but it’s the first private space I’ve had and it feels like my secret hideout.

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

Right before this space I spent a year in large studio shared with a florist. That one was really inspiring to work out of but after moving apartments it became too long of a commute. Before that I worked out of a small bedroom crammed with supplies and paintings tucked away in every corner, my cat’s paw prints making their way into paintings.

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?

For the past few years I’ve been working as a graphic artist or assistant art director in film and television. My job consists of creating any graphic needs for the shoot, from signage to props and set dressing. It doesn’t crossover with my art work much, unless a decorator borrows some prints to put up in a set. I paint during the weekends, and usually spend a few months on a film or show then take a few weeks off to work on personal projects. I’m also about to self-publish my first children’s picture book!  It’s called “If I Lived in the Sky” and I hope it’s the first of several. (more…)



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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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GR2: 1/5/14 2:30pm Live: Multimatter Talk – Daniel Rolnik & The Little Friends of Printmaking

GR2 Sunday. Jan 5th, 2014 

Come listen to art critic and fan, Daniel Rolnik and printing duo, The Little Friends of Printmaking talk about prints and multiples at GR2. It’s part of the Multimatter exhibition and it begins at 2:30pm.



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Giant Robot Time: 1.3.14 – Merging Views opens Sat. 1.11 at GR2!

 giant robot time: 1.3.14 | art by: jeremiah ketner

 

Merging Views

January 11 – January 29, 2014

Reception: Saturday, January 11, 6:30-10:00 PM

Merging Views will be the first exhibition opening at Giant Robot 2 in 2014 and featuring great artists from Los Angeles and beyond: Godeleine de Rosamel, Wayne Johnson, Kwanchai Moriya, Stasia Burrington, Dan McCarthy, and Dan-ah Kim.

Each will be featuring their own hand in art, from 40 clay sculptures by childrens book artist, Godeleine de Rosamel, silk screener hero Dan McCarthy, who captures Cape Cod, life long ago and worlds beyond, to painters which range in styles. Wayne Johnson uses oils in a time tested technique that echoes both contemporary and historical works. Kwanchai Moriya works faster and creates pieces based on sci-fi and the fantastic, yet at times captures his local environment. Stasia Burrington mixes an illustration style often using watercolors, and Dan-ah Kim works with whimsical and contemplative images which will add a layer of complexity.

Event

 

Dan McCarthy

As the Crow Flies Print (w/ 3D Glasses)


3 color screen print with 3D glasses (included)! Signed & numbered.

Giant Robot

Big Boss Robot Beanie


Keep your head warm this winter with our new beanies!

Godeleine de Rosamel

Ceramic Sculptures


Artist Godeleine de Rosamel will also be featured in the upcoming Merging Views exhibition at GR2.

Hayao Miyazaki – Ponyo & My Neighbor Totoro

Picture Books


Scene-by-scene illustrations and character dialogue allow children and parents to relive the magical films.

Nikki McClure

Blank Greeting Card


Her designs are created by cutting away from a single piece of black construction paper.

 

 

 

 

The Year in Review

Giant Robot (Part II)

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Each exhibition is a new experience and I have to thank the artists, visitors and everyone online who checks us out.

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The Year in Review

Giant Robot (Part I)

By ERIC NAKAMURA

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.

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Two Cats at Balconi Coffee

By ERIC NAKAMURA

I don’t get invited to make art often, but when I do, it’s Sculpey cats.

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Show reviews: The Muffs at The Satellite; Bill Bartell Tribute with Redd Kross, Adolescents, Germs; Weirdos and Middle Class at The Echoplex

By MARTIN WONG

We get to see some pretty rad shows here in Los Angeles. Of course, the thing is that you have to leave your house on cold (about 50 degrees, for us) winter nights and sometimes it even drizzles.

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Celebrating 100 episodes of Los Angeles Nista

By MARTIN WONG

Congratulations to my friend Eddie Solis on his 100th episode of Los Angeles Nista.

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GR2: Multimatter Reception

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Okashii made some great GR Big Boss Robot cookies that tasted great. It was nice to see friends coming through on a last show of the year type vibe.

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Big hearts under a Mongolian Big Top

By MICHELLE BOROK

Earlier this month I had the privilege of visiting Darkhan, Mongolia’s Shonhoodoi Circus School. This fall, the International Women’s Association of Mongolia (IWAM) was preparing for its winter jacket drive and asked if I could help find some children who might best benefit from the donated winter jackets they’d be collecting.

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GR2: Multimatter Reception

A cool saturday didn’t stop our close friends and customers from stopping in. Okashii made some great GR Big Boss Robot cookies that tasted great. It was nice to see friends coming through on a last show of the year type vibe.



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Post It Show 9 Part II – 12/14 Sat 12 noon

Post It Show 9 Part II – 12/14 12noon.

Enough art is showing up late. Some needed more time and some just wanted to make more art. The list is subject to change and there will be more additions.

Updated. Audrey Kawasaki’s Post It additions won’t be making it in. We do have additions also from Matt Furie, Leah Chun, Ben Jelter, and we’ll see who else!



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Post It Show 9 Reception Photos

Post It Show 9

The exhibition and sale continues into year 9. The artist list grew as did the quantity of Post It Art and the comment I’ve heard more than once is that the show is better than ever. It’s the same process every year of inviting folks, then finding a way to hang the 2600+ pieces, and then administering the folks who visit. This year, 100 people were in line when the door opened at 6pm. It was another great evening of artist friends and more passing through.

This photo has a lot of great pieces.

Much of the night looked like this. We let in the rest of the crowd at around 9:15pm.



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More Post It Show 9 Art

… and trust me, there’s plenty more. This is Nate Ota below holding two of his gems.

 

 



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GR2: 11/24 7pm Goh Nakamura LIVE Music

 

Enjoy the sounds of Goh Nakamura Live at Giant Robot 2.

On November 24th, Sunday 7pm, Goh Nakamura will wield his axe to perform a set of songs at GR2. The type of set is undetermined, but most likely will be a mixture of his acoustic songs and perhaps some of his musical compositions. For any additional information: please contact us at: [email protected]



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GR2: 12/7 – 12/15 Post It Show 9 – Sale Starts Dec 7 6-10pm

December 7th – December 15th, 2013

Reception and Sale: Saturday, December 7th 6 – 10p.m

GR2 2062 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025 gr2.net (310) 445-9276

Giant Robot is proud to present Post It Show 9. In 2012, Giant Robot 2 with the curatorial efforts of Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson, brought in over 250 artists and 2500 works of art. 2013 should be no different. We’ll be updating the artist list shortly, and it’ll impress as much as in the past.

An opening reception and sale for Post It Show 9 will take place Saturday December 7th 6:00 – 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: Paper Noise – Ryohei Tanaka

Although Ryohei Tanaka is scheduled to show over 100 pieces, here are some key pieces.



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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 – Hot Pot Girls Preview Trailer



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GR2: Katsuya Terada – LIVE DIGITAL – Demo, Signing and Print Release

Giant Robot is proud to present Katsuya Terada – LIVE DIGITAL

Demo, Signing and Print Release

Sunday October 20th 3pm at Giant Robot 2

Katsuya Terada will be showing original works at Giant Robot 2 for his exhibition of Hot Pot Girls. Yet on Sunday, he’ll demonstrate his work with the tablet. Projected on screen, you’ll be able to see how Terada develops his imagery from beginning to end.

Feel free to ask questions while he’s drawing. We’ll have a translator present.

Katsuya Terada will also sign books and we’ll have an exclusive 5×7 size print available for sale on Sunday.

GR2: Katsuya Terada –  LIVE DIGITAL

Oct 20th 3pm

GR2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
http://gr2.net/ (310) 445-9276

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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