GR2 Philip Lumbang Adventure! 8/7/10 – 9/1/10

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Giant Robot Presents:
‘Adventure!’ an art show featuring new work by Philip Lumbang

August 7 – September 1, 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 7, 6:30 – 10:00 PM

2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
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Giant Robot is proud to host Adventure!, an art show featuring new work by Philip Lumbang.

The Sacramento-born, Los Angeles-based artist has made a name for himself by painting what has been become known as “polite bears” on public walls around Los Angeles. Providing contrast to typically macho graffiti, his life-sized characters wave, smile, and are accompanied by word balloons that say things like “Have a nice day” and “Don’t worry, be happy.” While the warmth-inducing pieces are bold enough to smite passers-by in buses, bikes, and cars, closer inspection reveals a painterly hand. What might be mistaken for stencils from afar turn out to be the products of a confident brush worthy of a gallery setting.

For Adventure!, Lumbang will continue his work on wood and a range of found objects, trying out different spray-paint and sanding applications and showing new layering techniques that add depth to the back ground, while keeping the fore ground as illustrative as possible. He says, “I want the pieces to be literal, with a lot of bold type and bright colors.”

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 shops and galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City, as well as an online equivalent.

An opening reception for Lumbang will take place from 6:30 – 10:00 PM on Saturday, August 7. For more information about the artist, GR2, or Giant Robot magazine, please contact:

Eric Nakamura
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
(310) 479-7311