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Sawtelle and Giant Robot in The Japan Times - Sawtelle Japantown: A return to one’s roots?

The Japan Times did some coverage of the Sawtelle area and its changing times - and if you're paying attention, Sawtelle is plowing ahead into an unknown future. Where did all of the people my age go? I remember many who lived in the area but they're mostly gone. I have to thank Manami Okazaki for telling one story of the area. I've read articles like this before, so I was reading through and enjoying everyone's mini stories, and then I got to some excerpts that were tough to read:   Nikkei locals who are struggling to preserve Sawtelle Japantown’s cultural identity look to one of the community’s better-known figures: Eric Nakamura, owner of pop culture store Giant Robot. Indeed, Toshiyuki...

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GR2 Exhibition: Still, Life - Mike Lee + Vincent Nguyen

Giant Robot (GR2) is pleased to present: Still, Life - Art by Mike Lee and Vincent Nguyen 2062 Sawtelle Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90025 424 2GO ROBO Jun 27th - Jul 15, 2015 Two person exhibition. From Mike Lee: This series maintains the figures and spaces from my previous work, but I wanted to introduce a surreal quality to the drawings. I opened up walls, rotated sidewalks, dissected objects and really tried to dramatize the lighting. I also wanted to push the contrast between the simple and the complex by controlling the amount of detail.   Mike Lee Bio: Mike Lee had a typical suburban upbringing in Southern California. He graduated from Otis College of Art and Design and went...

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