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For the month of June, the previous show comes down and a new show featuring the combined work of Sean Chao and Ines Estrada comes up! Blithe Spirits shows fifty-three new art pieces on display at GR2 and available for perusal and purchase through the Giant Robot Online Store as well. This show features two of our relatively new artists. Click on any of the photos to be directly taken to the online art gallery. Sean Chao is a Los Angeles based artist and was first introduced to our Giant Robot community through his first art show, “Forget Me Not,” with Ming Ong at GRSF in January 2011. His second show with Giant Robot brings us again to a miniature fantasy world where the hominid residents mingle and clash with their insect denizens and the rules of reality are tangible. The second half of his art features amusing idioms brought to life with the Eye, Ear, Nose, and Mouth. Ines Estrada is an artist from Mexico City, and she comprises “half of the super dynamic duo Café con Leche” with her boyfriend Roi. Her work features bold colors that depict multiple universes of wonder, energy, femininity and a cohesion with the animals of Nature. Her work is inspired by many sources, and her Mexican culture is a strong inspiration, which shows vividly through the brighter colors, style, and subject of her art. Many of her art pieces combine elements of “the grotesque and violent” along with what is beautiful and feminine. To see more of either artists’ work, then please click on any of the photos above.
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Brian Rush and Sean Chao. Brian Rush is known for blinking in photos, he does it here. Sean Chao said that Brian’s work is a great influence to him, so it’s great to see Brian come through.

Works in Inés Estrada

A GR cake! Chinese cake with strawberries in it. It was great.

Talk explains some of his pieces.

Leopard print is back!

Tons of pics after the jump!

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  Inés Estrada is an artist from Mexico City. Her works display a strong array of color and at the same time possesses a gentleness. She has an indie spirit and with her boyfriend Roi, they are Cafe Con Leche. They make zines and keep their creative energies flowing. She’s part of Blithe Spirits exhibition at Giant Robot 2 along with Sean Chao (who’s words will make it here soon). We’re proud to publish a few words with her and hope you get to know her, a bit about Mexico City, and her works a little better. Hopefully one day soon, we’ll get to meet her. Cafe Con Leche and Inés Estrada. Preview Images from Blithe Spirits.   GR: Not a lot of people in the US know about artists from Mexico, can you talk about your area and what your art community is like? IE: I live in Mexico City, which is the biggest city in the world. It is pretty crazy and there’s always something happening. Though there are people doing things here, it mostly seems like we’re all isolated. The art scene in Mexico is really spread out, so I have a couple of artist friends, but most of them live in other states. That’s what I would consider my art community… and all my friends from other countries. I think most of the popular Mexican artists in Mexico do graffiti or come from a street art background. That’s what’s really hip here right now, and there’s a bunch of people doing really great stuff in the medium. I’m more of an indoor, small notebook cartoonist kind of person, so I don’t interact with them as much as I’d like. GR: Is there an audience for comics and zines in Mexico? IE: Comics in Mexico are mostly seen as “garbage literature”, like something only kids or construction workers should read. So, that said, there isn’t a really big audience for alternative comics, and I think it’s mostly because people don’t know they even exist. Manga has become quite popular in the last decade, but there’s still a lot left for other kind of comics to be introduced.   GR: Your work often has people in them, can you talk about what they are doing? IE: I think most of the people I draw are usually in a state of contemplation. I don’t usually know beforehand what do I want to paint or if I want to say something with it, so this reply is something I came up with right now. You could see them doing something different and it could be possible too.   GR: It seems like there’s some fantasy, but can you explain a bit about the people who sit and often have things growing from them? IE: Most of the characters I draw, I picture them in my head as little gods. This little gods all exist by themselves in their own universe and at the same time are all related and live intertwined. The things growing could be sprouting...
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