Sneak Preview: Edwin Ushiro ‘The Study of Life as Things’

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EDWIN USHIRO An Arms Length within Safer Depth (2015)

From Edwin Ushiro: The show consists of knowledge gathered during my Iao Intermediate School days. This body of work includes: pool time in the summer (since we were for the most part in Wailuku, my brother and I would spend alot of time at the local pool nearby our grandparents house – the beach was too far), Rusty and playing in the backyard with him (from kitten to cat), kids playing basketball, recreating 6 of my favorite basketball cards from 1990 – 1992 (my hobby until 1995), beach (a special treat), mynah birds (although they can be a menace, now that I am living in California, I really miss them), Ooka Supermarket (Wailuku’s largest locally owned supermarket and one of the first on Maui which closed in 2005 and was converted into a 61 unit senior living complex), Iao Intermediate School King and Queen (prom – I never knew such a thing existed), a pocket calendar that references the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy which was heavily underlined by our Hawaiiana teacher, Mr. Edwin Linsey with an underlying emphasis on 90’s fashion in Hawaii.

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The Study of Life as Things
Solo exhibition by Edwin Ushiro
July 18 – August 5, 2015
Opening reception: July 18 (6:30-10pm)
GR2
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Edwin Ushiro Solo Exhibition ‘The Study of Life as Things’ at GR2

EDWIN USHIRO Giant Robot The Study of Life as Things  (2015)

On July 18, Giant Robot presents ‘The Study of Life as Things’ – a new solo exhibition by one of my favorite artists ever, Edwin Ushiro. Each drawing is made via ballpoint pen, markers, pens, color pencils and graphite on Neenah UV/Ultra II translucent paper, 36lb. 11″ x 8.5.”

From Edwin:

The show consists of knowledge gathered during my Iao Intermediate School days. This body of work includes: pool time in the summer (since we were for the most part in Wailuku, my brother and I would spend allot of time at the local pool nearby our grandparents house – the beach was too far), Rusty and playing in the backyard with him (from kitten to cat), kids playing basketball, recreating 6 of my favorite basketball cards from the 90’s (my hobby until 1995), beach (a special treat), mynah birds (although they can be a menace, now that I am living in California, I really miss them), Ooka Supermarket (Wailuku’s largest locally owned supermarket and one of the first on Maui which closed in 2005 and was converted into a 61 unit senior living complex), Iao Intermediate School King and Queen (prom – I never knew such a thing existed), a pocket calendar that references the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy which was heavily underlined by our Hawaiiana teacher, Mr. Edwin Linsey with an underlying emphasis on 90’s fashion in Hawaii.

Edwin also explains why he chose a size similar to a standard sheet of paper. “The majority of the artwork is sized at 11″ x 8.5″ in. The reason for that is my Dad worked as a technician on copy machines and cash registers. He would need to print a test copy on the copy machines and saved them so that I could draw on the unused back side of the paper.”

‘The Study of Life as Things’ will open on July 18 with a reception from 6:30 – 10pm. The exhibition will run through August 5.

Edwin also created a new original drawing for Wonderland Art for Animals, which opens on the same evening. If you can time it correctly, maybe you can catch both show!

SDCC Exclusive: Manny the Sloth as Chewloth (GR Booth 1729)

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If you’re attending San Diego Comic-Con this year, be sure to look for Manny the Sloth at Giant Robot booth 1729. This year Manny is cosplaying as Chewbacca, so he’s a Chewloth! Manny the ChewLoth is a Flat Bonnie x Giant Robot exclusive for Comic Con. Each 10″ handmade plush is signed, numbered, and includes a special Giant Robot/Comic-Con sewn-in tag and hangtag.

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Manny comes with an adoption certificate, button, and sticker. Made from faux fur, vinyl pleather and safety eyes.

Flat Bonnie helps raise awareness of abandoned animals, and the importance of adopting when you are ready for a new friend. A generous portion of sales is donated to bunny/animal rescue organizations monthly. Flat Bonnie plushes are made with 100% animal friendly products.

Nikki McClure “15,000 Years Later” at GR2

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Nikki McClure has a new solo show at GR2 and it looks amazing!! “15,000 Years Later” opened on April 4 and will be on view through April 22. You can also check out the show online.

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Nikki McClure’s work echo her own cycles in life. From pre-children, to a baby, to a kid growing up, McClure captures it with paper cut pieces using an X-acto knife that are delicate and beautiful. Some pieces echo a working person’s world, others echo motherhood, and many celebrate the outdoors.

McClure has numerous published books, prints, and cards. Her annual calendar remains popular as ever. McClure once performed music and occasionally still does. She’s worked with numerous musicians and brands including Patagonia and lives in Olympia, Washington.

Giant Robot has supported her work from an early time, and it’s appeared at GR2 and in the Japanese American National Museum.