Giant Robot Presents: Suspects

Giant Robot presents Suspects

On April 5, Giant Robot is proud to present Suspects, a group exhibition featuring featuring Albert Reyes, Sean Chao, KMNDZ, Ray Young Chu, Prodip Leung & Aaron Brown. The opening reception takes place on April 5 from 6:30 – 10 pm, and the show runs through April 23.

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Everything Sean Chao creates is magical! To see more preview images, visit Giant Robot on Flickr.

About the show: It’s always difficult to encapsulate the work of six artists who are participating in one exhibition. The theme is that each of them creates characters which ultimately become topics of questions and thoughts, hence, Suspects.

Artists Albert Reyes, KMNDZ, Sean Chao Art, Ray Young Chu and Aaron Brown reside in the LA area, while Prodip Leung hails from Hong Kong. Each approach art from different backgrounds which include graffiti, illustration, music and simple creativity.

GR2: 20 Years Art X Mags Exhibition

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I remember picking up an issue of Giant Robot Magazine while I was a freshman in college. I immediately thought, “Wow, these are my people!” Not simply because the magazine featured Asian Americans (even though that was a big part of it). I loved GR Magazine because they covered the type of pop culture that I was interested in. Even if what they covered wasn’t really my cup of tea, I could at least say “Huh, that does sounds intriguing.”

[Once I even emailed them to ask if they were looking for a freelance writer. Someone wrote me back to politely decline but the response was so polite that I didn't feel the sting of rejection.]

Now Giant Robot is celebrating their 20 year anniversary with an epic group exhibition, and it opens this Saturday, March 15 (5-10pm) at GR2! If you’re in LA, you better be there!

Edwin Ushiro

Edwin Ushiro

Yoshitomo Nara

Yoshitomo Nara

Shintaro Ohata

Shintaro Ohata

After attending countless Giant Robot openings and events, I definitely know they’re my people. They’re probably your people, too! Come out and show some support to a really great group of artists and friends.

See more preview photos on their Flickr. The artist list includes: Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Ryan McGinness, Rob Sato, Geoff McFetridge, Pete Fowler, kozyndan, Shintaro Ohata, Matt Furie, Albert Reyes, Shizu Saldamando, Souther Salazar, Megan Whitmarsh, Stella Lai, Saelee Oh, Seonna Hong, Adrian Tomine, Amy Davis, Ai Yamaguchi, James Jean, Heisuke Kitazawa, Scott Wilkowski, Jeff Soto, Mari Inukai, Sean Chao, David Horvath, Dehara Yukinori, Luke Chueh, Kohei Yamashita, Yoskay Yamamoto, Edwin Ushiro, Ako Castuera, Bobby Hundreds, 326, Rachell Sumpter and yes plenty more TBA.

This exhibition will precede the epic SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot at the Oakland Museum of California. April 19 – July 27, 2014.

Post It Show 9: Part 2 at Giant Robot 2

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If you missed the opening weekend of Giant Robot’s Post It Show 9, there will be a second drop this Saturday, December 14. Some of the pieces were stuck in transit, and some artists just wanted to create more art. As the flyer notes, GR2 will start distributing tickets at noon and will pick via a lottery system.

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There are so many great pieces that are still remaining. I can’t believe each piece is just $25! Rodger (Orbital Ox) visited GR2 during the week and he highlighted a few of his favorites.

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Rodger also bought this David Mack piece for my Post It collection. Hooray!! If you’re still Christmas shopping, Post It art makes a great gift for any art lover.

Post It Show 9 at Giant Robot 2

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If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, you may have seen my photos from Giant Robot‘s Post It Show 9. (Check out my Flickr set if you missed them.) Most of my photos are from Saturday afternoon, hours before the opening time. I knew many of these would sell out and I just wanted to see them while I could.

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I’ve lost track of how many of these I’ve attended, but GR’s annual Post It Show gets better every year. Congratulations to curators Mark Todd, Esther Pearl Watson, and Giant Robot for another epic show!

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It was great to see familiar names and to discover new favorites. I really appreciated how some artists outdid themselves from previous years.

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Unless you were there at the opening, you probably missed seeing Amy Sol‘s three pieces. This one was my favorite, but they were all amazing.

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I’m not sure if I saw all of Nathan Ota‘s pieces. (As a short person, anything above row 4 is a blur to me.) But I’m really glad I had a chance to see this gem. Kudos to whoever bought this one.

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This year we decided to skip the opening rush and arrived around 9:30. I was really happy that one of Sean Chao‘s dumplings were left. Of course I had to get it.

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Someone asked me what my buying strategy was, and I do have a plan. Every year I have to buy a piece from Susie Ghahremani. I didn’t buy this one, but it was one of my favorites.

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Also, every year I try to find an artist who is new to me. This piece by Elaine Chou spoke to me and it’s one of the ones I bought on opening night.

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I’m also a new fan of Cristina Paolos. I had no idea who the artist was until I posted this photo on Instagram and Liz Ohanesian responded with the artist’s name.

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Rodger fell head over heels in love with Tiffany Liu‘s artwork. He is a super sad panda for not being able to get one of her painted Post Its. Maybe next year?

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I was also on a mission to get one of Jared Andrew Schorr‘s Post Its. I didn’t buy this one but they were all wonderful. I love the one I bought on opening night. I’ll share photos of my purchases later but you can find them on my Instagram feed.

If you missed the opening weekend, just know that there are plenty of great pieces remaining. Plus they said that more are on the way: Katsuya Terada is one of the artists whose pieces were still in transit. We actually returned to the show yesterday and picked up some great pieces, including a few from David Mack. Then, we actually met David Mack! We also met Tamyln Tomita!! [Thanks Cate!!]

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Here is a photo from David Mack’s Facebook page along with the caption he wrote: Coffee with actress Tamlyn Tomita (Karate Kid 2, Joy Luck Club), DJ C-Dub, & Giant Robot photographer Cate Park. Supahcute bought some of my art at the GIANT ROBOT exhibit & gave us all some of her Supacute goodies. Tamlyn bought some of my art at the exhibit too, and we caught up about her doing auditions for KABUKI at FOX years ago.

Jared Andrew Schorr for Post It Show 9

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Jared Andrew Schorr made these delightful pieces for Giant Robot’s Post It Show 9. I missed out on getting one of Jared’s Post Its last year and I will not make the same mistake this year!

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Post It Show 9 opens at GR2 on Saturday, December 7 at 6:00 pm. All pieces are just $25 and the show is “cash and carry.” Hope to see you on opening night!