On September 13, Giant Robot is proud to present Banana Flats, an exhibition featuring new work by Ako Castuera. I was really impressed by “They Are Us” her last solo show at GR2, and I anticipate being awestruck once again.
There are no Bananas in Banana Flats. “Banana Flats” is an idea for a place where the mind is free.
It’s a land of non-geographical dimensions, a twilight zone of creative energy where nature and imagination come into synthesis. It is an environment capable of supporting an abundance of life, impossible for us to witness from Earth except through a portal of artistic expression. Fragile but tenacious, the inhabitants of Banana Flats live all around us, in a state of lively suspension until they are channelled by a sympathetic human who will provide them with a body.
The exhibition “Banana Flats” is the first recorded gathering of these bodies, brought into our dimension by the sculptural exertions of artist Ako Castuera. To the average eye, they will look like colorful anthropomorphic sculptures made from a range of clays from locally dug earth to the finest porcelain. Over a time of 9 months, Ms. Castuera has provided ceramic bodies to scores of distinct entities from Banana Flats.
On Earth, shadows are cast by objects. In Banana Flats, it’s the other way around. Our earth shadows project objects into an imaginary world. Our biggest shadows are cast by the abuse humans inflict on each other and on our planet. These shadows crush all kinds of life, making it seem like we are not connected, like we have broken apart and will never come together again. The clay forms from Banana Flats are opposite reactions to the big shadows of Earth. They are small, but in their humble way they have the potential to keep us connected to each other and our humanity.
“Banana Flats” opens at GR2 on Saturday, September 13 with a reception from 6:30 – 10pm. The show runs through October 1.
On August 23, Giant Robot presents “Lost in Light” – a new exhibition featuring APAK and Deth P. Sun. The show opens at GR2 on August 23 with a reception from 6:30 – 10pm and runs through September 10.
Apak is Aaron & Ayumi Piland. Apak are a husband and wife team who create artwork together as a way exploring the beauty, mystery, and magic of life as well as expressing their love for each other. Apak creates rich and colorful gouache/acrylic paintings featuring the utopian lives and adventures of curious little beings exploring lush fantastic environments surrounded by friendly little animals. Their goal is to bring something beautiful and meaningful into the world in hopes of inspiring us all to live simply, peacefully, and harmoniously.
For the show, APAK has created over 40 paintings and you can preview them here.
I can’t wait to meet their adorable felt creatures!!
Deth P. Sun is a painter and illustrator currently residing in beautiful Berkeley, California. Deth is from San Diego, California, and graduated with a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts. Deth often paints a cast of characters including an unnamed cat and depicts them in fantastic and also mundane situations.
The odd creations of Japanese artist Dehara Yukinori may not seem cute to everyone, but they’re cute to me. I like a dose of weird with cute. That’s why I get excited every time he has an exhibition at GR2. On Saturday, August 2, he will return to GR2 for his new solo exhibition “Tiny Little Objects.”
Japanese artist Dehara Yukinori’s latest work strays from his past of creating boxed original sculptures. His latest entry into the figure world is minuscule versions of his art pieces. In what we’d call a smart move to do something completely different from the years of sculpting paper clay and then packaged to appear like a toy figure, these pieces will have its freedom and at the same time be intimate. You’ll have to move in closer to see his objects.
On Sunday, August 3, Dehara will combine forces with illustration legend Terada Katsuya in a live demo featuring Japanese Yokai. Don’t miss this one!!
On July 12, Giant Robot is proud to present Gathering Whispers — a solo exhibition by Edwin Ushiro. We had the pleasure of meeting Edwin at a GR event a few years ago, and he is truly one of the nicest guys ever. The show opens with a reception on July 12 and will run through July 30.
Edwin Ushiro’s work contains a sense of nostalgia even for a person who didn’t grow up in Maui. The subjects of his works will range from beautiful, warm, and comfortable. One piece will include a not-so-obvious homage to Super Sentai (like Power Rangers). Kids will be jumping out of a pick-up truck as if they’re embarking on a battle against a kaiju. A piece about a bridge built by Okinawan craftspersons encapsulates ideas of change as it has been a subject of demolition to widen a road for more traffic. Another piece features sparklers which scares off bad spirits.
While we travail through our daily activities, Ushiro’s calming nature comes through in his work and you’ll be enchanted by its ethereal look. His pieces have a look that’s all its own. It spans from drawings taken to digital manipulation, and then back to hand painting for finishing. It’s a laborious process that’s all his own.
Uglycon 2014 takes place tomorrow June 21 from 12-8pm! Here is the event schedule.
The Uglycon event print by Little Friends of Printmaking will be available at GR2.
Visit the Uglycon Uglydoll Partner Locations: Premiums include signed prints, magnets, and buttons, and each location has its own rules on how you can get their premiums!
I’m all about Seoul Sausage’s kalbi poutine. For more event updates, RSVP on the Uglycon 2014 Facebook event page, and join the Uglycon 2014 Facebook group!