Giant Robot presents In Box, Curated by Audrey Kawasaki

Amy Sol

Amy Sol

My goodness!! Audrey Kawasaki has curated a group show titled In Box for Giant Robot, and the preview images have left me breathless!! ‘In Box’ opens at Giant Robot 2 this Saturday, August 29 with a reception from 6:30 – 10pm.

May Ann Licudine

May Ann Licudine

Rebecca Green

Rebecca Green

Kelsey Beckett

Kelsey Beckett

Mika Nitta

Mika Nitta

As the title suggests, ‘In Box’ features work contained in a 12″ x 12″ box. Artists include Amy Sol, Andrea Wan, Andrew Hem, Audrey Kawasaki, Edwin Ushiro, Kelsey Beckett, Ken Garduno, Kristina Collantes, Mari Inukai, May Ann Licudine, Mika Nitta, Nomi Chi, Rebecca Green, Sean Chao, Stella Im Hultberg, Tran Nguyen, Wayne Johnson, and Yoskay Yamamoto.

Giant Robot presents ‘Flatness’

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Our favorite plush-making duo Flat Bonnie will be in a new show opening at Giant Robot this Saturday, August 8. ‘Flatness’ features Flat Bonnie’s latest works along with works that have come back from from the “Giant Robot Room” at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

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Flat Bonnie will debut their new wall art Flatties — vinyl pleather versions of their characters, stuffed and sewn onto a vinyl canvas.

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‘Flatness’ will also feature new colorways of your favorite Flat Bonnie characters. As always, they only use animal friendly products such as vinyl pleather and faux fur.

FlatBonnie_GiantRobot_Flatness_Dragon_BlackGold‘Flatness’ opens with a reception on Saturday August 8 from 6:30 – 10pm. The show runs through August 26.

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
Preview Images

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!