APAK and Deth P. Sun “Lost in Light” at GR2

GR2 Lost in Light

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 CosmicSoup

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.

APAK MysteriousVisitors

For the show, APAK has created over 40 paintings and you can preview them here.

APAK Lost in Light

I can’t wait to meet their adorable felt creatures!!

Deth P Sun Lost in Light

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.

Dehara Yukinori “Tiny Little Objects” at GR2

Dehara Tiny Little Objects

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.”

Dehara Tiny Little Objects 1

Dehara Tiny Little Objects 2

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.

Dehara Terada GR2

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!!

Edwin Ushiro ‘Gathering Whispers’ Solo Show at GR2

Gathering Whispers Edwin Ushiro

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 Details!

uglycon2014 schedule

Uglycon 2014 takes place tomorrow June 21 from 12-8pm! Here is the event schedule.

uglycon2014 event print

The Uglycon event print by Little Friends of Printmaking will be available at GR2.

uglycon2014 partner locations

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!

uglycon2014 seoul sausage

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!

UglyCon 2014 Artwork Preview

Flat Bonnie

Flat Bonnie

On Saturday, June 21, Uglycon 2014 will be an all day event (12-8pm) with different events throughout the day. GR2 will feature artwork in a variety of mediums from 2d, to custom plush, to custom vinyl figures from artists around the world. Last year featured different games, prizes, and also tied in the neighborhood with premiums offered at other local businesses in the Sawtelle area. 2014 will do more of the same, but expanded! RSVP on the Facebook event page for updates.

Tiffany Liu

Tiffany Liu

Peter Kato

Peter Kato

Jordan Perme

Jordan Elise

Martin Hsu

Martin Hsu

Game Over ‘Art Inspired by Video Games’ at GR2

Game Over GR2

On June 7 (6:30 – 10:30pm), Giant Robot, Angry Bananas, Destructoid and Meatbun is proud to present GAME OVER – Art Inspired by Games. It’s not just an art exhibition, it’s also a Game Night. Experience, KYOTO WILD by Teddy Diefenbach is a 4 player weapons battle, SCRATCH RACE by Messhof is a one button velodrome racing game, and experience Ben Vance’s THE PACK with Art by Rob Sato.

Game Over GR2 Martin Hsu

Martin Hsu

Game Over GR2 Peter Kato

Peter Kato

Game Over GR2 Theo Ellsworth

Theo Ellsworth

Jeremiah Ketner

Jeremiah Ketner

The show will run through June 18. Artists include: Aaron Brown, Alex Chiu, Andrew Hem, Bert Gatchalian, Brian Luong, Caitlin Anne, Cam Floyd, Candie Bolton, Cassia Lupo, Chris Mostyn, Cory Schmitz, Dan Goodsell, Danni Shinya, Edward Robin Coronel, Elliot Brown, Enky Skulls, Eric Nyquist, Gary Musgrave, Hawk krall, James Kochalka, Jen Tong, Jeni Yang, Jeremiah Ketner, Jerome Lu, Jesse Tise, Joey Chou, Jon Lau, kaNO kid, Ken Taya, Kenneth Wong, Kerry Horvath, Kevin Luong, Kiyoshi Nakazawa, Koshin Finley, Kwanchai Moriya, Leah Chun, Lena Sayadian, Lucky Nakazawa, Luke Chueh, Mari Inukai, Mari Naomi, Mariel Cartwright, Mark Nagata, Martin Hsu, Mike Kuo, Minion Me, Miso, Nick Arciaga, Nidhi Chanani, Omo Cat, Peter Kato, Ray Young Chu, Rina Ayuyang, Roland Tamayo, Ronald J. Llanos, Ryan Crippen, Ryan Jacob Smith, Sana Park, Sara Saedi, Scott Bakal, Sean Norvet, Shawn Cheng, Shiho Nakaza, Shihori Nakayama, Stasia Burrington, Theo Ellsworth, Tyson Hesse, Wayne Johnson + even more.