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.”
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!