On Saturday, July 8, Giant Robot 2 Gallery presents A Survey, a solo exhibition by Edwin Ushiro. The show opens with a reception on July 8 from 6:30 – 10:00 p.m. and runs through July 26. For art inquiries please contact Eric Nakamura at firstname.lastname@example.org 424-246-7626.
From the artist statement: “Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things by Lafacdio Hearn is a book that has held my childhood fascination of the supernatural into my adult life. I interpreted selections of the Japanese folktales in this book through the eyes of a Japanese American growing up in Hawaii. A place where the supernatural is alive and well documented since the arrival of the immigrants in 1885. From here, I am able to present and share with you a better understanding of these folktales.”
Edwin Ushiro is an artist from Hawaii who is currently residing in Southern California. He captures the essence of Hawaii, youth, and nostalgia in a technique that’s uniquely his own.
Edwin Ushiro’s work resonates with the echoes of his boyhood in the “slow town” of Wailuku on the Hawaiian island of Maui. In his paintings, he recalls the sun-struck days of youth, when the world was fresh and magical, but also explores the eerie folklore indigenous to dark country roads and the boundless depths of the childhood imagination. While structuring his work around the narrative tradition of “talk story” native to the Hawaiian islands, he interweaves the uncanny obake tales of his Japanese heritage. Working in a unique mixed media technique which involves laboring in ink and acrylic over sheets of Lucite printed with assemblages of his more traditional drawings and paintings, he creates reflections on the past that are luminous and nostalgic, like cherished memories burnished by the passage of time.