April 5 – April 23, 2014
Reception: Saturday, April 5, 6:30-10 PM
Group Exhibition, “Suspects” featuring Albert Reyes, Sean Chao, KMNDZ, Ray Young Chu, Prodip Leung, Aaron Brown.
It’s always difficult to encapsulate the work of six artists who are participating in one exhibition. The theme is that each of them creates characters which ultimately become topics of questions and thoughts, hence, Suspects.
Artists Albert Reyes, KMNDZ, Sean Chao, Ray Young Chu and Aaron Brown reside in the LA area, while Prodip Leung hails from Hong Kong. Each approach art from different backgrounds which include graffiti, illustration, music, and simple creativity.
SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot
April 19 – July 27, 2014
Oakland Museum of California
New Exhibition Coincides With 20th Anniversary of Giant Robot Magazine Celebrating Asian American Pop Culture and Beyond
(Oakland, CA)—This spring, the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) presents the major exhibition SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot. On view in OMCA’s Great Hall from April 19 to July 27, 2014, the exhibition features 15 contemporary artists that have been inspired by the artistic sensibility of Giant Robot throughout its 20-year evolution.
Co-curated by Giant Robot visionary Eric Nakamura and OMCA’s Associate Curator of Art & Material Culture Carin Adams, SuperAwesome presents new or recent works by California and international-based artists affiliated with the culture and aesthetic of the popular magazine that brought Asian, trans-Pacific popular culture to mainstream audiences in the United States. Artists featured in the exhibition include: Ako Castuera, Sean Chao, David Choe, Luke Chueh, Hamburger Eyes, Andrew Hem, James Jean, Kozyndan, Masakatsu Sashie, Shizu Saldamando, Rob Sato, Amy Sol, Deth P Sun, and Adrian Tomine. Art works in the exhibition represent a range of mediums, including mural art, sculpture, illustration, portraiture, large-scale installations, graphic novels, photography, and more.
In addition, the exhibition features Giant Robot magazines and ephemera, vinyl toys, custom vending machines, and the original Giant Robot Scion XB. Designed by Eric Nakamura, inspired by Nintendo’s Famicom gaming console, and fabricated by Len Higa, the car-turned-interactive gaming station boasts built-in sound and projectors. Visitors will be able use the car to play the original game Return of the Quack by Chevy Ray Johnston with graphics by Matt Furie.
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