Friday, October 2, 2009

Giant Robot Biennale 2: 15 Years



Giant Robot Biennale 2: 15 Years
October 24, 2009 - January 24, 2010
Opening reception: Saturday, October 24, 2009, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Japanese American National Museum
369 East First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414

In 1994, Giant Robot was born with the purpose of documenting and promoting new, up-and-coming, underdog, overlooked, and hybrid Asian and Asian-American popular culture. Fifteen years later, the self-published magazine has not only evolved from a stapled-and-folded zine into a full-color, glossy publication with an international following, but also opened trend-setting shops and influential art galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City. To celebrate the magazine's longevity, energy, and loyal readership, the second Giant Robot Biennale is being hosted by the Japanese American National Museum in Downtown Los Angeles from October 24, 2009 to January 24, 2010. The event will feature several exhibits, including the following:

To provide a visual overview of the Giant Robot aesthetic, publisher Eric Nakamura is curating artwork by individuals who have contributed to shows at Giant Robot's galleries, been featured in the pages of the magazine, or even contributed cover art. The main hall will include installations by Rob Sato, Albert Reyes, Jack Long, kozyndan, David Choe, Theo Ellsworth, James Jean, Stella Lai, Souther Salazar, Jeff Soto, and Deth P. Sun. A second hall will include the contributions of more than 50 others:

Aaron Brown, Aiyana Udesen, Ako Castuera, Allison Cole, Andrew Holder, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Andrice Arp, Ana Serrano, Apak, Ben King, Bigfoot, Brian Rush, Bwana Spoons, Christine Castro, Christopher Bettig, Dan-ah Kim, Daria Tessler, Ed Trask, Edwin Ushiro, Eleanor Davis, Emilio Santoyo, Esther Pearl Watson, Hannah Stouffer, Hellen Jo, James Kochalka, Jay Ryan, Jeffrey Brown, Jen Corace, Jeremy Tinder, Joe To, Jon Burgerman, Kaori Kasai, Katherine Guillen, Kelly Lynn Jones, Kerry Horvath, Luke Chueh, Marci Washington, Mari Inukai, Mark Todd, Matt Furie, Megan Whitmarsh, Mike Perry, Munkao, Nikki McClure, Heisuke Kitazawa (PCP), Philip Lumbang, Prodip Leung, Rama Hughes, Renee French, Robert Bellm, Scrappers, Sidney Pink, Steven Weissman, Yellena James

The photography of longtime magazine contributor Ben Clark will also be featured in a retrospective. Clark's powerful images from past issues will be displayed in a larger, more vibrant print format, accompanied by recollections, explanations, and other ramblings by editor Martin Wong.

The roots of Asian popular culture--the kaiju scene introduced by Godzilla, Gamera, other giant monsters, and the toy industry they spawned--will be paid tribute to by a run of collaborative works made by Japanese indie sculptor and artist Yukinori Dehara, UglyDolls co-creator David Horvath, and Portland, Oregon-based underground toy legend LeMerde.

In addition, five custom videogames have been developed by the Attract Mode collective in conjunction with some of Giant Robot's favorite artists. Many games were made exclusively for the Game Over/Continue? show at GRSF (March-April, 2009), and they be available for play once more throughout the exhibition's stint. The artist and developer pairings include Hellen Jo, Calvin Wong, and Derek Yu; Saelee Oh and Anna Anthropy; Souther Salazar and Petri Purho; J. Otto Seibold and Kyle Pulver; and Deth P. Sun and Jonathan "Cactus" Soderstrom.

An opening reception will take place from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, featuring live music and attendance by many of the participating artists and key members of the Giant Robot family.

The show will run from Saturday, October 24, 2009 to Sunday, January 24, 2010. For more information about Giant Robot magazine or The Giant Robot Biennale 2: 15 Years, please contact:

Eric Nakamura
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
(310) 479-7311

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