Giant Robot is proud to present The Study of Life as Things – a solo exhibition by Edwin Ushiro.
The Study of Life as Things
July 18 – August 5, 2015
Opening Reception with the Artist: Saturday, July 18, 2015, 6:30-10:00 PM
Giant Robot 2 (GR2)
2062 Sawtelle Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90025
Edwin Ushiro is back following his exhibition, “Gathering Whispers” in 2014. This year, he follows with a solo exhibition of drawings, “The Study of Life as Things.” 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.”
From Edwin Ushiro:
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.”
We’ll see you at the reception.
About Edwin Ushiro
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.
After earning a BFA with Honors in Illustration from Art Center College of Design, he worked in the entertainment industry as a storyboard artist, concept designer and visual consultant. Ushiro has participated in over 10 Giant Robot shows. More recently, he has exhibited in venues worldwide, including Villa Bottini in Italy, the Museum of Kyoto, the Portsmouth Museum of Art and “Supernatural” with Audrey Kawasaki at the Japanese American National Museum and the Honolulu Museum of Art. A published monograph of his artwork, entitled Gathering Whispers, published by Zero+ Publishing is now available. He lives and works in Los Angeles.
About Giant Robot
Giant Robot was born as a Los Angeles-based magazine about Asian, Asian-American, and new hybrid culture in 1994. Over the past 20 years, the Giant Robot brand has expanded to include retail stores and galleries in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, a restaurant, museum and gallery exhibitions, and a popular website. Considered by many as influential in Asian Popular Culture and in pop culture circles in general, it has become an important outlet for a generation of emerging artists, several of whom have achieved mainstream success.
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It’s December which means, Post It Show time!!! Come see them all hung up for the holidays. But be there early because this is a cash and carry show. See you all there.
My friend, Souris Hong-Poretta just published her first book, “Outside the Lines.” It’s full of amazing art ready for your coloring expertise. I am honored to contribute a page in it. And this week at the MOCA Store in Los Angeles, I will be in attendance with other contributing artists to sign copies of their book, enjoy DJ sets by contributors, Shepard Fairey and Jega, and participate in activity stations for drawing and coloring. This event is free and open to the public. Come and join in on all the fun!!!
BOOK LAUNCH PARTY
Outside the Lines: An Artists’ Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations
Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 3pm-6pm
at: The MOCA Store Grand Avenue
250 S Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
This is Architects of Air: Exxopolis, an interactive experience through a luminarium full of near blinding vibrant colors of light. Created using thin sheets of polyvinyl chloride, the luminarium took over Grand Park last week. Here are a few snapshots of our experience. But you must see it for yourself. Architects of the Air reopens on September 13, 14 and 15.
Architects of Air: Exxopolis
at: Grand Park, Event Lawn
200 North Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Opening to the public on September 5, I am participating in a group show in Oregon at Breeze Block Gallery with artists: Andrew Schoultz, Gianluca Franzese, Ben Venom, Megan Gorham, Brendan Monroe, Anders Oinonen, Chris Ballantyne, Rebecca Carino, D*Face, Word To Mother, Edwin Ushiro, Tessar Lo, Erin Murray, Amze Emmons, Evah Fan, Jen Corace, Gary Taxali, Roman Klonek, Greg Eason, Neil Raitt, Hilary Pecis, Claire Colette, Jeff Depner, Erin McSavaney, Jessica Hess, David Young V, Kai & Sunny, Russell Maurice, Leah Mackin, Bonnie Brenda Scott, Leigh Wells, Alex Zecca, Lucy McLauchlan, Rich Jacobs, Mark Dean Veca, Daniel Davidson, Mary Iverson, Moneyless, Rachell Sumpter, Jacob Magraw-Mickleson, Scott Listfield, Matt Brackett, Sean Barton and John Radkte.
Buddy System Invitational – Group Exhibition
Curated by Sven Davis
opening reception: Friday, September 5, from 6pm – 10pm
at: Breeze Block Gallery
323 NW 6th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
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I’ve been working on a series of black drawings, several of them will appear in “Stories” at GR2 in Los Angeles opening this Saturday. Additionally, this group show includes the amazing artwork of Martin Hsu, Jen Tong, Jeni Yang, Sean Chao, and Tessar Lo. Many of the artists (including me) will be in attendance. So come and say hi. It will be nice to meet you!
“Stories” Group Exhibition by: Edwin Ushiro, Martin Hsu, Jen Tong, Jeni Yang, Sean Chao & Tessar Lo
opening reception: Saturday, August 17, from 630pm-10pm
2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
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Here is a spread in Light Novel Magazine from Japan that features a few of my sketchbook drawings from 2012. A big Mahalo goes out to Mengyuan Xue for writing up this article.