Giant Robot Biennale 3 poster, orange robot with angry eyes, enveloped in cyan colored branches and leaves with show information in orange and white lettering

Past Exhibition

Giant Robot Biennale 3

Giant Robot Biennale 3 Videos

September 23, 2012 - January 20, 2013

Japanese American National Museum

The Japanese American National Museum presents Giant Robot Biennale 3, its third show in conjunction with Eric Nakamura, owner of Asian American pop culture juggernaut Giant Robot. The expansive show features a gallery of eight emerging artists along with a customized vinyl figure collection.

Following two previous successful exhibitions at the National Museum, the Biennale continues to push the envelope with a creative, fresh, and uniquely interactive experience. This year’s exhibition highlights the works of Rob Sato, Deth P. Sun, Ako Castuera, Eishi Takaoka, Saelee Oh, Sean Chao, Albert Reyes, and Zach Gage, all with long ties to Giant Robot. Each artist brings their original style, from whimsical wall paintings and creatures in clay worlds, to a life-size “haunted” maze especially built for this Biennale.

Using figures designed by Uglydoll creator David Horvath, Nakamura curated Project Remix, a custom vinyl show with over 80 artists from seven countries—including the rare combination of both established customizers and fine artists. Special additions to the exhibition include an original piece from Japanese painter Masakatsu Sashie as well as arcade machines running Jeni Yang and Beau Blyth’s new indie video game, Catburger.

Past Giant Robot Biennale exhibitions:
Giant Robot Biennale 1: 50 Issues
Giant Robot Biennale 2: 15 Years

 

SalonPop sponsor logoThis exhibition is another in the Salon Pop series, which provides short-term opportunities for the Museum to present the creative talents of Japanese and Japanese Americans whose unique and innovative work is currently having an influence on American culture.

 

Major Sponsors: JamesIrvine Foundation sponsor logoArtWorks sponsor logo

Public Program Sponsors:   Los Angeles County Arts Commission sponsor logoDepartment of Cultural Affairs City of Los Angeles sponsor logoTarget sponsor logo

Media Sponsors:  Rafu Shimpo sponsor logo KSCI TV sponsor logo

Reception Sponsors:   Itoen sponsor logoKirin sponsor logo

September 23, 2012 - January 20, 2013

Japanese American National Museum

The Japanese American National Museum presents Giant Robot Biennale 3, its third show in conjunction with Eric Nakamura, owner of Asian American pop culture juggernaut Giant Robot. The expansive show features a gallery of eight emerging artists along with a customized vinyl figure collection.

Following two previous successful exhibitions at the National Museum, the Biennale continues to push the envelope with a creative, fresh, and uniquely interactive experience. This year’s exhibition highlights the works of Rob Sato, Deth P. Sun, Ako Castuera, Eishi Takaoka, Saelee Oh, Sean Chao, Albert Reyes, and Zach Gage, all with long ties to Giant Robot. Each artist brings their original style, from whimsical wall paintings and creatures in clay worlds, to a life-size “haunted” maze especially built for this Biennale.

Using figures designed by Uglydoll creator David Horvath, Nakamura curated Project Remix, a custom vinyl show with over 80 artists from seven countries—including the rare combination of both established customizers and fine artists. Special additions to the exhibition include an original piece from Japanese painter Masakatsu Sashie as well as arcade machines running Jeni Yang and Beau Blyth’s new indie video game, Catburger.

Past Giant Robot Biennale exhibitions:
Giant Robot Biennale 1: 50 Issues
Giant Robot Biennale 2: 15 Years

 

SalonPop sponsor logoThis exhibition is another in the Salon Pop series, which provides short-term opportunities for the Museum to present the creative talents of Japanese and Japanese Americans whose unique and innovative work is currently having an influence on American culture.

 

Major Sponsors: JamesIrvine Foundation sponsor logoArtWorks sponsor logo

Public Program Sponsors:   Los Angeles County Arts Commission sponsor logoDepartment of Cultural Affairs City of Los Angeles sponsor logoTarget sponsor logo

Media Sponsors:  Rafu Shimpo sponsor logo KSCI TV sponsor logo

Reception Sponsors:   Itoen sponsor logoKirin sponsor logo

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Eric Nakamura in front of a blurred background of colorful framed art

Giant Robot Biennale 3: Behind the Scenes with GR’s Eric Nakamura

2012

“This exhibition is the most realistic reflection of the Giant Robot art experience which is important but also transparent,” Eric Nakamura, the editor and publisher of the Asian American pop culture magazine, Giant Robot explains.

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Art display by Souther Salazar

Eric Nakamura Reflects on "Giant Robot Biennale 2: 15 Years"

2009

Giant Robot was originally started with the purpose of bringing art to regular people. ‘I think 15 years ago, art was much more inaccessible,’ says editor Eric Nakamura. ‘It was in stuffy galleries and museums. Part of my work in art and with artists and with Giant Robot was to put it out there for a more general public.’”

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Corner display of paintings by James Jean

The Biennale: Notes and Thoughts

2008

In celebration of its 50th issue and in collaboration with JANM, the pop-culture magazine Giant Robot assembled works by ten cutting-edge artists from around the country in Giant Robot Biennale: 50 Issues. Curator Eric Nakamura reflected on the exhibition, the first of the Biennale exhibitions.

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Eric Nakamura interview in store holding a Giant Robot magazine

Interview: Eric Nakamura, Giant Robot Co-Founder and Publisher

2006

Giant Robot co-founder Eric Nakamura was interviewed about the magazine and Asian American pop culture and art when he was honored at the 2006 JANM Gala.

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