FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 14, 2012


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GIANT ROBOT BIENNALE 3 on Exhibition September 23 - January 20

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 JANM, 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 Uglydoll creator David Horvath figures, 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. more

The Giant Robot Biennale 3 exhibition site includes: exhibition info, artist bios, exhibition video, related public programs:

This exhibition is another in the JANM’s Salon Pop series that provides opportunities for the Museum to present the creative talents of Japanese and Japanese American whose unique and innovative work is currently having an influence on American culture.

A free public opening party is slated for September 22 at 6:00 pm with music by musician, composer and producer Mark Ramos Nishita, aka Money Mark, who is most noted for his collaborations with the Beastie Boys.

About JANM
The Japanese American National Museum is dedicated to fostering greater understanding and appreciation for America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by preserving and telling the stories of Americans of Japanese ancestry. Since its incorporation in 1985, the National Museum has grown into an internationally recognized institution, presenting award-winning art and history exhibitions, groundbreaking traveling shows, educational public programs, innovative video documentaries and cutting-edge curriculum guides. The National Museum is one of only 15 institutions in Southern California that has received accreditation from the Association of American Museums and in 2010, received the prestigious National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), only the second California museum to be so recognized.