Exhibit: Saturday, July 12-30, 2014
Opening Reception with the Artist:
Saturday, July 12, 2014 6:30-10:00 PM
Giant Robot 2 (GR2)
2062 Sawtelle Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Edwin Ushiro’s work contains a sense of nostalgia even for a person who didn’t grow up in Maui. The subjects of his works will range from beautiful, warm and comfortable. One piece will include a not-so-obvious homage to Super Sentai (like Power Rangers). Kids will be jumping off a car as if they’re embarking on a battle against a kaiju. A piece about a bridge built by Okinawan craftspersons encapsulates ideas of change as it has been a subject of demolition to widen a road for more traffic. Another piece features sparklers which scares off bad spirits.
While we travail through our daily activities, Ushiro’s calming nature comes through in his work and you’ll be enchanted by its ethereal look. His pieces have a look that’s all its own. It spans from drawings taken to digital manipulation, and then back to hand painting for finishing — it’s a laborious process that’s all his own. Ushiro creates his work using the computer, paint and plexiglass - putting lots of detail and lots of color in all his art. His paintings reveal a youthful feeling, depicting stories from his upbringing in Maui, Hawaii from all different stages in his life.
In collaboration with Ashton Kutcher’s Thrash Lab, Giant Robot’s Eric Nakamura profiled illustrative and narrative artist Ushiro in its Artists Series. Watch and hear why he creates his pieces and how the innocent nature of the young in his works are a part of his righting simple wrongs. Ushiro has been featured in over 10 exhibitions with Giant Robot, including Giant Robot Biennale and Oakland Museum of California’s SuperAwesome. A published monograph of his artwork, entitled Gathering Whispers, will be released in 2014 by Zero+ Publishing.
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. On August 13, Ushiro will present new artwork in the HI Society exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art. A published monograph of his artwork, entitled Gathering Whispers, will be released in 2014 by Zero+ Publishing. 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.
For more information about Edwin Ushiro contact:
Eric Nakamura at email@example.com or 310-445-9276 or visit Giant Robot website