Giant Robot Magazine has been a great part and support in my career thus far- and i know a big influence on the way many contemporary artists and galleries work.
i was asked and am honoured to participate alongside a list of influential contemporaries in the GR2 benefit- ROBOTS.
hope you can show some support for some pioneers and an ever-evolving vision of culture through spreading the word for this show or maybe even buying some art.
A Benefit for GR2
September 24 – October 12, 2011
2062 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Giant Robot will host a “special” art exhibition for the benefit of Giant Robot 2 – the gallery space.
Giant Robot 1 retail space began art exhibitions including Ai Yamaguchi and kozyndan. The space was limiting and art as we know it today was a limited world that was just beginning to bubble.
Opening in 2003, Giant Robot 2 or “GR2″ has hosted exhibitions by well known, soon to be well known and new young artists. The first exhibition in the space was by renown artist David Choe. Following exhibitions included Saelee Oh, Deth P. Sun, kozyndan, Barry McGee, Souther Salazar, Eishi Takaoka, Masakatsu Sashie, and many others who exhibit at many locations around the world. We’ve since worked with new waves of artists who’ve also moved forward at a rapid pace as well. Then yet another wave, and so forth. Giant Robot 2 has often and free exhibited young artists at an expense. In the end, who pays for the promotion, rent, staffing, etc? We do.
We’re not like many other establishments who force artists into contracts. We try and nurture artists so they can have their freedom. At times it works well. Our track record is powerful. But again, how does this get paid for? The hindering economy leaves us with less options, and a benefit show featuring our artist friends will carry us for a healthy amount of time and we hope to have your support. The goal for GR2 is for the space to be self sustaining as an art space in 2012 and on. We’ll release more news on our plans, soon.