Review: Super Awesome Art and Giant Robot at OMCA

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We visited the preview of the new Super Awesome: Art and Giant Robot exhibition at OMCA in Oakland last night and are pleased to be able to share some photos of the fabulous art and ambiance. Many artists contributed work to this large show comprised of fine art, cartoons to graphic novels, sculpture, murals, large-scale installations, skateboards, collections, robots, lunch boxes, doodles, flyers and much, much more…

SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot,  April 19 – July 27, 2014

Featuring the art of: Ako Castuera, Sean Chao, David Choe, Luke Chueh, Hamburger Eyes, Andrew Hem, James Jean, kozyndan, Masakatsu Sashie, Shizu Saldamando, Rob Sato, Amy Sol, Deth P Sun, and Adrian Tomine.

Kozyndan room installation

Kozyndan room installation

Detail, Kozyndan

Detail, Kozyndan


Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of groundbreaking alternative art and culture magazine Giant Robot, OMCA features the major exhibition, SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot featuring works by 15 contemporary artists who have been a part of the magazine’s social and cultural evolution. Co-curated by Giant Robot visionary Eric Nakamura and OMCA’s Associate Curator of Art & Material Culture Carin Adams, SuperAwesome presents new or recent works by California and international-based artists affiliated with the influential magazine that brought Asian, trans-Pacific popular culture to mainstream audiences in the United States. – Via OMCA

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Barry McGee


The super friendly Luke Chueh in front of his works

The super friendly Luke Chueh in front of his works

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Huge mural by David Choe, cropped detail


Many tiny canvases by Deth P Sun

Many tiny canvases by Deth P Sun

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Skate decks by Margaret Kilgallen


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James Jean

Masakatsu Sashie

Masakatsu Sashie


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Overview, vertical panels by Rob Sato


 Of special interest were the beautifully composed collections (below) in large wooden cases – of vintage toy robots, personal items from Eric Nakamura’s home, artist journals, memorabilia, sketches, paint palettes, early Giant Robot magazines, rough mock ups and sundry other items of wonderfulness.

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The ball point pen drawings (on hanging floral bed sheets!) by Shizu Saldamando (below) were wonderfully fresh new discoveries for us. Emotive and delicate, the figurative drawings felt like tender intimate moments hanging raw and exposed, in the breeze of a laundry line. Other fascinating works by Shizu featured normal folks in various snapshot moments of everyday life.

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shizu saldamando omca superawesome




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