Giant Robot Gallery in Los Angeles has an annual group show where hundreds of artists are invited to submit small, 3x3” works on Post-It notes. The pieces can be bought for $25. It can be a fun way to score original art from your favorite artists and illustrators or discover new stuff. After the initial week or two, the unsold work goes online. Here are some of the pieces I sent in for this year:
Here is the art I picked up last year:
You may remember Giant Robot as a magazine in the 1990’s-2000’s. When I was a young Mid-Atlantic Gen-Xer, discovering anime through fan-subtitled VHS tapes, Giant Robot was essential. The magazine was all about West Coast, Asian-American and Asian pop culture. I devoured every issue. I wouldn’t say I was obsessed… but I was buying pirated Faye Wong CD’s when I visited Toronto, listening to Cibo Matto*, and giddily awaiting the Disney release of the new Miyazaki movie, Princess Mononoke. The editor then, Eric Nakamura, created the Giant Robot brand and runs the current gallery in Los Angeles. The gallery continues to promote Asian-American artists and West Coast pop and street art. Everyone should follow.
*Cibo Matto’s 1996 video, ”Sugar Water”, was directed by uber 1990’s music video director, Michel Gondry. The video is pretty great. Prior to ”Sugar Water”, he made the Bjork videos, ”Human Behavior” and ”Army of Me”. After, he made Daft Punk’s ”Around the World” and Kylie Minogue’s ”Come into My World”.
”Army of Me” and Minogue’s ”Can’t Get You Out of My Head” are two of the greatest music videos ever made.