This evening, prompted by both Flavorpill and FreeNYC.net, we stopped by the opening reception for PRINTED MATTER 8, the latest iteration of the long-running cutting-edge art print show, at the Giant Robot New York store on East 9th Street in the East Village.
Not that we're unfamiliar with Giant Robot. Back in the winter and spring of 1998, when we were living in California - first in the Bay Area and then LA, we were hanging out with a number of Asian-American cool guys, one of whom introduced us to Giant Robot the magazine.
When we moved back to Florida, we started subscribing because it was something we felt we needed to keep up with: Asian and Asian-American pop culture and more.
So we're longtime GR fans and it didn't take much to get us to the GRNY store tonight, and we saw some really cool prints. Here's the press release stuff:
Giant Robot is proud to present Printed Matter 8 at GRNY.
The latest installment of the popular Printed Matter series of art shows will feature more than 60 artists with a wide variety of aesthetic styles and printmaking techniques.
Limited-edition prints are one of the best ways for budget-minded and new collectors to acquire artwork and support independent artists, and we are committed to providing this venue on a recurring basis.
Prints will be cash-and-carry, so keep your hands free and join us for this unique summer event.
Participating artists are scheduled to include the following:
APAK!, Nick Arciaga, Sasha Barr, Erik Bergstrom, Christopher Bettig, Bigfoot, Blinky, Kelie Bowman, Sean Boyles, Ryan Bubnis, Bwana Spoons, Tad Carpenter, Ako Castuera,
Louise Chen, Shawn Cheng, Allison Cole, Rob Corradetti, Eleanor Davis, Tony DePew, Dennis Dread, Dutch Door Press, Theo Ellsworth, Fortress Letterpress, Matt Furie, Tim Gough, Katherine Guillen, Sam Handleman, Lizz Hickey, Andrew Holder, Patrick Hruby,
Martin Hsu, Kaori Kasai, Jeremiah Ketner, Lauren Kolesinskas, Little Friends of Printmaking, Justin Lovato, Alex Lukas, Sara Antoinette Martin, Xander Marro, Kiyoshi Nakazawa, Yuko Nishigaki, Martin Ontiveros, Mika Oshima,
Hiroki Otsuka, Mike Perry, Sidney Pink, Albert Reyes, Jay Ryan, Rob Sato, Caleb Sheridan, Hannah Stouffer, Studio MIKMIK, Diana Sudyka, Deth P.Sun, Daria Tessler, Elisabeth Timpone, Joe To, Aiyana Udesen,
Chris Uphues, Edwin Ushiro, Jon Vermilyea, Angie Wang, Jing Wei, Steve Weissman, Chadwick Whitehead, Chelsea Wong, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Michaela Zacchilli, Madeleine Zygarewicz.
Giant Robot was born as a Los Angeles-based magazine about Asian, Asian-American, and new hybrid culture in 1994, but has evolved into a full-service pop culture provider with shops and galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City, as well as an online equivalent.
We wish we were able to check which of the artists were the creators of which prints, but we're going back - tonight we had to rush off to dinner nearby - and maybe even buy something we liked. There was a lot.
PRINTED MATTER 8 will be at Giant Robot Gallery from tonight, July 10, to August 4, 2010. You should check it out.