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New Goodies in our shop!

August 25th, 2009

Check out our new goodies at our Etsy store!

Ayumi’s new Friendship notecards

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APAK’s new limited edition prints

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APAK x Poketo mugs, T shirts, and wallets!poketogoods

KOKESHI ~from folk art to art toy~

July 5th, 2009

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Exciting exhibit of KOKESHI(traditional Japanese wooden doll) at Japanese American National Museum is opening on July 11th! We customized a pair of Kokeshi titled “Forest Friends” Hope they find a good home together… All the custom KOKESHI are available for purchase here.

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KOKESHI ~from folk art to art toy~
from July 11th- October 4th, 2009

As you enter the first part of this three-section exhibition at JANM, you will be introduced to selections from the stunning collection of vintage kokeshi assembled by Itske and Anthony Stern. On July 25, the Sterns will give a slide show and lecture about their collection at JANM. This is one of the public programs for the exhibition.

The second section of the Kokeshi exhibition focuses on eleven contemporary artists who have created sculpture, paintings and graphic design inspired by their love of the kokeshi. Some artists feel a personal cultural connection to the kokeshi as Japanese icon, some are informed by their simple beauty. Included artists: Nicole De Leon, Alexandra Gjurasic, Sachiho Hino Lee, Maragret Kasahara, Emi Motokawa, Joji Okazaki, David Svenson, Kazumi Kobayashi Svenson, Phoebe Washer, James Watts, and Kathy Yoshihara.

In this dramatic third section of the exhibition, curator Christina Conway has rounded up over 100 artists for Custom Kokeshi 2009. In 2007 Conway selected 80 plus of her favorite illustrators and graphic designers from around the globe, and asked them to translate their work onto a three-dimensional wooden kokeshi form. For some who had only worked in two dimensions or on a computer, this was the ultimate challenge. But all the artists rose to the occasion to produce a lively and beautiful collection of custom kokeshi.

Japanese American National Museum(JANM)
369 E. First St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Check janm.org for hours, admission prices, and directions.

Printed Matter

July 5th, 2009

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We’re releasing 2 new limited edition prints for Printed Matter show at Giant Robot in Los Angeles from July 11th-August 10th. The opening reception is 6:30-10pm on July 11th. Stop by and see all the prints of great GR artists!

Rainbow Garden at Tinlark Gallery

June 18th, 2009

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We’re very excited to share our solo show “Rainbow Garden” at Tinlark gallery in Los Angeles from June 27th-July 25th, 2009!  We made about 50 paintings and sculptures featuring Happy Hermits, Rainbow Children, and Space Garden series.

We’ll be attending the opening reception from 6-9pm on June 27th. If you’re in and about Los Angeles, please come to see our work in person and meet us!

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Please visit the flickr set for more pictures from the show!

You can purchase a few paintings online right here. Click on “more info” and you’ll see “buy now” button if it’s available. Thank you for your support!

APAK + POKETO Release!

June 17th, 2009

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The same day as our Tinlark show ( Saturday, June 27th ), Poketo will be launching our wallet, t-shirt, and cafe mug for the opening of their special Pop-Up Shop Event at Royal-T. We’ll be there from 12-2 pm with James Gulliver Hancock and friends drawing mushrooms and decorating the space, everyone who comes is invited to participate. Hope to see you there!

Giant Robot 15 Years!

June 12th, 2009

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Thanks to the owner/publisher of Giant Robot, Eric Nakamura and Luke, the GRSF manager,  for inviting us to this exciting show!

15-Year Anniversary Show at GRSF, June 20, 2009 – July 15, 2009
Reception: Saturday, June 20, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

GRSF
618 Shrader Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
gr-sf.com
415-876-4773

Since 1994, Giant Robot has documented, promoted, and pushed Asian, Asian American, indie, and hybrid pop culture in the pages of its magazine. To celebrate its milestone 15th year of publishing, brand evolution into retail shops and art galleries, and continual readership, support, and inspiration from the Bay Area, GRSF is proud to host a group show featuring many of the publication’s best backers, contributors, and friends.

Coming from artistic backgrounds such as painting, illustration, photography, sculpture, graffiti, comics, and toys, contributors include the following:

Aiyana Udesen/Albert Reyes/Apak/Ben King/Christopher Bettig/Dan-ah Kim/Daria Tessler/David Horvath/Deth P. Sun/French/Jen Corace/Joe To/Kami/Kaori Kasai/kozyndan/Le Merde/Luke Chueh/Lydia Fong/Mari Inukai/Matt Furie/Maxwell Loren Holyoke-Hirsch/Nao Harada/Ray Potes/Rob Sato/Robert Bellm/Saelee Oh/Seonna Hong/Yellena James/Yukinori Dehara

WarmHoles

June 5th, 2009

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This is our piece for the exciting group show called WarmHoles, all about Universe at GrassHut in our lovely Portland Oregon!

June 5-June28, 2009
Grass Hut
811 EAST BURNSIDE
PORTLAND OR 97214
www.grasshutcorp.com

Great artist lineup!

Arbito/Brent Wick/Jessie Rose Vala/Scott Patt/APAK/Ferris Plock/Kelly Tunstal/Martin Ontiveros/Bwana Spoons/Josh Herbolsheimer/Elizabeth Haidle/Eatcho/Shawn Wolfe/Zack Soto/Michael Isaac Bushkin/Amy Rupel/Evan Harris/Kiyoshi Nakazawa/Carson Ellis/Jerome Powers

Pinball Publishing’s Designer Card series #11

June 3rd, 2009

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The greatest local printing company Pinball Publishing kindly featured our work for one of their Designer Card series!

Nicole at Pinball says, “Two Pantone soy ink colors are printed on bright white paper, and the duo of fluorescent orange and dark brown really make this lovely artwork really leap off the page!”

Check out their Coinop blog for more information.

We’re giving away the card with any order placed in our Etsy store for as long as the supplies last!

Wilkintie Letterpress Print

May 29th, 2009

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Our very first letterpress print is released from Wilkintie in Australia! Wilkintie offers high quality fine art letterpress prints every month for the young and the young at heart. We’re honored to be a part of their collection! Check out other awesome artists’ prints in their site too.

Treeson Bubble Fun Project

May 11th, 2009

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Bubi Au Yeung kindly invited us to be a part of his Treeson Bubble Fun! The picture above is our face design for the bubble.

Classic flavors designed by Bubi Au Yeung – White, Red, Yellow, Green and Clear (DIY).

Other Artist flavors designed by APAK, Gaston Caba, JamFactory, Malota, Peskimo, Sonni and Tado.

Order info: crazylable.com

Roots To Fruits Zine

May 5th, 2009

We made a little limited edition zine  for “Story Motel”  @ Owl & Lion Gallery in
Edinburgh, Scotland. An exhibition of zines and multiple publishing.

Show Dates: 14th May – 12th June, 2009

OWL & LION
info@owlandliongallery.com

Free to a Good Home 2: Dogs!

May 1st, 2009

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We made a small sculpture of a French Bulldog and Happy Hermits for a group show “Free to a Good Home 2: Dogs!” at Giant Robot in Los Angeles. May 9-June 10, 2009. www.gr2.net/