“The Mad Guard” (2012) by Rob Sato

The Japanese American National Museum presents “Giant Robot Biennale 3,” its third show in conjunction with Eric Nakamura, owner of Asian American pop culture juggernaut Giant Robot.

The expansive show, which runs from Sept. 23 to Jan. 20, features a gallery of eight emerging artists along with a customized vinyl figure collection.

Following two previous successful exhibitions at JANM, the Biennale continues to push the envelope with a creative, fresh, and uniquely interactive experience. This year’s exhibition highlights the works of Rob Sato, Deth P. Sun, Ako Castuera, Eishi Takaoka, Saelee Oh, Sean Chao, Albert Reyes, and Zach Gage, all with long ties to Giant Robot.

“Giant Cat Robot” (2012) by Sean Chao

Each artist brings his/her original style, from whimsical wall paintings and creatures in clay worlds, to a life-size “haunted” maze especially built for this Biennale.

Using figures designed by Uglydoll creator David Horvath, Nakamura curated “Project Remix,” a custom vinyl show with over 80 artists from seven countries — including the rare combination of both established customizers and fine artists.

Special additions to the exhibition include an original piece from Japanese painter Masakatsu Sashie as well as arcade machines running Jeni Yang and Beau Blyth’s new indie video game, Catburger.

This exhibition is another in the Salon Pop series, which provides short-term opportunities for the museum to present the creative talents of Japanese and Japanese Americans whose unique and innovative work is currently having an influence on American culture.

An opening party, featuring Nakamura, GRB3 artists and a performance by Money Mark, will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the museum, located at First and Central in Little Tokyo. Admission is free.

Visit www.janm.org/exhibits/grb3/ for information about the exhibition, artist bios, related public programs, an audio tour and more.

Gallery hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 12 to 8 p.m.; closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Admission: Adults, $9; seniors (62 and over), $5; students (with ID) and youth (6-17), $5; children under 5 and museum members, free. Free general admission every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. and every third Thursday of the month. For group rates, call (213) 625-0414.

“Buzz” (2012) by Masakatsu Sashie


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