Cones of Vision
Curated by Mari Inukai
GR2 Gallery, Sawtelle Japantown
March 30 - April 17, 2019
Opening reception March 30, 6:30 - 10pm
Giant Robot’s GR2 Gallery to host Cones of Vision, a group show of six friends from CalArts, curated by alum painter and animator, Mari Inukai. Walt Disney, who trained his first animators at what would later become CalArts said, “If you keep busy, your work might lead you into paths you might not expect... What young artists need is a school where they can learn a variety of skills, a place where there is cross-pollination.”
Almost fifteen years later, this exhibit reunites talents of fine art, animation, writing, and design. Artists include Bruce Richards, Elizabeth Ito, Rami Kim, Pendleton Ward, Christopher Wood, and Mari Inukai. The title of the show is a throwback to Bruce’s course title at CalArts, that Mari attended, teaching perspective is what the viewer sees without distortion from the artist’s point of view.
Bruce, joining us from NY, was a professor of Perspective, Composition, and Color Theory 1996-2002, participated in museum shows from MoMA to Sezon, and collected by numerous museums across California. Elizabeth, a LA local, helps make movies and TV shows for companies like Disney, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network, just to name a few. Rami, maker of sculptures and functional ceramics influenced by her background in animation, works in her own studio in Glendale. Pendleton (aka Pen), created animated series from Bueno the Bear to Adventure Time, writes, storyboards, executive produces, and story consults. Christopher Wood is an instructor at CalArts, teaching Life Drawing, Illustration, Character Design and Zbrush.
Mari draws, paints, animates, creates products, and designs clothes. She has shown art at various galleries including GR2 for many years and curated Momo there in 2018 exhibiting works of Audrey Kawasaki, Amy Sol, Stella Im Hultberg, and herself.
GR2 Gallery, located at 2062 Sawtelle Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025, features art exhibitions by notable artists like Katsuya Terada, Luke Chueh, David Choe, Mari Inukai, Deth P Sun, Rob Sato, Ako Castuera, Sean Chao, Yoskay Yamamoto, Uglydoll, and countless others, was founded and operates by Eric Nakamura of Giant Robot Magazine, published 1994-2011.