Giant Robot Day in Hawaii

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Giant Robot Day at the Honolulu Museum of Art - Contempo #Artshop took place on saturday and it was an mind and heart filling experience. The Day and Giant Robot pop up is a testament to the excitement and energy that a “zine-turned-magazine-turned-many things” project creates after 21 years.

There are many emotions that came out of this project, most of which has little or nothing to do with art. It’s more about the effort, ideas, and selflessness that went into every aspect of this event. The “help” came from everyone. The smiles and stress-less-ness was infectious. The museum staff including Allison, Aaron, Sheryl, and many more with non-museum staffer Lofa Lightsleepers, and his many compadres gave and gave without asking for much in return. Trying to pay it back is impossible, so I’ll continue to try to pay it forward.

THE KARATE KID Rehearsal Movie

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THE KARATE KID was a big part of my life growing up in the ‘80s. The tale of a new kid in town who is trying to fit in, meets a girl, but then gets beaten up by a bunch of thugs and must find a way to defend himself after he befriends an old groundskeeper from Japan may sound like a pretty generic throwaway film. And if it was in the reigns of lesser hands, it may have.

Giant Robot X Honolulu Museum Contempo #Artshop Opens

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The Giant Robot pop up gallery opens! Years and years after beginning this GR ride, I’d never thought that GR could do anything on this scale in Hawaii, but here it is.

I learned that Contempo #Artshop is in its infancy at the Spalding House. In fact, this is it’s inaugural year as an event. It has no regular date as to when it’ll happen again. It’s therefore even a greater honor to be part of this event. As huge as it is for myself, it’s one of many “blips” that the museum will continue to endure. The opening and reception on thursday and friday went without hitches. As any event that’s performed well, I didn’t notice any problems. This means they were perfectly hidden.

25 Artwork Picks – Honolulu Museum First Look Preview – Contempo #Artshop

Contempo #artshop isn’t only about Giant Robot. There are many other rooms that are curated with works by many other artists – some living, some deceased, some super famous, and some who are blooming. The idea for this museum exhibition is to include, yet curate. It’s mixing the talent to achieve a solid and great look. Each room has it’s flavor and aside from my photographs, there is much more. Including the GR work, it’s all available. (Honolulu Museum of Art Contempo #artshop)

Here are about 25 pieces of art that caught my eye, including some GR works as well at the end.

Fay Ku – Stark owl people are mesmerizing.IMG_8613

Harry Tsuchidana – Vintage work with a contemporary modern style.

Honolulu Museum Giant Robot Day – Install Completed

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In comes the help. Museum installers are a breed of people of their own. While they approach their job with a “workman-like” attitude since they’re handling tools like drills and levels with the mindfulness to improve when needed, they have to be extremely thoughtful and careful with how they handle art. It’s as if their blue collar-ness is intertwined with white collar and high brow. It turns out almost all of the installers at Honolulu Museum of Art are artists as well, so they have a sense of composition and a feel for the fragility of everything they handle. In a short time, they rapidly hung most of the work, asked some questions, and then they were gone to lunch.

The Daily Buzz at Cannes: Episodes 16, 17, 18 / Film Preservation via Cannes Classics & Final Words

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YOMYOMF was at the recently concluded 68th Cannes Film Festival and we partnered with The Daily Buzz, a film festival podcast produced by Irene Cho. All this week, we’ll be posting episodes of the Cannes edition of The Daily Buzz, hosted by John Wildman and YOMYOMF’s Anderson Le. In today’s post, check out episodes 16, 17 and 18, which conclude our coverage of the 2015 Cannes edition:

Honolulu Museum of Art X Giant Robot Day Install

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Laying out an exhibition isn’t as simple as you may think. There’s planning of the space as a whole, then how each wall will look by itself, and finally there’s a consideration of how each piece will react to another. There are also the times when you have a lot of great work and wish you had more space. Yet, in our day of art, the traditional rules of the past have all been broken. We can show work in a hybrid style – part traditional and part modern, which fits the Giant Robot method. Basically, what I’m saying is this exhibition is filled.

Honolulu Museum of Art X GIANT ROBOT DAY Comtempo #Artshop

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I’ll be blogging from Oahu, Hawaii mostly from the Honolulu Museum of Art – Spalding House. It’s the contemporary art branch of their three location museum that’s located in re-appropriated mansion that’s split up into many comfortable exhibition rooms, with a splendorous grass lawn, and a giant tree.

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I’m here for a small series of events leading to a special engagement, “Giant Robot Day,” on Saturday June 20th 11-4pm with the attendance and live demo by Rob Sato, Luke Chueh, and Yoskay Yamamoto. Giant Robot Day in Hawaii is a “small” journey that opens up an art genre to new people.

The Daily Buzz at Cannes: Episodes 13, 14, 15 / DOPE, MADONNA from Korea and More Industry Buzz

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YOMYOMF was at the recently concluded 68th Cannes Film Festival and we partnered with The Daily Buzz, a film festival podcast produced by Irene Cho. All this week, we’ll be posting episodes of the Cannes edition of The Daily Buzz, hosted by John Wildman and YOMYOMF’s Anderson Le. In today’s post, check out episodes 13, 14 and 15 of the 2015 Cannes edition:

Chinese Actress Zhao Wei Being Sued for Staring Too Intensely From TV?

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Regular readers of this blog know that many of the Offenders worked on the upcoming Chinese feature Hollywood Adventures, which was produced by our own Justin Lin through his Perfect Storm shingle. The film stars Chinese actress Zhao Wei who is one of Asia’s biggest stars (often referred to as the Chinese Julia Roberts), but amidst promotional duties for the movie this week, she made headlines for another reason: a Chinese man is trying to sue her for “spiritual damages” claiming she stared at him too intensely through his TV while he was watching her show Tiger Mom.

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The Shanghai Pudong new district court hasn’t decided whether it will hear the case, but it has raised new concerns over frivolous lawsuits in China in the wake of a new regulation that went into effect on May 1 making it easier to file frivolous lawsuits.

Be a part of the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival Red Carpet Premiere of SEOUL SEARCHING!

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SEOUL SEARCHING is having it’s LA RED CARPET GALA PREMIERE on Wednesday, June 17 at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival!

Based on filmmaker Benson Lee’s own experience, SEOUL SEARCHING is an homage to the John Hughes teen dramedies of the ‘80s. The story centers on a group of Korean high school teens from around the world during the summer of 1986. Students from the U.S., Mexico, Germany, and UK are forced by their parents to attend a government sponsored “propaganda” camp in Seoul to learn what it means to be Korean, but end up experiencing a wild journey that turns into the most important summer of their lives.

The Daily Buzz at Cannes: Episodes 10, 11, 12 / More Cannes Insights + A Talk with director Chloe Zhao about SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME

SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME Director Chloe Zhao with her executive producer Forest Whitaker

SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME Director Chloe Zhao with her executive producer Forest Whitaker

YOMYOMF was at the recently concluded 68th Cannes Film Festival and we partnered with The Daily Buzz, a film festival podcast produced by Irene Cho. All this week, we’ll be posting episodes of the Cannes edition of The Daily Buzz, hosted by John Wildman and YOMYOMF’s Anderson Le. In today’s post, check out episodes 10, 11 and 12 of the 2015 Cannes edition: