Rob Sato
Curses
September 20 - October 25, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 20th from 7 - 9 PM

 

Martha Otero is pleased to present Rob Sato's Curses. This is his first exhibition with the gallery. Sato's work layers personal, historical, and imaginary elements into rich, dynamic imagery that often explores themes of time, movement and memory. Working mainly in watercolors, his work is by turns intensely detailed and wildly loose and improvisational.

 

Curses collects Sato's latest adventures on paper, including his massive project Five Movements For Little Guys, a series of ten foot high watercolors where he set out to paint every single person he can remember. The figures are painted in miniature, and they migrate through five fantastical landscapes in a colorful parade of characters, outfits, symbols, and visual associations. He will introduce a new series titled Seances which features a set of freestanding watercolors which are meant to enact rituals summoning the supernatural, to overcome, cast, and perhaps invite curses, and to enter alternate dimensions. Artifacts is made up of a series of baseballs drawn on by Sato, an activity he used to do in his teens to combat boredom while sitting on the bench during games. After rediscovering these baseballs in his parents' garage he began doodling on them again. The drawings soon evolved into cryptic maps, symbols, and narratives relating to memories of the years that he played baseball. Also being shown are drawings and sketchbooks, including one book that mutated into a kind of pop-up paper sculpture titled The Battle of Book 52. Resembling a battlefield charge, it was conceived as a drawing game to have characters "fight" through to the last page, reflecting the artist's own struggle with feelings of obligations to fill every page of every blank book he starts drawing in. Rob Sato lives and works in Los Angeles. 

 

 

For more information please email Jenny Seo: gallery@marthaotero.com

 

MARTHA OTERO GALLERY  

820 N Fairfax Avenue 

Los Angeles, CA 90046  

t. 323 951 1068  

gallery@marthaotero.com 

www.marthaotero.com 

 

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Art & Giant Robot at The Oakland Museum

Posted by rob on March 17, 2014

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Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of groundbreaking alternative art and culture magazine Giant Robot, OMCA features the major exhibition, SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot featuring works by 15 contemporary artists who have been a part of the magazine's social and cultural evolution. Co-curated by Giant Robot visionary Eric Nakamura and OMCA’s Associate Curator of Art & Material Culture Carin Adams, SuperAwesome presents new or recent works by California and international-based artists affiliated with the influential magazine that brought Asian, trans-Pacific popular culture to mainstream audiences in the United States.

Artworks in the exhibition represent a range of mediums, including mural art, sculpture, illustration, portraiture, large-scale installations, graphic novels, photography, and more. Featured artists include:

Ako Castuera
Sean Chao
David Choe
Luke Chueh
Hamburger Eyes
Andrew Hem
James Jean
kozyndan
Masakatsu Sashie
Shizu Saldamando
Rob Sato
Amy Sol
Deth P Sun
Adrian Tomine

The exhibition also features Giant Robot magazines, ephemera, vinyl toys, custom vending machines, and the original Giant Robot Scion XB inspired by Nintendo's Famicom gaming console, designed by Eric Nakamura and fabricated by Len Higa. The car-turned-interactive gaming station boasts built-in sound and projectors, ennabling visitors to use the car to play the original game Return of the Quack by Chevy Ray Johnston with graphics by Matt Furie.

Over the past 20 years, the Giant Robot brand has expanded to include retail stores and galleries in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, a restaurant, museum and gallery exhibitions, and a popular website. It has also become an important outlet for a generation of emerging artists, several of whom have achieved mainstream success—such as Adrian Tomine, whose work has graced many New Yorker covers, and James Jean, whose is best known for his work for Prada, ESPN, and Atlantic Records.

SuperAwesome connects to OMCA’s other spring exhibition Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records through programs and in-gallery experiences celebrating how a range of communities comes together to create shared popular culture.

SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot is made possible in part by generous support from Deluxe Corporation Foundation.

Media Partners:   Oakland Tribune    East Bay Express

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Follow Me On Tumblr Now If You Like

Posted by rob on March 17, 2014

I have a tumblr page now. Visit and perhaps follow what's going on there at

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Giant Robot 20th Anniversary Show Opens March 15th

Posted by rob on March 14, 2014

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"PAPER NOISE" Opens Nov. 9th at GIANT ROBOT

Posted by rob on November 1, 2013

11174_10151838248652886_313281567_n.jpgGood old friend Ryohei Tanaka and I have a show together again. Come see his nutso paper cutouts and my latest paintings at Giant Robot

Want to know more about Ryohei? Let him tell you.

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"INTERINHABITANTS" travels to Copenhagen

Posted by rob on August 5, 2013

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My new solo show, "INTERINHABITANTS",  opens on August 16th  and runs through Spetember 14th at MOHS Exhibit in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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RAW KINGDOM Prints Now Available For Pre-Order

Posted by rob on June 13, 2013

Our prints are now available for pre-order!

 

To celebrate the opening of RAW KINGDOM: New Work by Rob Sato & Kris Chau, we  are proud to announce the release of two beautiful new prints. These artist edition, 3 color letterpress prints were made in collaboration with Basement Press

 

Each print is a standard 10 x 8" and printed on super heavy cotton rag paper. This print is a limited edition of 75, is signed by the artist, and going for $45 each.

 

To pre-order your prints visit the Basement Press Etsy Page at the following links

 

Pre-Order Rob's "Earthlings" Print Here

 

Pre-Order Kris' "Ridefast" Print Here

 

For those of you making it out to the show at Copro on Saturday night, we will have a small portion of prints available for sale as well!

 

"EARTHLINGS"

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"RIDEFAST"

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It is an absolute pleasure to announce that Kris Chau and I will be showing together at Copro Gallery. Join us in the "RAW KINGDOM". The gates open on Saturday, June 22 from 8 -11pm.

 

COPRO GALLERY

2525 Michigan Ave , Unit T5

Santa MonicaCA

(310) 829-2156

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Thrash Lab "Profiles" Video

Posted by rob on March 6, 2013

Directed by Eric Nakamura, this was a collaboration between Giant Robot and Ashton Kutcher's youtube channel, Thrash Lab. 

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"UNEARTHING" Print Release

Posted by rob on February 20, 2013

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Laminate Media has just released a print of my painting "Unearthing". They are printed on 100% cotton rag, signed by me, and limited to an edition of 75. To order yours visit the Laminate Shop.

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