GR2 Presenting Benefit Art Show


“Water Works at GR2,” a benefit for UNICEF and child victims of the earthquake in Japan, will be presented from March 19 to April 13 at GR2, 2062 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles.

Opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 19, from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m.

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is raising funds to help children in Japan impacted by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. This is an unusual decision, as Japan is a donor to UNICEF, not a recipient of its assistance. However, due to the unprecedented nature of the epic disaster and its impact on children, resources are going to be critical in helping provide for the very unique needs of children. These may include health, development, and protection and other needs that may have been compromised or disrupted in the wake of the catastrophe.

Giant Robot is proud to join the effort, and has asked many of its talented friends to create water-themed art to raise funds to support the efforts of UNICEF.

In addition to raising money by selling artwork, Giant Robot will be donating the following to UNICEF:

• Proceeds from the sale of water bottles featuring labels created by artists and signed by celebrities.

• Fifty percent of proceeds from Giant Robot’s small restaurant, gr/eats, on Saturday, March 19.

• A percentage of all sales at Giant Robot, GR2, and GRSF during the weekend of March 18-20.

• Raffles for donated merchandise including designer- and artist-signed items, GR gear, horseback rides, and other items.

• Cash donations accepted for UNICEF.

Contributors, many of whom will be at the reception, include the following:

Andrice Arp

Gary Baseman

Chris Bettig


Jude Buffum

Chris Buzelli

Louise Chen

David Choe

Luke Chueh

Jesse Fillingham

Renee French

Ayako Fujitani

Matt Furie

Rodney Greenblat

Katherine Guillen

Joe Hahn

Clement Hanami

David Horvath

Mari Inukai

James Jean kozyndan

Jesse LeDoux

Lisa Ling

Barry McGee

Ryan McGinness

Jeff McMillan

Junko Mizuno

Megan Mullally

Gary Musgrave

Mark Nagata

Saelee Oh

Bryan Lee O’Malley

Nathan Ota

Mu Pan

Albert Reyes

Jay Ryan

Rob Sato

Ryan Jacob Smith

Deth P. Sun

Jillian Tamaki

Katsuya Terada

Edwin Ushiro

Esther Pearl Watson

Daniel Wu

Yoskay Yamamoto

Kohei Yamashita

This event is made possible by the generous help of Intertrend Communications, an innovative, digitally savvy Asian marketing agency, which has also pledged to match the first $10,000 raised by proceeds and donations through Giant Robot.

Giant Robot was born as a Los Angeles-based magazine about Asian, Asian American, and new hybrid culture in 1994, but has evolved into a full-service pop culture provider with shops and galleries in Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as an online equivalent.

For more information about the fundraiser, GR2, or Giant Robot magazine, please contact Eric Nakamura, owner/publisher, at [email protected] or (310) 479-7311, or visit



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