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SF – Little Paintings 4

James Kochalka open an exhibit on Nov 15th
James Kochalka opens an exhibit on Nov 14th
James Kochalka at GRSF
November 14, 2009 – December 2, 2009
Reception: Saturday, November 14, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Giant Robot SF, 618 Shrader Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

Giant Robot is proud to present Little Paintings 4, an art show featuring new works by James Kochalka.

Indie cartoonist James Kochalka is well known for having a raw, humorous, and powerful style and prolific pace; he draws one diary strip a day for his Web site, and still manages to create an ever-growing catalog of graphic novels. His range extends from the autobiographical (American Elf) to kid-friendly (Johnny Boo) to serious (The Cute Manifesto) to raunchy (SuperF*ckers) to iconic (Monkey vs. Robot). His comix work has won four Ignatz awards and one Harvey award. He is widely regarded as the inventor of the daily-diary comic strip, and has inspired countless younger artists.

The Burlington, VT-based artist has also released several CDs with his band, James Kochalka Superstar. His song “Britney’s Silver Can” was named one of the 100 best songs of 2006 by Rolling Stone, and his song “Hockey Monkey” was used as the theme song for the Fox television sitcom The Loop.

For Little Paintings 4, Kochalka is continuing his series of acrylic 2″ x 2″ paintings on 3″ x 3″ paper, and possibly making a few that are comparatively large, 4″ x 4″ or 6″ x 6″. “The emphasis of this show is squarely on portraits of battle cats, royal cats, and royal aliens,” he says. “Of course, there’s a mix of random nonsense thrown in as well. When you paint well over a hundred paintings in a single month, you’re bound to go a little bonkers, I guess.” The paintings are small, simple, and cute, but featuring a cuteness with tenderness and soul–never the cloying kind–and the simplicity has depth.

“As the world economy melts down, I think the philosophy of making cheap art that real people can afford is more important than ever,” Kochalka adds. “People need real art in their homes, things made by real human hands… And because my paintings are small and inexpensive, my buyers are often young people just beginning their art collections. Many people have confessed that my paintings are the first art they’ve ever bought. I’m immensely proud of this.”

At the reception, Kochalka will also be performing songs from his latest CD, Digital Elf, featuring 8-bit style music created on the GameBoy Advance.

The reception for the artist will be held from 6:30 – 10:00 on Saturday, November 14. For more information about Kochalka, GRSF, or Giant Robot magazine, please contact:

Eric Nakamura
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
(310) 479-7311