Los Angeles’ Rob Sato opened his show “Junk History”at Giant Robot‘s San Francisco location last Saturday, February 13th. Sato premiered two large watercolor works, that, when inspected in person, reveals a miniature universe of detail. The larger pieces, like this decaying Gundam robot below (2nd image down), for example, are home to hundreds of decomposing aircraft, herds of cattle, battleship armaments, satellite dishes and electrical towers. They swarm like microscopic bacteria or snails on a house overhang, and as Sato told us Saturday “they break free and fall to the ground from periodic earth quakes.” Also on display are a series of framed prints and a row of insanely detailed painted miniatures. Each of these miniatures are presented in vintage Kokachrome slide holders with imaginary captions and made up dates which make the whole slide collection read as (skewed) photo journalism. Sato’s “Junk History” runs until March 9th.
“Junk History” goes online at Giant Robot on Wednesday February 17th.
“Peace At Last In A Future Past”
“Peace At Last In A Future Past” – detail
Painted miniature in Kodak slides
“Elysian Park” – detail (people making out with giant faces in the ground)
“Land Admiral Lefebvre’s Fleet Makes Sail in the New World” – detail
“Followers and Fog”, detail
Slide Details via Giant Robot