Last we covered a solo show from Edwin Ushiro (interviewed), it was 2013 at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles where an amazing piece caught our eye. Come July 12th, the locally-based artist with a unique creative process will be opening an exhibition at Giant Robot 2 entitled Gathering Whispers featuring new and old work. We look forward to seeing the ethereal and luminous imagery from Ushiro again in person as he explores his memories of childhood summer moments on Maui.

He explains – “This series captures my memories of summer as a child growing up on the island of Maui. They are the experiences I am able to see again through these paintings. Some of these places no longer exist. Houses crumble and are either replaced with modern ones. While others are left for the plants to run wild. The bridge painting was done because at one point it was a subject of a demolition even after it was registered as a historic place. The kids jumping off a car recounts a story my friend’s mother experienced with a ghost child. I capture these moments to record a brief history that I am afraid would eventually fade away

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