Sush Machida Gaikotsu New Wave of Turner, New School Pollock New Paintings January 10 – February 7, 2009
Western Project is proud to present the fourth solo exhibition by Sush Machida Gaikotsu. As a graduate of the prestigious UNLV art program in 2002, the artist continues to live and work in Las Vegas. Heavily influenced by the Edo period in Japanese art, and particularly Hokusai's famous woodcut print "Great Wave off Kanagawa", Machida has created his most lyrical and complex body of work to date. The series is based on the ocean - rolling and turbulent movement - 4recalling Leonardo Da Vinci’s late wave drawings and Turner’s abstract stormy sea paintings. The historic fascination with the ocean is primal, yet Machida layers the familiar imagery with a Pop sensibility; as if Lichtenstein’s ‘Brushstoke’ works came to life or Pollock’s expressive markings evolved into minimal graphic compositions. Machida turns the sense of looming maelstrom into formal compositions. The paintings are made of colorful swirling lines and immaculately finished surfaces; evoking the Finish Fetish works of the 1960’s. While the works of the Pop era commented on politics and social issues, Machida addresses nature and culture and ultimately, a larger sense of order.
Sush Machida Gaikotsu received his MFA from the University of Las Vegas. His work is in the collection of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, the Portland Art Museum, the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, the Phoenix Art Museum and the Las Vegas Art Museum. He has exhibited in Tokyo, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Santa Fe and was most recently featured in the museum show, Las Vegas Diaspora. His work has been reviewed in Flash Art, Art Issues, Art in America, ArtForum, and the Los Angeles Times, among others.