11 YEARS - Anniversary Group Show: December 6 - 23, 2014

11th year Anniversary Exhibition

Ron Athey / Josh Bolin / Daniel Brice / Thomas Burke / Carole Caroompas / Cole Case / Alec Egan / Samantha Fields / Bob Flanagan and Sheree Rose / Tim Forcum / Eric Freeman / Sush Machida Gaikotsu / Margaret Griffith / Dion Johnson / Ali Kheradyar / Patrick Lee / Joe Lloyd / Zachari Logan / Bob Mizer / Matthew Penkala / Nancy Riegelman / Chad Robertson / Joe Schmelzer / Nicolas Shake / Aaron Sheppard / Arne Svenson / Christian Tedeschi / Tom of Finland / Mark Dean Veca / Wayne White / Jessica Wimbley

Western Project proudly presents our 11th Year Anniversary Exhibition marking a decade and a year of programming. As one of the pioneer galleries of the Culver City arts district, the show will include gallery artists and some special guests; each an irregular, unruly and often impolite force of nature, all burdened with the disease of individual thinking and a call to find a greater depth of human experience. We celebrate with abandon and humor, knowing our job is yet unfinished.

Western Project - The First Six Years / Group Show / 2009

November 7 – December 30, 2009 Opening reception Saturday November 7th 5-8pm.

Jason Adkins, Oliver Arms, Ron Athey, Tanya Batura, Heimir Björgúlfsson, Daniel Brice, Thomas Burke, Carole Caroompas, Cole Case, Exene Cervenka, Kris Chatterson, Justin Dahlberg, Michael Dee, Tom of Finland, Eric Freeman, Sush Machida Gaikotsu, Martin Gunsaullus, Ellina Kevorkian, Patrick Lee, Bob Mizer, Michael Reafsnyder, Nancy Riegelman, Chad Robertson, Joe Schmelzer, Aaron Sheppard, Arne Svneson, Vincent Valdez, Mark Dean Veca, Wayne White, Eve Wood, Yek

Western Project is pleased to present, The First Six Years, an anniversary exhibition of the gallery and its artists. Thirty one artists are included with new or recent works. The exhibition is also a celebration of the founding of the arts community in Culver City; Western Project being the third gallery to open its doors in November of 2003.

Sush Machida Gaikotsu: If I Were A Zen Master / 2006

May 6 – June 10, 2006 Opening reception Saturday May 6th, 5-8pm.

Western Project is proud to present the third solo exhibition of paintings by Las Vegas artist, Sush Machida Gaikotsu. This new body of work is heavily influenced by two of Japan’s historical painters, Jyakuchu Ito and Okyo Maruyama. Reinterpreting late 18th century Edo classicism of these two masters, Sush has infused traditional Japanese imagery with a sense of global culture.

Goldfish, tigers, butterflies, and other images of nature are presented in a kind of Super Pop animation. It is a digital Nature, processed into a techno dreamscape of airbrushed light. Sush uses elements of snowboarding and skater graphics, tattooing and couture fashion to create a cross cultural language of empathy and humor; lost giant fish floating in clouds of M & M candy and flowers, or an immense dragon hunting a butterfly. As 1960’s Pop painting used graphics and cartoon imagery to comment on politics, Sush utilizes his spare images to contrast ideas of control and timeless nature. His exact and highly finished surfaces mirror contemporary notions of order while his subjects refer to another type of structure; older and grander in design. It is the endless vibrancy of creation that Sush depicts – suffering the tags and arrogance of human culture; but ultimately inspiring us to consider a more complex sense of origin, and bolder purpose.

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 Art Museum and the Phoenix Art Museum. He has exhibited in Tokyo, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Fe and will be having a solo exhibition at the Las Vegas Art Museum in early 2007. His most recent solo exhibition was at the Rebecca Ibel Gallery in Columbus, Ohio. His work has been reviewed in Flash Art, Art Issues, Art in America, and The Los Angeles Times, among others.

Sush Machida Gaikotsu: Clean, Slick and Well Painted Surfaces / New Paintngs / 2004

May 15 – June 19, 2004 Reception for the artist Saturday May 15, 5 – 8pm.

Western Project is pleased to present new paintings by Las Vegas artist, Sush Machida Gaikotsu. This will be his second solo exhibition in Los Angeles and will include major paintings completed over the past year. Sush is heavily influenced by the 19th century wood cuts of Utagawa  Kuniyoshi - for their eccentric imagery and humor. His work also integrates elements from the last 20 years of Pop culture, such as tattoo, extreme sports, skate and snowboarding graphics, high-fashion, computer imaging, etc. Blending traditional Japanese attitudes of image making and slick technologies of contemporary painting, the artist has made a body of work he defines as a super clean sublime.

Being an incredible draftsman, Sush designs his images on wood panels, layering the pictures with text such as ‘emotional’ and ‘conceptual’, purposely spoofing the viewer with art clichés, against his

cool and crisp techno language. What is alarming are the contrasting elements of the work– a painterly lushness mirrors the natural diversity of our world, yet the hyper slick surfaces and finish of the paintings refer to commodity, control, and the complex order of global culture. The beauty of Sush’s huge crying monkey smoking a cigarette is just plain odd, beautifully made and wrong, but not entirely unfamiliar. While mining the lower sediments of our consumer world the artist has come up with a uniquely elevated view of our actions. Ultimately, the spirit of Sush’s paintings is a celebration of our shared environment and a serious testament to the humor and imagination of how we can, and do see ourselves.

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Baby: Group Show / 2004

January 3 – February 14, 2004 Opening reception January 3rd, 6-9 pm.

Anthony Ausgang, Ron Athey, Carole Caroompas, Nathalia Edenmont, Tom of Finland, Sush Machida Gaikotsu, Ellina Kevorkian, Bob Mizer/AMG, Catherine Opie, Michael Perelman, Richard Renaldi,  Joe Schmelzer, Timothy Tompkins, Holly Topping, Wayne White, Eve Wood

Western Project is proud to present 16 artists in the first show of 2004. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Baby is a group exhibition presenting a constellation of images – a miasma of contemporary sensibilities addressing nature, humor, eros, violence and culture. The premise of ‘the garden of Eden’, filtered through the 17 minute opus by Iron Butterfly in 1968, was a psychedelic whirlwind – a kind of extended atmosphere pulsing and punctuated as a sensual, rhythmic, altered reality.

This exhibition is a grouping of hyper-real psychedelic images – at once disjointed, and yet connected visions of life. Perhaps not a garden of earthly delights in total, as there are thorns in any yard, but all 16 artists tend towards an unreasonable faith to create voraciously or intently in our splintered and spinning time. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Baby is a declaration, an attitude, a show, and possibly the most loving middle finger of life.

For further information and visuals, please contact the gallery at 310-838-0609 or www.western-project.com