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Sam Lee Gallery (Chinatown) is pleased to present Permission to Fail\, its second solo exhibition with Los Angeles-based artist Macha Suzuki. The show opens Saturday\, April 3 a nd closes Saturday\, May 15\, 2010\; the gallery will host an opening recep tion for the artist on Saturday\, April 3\, from 6 to 9 p.m.

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Comprised of 7 mixed media sculptures\, P ermission to Fail offers the viewer with Macha Suzuki’s latest chapter in s torytelling with open-ended narratives that are loosely based on the artist ’s personal experiences. To continue his practice of intersecting actuality with fantasy\, Suzuki offers an earnest conversation via his visually ligh thearted yet conceptually serious pieces that investigate relevant notions from the human condition such as failure\, change\, and desire. The outcome is a delectable collection of sorts for the senses.
Central to this i mpressive array is Suzuki’s meticulous style of the handmade\, often employ ing ordinary materials and transforming them into highly crafted structures . The artist transcends lowbrow supplies into highbrow edifices. An example of this can be seen in Permission to Fail (2009-10)\, a 9-feet wide\, wall sculpture resembling a web of branches and leaves made from wires\, alumin um foil\, flora tape\, transparencies and yarn. Here\, “FAIL” is spelled ou t on the branches\; the brightly colored word serves as a beacon. It’s natu re’s way of giving us the permission to fail\, so that we may know the actu al meaning of success.

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Just a Tree (2010) is a wacky self port rait\, inspired by the artist’s childhood memories of visiting a Buddhist t emple in Tokyo and using his own body there as a tree for birds to land and feed. In this work\, the human sized figure\, modeled after Suzuki’s own b ody\, has a tree trunk and branches for its head and is standing upright to present itself to the public. As a life giving tree\, what is this sentine l being offering?

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In Nice T ry (2010)\, a circular\, multi-colored bulls-eye disk is punctuated with ar rows along the periphery. Not a single arrow has targeted the center. For S uzuki\, hitting the mark is not the utmost important\; the journey of tryin g is greater.

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Suzuki\, born in Japan in 1979\, currently works and lives in Los Angeles. In 2006\, he received his master’s degree in fine art from Claremont Graduate University \, California\; in 2002\, Suzuki earned his bachelor’s degree in fine art f rom Azusa Pacific University\, California. Recent solo exhibitions were fea tured at Kravets/Wehby Gallery in New York and at the Cypress College Art G allery\, Cypress\, California\; Suzuki’s work has also been exhibited in gr oup exhibitions in numerous museums and galleries throughout the country in cluding San Jose Museum of Art\, Long Beach Museum of Art\, d.e.n. contempo rary art\, Concrete Walls Gallery\, David Lusk Gallery\, and the Harrison C enter for the Arts. His work is in the collection of the Frederick R. Weism an Art Foundation.

DTEND:20100515 DTSTAMP:20140801T113924 DTSTART:20100403 GEO:34.0669911;-118.2371477 LOCATION:Sam Lee Gallery\,990 N. Hill Street #190 \nLos Angeles\, CA 90012 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Permission to Fail\, Macha Suzuki UID:93396 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20100403T210000 DTSTAMP:20140801T113924 DTSTART:20100403T180000 GEO:34.0669911;-118.2371477 LOCATION:Sam Lee Gallery\,990 N. Hill Street #190 \nLos Angeles\, CA 90012 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Permission to Fail UID:93397 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR