Permission to Fail
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 and closes Saturday, May 15, 2010; the gallery will host an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, April 3, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Comprised of 7 mixed media sculptures, Permission to Fail offers the viewer with Macha Suzuki’s latest chapter in storytelling 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 lighthearted 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 impressive array is Suzuki’s meticulous style of the handmade, often employing 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, aluminum foil, flora tape, transparencies and yarn. Here, “FAIL” is spelled out on the branches; the brightly colored word serves as a beacon. It’s nature’s way of giving us the permission to fail, so that we may know the actual meaning of success.
Just a Tree (2010) is a wacky self portrait, inspired by the artist’s childhood memories of visiting a Buddhist temple 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 body, 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 sentinel being offering?
In Nice Try (2010), a circular, multi-colored bulls-eye disk is punctuated with arrows along the periphery. Not a single arrow has targeted the center. For Suzuki, hitting the mark is not the utmost important; the journey of trying is greater.
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 from Azusa Pacific University, California. Recent solo exhibitions were featured at Kravets/Wehby Gallery in New York and at the Cypress College Art Gallery, Cypress, California; Suzuki’s work has also been exhibited in group exhibitions in numerous museums and galleries throughout the country including San Jose Museum of Art, Long Beach Museum of Art, d.e.n. contemporary art, Concrete Walls Gallery, David Lusk Gallery, and the Harrison Center for the Arts. His work is in the collection of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.