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Impossible Container, 2012 Mixed Media 53 X 47 X 38 1/2 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and Sam Lee Gallery
1shot Paint Series, 2012 Acrylic On Raw Canvas Each: Approximately 12 X 9 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and Sam Lee Gallery
© Courtesy of Sam Lee Gallery

990 N. Hill Street #190
Los Angeles, CA 90012
May 19th, 2012 - July 13th, 2012
Opening: May 19th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

mixed-media, sculpture


Los Angeles—Sam Lee Gallery is pleased to present Thunderstruck, a 2-person exhibition that features new works by Japanese-born, Los Angeles-based artists and brothers Joe Suzuki and Macha Suzuki. Extended up to July 13.

Thunderstruck offers a selection of paintings and sculptures by Joe and 4 mixed media sculptures by Macha.  Both are skilled artists who use common materials such as MDF (medium-density fiberboard), raw canvas, plastic and paper to create meticulously crafted pieces that explore materiality, trompe-l’oeil, color and personal histories.

Although there’s a shared affinity for the power of the handmade, these artists’ individual art practice and ideas, when compared, are quite nuanced and distinct.  On the one hand, Joe investigates his mixed cultural background by celebrating its eccentricities.  His work never falls into the-East-versus-West trap and instead embraces this binary trope.  Macha, on the other, works from a broader perspective, focusing on real life anecdotes that are then re-envisioned and oftentimes exaggerated.  His sculptures function as three-dimensional snapshots of captivating stories.

Born in Japan in 1976, Joe Suzuki received a master of fine art degree from Claremont Graduate University, California (2005), a master of art degree from California State University, Northridge (2003).  He garnered his bachelor’s degree in fine art from California State University, Northridge, California in 2000.  Joe’s recent work was shown in a solo exhibition at Duke Gallery, Azusa Pacific University, California. His artworks have been included in numerous group exhibitions throughout southern California: Cartelle Gallery (now Samuel Freeman Gallery), Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, and Riverside Art Museum.

In 2006, Macha Suzuki, born in Japan in 1979, received his master of fine art degree from Claremont Graduate University, California; in 2002, he earned his bachelor’s degree in fine art from Azusa Pacific University, California.  Macha's work will be featured in a solo exhibition at Laguna Art Museum from November 2012 to January 27, 2013.  Recent solo exhibitions were included at the Harris Art Gallery of the University of La Verne and at the Cypress College Art Gallery, Cypress, California; Macha’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.