11 March 2019

LAS VEGAS (March 11, 2019) – Delano Las Vegas’ commitment to art is reflected in the resort’s new solo presentation by internationally recognized artist Sush Machida, Yokoso Las Vegas. On view from March 13 through June 12, Machida’s 6-work installation will be the featured work within the Delano Art Series, a rotating exhibition platform shining a spotlight on local and regional artists.

“Las Vegas is one of the youngest major cities in the United States, and as a 20-year resident, I am grateful to be a part of the history and evolution of the destination,” said Sush Machida. “I also am honored to support the city’s community and work together with Delano Las Vegas to make this city more culturally sophisticated and enriched.”

Born in Japan, Machida moved to the United States in 1992 to attend college, receiving his MFA from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His works combine the aesthetics of Modern Art, Pop Art, traditional Japanese symmetry and animal patterns to create vibrant, abstract linework that merge Eastern and Western themes. Working in layers of color and hand-painted wood grain, Machida uses the technique of graffiti-tagging to fuse his paintings with organic, natural designs in kaleidoscopic combinations addressing a larger sense of order and confronting nature and culture by unifying them. The artist transforms a frenzy of lines and images into formal compositions that are both lyrical and complex; each painting brought together by the balance of its symbols.

Tarissa Tiberti, executive director of MGM Resorts Art & Culture, said, “Delano Las Vegas has established itself as an artistic destination. Delano Art Series highlights our community of talented artists by showcasing their incredible works to guests visiting from around the world. We are excited to feature Sush Machida’s work, as the bright colors are a beautiful juxtaposition to the Mojave Desert landscape that Delano Las Vegas is inspired by.”

Along Delano’s elevator wall, guests will discover Vegas (2019), a large-scale, 7-panel painting of waves and clouds. Created exclusively for this installation, Machida designed the canvas’ outer form through the process of writing and outlining the word “Vegas” in a bubble fashion resembling a cloud. Soothing yet energizing, its suggestion of natural motifs and the combination of glowing pigments produces a dynamic effect that emphasizes the collision of Machida’s distinct influences.

Other works on view will envelop viewers in the rhythmic environment of his lively paintings, such as Yokoso (2017) and Seventeen (2009). In these paintings, Machida achieves a consistent sense of undulation through repeated use of precise, hard-edged lines. Collating each mark into a larger composition, specific moments of restraint complement the overall fluidity of each piece.  

In addition to Yokoso Las Vegas at Delano, a retrospective titled 20 Years in Las Vegas is on view at the Sahara West Library through April 27. 

To learn more about Delano Art Series, visit https://www.delanolasvegas.com/en/amenities/art-installation or follow Delano Las Vegas on Facebook and Twitter.

To learn more about MGM Resorts Art & Culture, visit mgmresorts.com/artandculture.

MGM Resorts Fine Art Collection video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vgo3ELoQto&t=1s.

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About Sush Machida

Sush Machida (b. 1973) was born in Japan where traditional, pop, high-tech and low-tech cultures all meet and coexist. Growing up in such a unique environment, it was normal for him to go skateboarding after tea ceremony or start painting after playing a punk rock gig. Influenced by 18th century Japanese masters such as Jakuchu Ito and Okyo Maruyama, Machida fuses Eastern and Western traditions.  His style is both vibrant (yet sensitive) and pure (but with contrasting, wild color schemes) at the same time.  Rolling waves, fluffy clouds, tigers, fish and birds – all featured in his work – ultimately create harmonious compositions that address nature, culture and a sense of order. With perfectly controlled lines, sharp edges, and organized colors, his paintings defy American abstract expressionist artists. Machida’s paintings are often referred to as "hyper stylized Japanese art." 

Machida’s work is featured in many collections including Microsoft Corporation, Pigozzi Collection in France, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, the Portland Art Museum, the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, the Phoenix Art Museum and Las Vegas Art Museum among others. His work has been exhibited in Tokyo, France, Moscow, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Phoenix, and Santa Fe, to name a few. Machida has been reviewed in Flash Art, Art Issues, Art in America, Artforum, Studio Voice (Japan), Asahi Shinbun (Japan) and the Los Angeles Times.  His art has also been featured on Burton Snowboards among others.

About Delano Las Vegas

Delano Las Vegas offers an all-suite, smoke-free luxury hotel experience located steps from Mandalay Bay, blending signature elements of Delano South Beach with the distinct energy only found on the Las Vegas Strip. The hotel features dynamic social spaces such as Franklin, an eclectic lounge; 3940 Coffee + Tea; and Della’s Kitchen, where “historic farmhouse meets urban kitchen.” BATHHOUSE Spa infuses the soothing elements of locally sourced ingredients, drawing inspiration from leading hospitality company sbe’s collection of hotels around the world as well as Delano Las Vegas’ desert locale. Delano Las Vegas is a luxury hotel tower located at Mandalay Bay, which is owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). Delano is a licensed trademark of sbe.  For more information and reservations, visit delanolasvegas.com or call toll free at (877) 632-5400 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

About MGM Resorts Art & Culture

MGM Resorts Art & Culture focuses on commissioning, collecting, supporting and presenting contemporary art in and around MGM Resorts’ destinations globally. Currently the MGM Resorts Art Collection includes more than 800 pieces by over 200 artists.

MGM Resorts Art & Culture was established in 2016 to encompass all of MGM Resorts’ collections and varied art-related initiatives and partnerships to develop a comprehensive, multifaceted arts program. Reflecting the company’s core values of inclusivity and diversity, MGM Resorts Art & Culture aims to create special, accessible experiences for all audiences. Each project thoughtfully considers the artist, the environment, and the overall experience, recognizing the power of art to evoke emotion, engage the senses, and spark conversation. Art is prevalent throughout MGM Resorts distinctive world-class brands including Bellagio, ARIA, Vdara, MGM Grand, and Delano Las Vegas; as well as MGM National Harbor outside of Washington, D.C., MGM Springfield in Massachusetts, and internationally at MGM Macau and MGM Cotai.

Examples include works by Alice Aycock (National Harbor, Maryland), Jenny Holzer (ARIA, Las Vegas), Antony Gormley (ARIA, Las Vegas), Maya Lin (ARIA, Las Vegas), Robert Rauschenberg (Bellagio, Las Vegas), Nancy Rubins (Vdara, Las Vegas), James Turrell (ARIA, Las Vegas), among many others.

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