Tim Bavington and Sush Machida reviewing designs for the El Cortez Hotel Casino parking structure on the corner Fremont and Seventh Street
Longtime friends and admirers (Both are graduates of UNLV’s Master of Fine Arts program), the two work in distinctive, yet complementary styles: Bavington is known for paintings and sculptures that typically feature vertical chutes of color inspired by music. Meanwhile, Machida’s Japanese-influenced work translates natural elements using graphic, minimalist lines, and curves. “I think Tim’s painting, his fuzzy lines, complements my painting, which has sharp edges,” Machida says. “It creates some sort of contrast that just fits perfectly.” As Machida and Bavington talk about ideas for the mural, they come to the agreement that whatever they create, it needs to not only work as a standalone piece of art, but it also should feel like a natural part of the existing building, creating a continuity with the El Cortez overall. It’s clear that both the artists, as well as curator Spiegel, want this particular mural to become an enduring facet of the downtown experience.
“If you’re an artist and you’re charged with an idea like this,” says Bavington, “you want to make it something people want to make permanent. And you want it to be something that people want as part of the community.” Sush Machida: sushmachida.com Tim Bavington: timbavington.com Life Is Beautiful: lifeisbeautiful.com
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