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Local Artists Bring Fine Art to the Street

Photo by Anthony Mair

Photo by Anthony Mair

Las Vegas’ Tim Bavington and Sush Machida have created masterful works in various media, but neither had ever done a mural before. The two were handpicked for the collaboration with the idea of bringing fine art to the street. The difference? “It’s fucking scary up that lift. I’m not usually 50 feet in the air,” Bavington says. Height isn’t the only challenge. They’re using a different surface, different paint and a different technique, which is where the assistance from graffiti crew Visual Bluff comes in handy. It’s also the first time the local artists (by way of London and Japan, respectively) are working together and combining their unique styles. Machida fuses traditional Japanese art and pop iconography, while Bavington creates abstract works inspired by music. Both are apparently fans of color. On the vast space along the Emergency Arts building, Machida’s rainbow-colored goldfish float among confetti-riddled clouds and a backdrop of Bavington’s radiant stripes (based on a guitar solo in Paul Weller’s “Science”), with images of casino staples scattered about. “I like to tweak reality and imagination,” says Machida, whose work isn’t so much about symbolism as it is about vibrancy. “We’re in the middle of the desert. We have only blue sky, brown desert and some neon. We wanted to put more colors in the landscape, something that gives a more positive vibe.”