Hå gamle prestegard, Hå, Norway
In a unique mix of traditional Japanese art and contemporary Japanese pop art Kumi Machida presents a representative collection of her work. She presents persons without personality, sex and age. They are like face-less robots, some even have USB-connections or an empty head. At the same time the techniques she is using adds a thick layer of personality to the motives. The outlines are made from hundreds of strokes with a thin, dry brush, and the color fields seems like three-dimensional. This gives an effect like the paintings have different thickness, it makes me want to touch these intriguing forms.
Somehow Machidas paintings fit very well with the Pushwagner exhibition in the other building. Both artists show persons without personality, but they do it with a very personal touch, adding personality to the faceless people.