Last weekend UK-based HUSH opened a show of his latest works at 941Geary in San Francisco. “New Works by Hush” bears the artist’s signature style and content: traditional Japanese geisha women enfolded within many layers of Western-style graffiti. Throwing every possible technique but the kitchen-sink at his canvas – painting, screen printing, spray-painting and collage – HUSH creates a multi-layered complex surfaces, filled with gestural marks, playful patterns and bright color combinations.
In an earlier interview with Arrested Motion, HUSH described his process: “I can visualize the image before I create it, and then… use a lot of techniques to help us get as far as making the image look distressed, complicated and almost deconstructed from its original state through everything from tagging, throwing paint on the image to overlaying different mediums… I utilize nearly every way of placing paint onto a medium as is possible through screen print, paint, spray paint, acrylic, oils, inks and then also taking that off; removing it again and building the image up from scratch so that you get a different appearance… It’s about mark-making ultimately, and still having a composition built around that.”
“New Works by Hush” contains mixed-media works ranging from small to massive sized pieces and installations. To experience the breathtaking scale of these pieces as well as their rich surfaces, it really helps to view the show in person. It will be showing at 941Geary through March 17th, 2012.