Ephemeral forms are rendered using the traditional medium of paint, referencing the current cultural transition from the physical to the virtual. Nick inverts this order by creating studies on an iPad and translating the resulting drawings into the raw materiality of paint. These painted marks create a dialogue between the architectural space of the gallery and the two-dimensional space of the picture plane. Visual tension is exploited through the contrasting elements of their material presence; color vibrations emit a sense of light and movement, and the varied surface treatment of these works suggest a constant flux between illusory and actual space.
Nick Schleicher was born in Saint Louis, MO in 1988. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 and worked there as a studio assistant for a brief time before moving back to Saint Louis. He now works full time at a museum as a Preparator and makes art when he is not working. Nick also enjoys beer, chess, Woody Allen films, and most importantly The Simpsons.
The word “threshold” is an apt descriptor for Jacob Muldowney’s work. Muldowneey’s drawings are anything but facile. His process employs an almost compulsive amount of layering, editing and second-guessing in an effort to extend the activity of drawing beyond the initial statement.
The material results of this practice are drawings that possess a richness of body and texture beyond what one would normally associate with the medium: objects that that stand somewhere between drawing, painting, and bas-relief.Pictorially, these drawings frequently ply the line between abstraction and representation. This paradoxical use of imagery becomes a further metaphor for the threshold, standing between figuration and abstraction; between interior and exterior; between visible and invisible; between celestial and terrestrial.
Muldowney is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the James P. Bonelli Jr Prize, the Robert A. Ricker Memorial Landscape Prize, the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award, as well as recently being nominated for the Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture.
Utilizing the media of sculpture, painting, and video installation, these artists show the body as more than a passive symbolic vessel. The corporeal subjects of their work cannot be experienced from a position of disinterested contemplation, but instead facilitate an engagement with the viewer’s own body. The homunculus, an alchemically fabricated life form, serves as a metaphor for such creations.
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