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.