Nicole Nickel, konstrukt, exhibition [DAM] Cologne 2011
Preview: Saturday, 12th November 2011, 2 – 5 pm
The artist will be present at the preview.
Exhibition: 16th November 2011 – 11th February 2012 (prolonged)
Christmas holiday: 20th December – 7th January 2012
Nicole Nickel (b. 1968, Freudenstadt, Germany) presents new artworks, which combine fragments of internal and external space to form three-dimensional objects and collages. Since graduating in Fine Arts she is intensely concerned with perspective and spatiality. She teams handmade surfaces of wood, foil and paint with computer generated structures to form illusions of architecture, whose ingenious play with perspective and distinct chromaticity fascinates the viewer. Her colour- and form-compositions are of concrete content: the man-crafted space. So far her architecture was only implemented in two-dimensional pictures, now Nicole Nickel took the consequent last step by creating three-dimensional objects of different layers.
Is there a staircase? Dr. Cosima Lutz
In Nicole Nickels work the world has not come apart at the seams, on the contrary, it is more present than ever. She conforms, apparently absurd, and is transmuted: into something, that is chaos and regularity, digital and analogue, real and imagined. Nickel provides the space with new punchlines: a staircase at the wall? Might I be able to climb the steps if I would be small enough..?
Nickels powerful fragile architectures never remain in 'as-if', they are pure abstractions but attached to real structures. The digital-analogue-scheme starts being permeable, but nobody has to fear getting lost in space. Making something „foreign and yet familiar and attracting“ writes Novalis, „that is romantic poetics“.
Nicole Nickel studied paiting in the class of Prof. Friedemann Hahn. Beside several gallery shows she participate at exhibitions in the Kunsthalle Mannheim and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. She taught from 2007-08 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. Nicole Nickel lives an works in Berlin.