Group Invitational Exhibition The Upstream Gallery 8 Main Street, Hastings on Hudson, NY December 5-25, 2016 Gallery hours: Th F S S, 12:30 – 5:30 Information and directions: http://www.upstreamgallery.com CONVERSATIONS brings together more than 30 artists – half of whom were invited to exhibit with a member of the Upstream Gallery in Hastings-On-Hudson, New…
March thru June 2015 at the Micro Gallery at Media Loft, 50 Webster Ave., New Rochelle NY. gallery hours by appointment.
In July, 2016, I led a free collage workshop for the Faculty and Student Showcase (exhibition) at the Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY
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Group exhibition. 12/4/14-2/22/15. Bean Runner Cafe, 201 So Division St., Peekskill, NY
Silvermine Guild: Fundraiser Exhibition with original, affordable small works – 4″x6″ and 10″x10″. Preview: 2/22/15 -4/28/15. Gala fundraiser Collector’s Party: Sat., 4/28/15, 5-7 pm. Tickets: Silvermine Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Rd, New Canaan, CT 06840. Open to the public Sun., 3/29/15, 1-5 pm.
I saw an image of an African textile with a diamond pattern in black and white that inspired the new triangle diamond series. I am intrigued with triangle patterns and love black and white. I think black and white are colors (many times I insinuate yellow into white and red into black). I think there are so many ways you can create patterns with triangles. It all depends on the shape of the triangles and how they stack.
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The TRIANGLE DIAMOND collage above (image: 9″x10″) was the first small work in the new series, Four were exhibited at the Silvermine Galleries recently. Now they’re back in my studio and I plan to play with the design in a larger format. I will look at the small work as I create a large work. It may look different.
I need a lot of papers if I plan to work in large format. I’ve been painting papers for days. Every paper was black or white. Then, I decided to detour from black and white to painting colors for a collage with thin diamonds. I started to paint papers in green, brown, teal blue, golden yellow, black, white and red.
IMAGE: 640_triangles diamonds canvas 24 x 24
The image above is a new finished collage with diamonds. It’s a geometric grid on 24″ x 24″ canvas made with painted papers. Notice there are triangles inside diamonds in this painting. I love the colors. It was so much fun to paint colors in layers, color over color, and scrape into the paint to create stripes and patterns. It was a challenge to place the papers on the diagonal. I didn’t lay the papers out in advance. The collage grew organically.
IMAGE close up triangles diamonds canvas
The image above is a close up of the collage and shows overlapping papers before they were glued down.
IMAGE: painted papers on the floor.
The image above shows a growing stack of painted papers on newsprint on the floor in my studio. I know I need many, many more papers.
Thank you for reading. Please email me comments and questions. I have more triangle and diamond collages in process, and will write about the work in upcoming newsletters.
Invitational Group Exhibition
Atrium Gallery, 4th floor
Morris County Administration and Records Building
10 Court St., Morristown, NJ
September 8, 2014 – January 5, 2015
Reception: Friday, September 19, 2014, 6-8
The title of this show was seven x seven because we were a group of 7 artists and each artist showed 7 works. Many of the 49 works were very large paintings. The Atrium Gallery accommodated everything in a beautiful, open space.
The image nearby is my collage on paper (38 x44 inches), titled Metro Blue Red Grey. Each block was painted and pasted – piece by piece – from the center out to the edges. Every block varies in size, and color relationships determined how the blocks were put together.
Our reception included a special program where we spoke about our work and about how we organized the show for this particular exhibition space. We were pleased the large audience liked the Q&A program.
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August 3 – September 14, 2014
1037 SIlvermine Rd., New Canaan, CT, www.silvermineart.org
Curated by Deana Haggag, Director of The Contemporary, Baltimore, MD.
Program: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 6:00 pm
I will be one of 4 artists invited to speak at Silvermine Galleries Walk and Talk
I am showing a new series in collage (black and white painted papers) titled TRIANGLES into DIAMONDS. The first 4 works in the series are included in A Guild Group Show (August-September 2014) at the Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan, CT.
I will speak about the new works at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at the Silvermine Arts Center WALK and TALK program. I am one of 4 artists in the program. Visit the Silvermine Galleries Wednesday-Saturday 12 pm-5pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm. Directions: http://www.silvermineart.org/visit/hours.php
TRIANGLES into DIAMONDS is a new series about geometric shapes in a grid. I am building open and closed spaces with paper collage.
I paint papers for every collage. This series is in black and white because I want to focus on opposites and contrast light and dark, open and closed (spaces) even and uneven (edges), clean and dirty (smudged) papers. Two of the 4 works are framed; two are open and exposed. I want you to see the papers are vulnerable.
I mix Titanium white acrylic with a speck of Azo Yellow to create warmth. Pure white is cold. I mix Ivory, Carbon and Mars black acrylics with a dot of Pyrole Red to open it up. Some artists work with thin black washes. They’re weak. I want impasto -but solid blacks are opaque and impenetrable. I want open. I add a speck of black to white papers to muddy them up. I want impure. I hope that what you see is more than black and white. I want a dialog between papers: color against color, shape against shape.
© Nancy Egol Nikkal, July 2014
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