GEORGE SPICA – Tue 26 July, 19.00-21.00 in the Freezer
My name is George Spica, an American artist working in sculpture, installation, and performance. My work is concerned with the performative potential of the body, as well as, more recently, synthetic projections of that potential through geographical space. I find industry to be an incredibly beautiful and straightforward way of looking at the physical expressions, and desires, of the human body. By this notion, my practice aims to elucidate the romance present in mechanics and functional aesthetics by creating distilled, protracted experiences thereof.
Tuesday night’s show in the Nes Freezer (7-9pm) will be an installation comprising various sculptures and digital video projections, all works made during my time at the Nes Residency. Each work was made in relation to the next; the products of an ongoing practice exploring the romantic qualities of industrial materials. The pieces on display are, in a broad sense, material compositions belonging to many industrial and mechanical lineages brought into the context of a gallery for the sake of examining physical desire through objective analysis.
While here at NES, Leah Pantea has been enamored with paradoxes and has been exploring that concept in her work. She layers on thin wash-like layers of oil paint onto paper-creating a dynamic abstract landscape of geometric structures and organic forms, only to paint over everything with layers of white paint. This process allows shadows and hints of what was to peek through, causing the viewer to both imagine it full of marks and also entirely empty. Leah will be creating at NES through September, then continue home to San Diego, California. See more of her work at http://llpfineart.com/
ADDOLEY DZEGEDE is a Ghanaian-American interdisciplinary artist currently based in St Louis, Missouri. Her practice is idea-driven and mixed media, investigating notions of belonging, home, location and identity. Most recently, she has been interested in textile processes and is creating natural dyes from plant materials found in and around Skagaströnd.
ANNE MARIE MICHAUD is a multi-disciplinary, studio artist based in Montreal. Through drawing, painting, sculpture and video, she continually explores themes related to the human body, more specifically investigating the body as a pathway to understanding not only her own identity and life experiences, but also as the primary means to accessing the world outside of ourselves. The principal subject of her research at Nes has been teeth and the parallels that can be drawn between them and the landscape. With local materials, she has used drawing and sculpture as a means to create a dialogue between the idiosyncratic nature of teeth and the topographical and geological aspects of the Skagi Peninsula.
Dear Artists and Nes Friends,
We are happy to announce to you that the Skagaströnd Review
will be made available for you this summer. It was published in March 2016 by Andrea Weber and is an artist book which retraces via archive photographs and artists productions the history of a small town in Iceland. The project blends historical photos of Skagaströnd with images that represent the artistic history of Nes.
You can place your order online to Andrea Weber firstname.lastname@example.org
with the number of copies you wish to order and don’t forget to include your address. The payment of 35€ will go through PayPal via her email address. It includes the review and the shipping to your country. Please note that the last date your order can be handled is the 28th of July 2016.
SANDI ANDERSON is here at Nes for 3 months: June – August. She began working out in the landscape in 2009 and it took over her practice in 2010. She frequently battles adverse weather conditions, which dictate an intuitive response on a small scale.
More recently she has been making monotypes. This work is proving more abstract in nature, however it is permeated with the form and colour palette of distilling years. In contrast to her figurative painting, she approaches the plate with an open mind and let’s her subconscious take over. Ink is applied to the plate then disturbed and removed at will. The outcome can never be predicted. The removal of control is addictive and the process is proving an important counterpoint to her painting practice.Website: www.sandianderson.co.uk
June open studio – Tuesday 28th June 2016, from 17.00-19.00
We meet at the church first to listen to cellist Leanne Zacharias perform at 17.00. All welcome!
SIÂN BLISS is a visual and performance artist, currently a candidate for MFA in Experimental Animation at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Los Angeles, CA. She gained her BA in Acting and Global Theatre Studies in 2013 and has since branched into the realms of animation, fine art and puppetry. She uses vibrant colour to explore the discourse between ‘truth’ and ‘imaginary’. You can see more of Siân’s work at www.sianbliss.com or follow her on tumblr sianbliss-blog.tumblr.com and instagram: @sianbliss ”
Canadian cellist LEANNE ZACHARIAS curates Music for Spaces, creating close encounters with music and sound that engage deeply with architecture and environments.
She was recently interviewed about her immersive performance work: http://www.odysseyworks.org/blog/
See Leanne’s website: www.leannezacharias.com
Current artist-in-residence JEFF MERTZ is a documentary filmmaker & photographer whose work focuses on exploring emotional vernacular in multiple forms. He is an irrefutable romantic, dedicated to finding poetry, empathy, and redemption in the mundane. View his short film – The Interstate.