Thursday, May 28, 2009 by BWW News Desk
John Fonda Gallery is please to present Nicole Shiflet’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. Titled Marching for Digits, the show consists of new paintings that explore Nicole’s fascination with interstitial moments that she documents into the fictional narratives of her paintings.
“Shiflet’s paintings are wonderfully playful, yet have an underlying sense of danger,” said Sidney Pink, Curator. “The beauty of her line and forms, mixed with a dark subtle humor, create a world deep with layers.”
Shiflet’s paintings use bright color, simple organics forms, and detailed line work to create rich environments. Her work evokes scientific imagery and yet seems to exist inside fantastical landscapes, as if from a children’s book. She plays with the scale of her subject creating a duel sense of micro and macro.
“Much of my work references a variety of scientific phenomena. I am constantly surprised, awed, and inspired by biological growth, geological topography, and electronic circuits. My work may not reflect the logical processes of these studies but forms its own fictional and abstracted narrative,” said Shiflet.
Nicole Shiflet has exhibited through out the Mid-Atlantic region. She has exhibited at the Wohfarth Gallery in Washington D.C.; the Clayton Street Gallery in Athens, Georgia; and had a solo exhibition at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore. In 2005 she worked on a collaborative art project and exhibition between UMBC and Fachhochschule Schwäbisch Hall in Germany. As both a traditional tactile painter and technological art geek, Nicole Shiflet constantly searches for ways to balance both aspects of her work. Drawing, painting, animation, and sound recording all inspire further exploration into and around each other. She is currently an adjunct professor of digital media at University of Maryland Baltimore County and Anne Arundel Community College. Nicole was born in Wisconsin, grew up in Georgia, and currently resides in Baltimore.
Since 1971, Theatre Project has been providing a distinct cultural experience for the citizens of Baltimore by presenting new, innovative, and diverse works in the arts. John Fonda Gallery located at Theatre Project is committed to exhibiting the work of emerging artists and new work by recognized artists. The gallery is dedicated to presenting diverse programs that make contemporary art accessible to a broad audience.
The John Fonda Gallery at Theatre Project was dedicated on January 14, 1993 to the memory of John Fonda, who served as curator of the gallery and nurtured Baltimore arts and artists.
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