Jim Nickel

Studio Building
Studio Interior
Studio Location
Eastern Hemlock Venture Piece, 2014, 70"x156"x20", enamel on 3" Eastern Hemlock
Large Taped Piece, 2013, 40"x124"x22", adhesive tape over cherry plywood
Venture Piece #46, 2015, 32"x52"x13", enamel on hard maple
Venture Piece #45 (Bank of America), 2016, 39"x42"x16", enamel on hard maple
Venture Piece #27, 2014, 30"x32"x11", enamel on white oak
Artist's Statement

Inherent in my sculpture is "the given," usually a piece of wood, an attitude of conservation, and its material re-configuration.

In the "Venture Series," I take a large, precut slab of wood with live edges; I apply a black and white enamel grid that references commerce, I slice the material according to geometric ratios, and reassemble the piece losing only sawdust. In "The Taped Pieces," I do much the same but bandage the surface with adhesive tapes.

The goal is to find a satisfying abstraction that calmly relates to our being here and now.


Bio/Resume can be found on the website: jim-nickel.com