Growing Unhindered Production, a show by Nieko McDaniel
The materials artist use in their work tell as much of a story sometimes as the picture that those materials ultimately create. Nieko McDaniel uses recycled cardboard, cans and various other found materials to narrate stories of personal and social interactions. Using the impermanence of his materials, he creates elegant situations that are playful and sincere. His work, "Too Wide, or Too Small", uses cardboard rolls of various sizes, slid between three cutout holes in a piece of cardboard, to describe inadequacies of sexual interaction, another work of his deals with ideas of body image juxtaposing a washboard in a frame with a crudely drawn torso to a 6 pack of crushed Heineken cans. His work titled "An Addictive Personality" narrates the similarities of lifestyles of those who are addicted to achieving the perfect self-body image. He paints them in the same light as addicts, illuminating his experiences with the dangers of competitive bodybuilding. Nieko takes a lighthearted look into personal and social depravation. His installations and drawings make one think about one’s own inadequacies and doubts, making us self-reflect on how much time we actually spend dwelling on these things. He connects the vulnerability of the material to that of our thoughts and feelings on the subjects he portrays in his work, which is effective and strikingly beautiful in its construction.
Reception will be held June 20th from 5-10pm.