FEATURED _ NICOLAS FELDMEYER “LAYERS OF TRANSPARENCY”
It’s this strange feeling of seeing a work of art embodying both reality and fiction that drives the viewer’s curiosity and makes his imagination work. Exploring the challenge of finding the right balance between what can be brought to a space to alter it and what might already be there and needs to stay the way it is – this is one of the main concerns of London based artist Nicolas Feldmeyer.
“IT IS ABOUT PAYING ATTENTION TO
THINGS THAT HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THERE BUT
WITHOUT MAKING THEM INTO
After producing the monumental public intervention ‘Woven Portico’ and winning Saatchi’s New Sensations in 2012 the artist garnered much attention in London’s art scene and beyond. For his recent solo show at Maddox Arts Gallery he presentded a suite of works in diverse media from charcoal and ink drawings to collages and 3-D rendered prints, from video to a site specific wall piece.
Feldmeyer’s work relates to phenomena of ambiguity, transformation, gradients of light and detailed perception – developping natural narratives and compositions out of these abstract immaterial notions. Interventions, no matter whether applied to the medium itself or made directly into spaces, refer to the connection beween the man-made and the organic and are a common component of his work.
These ideas are also reflected in his layered, semi-opaque ink wash works on paper that are creating three dimensional geometries in various greyscales. They highlight the atmospheric presence of a contemplative artistic approach that is characterized by order, repetition, thorough inspection and attentive recordings of the seismics of our natural environments.
Nicolas Feldmeyer probes our assumptions of reality and experience by means of slight shifts of context and content. He aims at applying minimum change while achieving maximum transformation and makes a touch of magic shine up for the viewer who is at times unsure about whether to trust his eyes or not.
Layers of transparency, patterns and the ambiguity of forms, symmetries, contrasts between black and white, the presence and absence of light, all of these aspects are key features of the artist’s explorations and ongoing experiments reflecting his fascination with abstraction in its many forms.
Seeking to make connections between the natural and the creative process he reduces his artworks towards their very essential meaning and message. Deconstructing the complexity of our environment and casting it into a pure and focused language is a concept Nicolas Feldmeyer implements with seeming ease and subtle elegance.
MADDOX ARTS, LISTE ART BASEL,
LUMEN PRIZE FINALIST AWARD, THE PHOTOGRAPHERS GALLERY
– Latest Exhititions & Awards –
Images – “After All” , 3-D rendered black and white lambda print on resin coated paper, mounted on dibond, 100 x 150 cm. “Lacunae”, site-specific installation, 2015, Art Lacuna Project Space, London, tracing paper, 782 x 243 x 102 cm . -“Before We Go”, installation project, 2015, proposed for a disused paper factory in Zwingen, Switzerland, ultra-fne white vegetable netting, steel wire, cable tensors, 17 x 53 x 5 m. “Woven Portico”, public intervention and installation at University College London, PVC mesh, webbing, ratchets, 24 x 8 x 3 m.
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