An exhibition by Elise Richman and Nicholas Nyland at the 950 Gallery

March 14 – April 18, 2019

March 21, 5 – 9PM
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Spaceworks Tacoma announces Encompass, a duel exhibition by Elise Richman and Nicholas Nyland at the 950 Gallery. These Tacoma-based artists have collaboratively produced an installation that takes its cues from the particular spaces and architectural details of the gallery. The site-specific and collaborative installation pieces are included with individual studio work chosen to implicate the spaces of the gallery.

By giving the architecture and fixtures an active role in the artwork, Nyland and Richman hope to set up for the viewer a sense of resonance among their work with echoes of forms throughout the gallery. For instance, a set of pipes that straddle one corner of the gallery are taken as initial gestures from which similar pipes are installed to create a sort of drawing with oversized “lines”. Other installation works include a video installation, a ghostly column of embroidery floss, a seemingly gravity defying-sculpture, and a light capturing scrim that functions as an ever-changing “painting” based on the time of day.

Also on view are individual works that are more characteristic of each artists’ individual studio practice that provide a starting point for the viewer to recognize the overlaps and distinctive forms that ripple out through the installations. Each artist embraces the encompassing, expansive potential of abstraction, infusing the legacy of modernist movements such as minimalism and Constructivism with playful, personal sensibilities.

About the artists:

Elise Richman has exhibited her work throughout the Pacific Northwest in non-profit spaces and university galleries. Her paintings are included in private collections in San Francisco; New York; Washington, DC; Baltimore; and Seattle as well as The Hallie Ford Museum, King County, the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, and the City of Tacoma. Richman was a recipient of the 2014 Greater Tacoma Community Foundation art award, Davis teaching awards (2014 and 2017), and was finalist for a 2015 Neddy Award in painting. Richman teaches painting and drawing at the University of Puget Sound. She also writes about art, publishing “The Ethics of Painting: Affect, Aesthetics, and Agency” in the The Arts in Society International Journal in 2015. See more of Elise’s work at www.eliserichman.net

Nicholas Nyland has been included in exhibitions throughout the Pacific Northwest region including the Tacoma Art Museum, Bellevue Art Museum, and has presented public projects at the Olympic Sculpture Park, and ALL RISE, Seattle. Nyland is represented by Linda Hodges Gallery in Seattle, where a solo exhibition is on view in January, 2019. Exhibitions outside the region include the 2018 solo exhibition at Bradley University Gallery in Peoria, IL. Nyland received an Artist Trust Fellowship in 2008 and was a finalist for the 2013 Contemporary Northwest Art Award. Recent residencies include stays at the Vermont Studio Center; Ash St Project, Portland; and Chateau Orquevaux, France. See more of Nicholas’s work at www.nicholasnyland.net



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