Watercolor on watercolor paper. 8 x 8 inches. 2014.
2015 Cityscape/Structure | OPUS Project Space | New York, NY (Solo Exhibition)
2015 Inaugural Group Exhibition | Archter de Boom | New York, NY
2012 Constructions | OPUS Project Space | New York, NY (Solo Exhibition)
2012 Tension | MFA Thesis Exhibition | Pratt Institute, DeKalb Gallery | Brooklyn NY (Solo Exhibition)
2014 "Nick Naber," LandEscape Art Review, July
2013 Worman, Kelly, “Studio Spoken,” Studio Spoken, February
2012 GRAPHITE Journal Issue 3: 17-18. Print.
2012 Studio Visit Magazine Vol. 18: 139. Print.
About Nick Naber:
Nick Naber is an emerging artist living and working in New York City. He received his MFA at the Pratt Institute in May 2012, and his BFA at The Peck School of the Arts in 2010. He analyzes and contextualizes the world around him. His work is inspired by the built environment. Nick’s works recall the corporate buildings, warehouses, brownstones, prisons and other institutional spaces that litter greater New York City.
Naber’s has had two solo exhibitions at OPUS Projects: Cityscape/Structure (2015), and Constructions (2012). Other solo exhibitions include: Tension (2012), AF Gallun Selected Works (2009), and AF Gallun Archive (2009). Group exhibitions include: Lost: Drawings Along Myrtle Avenue (2014), Kentucky National (2013), Continuum 2013 & Continuum 2012, Excavation/Memory (2012), No Trend (2011).
Statement from the Artist:
"My work borrows from the surrounding architecture of the urban landscape: corporate skyscrapers, industrial buildings, brownstones, prisons, and shipping warehouses. I focus on the extremity of their structural elements through the use of severe lines and strict repetition. Fenestrations, sculptural elements, and the severity of industrial buildings find a place in the work.
Cityscapes are built on dichotomies. Visually they rely on dark light, fluid straight edge, and positive negative. Tension is created with these contrasts. The work begins as a fine line drawing and over time is layered with watercolor. The watercolor degrades the fine line drawing with its fluidity. These characteristics collapse into one another creating richness in the works.
Structures employ severe meandering overwrought lines that engulf the paper. Forms and spaces stretch, expand, and integrate to create structural abstractions. Walls crisscross, meander, and offer countless circuitous passages. The enclosures leave the viewer imprisoned; yet the multiple layers keep the viewer adrift in drawn space.
In these series specific corporate elements are joined to unrealized paper projects for imaginary dystopic forms. The anti antiutopian nature of these architectural structures is highlighted by their scale and design, communicating a sense of unease, intense competition, and the desire for power. Through this work, I aim to reconcile my artistic process and the experience of my lived environment."