Chester Nielsen "California Houses"

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poster for Chester Nielsen "California Houses"

This event has ended.

The exhibition documents -- in the words of the artist -- the knowledge that I have gained
from a year of study of the form embodied in this personal, social, architectural,
and communal phenomena of Christmas lights on Californians' homes.

Nielsen photographed the houses and made a small book to send as a Christmas greeting.

Still focused on the houses, he made cardboard models in a creative frenzy.
There was only one visible façade of each house, so the rest of
the model was an architectural assumption of each suburban home.

He was so enthralled with the cardboard models, I photographed them
in a similar manner to the original houses, dead on. Another book ensued.

In the next phase, he began to draw the cardboard houses directly. I focused on detail
and the shadow that the bizarre and familiar objects created.

Eventually he moved back and forth between drawing the houses from
the original photos to drawing the cardboard houses from their images.

The drawings in the exhibition are selected from each stage of Nielsen's process.



from January 22, 2010 to February 28, 2010

Opening Reception on 2010-01-22 from 19:00 to 21:00


Chester Nielsen

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