Nick Goss "herz man sky”

Simon Preston Gallery

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Simon Preston Gallery presents, “herz man sky”, the first solo exhibition of British painter Nick Goss in New York.

The exhibition will comprise of six new paintings, together with a small group of works on paper. In the works on canvas, thin, delicate washes are punctuated by heavy brushstrokes depicting fantastical scenes of imaginary dystopia. Evoking a range of literary references from Huxley to McCarthy, with imagery culled from such diverse sources as the artist's own photographs, comic-book material and Social-Realist propaganda, they combine to create an exotic parallel universe.

Painted during a residency in Vienna, interwoven associations gesture toward nostalgia and the melancholic. Subdued memories of defunct political histories, from colonialism, fascism to the American Frontier, collide in what Bachelard describes in Poetics of Space as 'Theatres of the Past'. A woman is carried regally in a Sedan chair, a desk fan appears gigantic, assuming the role of power station, an abandoned railway carriage is re-purposed as elaborate stage, each echoing a similar sense of magical realism. As Bachelard states, 'Every corner in a house, every angle in a room, every inch of secluded space in which we like to hide, or withdraw into ourselves, is a symbol of solitude for the imagination.'

The title of the exhibition 'herz man sky' makes reference to a local thrift shop in Vienna, named Herzmansky, which provided several visual prompts for works in the exhibition. The action of separating the words, injecting space into the text and distorting the final reading underscores many of the processes apparent in the paintings.

Nick Goss was born in 1981 in Bristol, England and currently lives and works in London. Goss studied at the Slade, University College, London (2002-06) and the Royal Academy Schools, London (2006-09).



from June 05, 2011 to July 17, 2011

Opening Reception on 2011-06-05 from 18:00 to 20:00


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