Kelsey Nicholson

Cut and Dry

May 31 - July 25, 2009

Exhibition card

Traywick Contemporary is pleased to announce a new installation and recent photographs by Bay Area artist Kelsey Nicholson.

Nicholson's large-scale installations re-create the natural world by incorporating materials meant to "improve" upon Nature, including realistic wood veneers and wall paper murals depicting the idyllic outdoors. Nicholson's synthetic landscapes mediate our experience of nature by using a combination of static materials and an ever-expanding sense of place.

For the first time, Nicholson will be showing photographs; this series is titled Flat Land. Her straight-forward, documentary style brings a critical eye in capturing close encounters between nature and urban life. The images are the source material for photographic collages in which she continues her practice of collage and layering that is routinely seen in her sculptural installations and objects.

Her use of commercial building materials and supplies is integral to her work. Assymetrical wood shims become undulating patterns and stand in stark contrast to the precisely constructed display stands she creates from wood veneer. By examining a world of endless possibilities within life's ordinary routines, Nicholson creates a 'hybrid space' where one moves seamlessly between artifice and reality.

Kelsey Nicholson has shown her work extensively throughout the Bay Area and across the country since receiving her MFA from UC Davis in 1996. She has received notable attention for her installations at various venues including New Langton Arts (the 1998 Bay Area Awards Show), Southern Exposure, the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts, Bedford Gallery and the Richmond Art Center. This is Kelsey's third solo exhibition with Traywick Contemporary.