Arranging Your Sentiments
FEB 7TH - MAR 9TH
Native Cleveland Annex
15813 Waterloo Road
Friday, February 7th 6-9pm
(Cleveland, OH) Arranging Your Sentiments is the latest exhibition by Cleveland-based artist, Nikki Woods.
A 2012 graduate of Cleveland Institute of Art, Woods’ expressive paintings depict traditional subjects like landscapes, objects and centerpieces. However, her expressive brushwork creates ambiguity between her subject and her media – both visually and psychologically – creating tension between visual imagery and abstraction.
Arranging Your Sentiments is presented
by Popeye Gallery, and is located in the Native Cleveland Annex – in between Native Cleveland and Star Pop Vintage + Modern. This exhibition is Woods’ first of 2014, and will feature a number of her recent paintings.
I make expressive paintings of highly decorative and decadent landscapes, objects, and
centerpieces where images and material merge in and out of states of visual and
psychological slippage. There is a tension between depiction and abstraction,
surface and meaning-- nothing is what it seems. Vast cascading landscapes and
overly ornate desserts and decorations fill the canvases to the point of overflow and excess; but upon further inspection the lush physicality and light subject matter are revealed as farce. The emotional state you're left to reconcile is one more of pathos and melancholy-- rather than the jubilance a first glance suggests. What becomes evident is what is not readily seen. It is the space that lies between depiction and paint, the sensational qualities of a material that can bring expression to the idea that fantasy both is and isn't a reality.
Arranging Your Sentiments is Popeye Gallery’s first show of their 2014 series of pop-up exhibitions in Collinwood’s historic Waterloo Arts District; made possible through the generous funding of the Collinwood Rising Vibrancy Grant. These grants are a project of Northeast Shores Development Corporation and made possible through the generous support of the Kresge Foundation and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.