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Liverpool / Manchester
‘Nick’s approach utilises his awareness of the overlooked obscurities within modern life as he reimagines the canvas of graphic ephemera caused by human activity within cities and communities. Pulling from a wealth of analogue and hand rendered techniques he is able to lay down a plethora of visual language that is experimentally collaged together, allowing for chance and error to be celebrated.‘
For me, a print isn’t necessarily a final outcome. There is so much process involved that the discipline becomes an ongoing dialogue between the artist and their practice, it’s just a timestamp of that interaction. The arena of print can be used to exercise abstract creative play and encourage deep explorations into the impacts of colour, composition, concept and expression with no limits to the influence that can have across other creative disciplines. The printmakers I have come to know display some of the most intuitive, intellectual and observant minds which I believe can offer valuable insights into our increasingly hectic modern lives.
The artworks I’m showing are the first in an ongoing series of dedicated observational responses to daily wanderings and conscious reflection within modern metropolitan environments. The vast juxtapositions that we can find in our communal living spaces and co-habiting communites stir an interest in the cyclical nature of low ephemeral forms of aesthetic influencing mass culture. Saturated media-led cities provide us with the promise of the future at a faster pace than ever, simultaneously leaving some with a confused sense of identity amongst this collective lunge forward. Intentionally slowing down the pace of my commute, almost aimlessly navigating new routes around the city, offers me a temporary distance from this effect and allows me to explore the subtle sensitivities of our physical landscape. Tuning my attention to the hidden aspects of our lives has offered a unique reconnect and fondness for the surfaces and dialogues we share with the city itself.
As our peers naturally disperse themselves across new towns, cities and continents our sense of community as a geographical structure slowly withers. A sense of connection can be found not in our locations but in these micro-dialogues we create with our environments - our observations can come to define our identity.
Social media gifts us unlimited access to a universal conversation of contemporary ideas allowing for certain micro-communities to form naturally as individuals exploring similar observations are magnetised towards each other. The anonimity of the platforms, however, creates linear relationships as we follow each other rather than face each other. In order for tangible connections to be formed we need to take ownership of these interactions and promote genuine open discussion in order to grow our networks sustainably. Nothing beats the energy born from shared perspectives and it is my aim to concentrate this spirit in one room.