OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, December 7, 2018 6-9PM
ARTIST TALK: Saturday, December 8, 2018 2-3:30PM
Shockoe Artspace is excited to present SHAPE SHIFTING, the first major solo exhibition in Richmond from Virginia-based artist Nikki Painter. Through a depth and breadth of mixed media works spanning the last five years we are able to take in the total vision of a delightfully masterful maker. Painter is a kind of “Visual-Seismologist, deftly creating works that bring to bear unusually-scaled visually-dynamic works, imaging tectonic comings and goings at various rates of intensity. Moreover the vast array of works converge into intricate patterns splintering off and shifting in strange and vivid manners thereby creating visual states saturated in radiant color with forms that both come together in one sense while falling away in another. These states produce effects in and around the pressure points of the compositions thereby charging the space with a kind of electricity that supersedes the organic-structure, in-organic grounding and representational imagery.