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Nicholas Grider explores the tension between pose, wardrobe, and setting.

Posted by Calvin Phelps on 26 January 2012

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Armory presents Please Please Please, recent photography and text by Nicholas Grider

Armory Center for the Arts is pleased to present an exhibition entitled Please Please Please, which features photography and text by Milwaukee-based artist Nicholas Grider.  Please Please Please, organized by Armory curator Irene Tsatsos, will be on display from February 12 – May 13, 2012 in the Armory’s Mezzanine West gallery.  A public opening reception will take place on Saturday, February 11 from 7-9pm in conjunction with Armory’s opening of simultaneous solo exhibitions by Richard Jackson, Dawn Kasper, and Jocelyn Foye. The exhibitions by Grider, Kasper, and Foye coincide with the Armory’s lead exhibition, Richard Jackson’s Accidents in Abstract Painting, the Armory, creating an opportunity for visitors to reflect on the shared conceptual and/or formal considerations between and among the works.

Please Please Please will include selections from several bodies of work, including How to Do Things with Men, Rorschach Butterflies, and several recently written sonnets. How to Do Things with Men, Grider’s longest-running project, consists of a series of portraits of men in suits in their domestic environments to explore the tension between pose, wardrobe, and setting.  Rorschach Butterflies features colored pencil drawings, made from butterfly stencils, that were digitally manipulated to form “inkblots” as part of a larger body of work dealing with the subjectivity of medical evaluation.  Images from the two bodies of work will be interspersed throughout the gallery, along with a selection of sonnets that address themes of desire and loss.

About the Artist

Working in photography, video, and performance, Nicholas Grider is broadly concerned with ideas of masculinity in contemporary culture, from the US military to death metal to Houdini and escape magic to portraits of businessmen.  Grider is an artist, curator, and writer who has lived and worked in Los Angeles and Milwaukee.  He received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2008, an MA from University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee in 2006, and a BA from Cardinal Stritch University in 2000.  Grider has had solo exhibitions at Angels Gate Cultural Center, Dan Graham, and Sea and Space Explorations, all in Los Angeles; at 30 in Seoul, South Korea; and at Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee.  His work has been included in group exhibitions at Redling Fine Arts, Angels Gate Cultural Center, Sam Lee, and Hayworth Gallery, all in Los Angeles; Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana, CA; City University, London; Kunstlerhaus zu Weimer, Germany; and various venues in and around Milwaukee.  Grider has contributed texts to the publications Words Without Pictures (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and A Not So Simple Case for Torture (Onestar Press), along with the periodical Visual Communication.

Also on display at the Armory

The Armory’s lead exhibition, Accidents in Abstract Painting, the Armory, is a solo exhibition by Richard Jackson.  It will feature the detritus and video documentation of an epic outdoor spectacle in which the artist crashed a 15’ model military jet, filled with paint, into a 19’ wall that read “accidents in abstract painting.”  Also on display will be Jackson’s installation The War Room (2006-‘07), until now exhibited only once, and never in the Los Angeles area. By exhibiting the two installations side by side, Jackson reflects upon the Pasadena Armory's history as a repository for military accoutrements, confronting its current function as a contemporary arts center.  

Also on display will be DANCE, OPERA, DRAW, an exhibition of a new work by Jocelyn Foye in the Armory’s Mezzanine East gallery and Music for Hoarders, video documentation by Dawn Kasper in the Armory’s Pasadena Art Alliance Gallery.  Both shows run 12 February through 13 May.  The Armory’s Community Room will feature Fantastic Scenarios, new work by students from the Entertainment Design department at Art Center College of Design, from 12 February through 15 April.  

About the Armory

The Armory Center for the Arts, in Pasadena, California, believes that an understanding and appreciation of the arts is essential for a well-rounded human experience and a healthy civic community.  Founded in 1989, the Armory builds on the power of art to transform lives and communities through presenting, creating, teaching, and discussing contemporary visual art. The organization’s department of exhibitions mounts over 25 visual arts exhibitions each year at its main facility and in locations throughout the City of Pasadena. In addition, the Armory offers studio art classes and a variety of educational outreach programs to more than fifty schools and community sites. 

Armory Center for the Arts is located at 145 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday, noon-5pm.  $5 suggested donation. Armory members, students, and seniors are free. The Armory is easily accessible from the Gold Line Memorial Park Station in Pasadena.  For information about Armory exhibitions and events, the public may call 626.792.5101 x122. or visit the Armory website at www.armoryarts.org.

Artist: Nicholas Grider
Exhibition: Please Please Please
Curator: Irene Tsatsos
Exhibition Dates: February 12 – May 13, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 11, 7-9pm
Location: Armory Center for the Arts, 
145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103, www.armoryarts.org

Contact: Calvin Phelps, Communications Manager
Phone: (626) 792-5101 x 130
E-mail: [email protected]

 


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