• An Approximation of Emotions by Nicola Hicks

    A big PUSSY Cat at Flowers Gallery for the opening of Nicola Hicks
    A big PUSSY Cat at Flowers Gallery for the opening of Nicola Hicks
    Banker II by Nicola Hicks
    Banker II by Nicola Hicks

    It is said that humans at times convey animalistic traits based on certain emotions. We are creatures of complexity and British sculptor Nicola Hicks presented her series of work that explore this subject with her solo show at FLOWERS New York. AF attended the opening last November 16th then perused the textured and emotive three-dimensional wonders created by this artist.

    The artist Nicola Hicks with her drawings and sculptures for her opening at FLOWERS Gallery
    The artist Nicola Hicks with her drawings and sculptures for her opening at FLOWERS Gallery
    A big PUSSY Cat at Flowers Gallery for the opening of Nicola Hicks
    A big PUSSY Cat at Flowers Gallery for the opening of Nicola Hicks

    Dressed for the Woods II (2013) presented three figures of a family but the tree-like texture makes it menacing as though they are woodland creatures. The outside armor that resemble like twigs or dripping foliage on the forms serve as protection. As one further examines the trio and its relativity to each other, therein lies the placid feeling of love and bond that keeps a family together. Parents are protective of their children as the exterior may suggest but underneath the ragged surface of complex relationships is real bonded love. Hicks fashioned figures that are imposing, so detailed, imperfect in its surface but evocative of the real emotion of the characters she sculpted. Banker II (2009) is at once self-explanatory with a bullish figure that hulks over with its presence. The bull is a creature represented in the world of finance as aggressive and a risk taker when it comes to money. The symbolic representation is there but Hicks captures the stance and posture of that kind of character. How we see it and what is really underneath it are dynamic contrasts that keeps her work on the edge but balanced. We are beset with feelings of apprehension with fascination, harshness with gentility, brashness with subtlety, and conflicts that keep your eye traveling all over its imperfect surfaces.

    Opening Reception for Nicola Hicks at FLOWERS Gallery
    Opening Reception for Nicola Hicks at FLOWERS Gallery
    Awwww a Teddy Bear so cute and huggable at FLOWERS Gallery
    Awwww a Teddy Bear so cute and huggable at FLOWERS Gallery

    I am reminded again of this anecdote my fifth grade teacher once shared about a sculptor entertaining a rich collector at his studio. There in one side was a slab of marble and next to it a recently chiseled statue. The collector remarked that the statue was more perfect and beautiful. The sculptor wisely told him that what was beautiful was not perfect. He ran his hand all over the statue then showed him the nicks, cuts and scrapes to chisel away at the pure perfect slab of marble to create a thing of beauty. There was no way to create a masterpiece without scarring the perfect slab of marble. In a way, it’s like people. We are scarred and not perfect but it only whittles away the veneer of lies to render our real beauty. Scarred people are beautiful. Nicola Hicks proves the same thing with her sculptures. Her approximations of evoking emotions through her art are just spot on and sublime underneath it all.

     

    Nicola Hicks / On View: November 16, 2013 – January 18, 2014

    Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday (10 am to 6 pm)

    FLOWERS Gallery NYC. 529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor. NYC, NY 10011

     

    Art Review by: Oscar A. Laluyan

    Selected Art Images from FLOWERS Gallery courtesy of the artist

    Photography by: Jamie Martinez

    Dressed For The Woods II (2013, Close Up Detail) by Nicola Hicks
    Dressed For The Woods II (2013, Close Up Detail) by Nicola Hicks
    Rapt fascination with the work of Nicola Hicks
    Rapt fascination with the work of Nicola Hicks
    There's an ASS too aka a Donkey at the Nicola Hicks exhibition at FLOWERS Gallery
    There’s an ASS too aka a Donkey at the Nicola Hicks exhibition at FLOWERS Gallery
    And now a family moment with artist Nicola Hicks and her son
    And now a family moment with artist Nicola Hicks and her son

     

     

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