Last Thursday night, in a winter that never seems to end, I attended Nick Doyle’s Contemplating the Void at Galeire Protégé. Nick is an assistant and fabricator to Tom Sachs, and from the press release alone, I couldn’t wait for the opening. This playful, witty and well-constructed show not only put a smile on my face, it also got my creative juices flowing and all of a sudden, I felt like a kid in a toy store. The show consists of five oil paintings and six sculptures with kinetic revelations. The paintings helped break up the layout of the show and provided a well needed contrast to the entertaining sculptures.
As soon as I came down the spiral stairs I felt transformed and transported. The first kinetic sculpture I looked at was called Hypno; which is composed of four different size wheels that spin: the two on the right are moving clockwise and the two on the left counter-clock wise. The wheels are painted with mesmerizing patterns that captivated the viewer. You also sense tension in the sculpture, which is increased by its permanent buzzing sound that can be heard from a distance.
The second sculpture that caught my eye is called Hyper Extended: in this sculpture, the viewer controlled the wooden fingers of a hand by pressing a piano like keyboard. The first thing that came to mind was the “hand of God” by Michelangelo, but instead of God giving the spark of life to Adam’s hand, the viewer gets to create the spark of life. This sculpture gave me a sense of power and control. I love art that you can interact with, and I must admit that I played with this sculpture for over 10 minutes—it’s very addictive.
The five oil paintings were hollow circles with different colored horizons in all kinds of tones that by themselves left a void in the panel when they were painted on, and the art show as a whole mitigated that philosophy. If you want to get away from reality and go into a lively and exciting new environment, please stop by Galerie Protégé and see Nick’s new work. It is bright, esoteric and most off – FUN!
Nick Doyle: Contemplating the Void
On View: March 13 – April 12, 2014
197 Ninth Ave (Lower Level – Chelsea Frames)
New York, NY 10011
Tel: 212-807-8726 Fax: 212-924-3208