b. JUNE 7 1985 gemini

ALBUQUERQUE, NM

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PAINTER

Currently living and painting in NYC

LARA is pronounced LAH- RAH

ARTIST STATEMENT

My paintings are installation-based, depicting objects, plants and animals. They are life-size, unframed and displayed much the way the subject of the painting would be in reality (e.g., up high, flat on the ground, partially or completely hidden, protruding out from a wall, etc.). The backgrounds are left white in order to reference and emphasize the neutral space which a gallery/museum wall provides. As a result of these tactics, the subject of the painting is pushed forward into the room, making the room itself the setting of the painting. This is contrary to traditional, illusionistic painting where the subject is contained within the picture plane and the viewer is pushed inward to the setting of the painting.

 

I am interested in how people perceive and experience the subjects I paint as well as how people perceive and experience traditional wall painting (meaning stretched canvas, not murals/cutouts). Painting has a lengthy and established history, full of expectations about how and where and what a painting should display. Rather than contradict these inherited rules, my intention is to highlight the obstacles and limitations which this medium presents. Historically, painting has either been representational/illusionistic or abstract/object-like; I want my paintings to be both. When a representational painting addresses the fact that it is a three dimensional object, as well as a window into another world, it has the ability to exist in our world while existing in its own.

 

My work is about how the physical space of the viewer interacts with the pictorial space of a painting. This interaction often creates a level of awkwardness, but it is this discomfort which keeps my paintings from becoming simply decoration and the wall simply a place to decorate. I want my paintings to activate the spaces they are in, making the surrounding architecture play an active role in the viewer's experience. In this regard, it is not always effective or appropriate for a painting to proclaim itself, to state its presence at eye level on the wall, or to even be seen by anyone - as tradition and expectation would suggest.

BOOK 

COMING SOON! 2020

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LARA NICKEL

12 HORSES - HOMAGE TO JANNIS KOUNELLIS

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Published by SKIRA Editore, Milan

Trilingual publication featuring authors:

Germano Celant, Alex Bacon, José Jiménez, Lara Nickel

Designed by Lara Nickel

 

 

 

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019  

FONDAZIONE 107, Turin, Italy 

12 Horses – Homage to Jannis Kounellis 

2015  

LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

 

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

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I do not mix well with others!    

I AM A PROJECT-BASED ARTIST,

MEANING GROUP SHOWS DO NOT OFTEN

SUIT THE KIND OF WORK I MAKE :)

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2017  

Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY

2016  

David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2015  

Radical Abacus, Santa Fe, NM

2015  

Wade Wilson Art, Santa Fe, NM

2009  

Pop-Up show (curator + artist), Santa Fe, NM           

2007  

The Process, Santa Fe, NM

2007  

Pop-Up show (curator + artist), Santa Fe, NM

 

PUBLICATIONS

2019  

Catalogue for solo show at FONDAZIONE 107   

LARA NICKEL - 12 CAVALLI - OMAGGIO 

A JANNIS KOUNELLIS

Published by Edizioni 107, Turin, Italy

 

REVIEWS

2019 

Arte Mondadori magazine, (October), Italy / Art & Antiques magazine, (October), USA

2017  

NHK TV (Nihon Hoso Kyokai), Trips, (March), Japan

2015  

Art Ltd. magazine, (July/August), USA

2014  

The Frontier, blog, New Zealand / Uncompromising Tang, Interview, USA

2012  

Town & Country magazine, USA

 

EDUCATION

2007  

BFA in Painting (Minor in Art History)

The College of Santa Fe, NM, USA

OTHER PROJECTS

2019  

FORTUNA’S FEET

Artistic Travel - For the Research and Development of Fine Art

Italy, France, Morocco, Egypt

PUBLICATION COMING SOON

     

FUN STUFF

2020  

Almost a Frenchie! Citizenship in progress

09-19

Lots and lots of stuff happened which was not validated by any kind of art institution- if you want to know more you'll have to ask me! I have some wild stories about meeting amazing artists even though I am shy, carrying a miniature painting around in my purse since 2008, witnessing ancient events in the middle of the night at Zuni pueblo, bribing my way through the Palio in Siena, solving Caravaggio’s murder, and everything else from stealing roses to falling asleep against historic monuments!

2010  

Fell in love with France so learned French

2008  

Touched La Bocca della Verita and fell in love with Italy

2008  

Cape Clear Island Mural Project, Cape Clear, Ireland

Painting aide and not being able to finish a pint of Guinness, also I milked goats in Ireland for a blind goat farmer

2007  

Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX, USA

Volunteer: guarding artwork and making weird noises which echoed off the cement walls when there were no visitors present

1992  

People’s Choice Award, NM State Fair             

At 7 years old I won best watercolor (a seascape which was accidentally hung upside down but still looked good, it was pink)

1990  

High praise from kindergarten teacher for using a pencil when there was no black crayon available (I believe I was given a special scratch-and-sniff strawberry sticker for this achievement in understanding color)