Kimberly Nichols

Kimberly Nichols, USA
Kimberly Nichols is an artist, writer, and social anthropologist in Los Angeles, California. Her conceptual works, literary fiction and creative nonfiction have been exhibited and published internationally. She is the author of the critically acclaimed collection of short stories Mad Anatomy (Del Sol Press, 2005) and is currently writing a second book.

Articles (8)

LONDON CALLING
Article date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016

LONDON CALLING

The current “London Calling” exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum showcases 40 years of London-based painters working primarily with landscapes and the human figure from 1940 to 1980. These artists, who have come to be known as the London School, were noted for moving away from the more popular abstraction, minimalism and conceptualism that dominated contemporary art at the time. But instead of going backwards into the realm of realism or a more optimistic idealism, their voices present an authentic, humbling and unflinching depiction of contemporary life.

SITE-SPECIFIC ART ROCKS COACHELLA
Article date: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

SITE-SPECIFIC ART ROCKS COACHELLA

The annual Coachella Arts and Music Festival that takes place over two weekends in the Southern California desert city of Indio on historical polo grounds has quickly become known as the preeminent musical festival of our time. Part of its popularity is due to its wide conglomeration of genre-crossing musical acts that span age, race and class to deliver a cross section of the current psyche of music lovers worldwide. But this year Goldenvoice, which produces the festival, has really upped its offerings through commissioning six artworks by internationally renowned artists on a grand scale as part of the event’s ambiance.

Dents and Abrasions by John Divola
Article date: Friday, April 15, 2016

Dents and Abrasions by John Divola

Eight large works by prolific photographer John Divola command the small space of Gallery Luisotti in Santa Monica, offering a glimpse into what is perhaps one of the artist’s most familiar obsessions – turning abandoned space into abstract works of art via personal intervention. The works compiled in Dents and Abrasions represent individual pieces from prior series created in the first decade of the new millennium that all revisit Divola’s early seminal series Vandalism.

Rethinking “Normal” with painter Wyatt Mills
Article date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Rethinking “Normal” with painter Wyatt Mills

Walking into Project Gallery, I am confronted by Wyatt Mills’ painting “I Seem To Have Forgotten The Recipe” in which a woman in a creamy 1950s pink colored kitchen maneuvers a cooking pot. Only I am not merely aware of her hands wielding the pot in a moment of everyday housewife duty; I am also in on the energy of her mind. Swirling around her are arcs of frenetically painted chaos, blobs of color spattered about the environment, and brushstrokes hanging in midair attempting to illuminate a thought bubble. As the title piece of the show “Normal,” it illustrates beautifully the idea that as individual people, we are constantly vacillating between two identities, the one we feel inside versus the one we project on the outside.

Phillip K. Smith III: Light and Shadow Works
Article date: Friday, December 11, 2015

Phillip K. Smith III: Light and Shadow Works

Smith III has become king of the double take in a rapidly evolving body of work that uses light as its medium. Growing up in the Southern California desert, the artist became acutely aware of light. Without a discerning shift in climate and season that emerges boldly in landscapes of more drastically occurring climate, his attunement to light arrived with subtlety. We recently spoke with Smith III about this further progression in his overall oeuvre.

Rain Room
Article date: Monday, December 7, 2015

Rain Room

Following the weekend of the November 13th Paris tragedy I was looking to escape my sadness through an immersion into art and its transformational powers. I thought I might find this by visiting the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to see Random International’s Rain Room exhibition.

Epicenter Projects: Inspired By a Crack in The Earth
Article date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Epicenter Projects: Inspired By a Crack in The Earth

A few months back, in the ink black hours of night, if you were to drive down the lonely desert highway that weaves in and out of the Coachella Valley, you may have glimpsed a strange light scribing the topography of the mountains. If you had stopped your car, curious as to the origin of these crawling spider veins of this electric spectrum over the contours of rocky landscape, you may have encountered two men playing with lasers like two mad scientists.

Casey Reas’ Linear Perspective
Article date: Monday, September 21, 2015

Casey Reas’ Linear Perspective

Media artist Casey Reas’ latest exhibition Linear Perspective at Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles’ Chinatown is presented in a completely blacked out space reminiscent of the void of our societal collective consciousness. Upon entering, one is immediately exposed to the wall-scale title piece, an unfolding electronic painting projected onto a black wall that slowly emerges in digital brushstrokes of surreally flattened and warped images.

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Yves Klein, IKB Godet, 1958, dry pigment, synthetic resin on gauze on panel. Private collection. ©Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris.

Yves Klein, IKB Godet, 1958, dry pigment, synthetic resin on gauze on panel. Private collection. ©Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris.

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