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Nick Potter

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Birthplace
London, England

Birth year
1971

Lives in
California

Works in
Fresno

Website

Schools
Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, MFA

Tags
modern, realism, mid century modern, architectural

ARTIST STATEMENT / INFO

ARTIST STATEMENT:

The modernist architectural spaces within these paintings stand for power, class, materialism and desire. They also contain reflections on existence and isolation.

 These buildings were initially seen as exemplary examples of high modernist architecture; utilitarian and egalitarian, a social solution. However, the raw concrete ‘Brutalist’ high-rise towers that followed and the cultures encouraged within them, marred the hope of realizing socialist utopian ideologies. Rather those hopes were mutated into something darker and far more sinister.

I am exploring the tension and anxiety that separates the utopian from dystopian, that reminds us of a foreboding doubt that hovers only slightly below the surface of our desires.
 Nick Potter/ 2010.

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‘They [the paintings] are like the opening scenes in Hollywood disaster movies: On the surface, everything is calm. Nice furniture. Neat, polished floors. Like the catalogue. Like the dream. But there’s a vibration beneath the surface. There’s a mask emerging from the wall. Humidity. Memory. The sense of something more, the way we know there’s life beyond the image of the world prescribed by television but we can’t quite find it.’ (1)

(1) Dan Nadaner teaches art at California State University, Fresno.

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BIOGRAPHY:

Nick was born and raised in London, England. Much of the artwork he produced there was fueled by the banality of everyday spaces, particularly the elevators, lobbies and corridors of tower blocks and public spaces.

After completing graduate studies at the Birmingham Art Institute, Nick moved to the U.S in 1999, where he taught at Florida State University for two years before moving to California.

His current works reflect on modernist architectural spaces, images of power, class and materialism that represent fears about existence and isolation. His seductive depictions of artificial utopias, create tension and anxiety that remind us of the foreboding doubt that lingers only slightly below the surface of our desires.

Nick is currently a tenured Associate Professor at California State University, Fresno, and was on sabbatical from December 2009 to August 2010.

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EXHIBITIONS:

2013-
‘DYSTOPIAN ROMANCE’,
Corridor 2122 Gallery, Fresno, California.

2010-
‘DOLCE DYSTOPIA’,
Evergreen Valley College, San Jose, California.

2009-
‘SOCIETY OF SPECTACLE’,
Cerasoli Gallery, Culver City,
Los Angeles, California.

2008-
‘GIFTED’,
Cerasoli Gallery, Culver City,
Los Angeles, California.

2007-
‘PAINT JOB’,
Corridor 2122 Gallery, Fresno, California.

‘UTOPIAN NIGHTMARES : DYSTOPIAN DAYDREAMS’,
Collaboration combining recent video by Conrad Gleber, Director of Digital Art, La Salle University, and paintings by Nick Potter.
The La Salle University Art Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2006-
‘UTOPIA’,
Solo exhibition of digital works exploring simulation and artificiality. Residence Gallery, London, England.

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