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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:

Attempts to create utopian societies often remain most visible in their architectural designs. Whether Roman, Renaissance, Modernist, Soviet, or Fascist, attempts to construct ideal cities are only realized for brief moments.

It can be argued that the greatest examples of a cultures architecture reflect its ideologies and values. The architecture becomes a form of propaganda.

Idealized, pseudo-utopias are often highly seductive. On the surface we see an appealing, perfected world. But as one contemplates the ideal further, we realize these paradises are false. As one looks more closely, the sinister realities of unchecked late-capitalism, imperialism, fundamentalism and fascism begin to emerge.


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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:

2016-
'1000 UTOPIAS',
Corridor 2122 Gallery, Fresno, California..

2015-
'FLESHED OUT',
Q Art Salon, Santa Ana, California.

2014-
'HOME',
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, California.

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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