Gallery 16 is pleased to announce Stockhouse, a show of new work by Bay Area artist Tucker Nichols. Presented in conjunction with a large-scale commission of wallpaper and other related elements by the artist at SFMOMA, the exhibition will take the loose form of a workshop or warehouse where the various components of the commission might have been made or stored. Due to the improvisational nature of Tucker's large-scale works, we are unable to describe exactly what the show will look like, or really even what works will be included. We are picturing many variations of patterns related in some way to the giant wallpaper prints Gallery 16 produced for the SFMOMA commission. Also bulletin boards overfilled with drawings, a fleet of painted sandwich boards, and various wall and window installations. We are giving him the alarm code and the keys to the gallery and letting him do his thing in here. This is his fourth solo exhibition at the gallery.
About the commission
"Stage Production" by Tucker Nichols is a multi-format work commissioned by SFMOMA for the exhibition Stage Presence, on view at the museum from July 7 - October 8, 2012. For the commission, Nichols has designed a temporary performance space on the 4th floor of the museum. Oversized printed wall murals, hand-painted signage, and printed programs and posters are all components of the work. While most museum performances take place in anonymous lecture halls, Nichols’ "Stage Production" presents a lively alternative venue within the museum galleries. For each element of the work, Nichols has identified a particular theatrical icon and transformed it in his own way.
Tucker Nichols has had recent solo shows at ZieherSmith Gallery in New York and the Kunstpanorama in Luzern, Switzerland. His work has been featured at the Drawing Center in New York, Den Frie Contemporary Art Center in Copenhagen, the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco and the 2010 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art. His drawings have been published in McSweeney's, The Thing Quarterly, Nieves Books and the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times.