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Nikko Sedgwick

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20110219142251-utitled_2
Untitled , 2010 Acrylic On Canvas 113" X 98"
20110219143157-lick
Untitled (Lick, Smoke), 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 33" X 48"
20110219141826-fishnet_gloves
Fishnet Gloves, 2010 Acrylic On Canvas 44 1/2' X 33 1/2'
20110219142934-lips
Untitled (Lips), 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 34' X 45"
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Heads, 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 34" X 38"
20110219144214-smoke
Untitled (Smoke), 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 33" X 44"
20110219143520-head
Head, 2010 Acrylic On Canvas 33" X 42.5"
20110112134841-purple_veil
purple veil, 2010 Acrylic On Canvas 46' X 53' © Collection of Melva Bucksbaum
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Blue Veil, 2010 Acrylic On Canvas 47" X 53" © Collection of Iffie Okowonko
20101004175943-bloomers
Untitled (Bloomers), 2010 Acrylic On Canvas 93" X 120"
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Untitled (Paintbrush), 2010 Acrylic On Canvas 93" X 88"
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The New Year or the End of the World (For Lhasa), 20010 Acrylic On Canvas 98" X 114"
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Untitled, 2010 Acrylic On Canvas 98" X 126"
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Untitled, 2009 Acrylic On Canvas 69" X 65"
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Unwelcome Guest, 2009 Acrylic On Canvas 72" X 77"
Naomi-1
Naomi, 2009 Photography (Mixed Media) 44" X 55"
Geniepenelope
Penelope and Jeanie, 2009 Photography 34" X 44"
Christinahorse
Christina on Horse, 2010 Photography 34" X 55"
Momkiko
Mom and Kikko, 2009 Photography 33" X 44"
Granny
Granny, 2009 Photography 33" X 44"
Mom
Mom, 2009 Photography 44" X 33"
Momgrandmasis
Mom, Granny and Sis, 2009 Photography 44" X 33"
Smile
Smile, 2009 Photography 44" X 33"
20130902160140-nikko_sedgwick___burlesque_babe
Burlesque Babe Manipulated Vintage Photograph
Quick Facts
Birthplace
NYC
Birth year
1963
Lives in
Brooklyn, NY
Works in
Brooklyn, NY
Representing galleries
Kent CT, Ober Gallery
Tags
mixed-media, photography, figurative, conceptual
Statement

PAINTINGS

 

The series "Parlor Games" is a confluence of Bruegel and Bugs Bunny,  enigmatic scenarios that are at once humorous, sexually charged and implicitly violent.

The work is informed by the Slapstick comedy of The Marx Brothers, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and others. These artists routines were expressions of pure id, unchecked by ethics, etiquette or codes of conduct,  a narrative where anarchic socio-sexual dysfunction was explicit.

"Parlor Games" also finds inspiration in music:  Cab Calloway's, "Minnie The Moocher", Louis Armstrong's, "St. James Infirmary" and Duke Ellington's "The Mooch", to name a few,  also provoke a dark, lurid intensity that finds it's way into this work. Looking at these pictures one gets the feeling that something has just happened or is about to happen, but no easy answers are provided.

The paintings use these artists and performers as a springboard to explore primal, aggressive and lascivious impulses that are an integral part of our nature, and employ the theatrics of an absurdist comedy to create a narrative that call morality and immorality into question.

 

PHOTO-BASED WORK

The series, Snapshots stretches portraiture, traditionally an artists attempt to capture and distill a moment in the life of the subject, by disrupting the time/space continuum and bringing an animated energy to the sitters stasis.

The work deals with the paradox of decay and renewal. Though the destruction of the object, the breaking down of the chemistry and distressing of the surface imply metamorphosis and rebirth, there is a sense of transcendence and exploration of further hidden meanings in the subjects themselves.

This precious artifact, the  "family snapshot", a testament to familial love, intergenerational relationships and personal sentiment becomes. through the process of "decay/renewal" a celebration of their lives, their relationships and time itself. They are evolving, tripping out of their distilled and captured moment, into something new. Celebrating and reconfiguring time rather than being relegated and bound by it.