Nicky Nodjoumi: Fractures
This is the first solo exhibition at the gallery by Brooklyn-based artist Nicky Nodjoumi. The show features the artist's work from the past two years, including large- and small-scale oils on canvas, ink drawings and a collection of archival source imagery and collages. Nodjoumi is a figurative painter with abstract sensibility, and his paintings explore the emotional dynamics of contemporary politics. The brushwork is quick, loose and expressive, though the compositions are carefully worked out well in advance. His protagonists are often men in suits—the uniform of contemporary authority—painted against spare backgrounds. On the relationship between painting and politics, Nodjoumi says: "What I'm looking to express in my paintings are the relations of power. I find a solution and a composition that touches on the relations between people, objects and spaces, on their embeddedness in power. And then I try to approximate it in painting."