Platform Berlin is pleased to present Nicholas Norris with an installation JUMPIN’ OFF on view from October 2nd - 30th, at U-Bahn Kleistpark.
JUMPIN’ OFF is the second in a series of solo exhibitions presented by Platform Berlin, featuring contemporary artists living and working in Berlin. The exhibitions seek to engage new audiences and present socially relevant artworks outside of the white cube.
With JUMPIN’ OFF the American born artist Nicholas Norris presents his indulgence in spatial reconfiguration through the vocabulary of painting, from which an installation is developed.
A San Diego seascape is viewed through the confines of an anonymous architectural platform in a large oil painting hanging on the wall. The painted wall on which it hangs creates the second dimension and the painted box the third. Spatial repetition brings forth a portal to the San Diego sun line. A home away from home.
With references to the hazy colours of Richard Diebenkorn and the Morrocan series by Matisse, we have a gateway to the light of Southern California. Soft, translucent colours and geometric divisions of space offer a glimpse into the artists sehnsucht, his gaze, and perhaps his longing.
Standing on the platform, the viewer is at once brought closer to the ascending sun, the sea and sand. Yet the repetition of structure fundamentally separates any person that is standing outside and looking in. Absent from the piece is the depiction of human form, making the viewer the reflected subject of the very painting to which they observe. Each of us that looks in is invited for a lonely moment of contemplation and perhaps, a questioning of our solitary existence.
About Nicholas Norris
Nicholas Norris was born in Arizona, USA and now resides and works in Berlin. He was a fellow at Yale Summer Studies at The Institute of Studio Studies in Auvillar, France with Professor Robert Reed in 2012. In 2014 he graduated from Maine College of Art with a BFA in Painting.
Photos by Eric Tschernow