NICKI GREEN

Between Washing And Unwithering

October 8 - November 7, 2020

Virtual Opening Reception 10.10.2020

Exhibition Walkthrough by Nicki Green

Harvard Ceramics Studio Visit and Demo by Nicki Green

Nicki Green Harvard talk and demo
Artdaily logo banner.jpg
https---bucketeer-e05bbc84-baa3-437e-951

PRESS RELEASE

LaiSun Keane is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of Nicki Green titled Between Washing and Unwithering from October 8 to November 7, 2020, online and in person at 460C Harrison Ave Boston MA. 

Nicki Green is a transdisciplinary artist working primarily in clay who is originally from Massachusetts, and now lives and works in California. Her work carves out spaces for LGBTQ+ people and reimagines a world that centers their life experiences. Informed by her Jewish faith, her work explores practices and mythologies steeped in an inclusivity that is often not seen in more traditional settings. For Green, clay is the perfect medium for its malleability and transmutational qualities - a metaphor for her life journey and a statement of her resiliency. This exhibition provides a survey of her major bodies of work - Morel Figures, Bricks and her latest series, Pillar of Earth.  

A reading of her art practice is put in context within the canon of art history by art historian, writer and University of California Santa Barbara Associate Professor, Jenni Sorkin. In her essay, created specially for the exhibition, she has laid out thoughtfully Green’s inspirations, experiences, ideas and theories as follows:

Metamorphosis and Jewish identity are the primary drivers of Green’s content. Clay is key to rendering the body metaphorically, but also creates a morphology of form itself, that, is revising and re-shaping form. To this end, Green reworks ritual objects, inventing them anew, for an expanded, multigenerational, non-binary audience that might partake of them, or find meaning in the sanctity of inclusion itself. Not exclusive to Judaism, religious traditions worldwide enforce traditional male-female gender binaries, which become a barrier to non-binary participation, access, and belonging. Green’s significant and original work functions as a series of challenges to traditions and conventions in three simultaneous arenas: the social rigidity of gender presentation, Judaism, and functional ceramics. Transformation is the subtext of Green’s work, in particular, her use of form itself as a material means of enabling a poetic response to the transgendered body.” 

The full essay  is posted on our website, and will be published in the exhibition catalogue accompanying the exhibition. 

EXHIBITION ESSAY

Hybrid Vessels: Nicki Green’s Transmutations

By Jenni Sorkin

Nicki Green (b. Boston, 1986) uses ceramics to make space for the trans body. She utilizes its properties of plasticity and transmutation, or the action of changing into another form, as raw clay itself is a material with alchemical properties, becoming something spectacularly other, once fired and glazed. Her mixed- media sculptural works render the body metaphorically, thematizing sexuality, religion and identity. An emerging artist who is currently in the first decade of her career, Green has already garnered high wattage visibility through her inclusion in the prominent triennial, “Bay Area Now” (2018), held at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and Craft Contemporary’s second Clay Biennial, titled “The Body, The Object, The Other,” (2020), in Los Angeles.

Metamorphosis and Jewish identity are the primary drivers of Green’s content. Clay is key to rendering the body metaphorically, but also creates a morphology of form itself, that, is revising and re- shaping form. To this end, Green reworks ritual objects, inventing them anew, for an expanded, multigenerational, non-binary audience that might partake of them, or find meaning in the sanctity of inclusion itself. Not exclusive to Judaism, religious traditions worldwide enforce traditional male-female gender binaries, which become a barrier to non-binary participation, access, and belonging. Green’s significant and original work functions as a series of challenges to traditions and conventions in three simultaneous arenas: the social rigidity of gender presentation, Judaism, and functional ceramics. Transformation is the subtext of Green’s work, in particular, her use of form itself as a material means of enabling a poetic response to the transgendered body. Read the essay in full here 

Jenni Sorkin

Art Historian, Author and Associate Professor, UC Santa Barbara

Her book Live Form: Women, Ceramics and Community is out now.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

NICKI GREEN is a transdisciplinary artist working primarily in clay. Originally from New England, she lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. She completed her BFA in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009 and her MFA in Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley in 2018.

 

Her sculptures, ritual objects and various flat works explore topics of history preservation, conceptual ornamentation and aesthetics of otherness. Green has exhibited her work internationally, notably at the New Museum, New York; The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; Rockelmann & Partner Gallery, Berlin, Germany.

 

She has contributed texts to numerous publications including a recent piece in Duke University Press’ Transgender Studies Quarterly and a piece in Fermenting Feminism, Copenhagen. In 2019, Green was a finalist for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s SECA Award, a recipient of an Arts/Industry Residency from the John Michael Kohler Art Center, among other awards. In October 2020, Green will be presenting her first east coast solo exhibition at LaiSun Keane in Boston, MA.

ARTIST CV

NICKI GREEN

SAN FRANCISCO, CA BORN 1986, BOSTON, MA

 

EDUCATION:

2016-2018 University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA. MFA Art Practice

2007-2009 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA BFA Sculpture

2005-2007 Eugene Lang College, Parsons School of Design (The New School), New York, NY Courses completed in psychology & fine arts, emphasis in sculpture

AWARDS/GRANTS/RESIDENCIES:

2019 San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Commission

2019 Residency- Center for Contemporary Ceramics. California State University, Long Beach

2019 John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry Residency

2018 Headlands Center for the Arts fellowship

2018 UC Berkeley Eisner Award

2017 Residency- Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. Newcastle, ME

2017 UC Berkeley Sam Francis Travel Grant

2016 Center for Cultural Innovation Quick Grant

2015 San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Commission

2014 Center for Cultural Innovation Quick Grant

2013 Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art Awards: Unrecognized Artist of the Year: Hermit 2009 Schmidt Community Arts Fellowship. San Francisco, CA

SOLO EXHIBITION HISTORY:

2020 Between Washing And Unwithering, LaiSun Keane, Boston MA

2020 Pillars of Earth. Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2019 Splitting/Unifying. Et Al Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2016 Breaking Dishes at Gene Compton’s. GLBT History Museum, San Francisco, CA

READ full CV here

© 2020 LaiSun Keane, LLC

Contact us - info@laisunkeane.com