General 3-9-2006

ZOOM IN issue #3

A collection of work and annotations by Trever Nicholas, with an interview on his life and art.

Trever Nicholas
Plug Rug
Plastic Atmosphere
Plastic Atmosphere detail
Milk Bubble Galaxy
Flaccid Wireframes

Trever Nicholas is a 27-year-old multimedia artist who lives in New Brighton. He says this about his work:

“I am curious about our visceral understandings of
beauty, desire, disgust, oddity, and phenomenological entities . . . . The artwork I create is derived from experimentation and reverie. My studio
is filled with ambitious failures and curiously successful experiments.”

Read a brief interview with Nicholas here.

Plug Rug, 2003, 45″ x 55″ x 1″, Earplugs, nylon mesh

Plug Rug contains over 20,000 earplugs squished into a nylon mesh. The earplug topography has a memory: if someone presses a hand onto the piece the shape would remain after pulling the hand away. Slowly, then, the little earplugs would grow back to their original shape.

Plastic Atmosphere, 2005, 45″ x 30″ x 25‚, cable ties, fish line

In this piece I linked thousands of cable ties together and suspended the masses with fishline. I enjoy the idea that “plastic” can mean “something that is easily shaped or molded.” Every time I install Plastic Atmosphere it will turn out different. No matter how much I fight with the plastic masses, I have to compromise between what I want and what the materials want.

Milk Bubble Galaxy, 2005, 18″ x 24″, punched holes in paper

I vividly remember images from my childhood and feel my work often draws upon those memories of my explorations of physical
things. I remember being interested in the shapes and patterns of milk bubbles. I feel privileged to remember childish things so vividly.

Flaccid Wireframes, 2004, Variable dimensions- tallest wire frame 36”, pipe cleaners

In my unsuccessful attempts to construct solid forms out of pipe cleaners, I built these, I hung my failures on the wall. I was uncertain of the rejected forms for many months but they grew on me. They remind me of the imagery I found on the slides I viewed with my cheap plastic microscope as a child.

Bulboids, 2005, 36″ x 28″ x 26″, latex balloons

When walking through the city or spending time in my studio, I feel like anything is fair game for making art. I often find myself compelled to take pictures, or take things home with me that I am attracted to. Bulboids is a result of this, and the forms will soon make themselves into a much larger installation.