Drawing workshop | Follow the line

Nicole Nickel studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Mainz and at the Art Academy Pozna?. Since 1990, she focuses exclusively on the themes architecture, line, and area. She doesn't reduce her work here to perspective illustration, but rather uses the technique of axonometry to consistently challenge the real space. In subsequent years, she increasingly distanced herself from the rectangular format limitations. The first objects originate: in colored surface compositions gradually merge surface and space. Later, she took to the logical step to implement computer technology as a medium to fill the precise areas of the objects as digital collages with multicolored ornaments or material structures. These cut PhotoPrints become quasi-sculptures, in which a seemingly three-dimensional body always ends in the area. In 2001 Nickel develops her first animations. Initially as an endless morph from architectural set pieces and line constructions, now also as a live performance in collaboration with musicians.
Today, the work by Nickel moves between architectural realism and maximum abstraction, yet retains a certain degree of reality through motifs and easily identifiable topics. She disengages thereby from the pure surface and goes with her work to the real space. The three-dimensional wall objects, which can be roamed about by the visitor, offer a variety of real or feigned insights. Spatial relationships lose their significance or are simply reduced to absurdity.

The workshop is meant as a creative experimentation, in which questions on the concept of space and spatial transformations are to be examined. Experimentation being the case, because it is not essentially about producing the most effective aesthetically pleasing result. Rather, the need in a drawing controversy is that the individual line or area should be visible in a construction.

How is space defined in the subjective perception? What is transition, insight, level...? How can these seemingly logical conditions once again be challenged on the basis of drawing or collage through adding, superimposing or negating fragments? The defined concept of space will thus be consciously resolved during the course of the workshop, and while viewing the works of art, the inevitable question arises after the prompt "Always follow the line": "Is this here front or back?"

The defined concept of space is thus deliberately dissolved in the course of the workshop, and while looking at the work arises after the challenge "Always follow the line" then the inevitable question: "is here front or rear?"

Directed by Nicole Nickel

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