Exhibition: THE SOCRATES ANNUAL, 2018
The Real Deal: Soft Touch & A Gentle Push, 2018
12 x 7 x 4 feet & 10 x 6 x 5 feet
Nicholas Missel’s The Real Deal: Soft Touch & A Gentle Push is a pair of enormous limp silicone machines, the Park’s compact loader and a decommissioned bulldozer, that will lie sprawled across Socrates’ lawn. Cast from working pieces of equipment involved in construction with traces of dirt, rust and debris, the sculptures can be understood as a meditation on global patterns of industrial production, material circulation and consumption, and the sustainability of existence on Earth.
Nicholas Missel (b. St. Louis, MO in 1989; lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) received his BFA from Kansas City Art Institute in 2012 and MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2016. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2016. While he was at Kansas City Art Institute, he studied abroad in Kecskemet, Hungary at the International Ceramics Studio. He explores the intersection of industry, labor, and technology in his sculptures.
He has been featured in several group shows, including, Absence Project, Planta Baja, Brooklyn NY (2017), OBO, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2016), New Contemporaries, Gelman Gallery, Providence, RI (2016), and A Sponge & A Sigh, The Wurks, Providence, RI (2016).
Photography by Scott Lynch and Sara Morgan
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