NICK FAGAN
MAKING AUTHORITY
VERSA GALLERY
Summer 2018
 


About

In her essay “On Style,” Susan Sontag wrote: “a work of art encountered as a work of art is an experience, not a statement or an answer to a question.” In this statement, Sontag espouses a conception of the art-encounter as one that is essentially the act of keeping a question alive, one that fosters dialogue rather than didacticism. This ritual of perpetual questioning has indelibly shaped my own methodology and work. The work centers upon the delicate and explosive nexus between the private, the public, and the personal. I strive to render visible the aleatory and fractious nature of interpersonal conversation, story-telling, and mental rumination in both two and three-dimensional mediums. The difficulty of representing that which is awkward or unutterable also drives my work, and I am committed to confronting head-on those subjects which many deem taboo, such as mental health and illness, disability, and the razor-thin, often ambiguous line between life’s comedic and tragic moments. 

I base the visuals aspects of my work on drawing, line work and cartoons. I am compelled by the philosophical and connective power of line, its capacity for duality, as a tether or a boundary, an incision or a scar. Line’s probing rawness approximates the elaborate roving and intertwining of organic discourse. Pushing it away from paper and pencil and thinking about drawing as something of a half way point between 3D and 2D where I allow myself to jump in between these areas. In my paintings, line is made by carving out material at different levels, giving the impression of line through shadow and shape. The sculptures show line as an object not bound by any surface, similar to how we see lines on paper. The images I use are a result of repetitive, almost manic, drawing of characters. 


 

popup in east lake park, chattanooga

After the gallery exhibition, the box then assumed a second life and was set up for an afternoon art happening in East Lake Park in east Chattanooga, bringing the theater to the public in an attempt to lure in the park going crowd to experience a moment of seeing. The images on display depict the formation of man-made clouds within an enclosed space, and with a good partially cloudy sky on the day of the event, suggesedt a visual experience in the spirit of trompe l’oeil, where a fabricated image of a thing appears in the place where the thing already naturally exists. The viewer was then given a postcard of a man-made cloud as a gift for her/his participation.

 
 

Press

Omri and Rotem Zin-Tamir "Maybe A Horse" at LIT [Interview]
"It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane…It’s A Horse?" by Olivia Haynes, , Chattanooga Pulse, (June 20, 2018)
"Opening Reception: Maybe A Horse" Chattanooga Pulse, Summer 2018
Maybe A Horse”, Locate Arts, Summer 2018