Visit: epicenterprojects.com/ to view the online exhibition - Nicolas Shake: Humdrum Catastrophes
Epicenter Projects is pleased to introduce the online exhibition: Humdrum Catastrophes from Los Angeles artist Nicolas Shake. Within a hybrid vocabulary of painting, sculpture and photography, Shake examines the politics of periphery through exploring spaces on the border of suburban sprawl. Humdrum Catastrophes extends from a body of work the artist has been developing for years along the outskirts of Los Angeles County. In his site-specific ventures, Shake extracts items discarded from the domestic interiors of surrounding communities and assembles these findings into sculptural arrangements. This process of material construction reflects the same strategies of lighting and compositional balance executed in artist's private studio practice when painting or developing his sculpture works. Yet in this context, Shake's physical production in the open desert is finalized through long exposure photography. The resulting photographs draw contemporary parallels towards the history of classical and still-life painting. There is a poignant insight within the objects Shake highlights that underline the surface of aesthetic intrigue. These discarded objects were once relished and are now remnants of our socioeconomic collapse. In the artist's own words: Humdrum Catastrophes refers to how significant events are talked about post and prior to their occurrence, yet catastrophes can be slow and quiet aside from how we tend to think of them as being fast and loud.
During his residency with Epicenter Projects Shake completed Humdrum Catastrophes along the San Andreas Fault Line spanning throughout the Coachella Valley to the Imperial Valley's Salton Sea. A limited number of Shake's prints are exclusively available from Epicenter Projects Editions