UCSF Mission Bay Hospital, San Francisco
Permanent commissions by:
TUCKER NICHOLS, 40 FLOWERS
Framed works installed throughout the waiting area of the Children's Infusion Center
"Whether you are a child, parent, friend or nurse, the Infusion Center can be a place of tremendous anxiety and disconnection from your normal life. We need modern hospitals, but the institutional setting can be deeply disorienting. Living with Crohn’s disease, I've spent many hours over many years at an infusion center just like this one. I’ve seen decidedly human interactions among families, nurses and doctors--heartbreaking, inspiring, awful and even delightful. With 40 Flowers, I'm trying to bring some of the human side of the experience into the space through images of arranged flowers, something people have been using to communicate unspeakable emotions for centuries. Flowers are a terrible stand-in for any specific message, but they do the job of saying the one thing that seems to matter most: You’re not alone. I’m here too." -- Tucker Nichols
TUCKER NICHOLS: NEW PAINTINGS
Gallery 16, San Francisco
January 23 - March 6, 2015
Friday, January 23, 6-9PM
Gallery 16 is pleased to present a show of new paintings by Bay Area artist Tucker Nichols, his fifth solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition is made up of more than 30 paintings and framed drawings, mostly of vases with flowers, a long-favored subject for the artist. “Flowers are a near perfect subject for a painting,” Nichols says. “They offer a bit of content but they can really look like anything. They’ve also been used as a stand in for inexpressible ideas since humans first started talking.” The new paintings explore more abstracted forms as well, in some cases resembling smokestacks or disheveled cakes.
Earlier this year, Nichols began making small flower paintings on paper to send by mail to sick friends. These evolved into a permanent commission of 40 framed works at the new UCSF Hospital at Mission Bay opening in February. This fall he began making the larger paintings for this exhibition “for people too busy to take care of real plants.”
Unlike previous installations in which Nichols combined many works into larger pieces, this show is composed exclusively of stand-alone paintings and drawings. “I like playing with context and location in installations, but it’s good to make things that can live on their own too,” Nichols says. “These paintings don’t need anything, not even water.”
After several years in the Marin Headlands, Nichols recently moved his studio to a former campaign headquarters above a tuxedo rental shop in downtown San Rafael. His work has been featured at the Drawing Center in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Denver Art Museum, Den Frie Museum in Copenhagen, and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.
His drawings have been published in McSweeney's, The Thing Quarterly, Nieves Books and the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times.
For more information, contact the gallery at email@example.com or call (415) 626-7495.
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