Studio Mountain

Nicholas Nyland’s work is at the intersection of craft and abstraction, with pieces both amorphous and ineffably graceful, despite the inchoate messiness drizzled across the surface of canvas, papier-mâché or ceramic. For “Studio Mountain,” Nyland brought his signature painting style off the wall by molding a crumpled canvas out of heavy watercolor-paper, then setting it with paint.

“The title is a reference to the ancient Chinese scholar stone tradition that was a key influence,” Nyland says. “I was attracted to the way in which those odd rocks served as landscapes of the imagination where enormous scale shifts were possible, and I wanted my own work to offer some of that magic.”

Nyland’s work is on view at Linda Hodges Gallery Jan. 5–28.

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