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.