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Saturated Phenomenon

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Curriculum Vitae

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Gallery

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Biography

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Artist Statement

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Reflections on Typography

A journey from graphic design to fine furniture.
One may wonder how typography and fine furniture might find semblance together in
the same work. The original inspiration for these pieces came when I stumbled upon a
tray of vintage letterpress type. Inspired, I reflected on the printers who stood laying up
rows of type one letter at a time and the heavy machinery pressing the images of the
printed word.
The small letters and intricate motifs reminded me of a brief experience with this form of
printing in my early schooling in graphic arts. Later as I went on to study as a graphic
designer I had an immediate affinity & aptitude for hand lettering & designing with type.
It is this background and my current work as furniture designer that combined to inspire
this exhibit.
I call myself a ‘Designer and Maker of Exceptional Handmade Furniture’; but there is no
escaping that I am an ‘Artist ‘. The lens through which I see the world and approach my
work has defined me all my life. In all the work I do I try to apply this same artistic
sensibility – believing there is intrinsic value in ‘good design’ & the ‘handmade object’
and in practicing the highest level of craftsmanship.

Nicholas Purcell, 2013

Reflections on Typography

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The Bellevue Gallery presents, Nicholas Purcell, designer and maker of exceptional handmade furniture,

Reflections on Typography

A journey from graphic design to fine furniture.
One may wonder how typography and fine furniture might find semblance together in
the same work. The original inspiration for these pieces came when I stumbled upon a
tray of vintage letterpress type. Inspired, I reflected on the printers who stood laying up
rows of type one letter at a time and the heavy machinery pressing the images of the
printed word.

The small letters and intricate motifs reminded me of a brief experience with this form of
printing in my early schooling in graphic arts. Later as I went on to study as a graphic
designer I had an immediate affinity & aptitude for hand lettering & designing with type.
It is this background and my current work as a furniture designer that combined to inspire
this exhibit.

I call myself a ‘Designer and Maker of Exceptional Handmade Furniture’; but there is no
escaping that I am an ‘Artist ‘. The lens through which I see the world and approach my
work has defined me all my life. In all the work I do I try to apply this same artistic
sensibility – believing there is intrinsic value in ‘good design’ & the ‘handmade object’
and in practicing the highest level of craftsmanship.

Show runs from May 23rd, 2013 – June 30th, 2013. Opening reception: May 23rd, 2013; 6pm – 8pm

Saturated Phenomenon

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Saturated Thin Film

Saturated Phenomenon

 

Saturated phenomenon are experiences of givenness that philosopher Jean Luc Marion says exceed the senses, that flood, overrun– indeed saturate otherwise ordinary events. Saturating phenomenon surpass the sum of their parts; an experience of overflowing fulfillment, saturated phenomenon exceed the intentional act that generates them and is incommensurable–not measureable in any ordinary way.

 

These images juxtapose minimal planes of steel with close up faces caught between fear and joy- laughing, crying, screaming, meditating, being flooded with fields of saturated colour, seen floating through layers of texts.

 

The Saturated Phenomenon Series celebrates how simple mundane surfaces can open, enfold and invite such saturated phenomenon. The surface of steel, the porous, close–up topography of the face, the signifying surfaces of texts, maps, packing stickers, material veils of saturated colour–each trace, layer, flood, open and unfold multiple depths. The surfaces themselves invite not a dualistic opposition of surface with depth, but celebrate how the surfaces themselves suggest multiple readings. Multiple traces overlay and do not erase.

 

In Painting Today, Tony Godfrey observes that a “portrait painted face-to-face implies a one-to-one, an ich-du (I-thou), relationship (111). The one-to one relationship with the painted face enacts Martin Buber’s I-Thou relationship, albeit between the painter and panel, and brings to mind philosopher Emanuel Levinas face-to-face ethical encounter with the other. The viewer is invited to step into an I-thou relationship in the artist’s stead. This series has taken a surprising turn. Particularly the laughing face layered over text transfer sections of Foucault’s Discipline and Punish and Keller’s The Face of the Deep suggests in an odd textual dialogue and in Keller’s own words how “the face breaks up both the deconstructive caricature of depth and the counter caricature of deconstruction as shallow. (165)”

 

My dissertation opens with being “stopped” by a heart attack and ends with a laugh. In Coming to Writing Cixious identifies a generative process: “In the beginning was dying, the abyss and the first laugh.” The Aesthetics of Attentiveness identifies 3 phases of aesthetic acts– the necessity of being stopped; being attentive, trusting unknowing and self emptying listening through the act of making; then emerging out of this liminal process with a laugh of knowing, having made something that surprises even the artist.

Saturated Phenomenon runs from April 11th to May 11th, 2013 – Opening Reception: April 11th; 6pm-9pm

 

Michiko Suzuki’s, “A Feeler” Installation

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Gallery

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Curriculum Vitae

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Exhibitions:

2012/ 2013

  • Silk Purse Gallery, West Vancouver, BC  (Solo Show)   (Feb. 7 – 19, 2012)
  • Foyer Gallery, Squamish, BC  (Solo Show)    ( Sept. 11th to Oct. 8th, 2012)
  • Maple Ridge Art Gallery, Maple Ridge, BC   (September, 2012)
  • Mikelson Festival of Arts, White Rock, BC   (July 14/15 & 21/22, 2012)
  • Vancouver Home and Design Show, BC Place Stadium, Vancouver  (Oct. 11 – 14, 2012) (Featured Artist) 
  • B.C. Home & Garden Show, BC Place Stadium, Vancouver  (Feb. 20 – 24, 2013) (Featured Artist)

2011

  • Sopa Fine Arts Gallery, Kelowna, BC (April, 2011 – Group Show)
  • Dublin Crossing Pub & Restaurant, Surrey, BC  “A Night of Art, Wine Tasting & Live Music” (Group Show)
  • Wired Monk Coffee House, Surrey, BC
  • Aqua Vitae Spa, White Rock, BC
  • Water Shed Arts Cafe, Langley, BC (June, 2011 – Featured artist)
  • Harmony Arts Festival, July 29th to August 1st, 2011  (Juried Show)      (Top Selling Artist)
  • Hollyburn Country Club, West Vancouver, BC     (September, 2011)   (Featured artist)
  • One of a Kind Show, Vancouver, BC  (Juried Show)      (December, 2011)

2010

  •  “Arts Alive” (Community Art Festival), Langley, BC
  • Urban Art Gallery, Langley, BC (Featured artist)
  • The Neighbourhood Art Studios & Gallery, Langley, BC

 

Education (Art related):

Professional Artists’ Oil Painting Workshop, South Pasadena, California – September, 2012

Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Vancouver, BC – September, 2011

Natural Hydraulic Lime Plasters, [Tadelakt], Vancouver, BC  –  July, 2011

Architectural Enhancements Decorative Concrete, Seattle, WA  -  March, 2011

M.A.H. Decorative Art Academy, Kentucky, USA – May, 2010

Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Vancouver, BC – September to December, 2009

The Art Studios, Langley, BC – October, 2008 to June, 2009

Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes - February to October, 2008

Seattle School of Art & Design, Seattle, WA – April, 2008

Kelly S. King Academy of Art, Seattle, WA – April, 2007