Projection on Paintings
In a series of ongoing experiments (2016 – 2018), Nic animates otherwise traditional portraits by combining painted surfaces & projected light. This innovative process creates dynamic images that defy traditional mediums in search of the new. When viewed without the projection, the painted surface looks flat, resembling an expressionist portrait built from abstracted shapes & blocks of muted color. When powered on, the video projection moves subtly within the boundaries of the canvas, creating depth & sharpness while enhancing the painting’s saturation. The final image is greater than the sum of its parts as Nic’s video collage style blends effortlessly with the painted canvas.
At first glance, Nic’s 2017 pool series is an homage to David Hockney’s swimming pools of the 60’s & early 70’s. However, these paintings are not about light interacting with water or even the pools themselves. Instead, this series focuses on small group dynamics. Nic combines moments captured from his everyday life to recreate emotive, neo-figurative memories in these paintings. Each person depicted is absorbed in their separate story, — including the viewer, who is simultaneously ignored & posed for, a part of the pool party group & a voyeur. The collaging & containing of Nic’s subjects suggests isolation within these groups, and that these memories have distorted, combined & simplified over time in order to form something new.