Nic Koller is an multidisciplinary artist whose works explore the outer-boundaries of collage. He creates collage-inspired acrylic paintings, video collages, a surprising take on “analogue” video work that is shot and displayed on multiple iPhones, and even extends collage into the audiosphere by layering found sound into musical compositions.
These works iterate upon themselves, overlapping conceptually & thematically, and share a distinct, complementary visual language. Regardless of the medium, Nic depicts common people (& places as representations of people) while embracing spontaneous, collaborative moments as the foundation of his process. This ongoing exploration has expanded Nic’s understanding of his composited style. It’s not just about seeing multiple angles & different moments in time at once; it’s also about fractured human relationships.
At first glance, Nic’s 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.
Nic Koller’s handheld approach to video collage brings a new life & breath to an often static form. While a small handful of artists (most notably David Hockney) have worked in video collage, none have output work exactly like this. In Nic’s videos, the different parts expand & contract and then quickly pop back into place allowing the viewer to look at, explore & live in the image longer.
Prior to working in video, Nic made composite collages out of 35mm film photos. His works captured the unique feeling of seeing a city with fresh eyes. He was excited to transpose his collage style into video, but he didn’t know where it would lead.
Nic shot & assembled dozens of tests in 2014 & 2015, working to answer an important question… How do you capture movement as a collage? While conducting experiments that portrayed a skateboarder, a dancer & a friend snowshoeing, he arrived at a documentary style that was uniquely his own.
This exploration expanded his understanding of collage. It’s not just about seeing multiple angles & different moments in time at once; It’s also about fractured human relationships. Nic depicts common people (& places as representations of people) throughout his works & his collaborative approach to documentary allows the subjects to contribute conceptually to their own story.