Consists of drawings and paintings on paper, paintings on canvas, fabric, pencil on the wall.
The Paperweight That Keeps My World From Blowing Away is the title of my latest collection of artworks from 2016 - 2017 arranged and installed in tight clusters on the walls of Thomas Young Gallery.
The title refers directly to what I think the process of making work is to me as a whole. Amongst things coming and going, cycles cycling, and people and situations in constant flux and change, sneaking away and making time to paint, collage, draw, and collect has always been my “paperweight” while living life.
When I think of my work nowadays and what it’s about, the only way I can form my description is in broken phrases and singular words. With that being said, the following pertain to my work;
concept based - feelings - fast vs. slow making - catharsis - etheric - records of my vision and how I see things - palimpsest - autotelic - solipsism - pareidolia - special language - ethos - freedom - Wabi Sabi - exploration - seeing vs. understanding - intellect - importance - looking at the world through my hands - television cartoon influenced
Video accompaniment and overall video documentation HERE
collection no. 45 (2018)
collection no. 44 (2018)
collection no. 42 (2018)
All pieces are digital collages made in 2018
Each are available as a print and are 8.5 x 11 " each
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collection no. 41 (2017)
(Top piece) 30 x 30" spraypaint and housepaint on wooden panel
(5 other pieces) 18 x 24" spraypaint and housepaint on canvas
collection no. 40 (2017)
Paint on canvas 11 x 14" each
collection no. 39 (2017)
Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection ―From Shōhaku and Rosanjin to Anselm Kiefer―
My piece " oh yer so fuckin' cool " on display included in:
Artist Statement "Welcome to the exhibit, "A real person standing in a cartoon room", which is a phrase that runs through my head all the time and is autobiographical to me. The proof of this is evidenced here in the form of a large series of artworks I've created on canvas squares but are comprised of everyday scraps of papers and textures mixed with my drawings and paint applications which reflect everyday chance and the world around me.” -Nick Zaremba
Comprised of 49 drawings, this book was conceived as acontinuation of the artistic collaboration between Kai Althoff and artist Nick Z, which was first established in their 2007 joint exhibition at Gladstone Gallery, “We Are Better Friends For It.”Entitled, Dream Cereal, this book further explores the underlying themes of their exhibition and collaboration, borrowing from moments of history, religious iconography, and counter-cultural movements to create evocative contexts that are propped upon narratives simultaneously arcane yet familiar, at once deeply personal yet universal. Each work was made together by Althoff and Nick Z.
O·H+T Gallery is pleased to present Today's Pig is Tomorrow's Bacon, an installation of paintings, drawings, video, and sculpture by Nick Z.
From Me to You, Nick Z's 2006 installation in O·H+T's third floor project space, was characterized by odd, friendly characters, atmospheric backgrounds, small sculpture on shelves, and enigmatic bits of text. Since his move to New York two years ago, Nick Z's work has shown a building sense of confidence and daring. Often collaborating with other artists, he now works in broader strokes to address subjects such as defiance, wonder, hope, wants, needs, paranoia, physicality, and love. The most recent and most ambitious of these projects was his collaboration with German artist Kai Althoff, We Are Better Friends For It, at Barbara Gladstone Gallery in May, 2007. This large scale installation was described by Bridget L. Goodbody of the New York Times as "a cross between a shantytown and an after-hours club" and "a series of Merzbau sitting rooms."
It is impossible to separate Nick Z's work from his personal domain. Bouncing between the psychology of his inner world and an odyssey of real world experiences, he channels random phrases, spray-painted images, cartoonish faces, and abstract symbols to create intuitively structured environments which might feature paintings hung on the wall salon style or grouped together on the floor, sculpture fabricated from found objects, videos playing on monitors, and random wall art. Nick Z's work focuses so strongly on personal experience and stream of consciousness monologue that it would appear self indulgent, if he weren't such an engaging and sincere character. Like the journal of a scarred hero, his work tells of love, loss, bad times and good. Nick Z wears his heart on his sleeve ... but what better way to celebrate Valentines Day?
Nick Z is a Boston artist who has relocated to Brooklyn. He received a BA degree from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is best known in Boston as a graffiti artist, and has exhibited his work nationally including the 2005 Drawing Show at the Boston Center for the Arts and the above mentioned show at Barbara Gladstone Gallery, which was recognized in Artforum as #3 on Jack Bankowsky's list of the 10 best shows of 2007. This is Nick Z's first one-person show at O·H+T.
collection no. 8 (2008)
15 x 15"
spraypaint and ink on paper
collection no. 7 (2004)
mixed media on canvas
9 x 12"
collection no. 6 (2006)
5 x 6" watercolor and markers on paper
collection no. 5 (2009)
various pieces of medium and size
KAI ALTHOFF AND NICK Z: WE ARE BETTER FRIENDS FOR IT May 5 - June 16, 2007 New York | 24th Street