Curator and artist Melody Saraniti investigates the relationships that shape artistic practice by inviting one artist to select another with an influential but divergent practice to exhibit their work together.
For this exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center, Mike Nudelman’s meticulous ballpoint pen drawings of supernatural outer space landscapes composed from thousands of hair-sizes strokes will be paired together with the playful ceramic objects of Sarah Hicks. Nudelman states that he views Hicks’ objects as “cultural relics of a civilization much cooler than ours — miraculously bequeathed to us when found floating in the vacuum of space, or perhaps dug out of the dirt on a foreign planet. Each, like the femur of a tyrannosaurus, is at once a precious, independent artifact and a necessary piece of a larger, more abstract totality.” Connected through obsessive and repetitive modes of production, the intersection of these artists calls attention to the human desire to connect with objects just out of reach.
Mike Nudelman, Heaven & Hell, Ballpoint pen on paper, 11″ x 14″ 2013