Artist Nicholas Sistler (nicholassistler.com), builds upon his 25 years of gouache painting, and integrates the uniquely visual languages of text and imagery into a cohesive whole.
“I’m fascinated by the conundrum of how concentrating on the letters/text makes it futile to see the overall image, while focusing on the overall image makes it impossible to read the text,” Sistler said. “I hope this will prompt viewers to think differently about their visual experience.”
Inspired by early 20th century advertising posters, cinema, and words that came to him in a meditative state, in “S T U T T E R” Sistler crafts images that sometimes match a word literally, other times visually, and still other times with the image conjuring words that may or may not be visible. While every painting in “S T U T T E R” builds off a word or words, “It is the most disparate body of work I’ve ever made,” Sistler said.
With its playful joining of verbal and visual languages, “S T U T T E R” underscores the evocative inventiveness that is a hallmark of Sistler’s work. “There’s a lot going on in each piece and the more people look at a painting, the more they’ll be rewarded.”
About the Artist
Nicholas Sistler received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has a background in painting and performance art. His works have appeared in more than 100 exhibitions, including 24 solo shows, and are included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Illinois State Museum, the Rockford Art Museum, Block Museum at Northwestern University, DePaul University Art Museum, Otterbein University, Benedictine University and numerous private collections coast to coast.
Gallery hours: Wednesday – Saturday 10:30 – 4:30