|The Visual Arts Center of Tidewater Community College (VAC) announces its fall exhibition. Richard Nickel: e-mails from God’s Glue Factory closeout sale will run from September 12 through November 3, 2011. The Artist’s Reception will be held on Friday, September 16 at 7 p.m. An informal Gallery Talk by the artist will precede the opening at 6 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.
In his solo exhibition, painter and potter Richard Nickel (Norfolk, VA) presents work that is made from recycled clay and wood. Contrary to a more serious and solitary approach to art making, Nickel searches for humor in the lighter side of human existence and furthermore shows its necessity for a deeper understanding of the human condition. Love, hope, family and community are recurring themes in his work.
Nickel’s work is frequently recognizable, colorful, symbolic, and at times autobiographical, and presented in two- and three-dimensional ways. Mainly figurative, his characters are depicted in everyday routines: men build houses; women tend to children; friends gather together. All are joyful and live in a world where there is perpetual promise and hope.