LOUDHAILER Gallery is pleased to present VirtueOfNecessity, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Matt Nichols. The show opens with a public reception on Saturday, May 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. and runs through June 21, 2014.
‘Making a virtue of necessity’ turns a perhaps less than desirable responsibility into a positive. By dropping the ‘making a’ from the phrase, Nichols gives it alternative meaning, closely relating necessity to having value or being desirable. With this exhibition, Nichols offers objects that physically and psychologically explore real vs. illusionistic space. By changing the perception of viewership, Nichols subverts all expectations and assumptions. Objects that at first glance appear flat and organic reveal themselves to be dimensional or fabricated, and vice versa. This push and pull yields a meditative experience for the observant viewer. Products of meticulous craftsmanship, the objects also express Nichols’ continued interests in architecture, art history and design, coupled with ontological exploration of space and form. By questioning the standards of perception, Nichols presents virtuous objects, in that they allow the viewer to draw his/her own conclusions.
Matt Nichols (b. 1981) holds a B.A. from the University of California Berkeley and an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been shown at numerous venues including Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL. (solo exhibition); LVL3 Gallery, Chicago, IL; Meulensteen, New York, NY; Storage Unit, Brooklyn, NY; and Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI. Most recently, Nichols’ work was included in A Study in Midwestern Appropriation, a group exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center curated by Michelle Grabner. This is Nichols’ first solo exhibition in Los Angeles.