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"Nesting Place" at Tacoma Contemporary



Nesting Place

Where: Tacoma Contemporary, in the windows of the historic Woolworth building in downtown Tacoma (WA) - at the intersection of Commerce and 11th streets.


When: Nov 17, 2008 - Feb 14, 2009

Nesting Place is inspired by nest of the paper wasp. In the Pacific Northwest, paper wasps have annual colonies that are often found under the eaves of human-made structures. Over-winter a colony can rapidly decline and leave the nests empty and lifeless, but again, in the spring, the wasps return to the same spot to build their new nest adjacent to the old ones - holding on to the solace of things past while constructing a hope for the future. Built entirely from hand-sculpted papers set in dynamic relation to one another, the installation was designed specifically for the eaves and walls of the gallery space. Dimensions of Installation: 25' x 15' x 15" Dimensions of Image Above (Detail): 3' x 3' x 5" Medium: Monotypes, insect collection pins


Moorpark show info/Press Release

Ventura County Star Art Scene: http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2008/oct/30/g31vgoexhibits30/

Press Release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information please contact Julie Hughes: jhughes@vcccd.edu / 818.324.8680

October 16, 2008

The Art Gallery at Moorpark College is pleased to present MONSTERS IN THE CLOSET, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Niku Kashef. Kashef’s large-scale photographs are captivating and magical explorations of childhood dreams and memories. The exhibition will open on October 20 and continue through November 15, 2008. A reception for the artist will be held at the gallery on Thursday, October 30, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. The artist will give a talk about herwork at 2:30 p.m., discussing her unique process and content. A question and answer session will follow.

In "The Poetics of Space," Gaston Bachelard writes, " Through dreams, the various dwelling-places in our lives co-penetrate and retain the treasures of former days. And after we are in the new house, when memories of other places we have lived come back to us, we travel to the land of Motionless Childhood..." With her series of work, entitled, "Monsters in the Closet," Niku collects these moments of motionless childhood, through people's retold childhood stories and photographs. An ongoing project, she intends the growing archive of stories to be a vehicle to connect us to one another through the simple (and fantastic) act of sharing a memory.


"Monsters" at Moorpark

"Monsters in the Closet" at Moorpark College Art Gallery
October 20th - November 15th 2008

For more information go to:
http://www.artslant.com/la/events/show/29919-monsters-in-the-closet