Art Education Program Director Richard Nickel’s solo exhibition e-mails from God’s Glue Factory closeout sale is being presented at The Visual Arts Center of Tidewater Community College September 12–November 3. A reception will be held on Friday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m. with an informal gallery talk by Professor Nickel preceding the opening at 6:00 p.m. Events are free and open to the public.
Professor Nickel is presenting work that made from recycled clay and wood. Contrary to a more serious and solitary approach to art making, he searches for humor in the lighter side of human existence, demonstrating the necessity for a deeper understanding of the human condition. Love, hope, family and community are recurring themes in his work. Professor 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. (Shown above: Running on Empty, earthenware, 15 x 15, 2011)