Nathaniel Hendrickson

on the beach (universal newspaper #2) by Nathaniel Hendrickson

Recipient of the 2016-2017 Graduate Excellence in the Visual Arts Award

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Artist Biography

Nathan(iel) Hendrickson graduate with a B.A. in Painting and Photography/Digital Media from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. Incorporating performance, dance and mixed media, Nathan(iel)’s work explores various materials and concepts including time, memory and the artist as subject. His is currently an M.F.A candidate in Visual Art at Florida State University.

Artist Statement

The body of work presented here is from a series called Universal Newspaper. These paintings were inspired by Philip Guston’s late paintings, Piero Della Francesca and ideas related to Mikail Bakhtin’s carnivalesque. Reflecting on our relationship with electronics, screens, and the seemingly limitless virtual space we explore through these devices, these paintings ponder an indecipherable landscape in which information is reduced to ambiguously censored visual data and dissimulation.

The ideas behind these paintings are multitudinous. Since graduate school, for me, is a dialogical space where constant and immutability are encouraged, I have tried to create that space within my studio practice. I began this semester by looking to great masters like Piero della Francesca, de Chirico, Max Beckman Philip Guston, Georg Baselitz and many others. Not simply looking, however I performed studies, always working in a sketchbook, or on torn-out pieces of paper making room for the genius of accident and intuition. I moved to the larger paintings on panel to work out larger ideas and to move the paint around on a different surface. In tandem with my studio practice, I have been performing a close reading of Mikhail Bakhtin’s analysis of the medieval novel Gargantua and Pantagruel by François Rabelais. Bakhtin’s analysis of the various aspects of folk humor and the carnivalesque have influenced my practice and have provided a framework for further investigations. Recently, I have begun researching Michael Taussig’s writings on mimesis and alterity as well as the robust materialism of Jane Bennet’s Vibrant Matter.

 Currently on display in the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House: