In "Possible, Impossible, Possible", Peña combines representational elements of a bright green landscape in the background with a more abstracted silhouette of a house in the middle ground. This piece combines 2 different approaches that Peña has
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Nick Peña
Possible, Impossible, Possible - Nick Peña - Contemporary Landscape/Abstract

2018

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In "Possible, Impossible, Possible", Peña combines representational elements of a bright green landscape in the background with a more abstracted silhouette of a house in the middle ground. This piece combines 2 different approaches that Peña has taken in this series dealing with the American landscape. The combination hints at what we have done with the American dream and American landscape and what we might do in the future. The abstracted house represents architecture yet to be realized while the background hints at a past filled with trees that have grown tall with time. The painting is created with magenta and black watercolor and acrylic paint on paper in the bottom half of the painting. In the foreground we see Sintra board or flattened PVC that has been CNC routed. Peña’s works range from painting to multimedia installations that question the ever-changing psychological landscape of America; asking the viewer to re-examine their perceptions of the “American Dream” and the affects that pursuit has on our environment and national psyche. The realization that both the idealistic pursuit of happiness and the relevance of painting in a technologically driven world informs his practice. With each composition the labor begins with digital composites of a fragmented American landscape in peril —where tension lies in the contrasts between past and present, analog and digital, representation and abstraction, and stability and instability. In his most recent series the American home (stability) and fragmented and shifting landscape (instability) are veiled by a digitally produced mat. Traditionally a mat is, by definition, a flat, thin piece of paper based material included within the picture frame and serves as additional decoration when framing artwork. He activates this commonly overlooked material by using a non-traditional material, Sintra (flattened sheet of PVC), that has a negative digitally drawn image cut-out. This cut-out might, at first glance, look hand cut however, a more astute viewer would realize the precision is mechanical. The mat has been transformed from inactive decoration to digitally produced veil that represents the technologically anxious precision we surround ourselves with. Nick Peña is a visual artist living and working in Memphis TN. He received his BFA from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL, where he was one of six students to receive the Rickert-Ziebold Art Award. After studying abroad at the Hospitalfield House in Arbroath, Angus, Scotland and taking a year off to work in adaptive technology, he returned to school to earn his MFA at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO, where he was awarded the Dorothy L. Rollins Excellence Scholarship Award in Painting. Since graduating his work has been exhibited throughout the United States and featured in New American Paintings.

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  • Dimensions
    H 24 in. x Dm 24 in.H 60.96 cm x Dm 60.96 cm
  • Diameter
    24 in. (60.96 cm)
  • Gallery Location
    Nashville, TN
  • Reference Number
    LU98513863542
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