Artist: Nicholas Dison
Exhibition: (Currently discussing with another artist and art curator)
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, West Gatov Gallery
About the Artist and Formal Analysis
Nicholas Dison is a senior at CSULB and graduating this year with a BFA in Ceramics. He uses clay as his medium to create objects that have a particular function or decorative purpose; his works are sculptural, figurative, conceptual, or functional. He creates such objects that form a conversation about art – to admire and appreciate the beauty done by the artist. He was inspired by his numerous travels in Italy, Spain, and many more. He believes the architecture and the ceramics from the countries he visited symbolizes their rich culture – in addition to that he also believes that the shapes, the materials, and the colors has a huge contribution in invoking an emotion out from an individual hence as to why he was emphasizing on how his work looks. And even with “failure” when creating something, he uses that and melds with another few objects in order to form another new ceramic.
Nicholas Dison’s gallery “Synergizing Fields” consists of ceramic objects ranging from vases to portrait-like ceramics. The colors he used were eye catching, solid orange color, gold, silver, blue and many more. He had vases, an object that seems to be a chest, a few portraits. One quite notable portrait was the one that has a candle holder within the frame – this form of ceramic bends or defies how a “portrait” should be which is a picture within a frame. It has been done before but this one with the mix of colors and the material he used, it seems to be out of a cartoon. Quite impressive. There are many more like this emphasizing either the way the material is shaped or its color. Nicholas Dison has done an impressive done to invoke a sense of Romanticism and a good tribute for the architecture and culture from the countries he visited.
One portrait I spent the most time looking at was a “flat” ceramic portrait with a mixture of dark and light bluish color on it and with nothing but a cross on it. Looking at it brought me tranquility, and made me ask or question of who I was back then. Was I alone or is everyone else truly alone with just their values and beliefs? Quite philosophical. Nevertheless, his works are a perfect reminiscent or rather tribute to the years of culture from other countries. They are beautiful.
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