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Visiting Artist: Nichole Beck

Artist-in-residence for the Sculpture Tour

Thursday, November 8
Richmond Center for Visual Arts, room 2008
5:30 p.m.

Nichole Beck is an artist from Chicago who will be working with students to build a site-specific sculpture for the Frostic School of Art sculpture garden Nove. 5 through 9.

Nicole Beck's sculptures are mechanisms and contrivances that play with refractions in light, space and time. Her work centers on a holistic approach to art and physics, and is an exploration in perception, growth and interconnectedness.

Beck addresses both the regard for beauty and the laws of quantum physics, and gives form to well-crafted and quirky objects of poetic reflection. Abstracted apparatus and organic forms are juxtaposed as poetic metaphors for archetypes of the flow and balance of energy and life systems.

At the heart of Nicole Beck's public works beat the rhythm and beauty of the dynamic systems found in nature and the sciences. Basic geometries balance form with ideas. The elements in her sculpture and installations fuse to create quirky and beautiful poems in space. Large-scale public works are her forte. Beck is adept at budgeting, scheduling, fabricating, negotiating and collaborating on projects, and has a degree in communications as well as fine art. She constructs most of her large-scale steel works herself and fully understands fabrication methods.

Beck's repertoire of media include steel and stainless, bronze, wood, glass, and landscaping outdoor public spaces. Tile and glass mosaics and painted murals can be executed directly on-site, or off-site on panels and later installed.

She has also been very active in creating collaborative murals and mosaics for public spaces with diverse groups of apprentice artists recruited from the surrounding community. These projects require delving deep into all aspects of the community that can inspire and inform the artwork.