Published on March 3rd, 2013 | by NSB Observer0
The Simple Arrangement of Hue
The Atlantic Center for the Arts featured a gallery opening titled, “HUE,” by French born artist, Nathalie Chikhi on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Works included in this exhibition, follow her fascination for simple arrangement and the application of repetitive methods.
“HUE” is the second exhibition within the newly created alt_space gallery at the Arts on Douglas. The gallery name, short for alternative, was formed to feature Florida artists working in the genres of installation, emerging media and other non-traditional art forms.
Within this space, Chikhi combined monochromatic wall drawings with a flamboyant floor installation. “These works are responsive to one another,” explains Chikhi, “With a conceptual approach to lights and shadows, the flat works on paper seem to become 3 dimensional. The absence of color makes them even more quiet & abstract. At the opposite, some small arches, built using a wide array of raw colored paper, draw an energetic land.”
Chikhi was born in 1975 and raised in Quimper, Brittany, a town best known for its Quimper faïence pottery,which uses the bold provincial designs of Jean-Baptiste Bousquet.
Chikhi now works in Sanford, Florida. She earned her Bachelor in Visual Communication from Le Paraclet, Quimper in 1996 and a degree in Interactive Multimedia from Les Gobelins, Paris in 1999. She has shown at many venues across the USA since 2006, including the Bakehouse Art Complex in Miami (2008), The MassMoca in North Adams, MA (2011), the Museum for Women Artists in Deland, FL (2011), UCF art gallery in Orlando (2012) and FSU gallery of Fine Art in Tallahassee (2012). She held her first solo show at Twelve 21, Orlando in Sept. 2011. Her works “Homage to Donald Judd,” sculpture and painting, were exhibited at Aqua during Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011. One of her painting, OPAD #1, was selected for the Nurture Art Annual Benefit 2012, in Brooklyn NY.
“We are excited to host Nathalie Chikhi in this new venue,” says Meghan Martin, Atlantic Center for the Arts Community Arts and exhibition director. “Chikhi’s floor installation combined with her wall pieces will be a sensory experience to the alt_space gallery.”
This exhibition will run through April 20, 2013 and is free and open to the public.
Photos by Tiffany Evers