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While grieving his late friend, poet Alfred Tennyson penned this about love: “Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”
In her new solo exhibition xoxo, painter Nicole Clark explores the joy and grief at the junction of love and loss, and the tragic obstinance required to avoid heartbreak indefinitely. Created between 2019-2023, the works in the exhibition serve as a visual journal, documenting the resettling of the artist’s romantic and familial love life before and in the wake of the pandemic and global unrest of 2020.
On view at the Night Owl Gallery (1735 Maryland Ave., Upstairs Unit A, Baltimore, MD entrance on Lafayette Ave), the paintings are created in the artist’s signature collage-like format–– graffiti and handwriting inform the movement and abstract composition of each piece, while thick coats of acrylic and watercolor paints create decadent layers and storied textures. Several are monumental in scale and hang as tapestries measuring up to seven feet tall.
“Coming on the heels of Valentine’s Day – the Hallmark holiday we all love to hate, and hate to love – I hope that xoxo offers respite this winter for the hearty, the heartbroken, the heartbreakers, and everyone in between,” says Clark.
The xoxo exhibition will include the following events:
Station North Arts District Art Walk
Fri, Feb 23, 2024 | 5-9 p.m.Open Studios w/ Til Queendom Come + other Night Owl Studios artists
xoxo Reading: A Storytelling Event by Baltimore Poets + Writers
Thurs, Mar 14, 2024 | 7-9 p.m.Toast to Womxn’s History Month
xoxo Afterparty: A Closing Reception
Fri, Mar 15, 2024 | 9 p.m.-til
DJ Babs + Gabs
DJ Kevin Naidura
Nicole Clark (b. 1983)
Nicole Clark is a Baltimore-based painter, writer, and mental health equity advocate with ten years of dedicated practice in painting and creative non-fiction writing. Raised in Chicago, Ill. in the ’80s and ’90s, Nicole’s art is informed by the cultural paradoxes from late twentieth-century American city culture–– cross-colors and grunge, analog-meets-digital, hope and fatalism. Fusing art and writing, her oeuvre encompasses abstract and surreal paintings and collages whose compositions take shape from kinetic script and repetitive graffiti. Each painting is layered with thick coats of paint, the piece’s words, symbols, and images creating a sculpted texture that reflects mystery and complex stories of the human experience.
Baltimore’s affinity for experimentation and come-as-you-are art scene has created a welcoming proving ground for Nicole’s creative life over the past ten years, inclusive of collaborations and exhibitions with Baltimore artists and organizations like the Phoenix Art Yard, Maryland Art Place, Bmore Art, MICA, and Perspectives Art + Design.Eventbrite