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Nicola Ginzel: Language, Symbol, Artifact

June 5 – July 27, 2013

Artist Statement: "My work is based on the transformation of random ephemera gathered from the everyday. Through the process of transformation the original meaning of the object changes. The mundane, that served a particular function at one time or another, is given place and reverence. It transcends its identity.

The selection of all found objects reference time, space or human interaction – they become part of a "philosophical anthropology." These objects are chosen because they hold deeper connections to people or places regardless of their external importance. Transforming them is an act of shifting the energy that they hold, similar to a shamanistic practice. The finished piece becomes a tool in a larger language and often references anything from artifact, fetish, healing object to an arcane language. I use many different materials such as wax, entrails, plaster, paint, thread and fabric. I combine the old with the new. The hand is evident upon things mass-produced and machine made. Craftsmanship is a byproduct of my meditative and intuitive approach.

I like to think of the work and myself as taking the everyday world as a starting point. David Hume states that expectation of one thing following another does not lie in the things themselves, but in the mind. And expectation is associated with habit. The child perceives the world as it is without putting more into things than he experiences. "

Biography: Austrian and American born, Nicola Ginzel has exhibited both internationally and nationally, having her first museum exhibition at the Tennessse Valley Museum of Art in Tuscumbia, AL in 2013. Her most recent work is at Art 101 in Brooklyn, NY (2012), and at Heskin Contemporary in New York City (2011). Solo shows include the the former Jenny Jaskey Gallery in Philadelphia, PA (2008); Corridor Gallery in Reykjavik, Iceland (2006); and KFCA Gallery in NYC (2004), owned by Kristen Frederickson, editor of Singular Women- Writing the Artist.

Selected Site Specific Projects have been at The Udi Alioni Project Room in NYC, and Galapogous Art Space in Brooklyn, NY, curated Happenings by Cindy Tower- Art in the Rock, Branford, CT; Checked, Museum of Modern Art (Coat Room), and the Art in America reviewed show, Brookworld, in NYC. Selected group shows include Art 101 and Sideshow Gallery in Brooklyn, NY; RFD Gallery in Swainsboro, GA; A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and Workspace Gallery in NYC, formerly run by Leslie Heller.

Nicola Ginzel has been the recipient of the following grants, awards and residencies- A Change Inc. Grant Award from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; Artists' Fellowship Inc. Assistance Award; Stephens Grant Award; a Finalist in the LEAP Exhibition at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburg, PA; SIM- The Icelandic Visual Arts Association and Reykjavik Art Museum Residency, Reykjavik, Iceland; and The Skaftfell Cultural Center Residency in Seydisfjördur, Iceland.

Her work has been selected for numerous juried exhibitions by curators like Lydia Yee, Bill Arning, and Lisa Phillips.

Her artwork has been featured by Paul H-O's Gallery Beat TV, NYC; BiennaleArt TV, Venice, Italy; and New Art TV produced by Robert Knafo in New York City in 2011.

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