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Jim Nickel: New Venture Pieces    Mar 15 - May 11, 2013

Mahogany Venture Piece #37
Jim Nickel
Mahogany Venture Piece #37, 2013
Red Oak Venture Piece #38
Jim Nickel
Red Oak Venture Piece #38, 2013
Venture Piece #30
Jim Nickel
Venture Piece #30, 2012
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Atrium will be exhibiting a new series of sculptures by artist Jim Nickel.

Opening Reception Friday March 15, 6–8 p.m.

Jim Nickel is a New York artist who lived in St. Louis during the 70s and early 80s, when he was known as an abstract painter working in a geometric mode. His current work is a revival of a series he began thirty years ago, based on the iconic Venture symbol used by a St. Louis-based department store chain. A logo of black and white diagonal slashes was the "signature," and it provided an inspiration for his early work. Current pieces are made with rough hewn slabs of native wood, painted black and white, then cut up and reassembled into new forms, losing only sawdust in the process. Volume, pattern, and reflected color are the primary elements of these abstract works.

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