Opening reception: Friday May 26, 2017, 6-9pm
COOPER COLE is pleased to present Daily Luge, a solo exhibition from Nikki Woolsey.
Nikki Woolsey‘s work considers a place in-between, her objects want to be near hands, captured in space like drunk diamonds dragged through the mud; they talk and talk to each other within the material of the things she makes meet. She spans time, honouring found objects with deft and deliberately meditative devices. They find new ways in the world and are often replicated through the framework of prop making, though mimicking the original with an absurd questioning of itself. They cry the constant whisper of the size of something worth holding, all while following false instructions of gravity and grace.
The found objects don’t escape the domestic surplus they are born out of and refuse opulence as a standard worth achieving. Instead she presents a shiny flare among evidence of an edged normal, a cozy home-time macabre, a long crooked finger looking for the light (switch.)
– Laura McCoy
This exhibition is generously supported by the Toronto Arts Council.
Nikki Woolsey (b. 1983, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) graduated from OCAD University in 2008. Her sculptures consider the perceived significance and categorization of objects. Unravelling these understandings, her materials are put through a process of intuitive reconfiguration and deliberate fabrication. Woolsey has been included in exhibitions at the Power Plant (More Than Two), Mercer Union (Push and Pull), and Pari Nadimi Gallery (Baleful), Toronto, Canada. As a frequent contributor to the touring art event Doored, Woolsey has shown sculpture in Los Angeles, New York City, and Rotterdam. In 2010, she collaborated with art duo Life of a Craphead at a residency and exhibition at Hotel Maria Kapel in Hoorn, Netherlands. Woolsey lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
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Shrug Hut, 2017
Glass, wood, straw, paint
Snug Ripple Dawn
Snug Ripple Dawn, 2017
Glass, flock, foam, weather stripping bristles
Buff Patty, 2017
Wood, fabric, thread, tacks
Soothing Lug, 2017
Smooth-On resin samples, resin, grass, glass, nail, cloth
What About All About Me
What About All About Me, 2017
Glass, paper tag
Glass, embroidered elastic, greasy shammy
Ravelling Grip, 2017
Glass, resin, plastic
Window Nud, 2017
Rice, resin, metal, straw, spray paint