A lavish apartment. A gin and tonic cocktail. An animal skin rug. A painter’s studio. These representations of garish opulence allude to our present day postmodern condition. My work seeks to address how we make sense of the world in a time where representation is malleable, facts are illusive, and the truth seems almost impossible to pin down. Make no mistake, these paintings are not moralistic, nor are they cautionary tales. There is beauty in the art of artifice. The subjects I paint are multi-layered and tenuous; the human condition can be beautiful, tasteless, strange, and heartbreaking all at once.
Nikki Woods is a gallery director and visual artist who lives and works in Cleveland, OH. Appointed the Director of the Reinberger Gallery of the Cleveland Institute of Art in January of 2018, Woods previously served as the Reinberger Gallery’s Acting Director, as well as the Project and Visiting Artist Coordinator. As Project and Visiting Artist Coordinator she co-curated exhibition projects and organized the weekly visiting artist lecuture series Lunch on Fridays. She holds a BFA in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art and is currently represented by Hedge Gallery (Cleveland, OH).
(Above photograph of the artist credit: Laura Ruth Bidwell)
World Without End: Regrets Only, Nikki Woods at Hedge Gallery, by Douglas Max Utter
Nikki Woods Explores High Style and False Impressions in 'Regrets Only' , by Dott Von Schneider