518 N 40th St
Omaha, NE 68131
402-618-1981
Molly Nicklin presents a three part series titled Chalk and Charcoal.  The show will be up at the Cali Commons gallery throughout the month of September.  An artist reception will take place Saturday, September 12 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Art influences the world, encouraging us at each impression to wait, slow down, and stop for a moment.  These interruptions allow a viewer the opportunity to appreciate, examine, and experience nearly any possibility.   Molly’s drawings are lenses to guide our imaginations.  They contain embedded triggers that emerge out of our personal contextual chaos.  The value of your experience is whatever emerges for you. Getting feedback and hearing about your experience is one of Molly’s favorite parts of sharing her work.

Molly prefers creativity to be a messy, hands-on process.  Her satisfaction in the process requires the immediate feedback of a tangible, pleasant medium.  Chalk and charcoal have this elemental tangibility. It clings to you and you can feel it touch you back with a certain softness.  It is a bit like rubbing sand between your fingers.  The chalk and charcoal are much finer and  softer, but you can still push the granules where you want them to go.

The first of the three parts in this series is a collection of figure drawings.  While preparing for the show, Molly often enjoyed looking the organic softness in the collection of figure drawings she did in college, and wanted to improve upon them.  She added colored chalk, sometimes with subtlety, sometimes in a way that changed the drawing entirely.

Molly refers to the second part in this series as soft squares.  These soft square abstractions come in the form of quilt-like feelings generated by playful exploration of building blocks.  Viewers are invited to play and imagine in this safe, comfortable space.

The third part of the series is collection of self-portraits.  The drawings are windows into different times and spaces, feelings and memories.  They are a recognition of the evolving self.  There are things that never are explicitly said, that exist inside these portraits, a truth hidden in the hand that made them.

The three parts of the series fit together through their media (chalk and charcoal) and through Molly’s minimalist leanings, which led her to repurpose older works and use supplies she had on-hand.  The result is a collection of drawings that bridge the past and present; the literal and the abstract.

Cali Commons is open by appointment.  To schedule a showing, send an email to info@calicommons.com.

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518 N 40th St
Omaha, NE 68131
402-618-1981