In a beautiful and poetic way, this show by Stephanie Hogen, Elaine Jason and Candace Nicol
combines a sense of art history with a reference to Reno’s history. “Nudes and Neon” simultaneously references the art historical legacy of the nude form and exists within the modern and contemporary aesthetic found in the use of new media such as neon. As conceptually driven artists, Jason, Hogen and Nicol are all concerned in some way with the creation and perception of personal realities and personal landscapes. Their explorations are reflected in a shared curiosity with light, reflections, layering, fragmentation and an redefining of beauty. Using assemblage as a vehicle, these artists have come together to explore intersections between their work. Throughout this exhibition, the artists draw upon similarities of form and concept while honoring individual subject matter and content.
Jason has been creating neon sculptures for more than 40 years. Her sources of inspiration have been found in the ever-changing landscapes, often in the use of discarded materials and objects from construction sites. She reassembles these objects into sensual neon sculptures – redefining beauty from scraps.
Nicol also uses the technique of reassembly, but in her pieces Nicol enlarges, crops, cuts and reassembles photographs of male nudes. The components of her pieces are arranged along a grid format to suggest fragmentation and a mapping of the body surface. The largeness of scale and the layering of the glazes and resin over the prints result in a vista of pleasure, defamiliarizing body parts and emphasizing contradictions to the idealized forms in Western culture.
Hogen’s sharp sense of aesthetic has led her to create a series of sensual photographs of the female nude. Nudity, however, is not the emphasis for Hogen. Rather, Hogen is interested in the
interplay of light and shadows. In these works, the uncluttered human form serves as a palette for the numberless nuances of light and shadow, as well as a reminder of who we are under our daily mask of pretense.
This exhibit will open Monday and run through June 28. A artist reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. June 8. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gallery will close at 2 p.m. Friday for the installation.