Collage exhibit to open in NIC's Corner Gallery

An exhibit featuring the collages/assemblages of Spokane Valley artist Rik Nelson will open in the North Idaho College Boswell Hall Corner Gallery Nov. 7.
The exhibit titled Dam: Reflections on the Waste Stream will highlight Nelson’s collages created from materials typically thrown away by consumers.
“Western culture has created and continually feeds a huge waste stream,” Nelson said. “I hope my work serves as a dam in the waste stream, a stoppage and diversion of some materials from producer to consumer to incinerator/landfill. My work extracts post-consumer recyclables—bits of plastic, aluminum, tin or cardboard—and holds them up for closer examination, bringing into question the disposal of such resources.”
|photo1|Nelson uses detergent jugs, motor oil and antifreeze containers, shampoo bottles, soda and beer cans, coffee and popcorn tins and pizza boxes in his collages. He arranges the materials, often in quilt patterns, and affixes the materials with brads, nails, staples and escutcheon pins to create his work.
“Along with my artistic intentions, my companion goal always is to promote reuse and recycling since that implies thrift and a respect for resources,” Nelson said.
Nelson holds a master’s degree in creative writing from Eastern Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in art and English from Whitworth College.
Nelson was selected as a program series speaker for Inquiring Mind 2004-2006 “American Quilts/American Voices,” which is sponsored by Humanities Washington in Olympia. He was the 2003 recipient of the Madame Shao Feng Sheng Award at the Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art in Chautauqua, N.Y.
His work has been exhibited at the Kohler Gallery at Whitworth College, the Catacombs and the Lorinda Knight Gallery in Spokane as well as in numerous group exhibitions nationwide.
Nelson will lead a gallery walk at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 in the gallery followed by a slide lecture presentation at 1 p.m. in Boswell Hall Room 102. The opening reception for the exhibit will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Boswell Hall Corner Gallery.
The exhibit will be on display Nov. 7 through Dec. 9. Corner Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Information: (208) 769-3277.

For More Information
NIC Corner Gallery Coordinator Allie Vogt, (208) 769-3427

Posted: Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005

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