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Nicole Havekost: Felt Sense


Ro2 Art

Nicole Havekost 

Felt Sense

Where: Ro2 Art | The Cedars

1501 S Ervay St. Dallas, TX 75215

When: October 24 - November 28, 2020

Opening Reception: Saturday October 24, 12-5 PM

Limited Entry: FREE tickets via EventBrite 

Ro2 Art is proud to present Felt Sense, a solo exhibition featuring new works by artist Nicole Havekost. The show will run from October 24 through November 28, 2020. The exhibition will open with an artist reception at Ro2 Art in The Cedars located at 1501 S Ervay St. Dallas, TX 75215 and will take place from 12-5 PM. Attendance to the reception will be limited to groups no larger than ten over 20 minute intervals - Reservations available via EventBrite:

http://ro2.us/oct24.

Nicole Havekost’s latest work invites a deep introspection of the body in an adventurous act of acceptance of its inevitable variations and divergences. Havekost describes our physical forms as organisms that cannot be fully controlled and wherever they oscillate on the spectrum from beautiful to grotesque, we can learn to fully accept them.  Using piercing, pulling, and stitching, Havekost builds and sculpts out her forms. Felt Sense is a curious and fearless embrace of the human body that approaches its vigor and decay without judgement.

Artist Statement

I am fascinated by bodies.  They are simultaneously beautiful and grotesque.  

While coarse hair grows, revelations of desire can arrive.

While the lungs take air, bones degrade. 

Once pregnant, the same body hosts faltering hormones.  

Despite love, wounds ooze. 

I can actively influence these processes of my physical form, but I cannot control any of them fully. My body is mine, it is also an organism with its own needs. I am compelled to explore this exquisite, repulsive organism that exists beyond my desires.  My previous work explored my body and its discipline with very careful and precise forms.  These new felt forms all me to explore this growing intimacy and acceptance I have with the organism that is my physical form. The act of sewing is integral to these new forms. Piercing, pulling and closing, each stitch is aggressive and restorative.  Stitching is an act of accumulation; it is a collection of marks, moments and attachments that give shape to a form. Sewing these forms, I rest in my own body more fully.  

About The Artist

Nicole Havekost (b. 1970) is an artist currently working and living in Rochester, MN.  She attended the Rhode Island School of Design as an undergraduate, earning her BFA in printmaking.  She then attended the University of New Mexico, earning her MFA in Printmaking as well.  

After graduating, Niki moved with her husband to Michigan.  She taught Drawing and Printmaking at both Adrian College and Sienna Heights University for ten years.  After becoming a mother and relocating to Minnesota, Niki has had more time for her creative work.  She has exhibited her work in Colorado, California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio and Illinois.  She completed a residency at the Vermont Studio Center in 1997.  Niki is a 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

About Ro2 Art

Ro2 Art, a contemporary fine art gallery located in The Cedars Neighborhood near Downtown Dallas, represents a diverse group of emerging, mid-career, and established contemporary artists – many with ties to the North Texas Region. The gallery, founded in 2010 by mother-and-son partners Susan Roth Romans and Jordan Roth, regularly collaborates with organizations such as The MAC and Cedars Union and maintains an exhibition program within the Magnolia Theatre at West Village and other satellite venues. Ro2 Art has been named Dallas Observer's "Best Art Gallery" and was presented with the 25th Annual Obelisk Award for small business by the North Texas Business Council for the Arts. The gallery's art fair program has included the Dallas Art Fair, Texas Contemporary, and Art Aspen.

All works will be on view October 24 - November 28, 2020. Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, October 24, 12-5 PM at Ro2 Art, located at 1501 S Ervay St. Dallas, TX 75215. For more information, visit www.Ro2art.com, or call Jordan Roth at (214) 803-9575. Free tickets are available via Eventbrite: http://ro2.us/oct24.

 

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