© 2010, Nick Hollibaugh, studio
Work in progress
BY MAGAZINE ART EDITOR AJA BLANC
Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. – John F. Kennedy
When artist Nick Hollibaugh arrives at his studio, the first thing he does is clean. Even though he also cleans at the end of each day, there is always something to clean in the expansive wood-shop.
©Nick Hollibaugh, working process.
His process for creating his works is labor intensive, using perfectly placed thin wooden slats.
Nick finds that his commitment to this process affords him creative freedom. The time invested into honing the process allows him to focus his energy on what must be brought forth, rather than how.
©Nick Hollibaugh. Waterfront, 2006.
The wooden slats stand side by side, building up into monuments that suggest a forgotten landscape from the midwest farm lands where he spent his childhood. Barns, silos and other structures stand stoically within what feels like organized melancholy.
©Nick Hollibaugh. Harvest Tempel, 2010 & Sea Legs 2009.
Nick is less interested in what happens before a piece is made or what happens after its finished. The importance lies in the act of making.
The making is where the challenges and problem solving are at their most dense, when he is most engaged in “working through it.” This speaks to his skill in woodworking. Woodworking is a less than spontaneous process, yet he both methodically and intuitively responds to the creative process as it unfolds.
©Nick Hollibaugh. Witness, 2010.
Writer Margueritte Harmon Bro has said “many people are inventive, sometimes cleverly so. But real creativity begins with the drive to work on and on and on.”
Nick’s drive as an artist is tireless. His artistic process is much like his work, without pretense and yet solid, without compromise and unwavering. His willingness to show up each day is at the heart of his practice.
Nick Hollibaugh (American, b. 1976) received his BFA in 2001 from Herron School of Art, Indiana University in Indianapolis and his MFA in 2003 at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island. In 2006 he was awarded a Rhode Island State Council for the Arts 2007 Fellowship Grant. He has exhibited his work in Chicago, Indiana, New York and Washington, DC.
His current exhibtion of work, Witness: New Sculpture is open September 24 – November 14, 2010 at Cade Tompkins Projects, Providence. Visit www.cadetompkins.com for more information.
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