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Design Prof’s Work at Bergamot, Featured in LA Times

A nw exhibition of table-top sculptures by Woodbury University faculty member Patrick Nickell is now open at Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. The exhibition, which runs through February 2, was recently featured in an article by Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight. Nickell is associate professor of design foundation in the School of Media, Culture and Design.

The exhibition “Letting Go” is comprised of color saturated large tabletop sculptures in which Nickell loosens his tight hold on strict abstraction and allows his figurative tendencies to emerge creating a new body of work steeped in fantasy. Nickell continues his exploration of spontaneous line, deviating from the curved flowing forms of his previous sculptures, by abruptly bursting the plaster sculptures at their ends. This exposure of tangled wire and burlap gives way to distinguishable forms: a falling figure, raised fists, protruding tongue. These forms are perhaps the explicit manifestation of the artist’s struggle to find his voice outside the realm of implicit abstraction.

Nickell is a Los Angeles-based artist. His work is included in, but not limited to, the public collections of the Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; Berkeley Art Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA; and in Los Angeles at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Luckman Fine Arts Gallery at California State University. 

For more information, please call the gallery at 310.828.8488. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.