I find the more we attempt to define our empirical observations, the more confusing reality actually becomes.
We depend on habitual assumptions to inform our everyday expectations. In order to create these assumptions, we rely on classifying life into specific categories. This practice bolsters the belief that we can be certain. I find the more we attempt to define our empirical observations, the more confusing reality actually becomes.
My work simplifies this thought in sculptures that have a liminal quality to them, existing somewhere between the familiar and the unknown. When creating them I focus on replicating textures and shapes indicative of organic life, rather than directly referencing life itself. Once created the sculptures are then drawn representationally as a means to study and define these abstract sculptures as a subject. The images depict the subject in a void without the anchor of context or narrative, this adds to their liminal quality; in that, they exist in an isolated state in a non-existent place.
I find the act of creating sculptures that vaguely pull from my own definitions of life then meticulously drawing them references the absurd lengths we all go to in order to preserve the illusion of our expectations, expectations we attempt to uphold by imposing our habitual limiting assumptions.
Nathan is a visual artist creating drawings that challenge assumed definitions and categories creating abstract sculptures that mimic life and then using them as reference for his drawings.
Recently he has moved back to his home town of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, after living abroad for two years with his wife and daughter in Sydney Australia. Aside from exploring a major metropolis, he spent most of his time working on his current body of artwork and working as a Technical Officer at the University of New South Wales in their printmaking department. There he assisted in the instruction of intaglio and relief techniques to undergraduate students.
He previously received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Central Oklahoma where he emphasized in drawing and printmaking, after which he has shown his images and sculptures in various galleries including both Artspace at Untitled and IAO. Coming back to OKC he plans on becoming an active supporting member of the arts community. He has an interest in learning and incorporating digital processes to create new and different sculptures for future exhibitions.