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Recent Colourful Nikolic Paintings

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Installation of Tomislav Nikolic's Being's Believin' at Fox Jenson McCrory Tomislav Nikolic, Being's believin', 1, 2023, synthetic polymer, marble dust, 22ct moon gold leaf, 16.9ct lemon gold leaf on linen and wood, 69.7 x 52.5 x 6.8 cm Tomislav Nikolic, Being's believin', 2, 2023, synthetic polymer, marble dust, 22ct moon gold leaf, 22ct rose gold leaf, composition on linen and wood, 78.2 x 89.2 x 9.8 cm Tomislav Nikolic, Being's believin', 3, 2023, synthetic polymer, marble dust, 24ct gold leaf, 22ct rose gold leaf on linen and wood, 70.9 x 53.4 x 6.8 cm Tomislav Nikolic, Being's believin', 4, 2023, synthetic polymer, marble dust, 24ct gold leaf, 16.9ct lemon gold leaf, composition on linen on wood, 75. x 90. x 9.7 cm Tomislav Nikolic, Being's believin', 5, 2023, synthetic polymer, marble dust, 20ct citron gold leaf, 13.25ct white gold leaf, on linen and wood, 89.1 x 70.4 x 6.8 cm Tomislav Nikolic, Being's believin', 6, 2023, synthetic polymer, marble dust, 20ct citron gold leaf, 13.25ct white gold leaf, composition on linen and wood, 78.2 x 89.2 x 9.8 cm Tomislav Nikolic, Being’s believin’, 7, 2023, synthetic polymer, marble dust, 22ct Rose gold leaf, 22ct Moon gold leaf, on linen and wood, 95.8 x 69.1 x 6.8 cm Tomislav Nikolic, Being’s believin’, 8, 2023, synthetic polymer, marble dust, 24ct gold leaf, 22ct Rose gold leaf, composition on linen and wood, 76.2 x 87.2 x 9.8 cm Tomislav Nikolic, Being’s believin’, 9, 2023, synthetic polymer, marble dust, 16.9ct Lemon gold leaf, 24ct Gold leaf, on linen and wood, 60.9 x 53.2 x 6.8 cm Tomislav Nikolic, Being’s believin’, 10, 2023, synthetic polymer, marble dust, 20ct Citron gold leaf, 16.9 Lemon gold leaf, composition on linen and wood, 79.7 x 98.7 x 9.8 cm Tomislav Nikolic, Being’s believin’, 11, 2023 synthetic polymer, marble dust, 13.25ct white gold leaf, 20ct Citron gold leaf, on linen and wood, 80.2 x 61 x 6.8 cm Tomislav Nikolic, Being’s believin’, 12, 2023, synthetic polymer, marble dust, 22ct Moon gold leaf, 13.25 white gold leaf, composition on linen and wood, 89.3 x 105.5 x 9.8 cm Installation of Tomislav Nikolic's Being's Believin' at Fox Jenson McCrory

Using this line of a dozen multi-coloured beats, we can imagine a kind of musical score with percussive notes written on stacked parallel staves of notation. (Or words in a line from a poem with verbally articulated scansion.) Usually different systems of alternating contrasting qualities are established, only to be broken and then slyly reestablished. Each work is a distinctive individual—however when mixed together as parallel processes, some are consistently in sync; others are not, creating counter rhythms.

Auckland

 

Tomislav Nikolic
Being’s Believin’


25 November - 16 December 2023

In this show of twelve intricate Nikolic paintings—each with their characteristic layering of ‘tunnelling’ concentric rectangles imposed via multiple coats of thin paint on canvas and frames—we see the artist has organised a subtle architectural intervention where the viewer’s eye travels not only around the four sides of each individual work that it encounters, but also in a horizontal linear direction along the whole group, traversing all four walls.

Using this line of a dozen multi-coloured beats—this suite, this totality—we can imagine a kind of musical score with percussive notes written on stacked parallel staves of notation. (Or words in a line from a poem with verbally articulated scansion.) Usually different systems of alternating contrasting qualities are established, only to be broken and then slyly reestablished. Each work is a distinctive individual—however when mixed together as parallel processes, some are consistently in synch; others are not, creating counter rhythms.

Five examples of such binary contrasting qualities are: thick ornate ‘Rococo’ frames of wood and moulded plaster versus simpler thin Modernist wooden frames; on the canvases, blurring centres of hot versus cold colours; on the centres again, fuzzy oblongs of dark versus pale tones; or alternating distances of densely packed shimmering parallel lines moving away from the outer frame edge and background white wall; and alternating vertically versus horizontally aligned rectangles.

Looking at these we see a rich merging of five stacked up streams, each with its own inflections, all blended together in unison but separately spaced apart sequentially for twelve rectangular units: twelve distinctive modes of pulsing with twelve unique sets of hue and edge-contour juxtapositions.

Syncopations occur as—if you are standing in the middle of the room—the works swirl around you, a few parts accelerating to form alliances with neighbours (or jumping over them), others slowing down. Fortuitous matching cadences suddenly appearing. In this orchestration, the elaborately coloured, gilded and framed paintings function as radiating hubs, shuffling back and forth horizontally, and propelling their directed energy through sequenced and interconnected nexuses. Enjoyed pried apart or amalgamated.

John Hurrell

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