The Modern Institute

The Modern Institute

Nicolas Party

'Still Life, Gold and Peeling Paint', Remap 3, Athens, 12/09—31/10/2011

Between 12 September and 31 October 2011 Nicolas Party’s exhibition ‘Still Life, Gold and Peeling Paint’ will be part of ReMap 3 in Athens, Greece. An international contemporary art platform in the Kerameikos – Metaxourgeio district of Athens, Greece, ReMap 3 includes galleries from around the world. Working in a disused apartment Party will produce a site-specific installation of wall drawings throughout the building.

Painting is the starting point for all Nicolas Party's works. Applying colour to different surfaces - paper, canvas, walls and objects - allows him to produce a range of work from paintings to site-specific installations. Typically producing still-life and landscape paintings, Party utilises a regular vocabulary of figurative elements - pots, food, mountains and trees - interpreted using the tropes of cubes, cylinders, cones, spheres and pyramids. Using this consistent formal language, he makes a hierarchy of decorative patterns, resulting in frieze-like paintings, which are concurrently representational and fantastical. These works repeatedly interrogate the language of forms central to his practice.

Party’s solo exhibitions include, 'Elephants at the Woodmill', The Woodmill, London, 2011; 'Elephants, spoons and sausage rolls’, Le Rez de Chaussee, Glasgow, 2010; and ‘New Work Scotland’ Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, 2010. Also in 2010 he collaborated with Joanne Tatham and Tom O'Sullivan on the screen-printed publication, ‘DUST’. On Friday 2nd September Nicolas Party hosted ‘Dinner for 24 Elephants’ at The Modern Institute, the evidence of this performance will be exhibited at The Modern Institute until 22 October. Born in Switzerland in 1980, he now lives and works in Glasgow. A new book about Nicolas Party’s work including a text by Naomi Pearce has been produced to coincide with ReMap3