None of Us Is Doing This Right: Improvising in the Art World // A conversation between Tucker Nichols and Griff Williams

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 6-8 PM @ GALLERY 16. Please join us! RSVP.

largerHow did we think a life in the arts was going to look? And how is it actually now that we’re doing it? How far does following your gut really take you? What do we do with all of the unspoken rulesof finding success? And, of course, should you put prices on the checklist or not?

Please join Tucker and Griff as they continue their ongoing conversation about navigating a life in the arts. But this time they’ll do it in front of an audience. They will probably field questions and maybe ask them of people in the audience too.

Please come have a drink or two and listen to these two dig a conversational hole from which they can’t possibly emerge.

This talk will take place amidst Tucker Nichols’ exhibition, on view at Gallery 16 until March 6th. For this exhibition Tucker presents a show of new paintings, his fifth solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition is made up of 40 paintings and framed drawings, mostly of vases with flowers, a long-favored subject for the artist. “Flowers are a near perfect subject for a painting,” Nichols says. “They offer a bit of content but they can really look like anything. They’ve also been used as a stand in for inexpressible ideas since humans first started talking.” The new paintings explore more abstracted forms as well, in some cases resembling smokestacks or disheveled cakes.

Earlier this year, Nichols began making small flower paintings on paper to send by mail to sick friends. These evolved into a permanent commission of 40 framed works at the new UCSF Hospital at Mission Bay opening in February. This fall he began making the larger paintings for this exhibition “for people too busy to take care of real plants.”     Unlike previous installations in which Nichols combined many works into larger pieces, this show is composed exclusively of stand-alone paintings and drawings. “I like playing with context and location in installations, but it’s good to make things that can live on their own too,” Nichols says. “These paintings don’t need anything, not even water.”