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Nina Rizzo
updated: 05/04/2008
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Foursome
Plunge
Ladyfinger
Headpile Revisited (The Popsicle Choir)
Cool Sticky Glitz
Floatcube
Block Party
Rafter
Spindle
Olive Rest
Blue Boardship
Hot rock Totem
Pink Boardship
Puce Pour
Twin Peaks
 
Portfolio Keywords:  architecture, abstract, dreams, futuristic
 
 
Foursome by Nina Rizzo
Foursome
watercolor and gouache on paper
2007
26" x  40" 
Plunge by Nina Rizzo
Plunge
watercolor and gouache on paper
2007
26" x  40" 
Ladyfinger by Nina Rizzo
Ladyfinger
watercolor and gouache on paper
2007
26" x  24" 
Headpile Revisited (The Popsicle Choir) by Nina Rizzo
Headpile Revisited (The Popsicle Choir)
watercolor and gouache on paper
2007
26" x  40" 
Cool Sticky Glitz by Nina Rizzo
Cool Sticky Glitz
watercolor and gouache on paper
2007
10" x  13" 
Floatcube by Nina Rizzo
Floatcube
watercolor and gouache on paper
2007
18" x  24" 
Block Party by Nina Rizzo
Block Party
watercolor and gouache on paper
2007
18" x  24" 
Rafter by Nina Rizzo
Rafter
watercolor and gouache on paper
2007
18" x  24" 
Spindle by Nina Rizzo
Spindle
watercolor and gouache on paper
2007
18" x  24" 
Olive Rest by Nina Rizzo
Olive Rest
watercolor and gouache on paper
2007
10" x  13" 
Blue Boardship by Nina Rizzo
Blue Boardship
watercolor and gouache on paper
2007
10" x  13" 
Hot rock Totem by Nina Rizzo
Hot rock Totem
watercolor and gouache on paper
2007
10" x  13" 
Pink Boardship by Nina Rizzo
Pink Boardship
watercolor and gouache on paper
2007
10" x  13" 
Puce Pour by Nina Rizzo
Puce Pour
watercolor and gouache on paper
2007
10" x  13" 
Twin Peaks by Nina Rizzo
Twin Peaks
watercolor and gouache on paper
2007
11" x  14" 

Artist Statement
 Architecture, planes and natural forms define the space in these images, at times adhering to earthly laws of physics and sometimes freed from them- creating a non-sensical arena entirely indicative to the work itself. Walls, blocks, icebergs, rocks and patches of turf are merely tools used to encapsulate, occupy and convey the emptiness in between them. It is space itself that is being investigated here, through the structures present. Paint is applied in such a way that its own physicality becomes part of the fictional constructions in the work. Stripes, usually understood as two-dimensional forms, often transform into solid structure as they arc, twist, turn, and support other forms and at times melt back into dripping paint that fluctuates between being static and mobile. Bricks, wood grain and natural surface patterns create tension where surface competes with the structure in our understanding of these forms with regard to their appearance versus their substance. The result is a potential for the space itself to interact and pressure the planes which carve it out.  Flat pattern and liquid marks battle with solidity as these forms attempt to occupy their place as solid elements. The space built up is non-linear-- referring to a looser understanding of shifting location, one increasingly present in our time, coming more from non-physical fictions and from memory than from grounded laws. The accumulation and dislocation of the structures and shapes of natural forms, along the intensity of exaggerated light and color, allow the images to investigate how internalized experiences and emotions can transform and give fluidity to our understanding of places.

 

 

 

Artist Bio / CV


M.F.A .  2004   The University of Texas at Austin 

B.F.A . 1997 The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2008 Ragdale Foundation, Artist in Residence, Lake Forest, Illinois

 2007 Resident, Stonehouse Residency for the ContemporaryArts, Miramonte, Californiia

2005 Residency Fellow, Vermont Studio Center,Johnson, Vermont

2005 Artist Residency, Chateau de La Napoule, La Napoule, France

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2006- Present  Assistant Professor, School of Art, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois

EXHIBITIONS                 

2008    ArtChicago, with Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago,lliinois

2008          Of, On, And About Paper, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, California, 

2008  Built and Grown, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, Illinois                  

2007 Faculty Biennial, Northern Illinois University Art Museum, DeKalb, Illinois

2007 Cool Sticky, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, Illinois, in conjunction with Sabina Ott, Light Blue and the Same Red Makes a Change

2007   Zg Summer Show, Zg Gallery, Chicago, Illinois2007         50th Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art

 2007 House and Garden, a collaboration with MichelleWasson, Bad Dog Gallery, DeKalb, Illinois

 2007 Paimiatki, Akademia Sztuk Piknych w Katowicach, Katowice, Poland                                                 

2007 Biennial 24, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, South Bend, Indiana, (Merit Award)

 2006 Affair at the Jupiter Hotel, Jupiter Hotel, Portland

2006 Wild and Bushy, Volitant Gallery, Austin, Texas                                                    

 2006 Seismic Shift, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

 2006 On the Horizon: Nina Rizzo & Stephanie Wagner, Art Palace Gallery, Austin, Texas

 2005 New Texas Painting, Diverseworks, Houston, Texas

2005 Texas Biennial, Dougherty Arts Center (venue), Show, Juror’s Choice Award, (catalogue)

 2005 Sisters Show, Fresh Up Club, Austin, Texas

2004 Cha Cha Cha, Wormhole Gallery, Miami, Florida, Curator: Pepe Mar, 

2004 Stray Show, Chicago, Illinois, Fresh Up Club, Austin, Texas 

2003 Seven From Austin; Recent Post Pluralist Painting, Landmark Arts Center, Lubbock, Texas                                

2002 New American Talent 17, Texas Fine Arts Association, Austin, Texas,