Living Room: Shane Nicholas

Living Room is a series of short films by visual artist Nina Sanadze.

An artist stands in the middle of their studio, wearing blue jeans and a light fawn shirt and has dark brown hair at ear length. In the foreground to the right is a yellow sculpture, to the left is a oink sculpture. More sculptures are on shelves to the right of the artist, on walls and on the floor behind the artist.

Living Room Volume I by Nina Sanadze

Living Room is a series of short films by visual artist Nina Sanadze. Watch Volume I presented by Bus Projects here.

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Living Room Volume 1 - Shane Nicholas, 2 September 2020

Living Room is an ongoing series of short films by visual artist Nina Sanadze.

Each film presents a portrait of a Melbourne artist captured in their home studio and sometimes at their job too.

Recorded on a smartphone in between Covid lockdowns, the films blend domestic and political, private and public creating personal, insightful biographies of artists and living conditions of our time. 

Shane Nicholas uses systems of art-making to explore the mechanisms inherent in current smart technologies to investigate how the human subject could be viewed by systems of online surveillance and subsequently represented.

The systems of artmaking Nicholas employs reproduce the human form based on the mishandling of data. The resulting forms echo the fundamental contradictions inherent in systems of online surveillance.

The artwork produced through this process draws from limitations common to neural networks that process collected data. By decontextualizing, filtering, fragmenting, and reconstructing data to create distorted versions of the original, the resulting sculptures present a vision of how systems alter subject matter when rendering a model from reality.

Sculptures were produced using an iterative method of 3d scanning, 3d printing, rescanning, and reprinting. The distortions in form were directly caused by errors that occurred when translating the subject into digital data, and then back into a real-world object.

Shane Nicholas was the recent winner of the Tom Bass Prize for Figurative Sculpture in 2020 and has exhibited his work nationally at Kings ARI, C3, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Linden New Art, Incinerator Gallery, Trocadero Art Space, Five Walls, and Latrobe Regional Gallery.

Nicholas won the Peter Redlich Memorial Prize in 2017 for his Masters' exhibition at Victorian College of the Arts and has previously been a finalist for a number of other awards. Most recently, Nicholas was a finalist for the Incinerator Art for Social Change Award, 2018, and the Linden Art Prize, 2019.

To find out more about the artist check out their website and Instagram .

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