April 25, 2011

Newspaper Artist Nick Georgiou

Environmentally conscious artist Nick Georgiou, works in the replenishible medium of discarded newspaper. "My sculptures are products of their environment —both literally and figuratively. As often as I can, I use local newspapers to add authenticity, and the form the sculpture takes is a reflection of the personal connection I feel to that particular city. From a day-to-day standpoint, I'm heavily influenced by my surroundings." Nick Georgiou

When I learned of Queens artist Nick Georgiou's three dimensional sculpture, it could be found in and around NYC. He has relocated and recently opened a new gallery/studio space in downtown Tucson.  “These days, I draw inspiration from America's South West, and in particular Tucson, AZ–where I've lived and worked for almost two years. Going from NY to the desert is a pretty dramatic shift. Your concept of space expands when it's not obstructed by buildings. You pay closer attention to nature because you're always in it—and you do what you can to preserve it”. Nick's works of paper are textural, colorful, and recyclable, by default due to the choice of his medium. I love the expressive qualities of his varied subjects. Abstract on the one hand, his creations are at the same time engaging and true. The gaze of the eyes and graceful shape of these figures, are mesmerizing.

On his blog, Nick reflects on the impact the digital age has had on society. He suggests books and newspapers are becoming artifacts in the 21st century. “As a society we’re shifting away from print consumption and heading straight towards full digital lives”. I feel his work makes a strong statement about the tactile quality of paper and print.

To find out more about the images shown here and the work of Nick Georgiou, visit the artists website.

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