Nicolau Vergueiro, To Burrow and Grow, 2006. Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery.

Nicolau Vergueiro

OLD-FASHIONED FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION AND PARADE

 

EXHIBITION: JULY 4, 2007

 

Heavily influenced by both American popular culture and the Brazilian Tropicália movement, Los Angeles and Sao Paulo-based artist Nicolau Vergueiro creates vibrant, transcendent sculptures from a range of materials both cheap and strange. Vergueiro's hand-made and sewn works are cobbled together from found and altered media from Brazil and Los Angeles: colorful fabrics that are flocked, silk-screened, and quilted are combined with plastic, resin, wood, vinyl, and other materials.

For Aspen's 2007 Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration and Parade, Vergueiro will create pyramid-shaped float incorporating tapestry-like panels that examine the history, symbolism, and transformations of pattern, from paisley to tartan.

Nicolau Vergueiro received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2002. His work has been included in Follow Me: a Fantasy, curated by Malik Gaines, Arena 1, Los Angeles, and New Balance Frontier, curated by Aimee Chang, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis. In 2006 he was selected to participate in the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach.

Made possible by the generous sponsorship of Carolyn and Ken Hamlet.