Nicole Awai: Material Re–Pose

painting on wall

February 16 – April 29, 2017

In her non-medium specific paintings, Nicole Awai moves fluidly between two and three dimensions, and employs popular commercial materials such as nail polish, to explore notions of identity and history. Born in Trinidad, Awai received her MFA in Multimedia Art in 1996 from the University of South Florida. She also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1997. Her work has been included in several seminal exhibitions, including the first Greater New York: New Art in New York Now at P.S. 1/MoMA (2000); Open House: Working in Brooklyn (2004) and Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art (2007), both at the Brooklyn Museum; the 2008 Busan Biennale in Korea; and Global Caribbean: Focus on the Contemporary Caribbean Visual Art Landscape at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Puerto Rico (2011). Awai was a featured artist in the 2005 I.P.O. series at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Her recent solo exhibitions include Asphaltum Glance, Alice Yard, Port of Spain, Trinidad (2013); Washington Square Windows installation Mi Papi, Dream On – Happy Ending…, 80wse Galleries, New York University (2012); and Almost Undone, The Vilcek Foundation, New York, NY (2011). Awai was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2011 and an Art Matters Grant in 2013.

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