Artist Talk: Nic Hess



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Hammer Project: Nic Hess
Swiss artist Nic Hess is known for his inventive wall works composed almost entirely of masking tape. Like a master graffiti artist, he turns everyday imagery into bold graphics often borrowing logos from corporations such as Chrysler, AT&T, Nike and even Mary Long cigarettes.

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Nic Hess: [Together Now]
DRAWING CENTER EXHIBIT: To create his installations, Nic Hess pairs two unlikely materials--charcoal drawings and adhesive tape. Tape-based images slot themselves alongside charcoal ones forming a jumbled assemblage. Images either flow into each other or jostle for momentary attention. However they are combined, tape and charcoal become equally irreverent--an unexpectedly congenial team--one on holiday from the realm of high art, the other from its workaday existence.

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Hammer Project: Nic Hess
Swiss artist Nic Hess is known for his inventive wall works composed almost entirely of masking tape. Like a master graffiti artist, he turns everyday imagery into bold graphics often borrowing logos from corporations such as Chrysler, AT&T, Nike and even Mary Long cigarettes.

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Eva Braun
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For the Hammer's Lobby Wall, Swiss artist Nic Hess presents Automatic Crash Response, a mixture of images in tape ranging from tombstone- like monuments of several recently failed banks, animals, how-to exercise diagrams, a generic shopping cart, the USPS logo and more to weave a lyrical quasi-narrative left for the viewer to decode. Nic Hess discusses Automatic Crash Response, as well as his other works.

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