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Nior Solo Show – No Vacancy Gallery

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Nior has made a great name for himself in recent times. His first solo show opens this Thursday at No Vacancy.  Be sure to check out this amazing collection of wooden wonder and dreamscape.  I was able to get him to elaborate a little bit in the world of Nior. 

So what’s with the name change?
I don’t really know, for me its not really a change as i used ‘nior’ as i variation from ‘juNIOR.’
I guess i felt like a change and that was it. ‘Nior’ sounds like the noise my creatures would make.

What do you like about werking with wood, as opposed to other mediums?
I find wood gives each piece its own individual story and texture. I like the
colours which appear after i have stained or glossed the wood.
Plus my dads a builder, so there is plenty of scrapes for me to use.
Every piece of wood in this exhibition has been recycled from old kitchens and rooms,
which my dad has renovated.

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This body work is quite is impressively large, what’s behind it all?
and what inspired this exhibition?
I haven’t painted to many huge pieces yet, so i wanted to go for some larger sized works,
however i still wanted to include the clusters of small boxes which i have played around with before.
Found objects and recycled materials where the platform for my creatures in this exhibition, which combine the natural world with a surreal twist.
I didn’t want the themes to be to strong in my artwork, however i think the woodwork ties it all together more then anything else.
 
It’s great to see your 2D creations in 3D, can you tell us abit about this.
I really wanted to create some kind of large instillation in this exhibition, as it is the perfect gallery to show big works.
My dad was throwing out a pile of rubbish from a house he had just finished so
i went through it and found these massive pieces of industrial polystyrene.
I was able to cut through them and shape a creature out of it all. I added more off cuts of wood to
it and was able to create large legs which bend at the knees. I didn’t realize
how big it was until i hung it in the gallery.

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Do your creatures speak?
nniiiioooor!
you can decide.

If you were a mad scientist at my zoo, what animals would you combine?
An aardvark and fox or a narwhal and a buffalo.

What’s next after this show?
Next is the No Comply exhibition which should be great.
Then start on the next ‘Drawing Machine’ show in December.
Also a few group shows coming up in the next few months

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