SAMSTAG ALUMNI 1999

Nicholas Folland
Born 1967, Adelaide, South Australia

Reworking culture seems to be a preoccupation of Nicholas Folland, though I doubt you'll find any expressive marks or metaphysical musings spoiling his bratty, minimalist objects. And as for going native, Folland brings his hip, transnational GenX style to bear on national culture, particularly the Australian manufactured landscape and the urban rites which conform dutifully, namely sports. By its own mythologizing standards, Aussieland has set itself apart in world media by using sports culture to train its people in the art of spectatorship and national identity.

In Landscape (Sports Sunday) Folland seizes upon this myth and wryly plays it according to selfinflicted rules of the tyrannical architectural grid: Governance of space equals governance of power.

M.A. Greensteinfrom her Samstag catalogue essay, Back to the Future From Wry to Rave
 
1999 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship
1999 Graduate Program, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 
1998 Bachelor of Visual Arts, South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia, Adelaide 

Artist's website
http://www.nicholasfolland.com.au/