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Mike Nudelman
updated: 01/08/2013
website: www.mikenudelman.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Detached Observers (Stereoscopic Drawing)
It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This 1 (After A.B.)
This One’s a Real Fake #5
Behind and Ahead #2 (Ahead and Behind)
Four Rainbows Over Niagara Falls (What Does This Mean?)
Signs
The Illusion of Order
It Doesn’t Get Much Better Than This 9 (After W. and Apollo 8)
Lookin’ Out My Back Door
The Only Reason for Time is so that Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once (After Bean and Leonov)
This One’s a Fake #1
It Doesn’t Get Much Better Than This 8 (After F.E.C. Again)
Seems to Be
It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This 2 (After T.K.)
If You Tell the Truth, You Don’t Have to Remember Anything
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, historical, kitsch, humor, landscape, process, nature, systems, technology, obsessive
 
 
Detached Observers (Stereoscopic Drawing) by Mike Nudelman
Detached Observers (Stereoscopic Drawing)
Ballpoint Pen on Paper
2012
8"" x  10"" 
It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This 1 (After A.B.)  by Mike Nudelman
It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This 1 (After A.B.)
Ballpoint Pen on Paper
2009
22" x  30" 
This One’s a Real Fake #5 by Mike Nudelman
This One’s a Real Fake #5
Ballpoint Pen on Paper
2011
8.5" " x  11" " 
Behind and Ahead #2 (Ahead and Behind) by Mike Nudelman
Behind and Ahead #2 (Ahead and Behind)
Ballpoint Pen on Paper
2012
11 " x  14 " 
Four Rainbows Over Niagara Falls (What Does This Mean?) by Mike Nudelman
Four Rainbows Over Niagara Falls (What Does This Mean?)
Ballpoint Pen on Paper
2011
22 " x  28 " 
Signs by Mike Nudelman
Signs
Ballpoint Pen on Paper
2012
11" " x  14" " 
The Illusion of Order by Mike Nudelman
The Illusion of Order
Ballpoint Pen on Paper
2012
20" " x  20" " 
It Doesn’t Get Much Better Than This 9 (After W. and Apollo 8) by Mike Nudelman
It Doesn’t Get Much Better Than This 9 (After W. and Apollo 8)
Ballpoint Pen on Paper
2010
22 " x  30 " 
Lookin’ Out My Back Door by Mike Nudelman
Lookin’ Out My Back Door
Ballpoint Pen on Paper
2011 -2012
42" " x  57" " 
The Only Reason for Time is so that Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once (After Bean and Leonov) by Mike Nudelman
The Only Reason for Time is so that Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once (After Bean and Leonov)
Ballpoint Pen on Paper
2011
14" " x  11" " 
This One’s a Fake #1 by Mike Nudelman
This One’s a Fake #1
Ballpoint Pen on Paper
2010
14 " x  11 " 
It Doesn’t Get Much Better Than This 8 (After F.E.C. Again) by Mike Nudelman
It Doesn’t Get Much Better Than This 8 (After F.E.C. Again)
Ballpoint Pen on Paper
2009
26 " x  40 " 
Seems to Be by Mike Nudelman
Seems to Be
Ballpoint Pen on Paper
2011
9"" x  7.25"" 
It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This 2 (After T.K.) by Mike Nudelman
It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This 2 (After T.K.)
Ballpoint Pen on Paper
2009
22" x  30" 
If You Tell the Truth, You Don’t Have to Remember Anything by Mike Nudelman
If You Tell the Truth, You Don’t Have to Remember Anything
Ballpoint Pen on Paper
2010
8.5 " x  10.25 " 

Artist Statement

 My work develops out of an ardently optimistic response to technological advancement and a casually philosophical conviction that reality is a multilayered, intangible illusion.

My drawing process is meticulous and meditative.  Using ballpoint pen, I scan my hand over the paper’s surface to gradually build up thin layers of feathery, slightly iridescent marks.  The size of small hairs, these diagonally drawn marks are evenly coated over the paper’s surface as I begin each drawing in the bottom left corner and finish in the top right.  Similar to Ben-Day dots on a print, the ballpoint strokes are simultaneously the means by which the image is created, and a veil which clouds and confounds the appearance that anything concrete lies beyond the paper’s surface.  This exacting process amplifies the perceived disconnect between the physicality of the paper’s marked surface and the drawn illusionistic image.  In this sense, my drawings share much more with a landscape viewed on a television screen than one viewed through a window pane.

Most of my drawings depict seemingly unbelievable, serendipitous phenomena, and the images often appear closer to movie stills, simulations, or dreamscapes, than anything naturally occurring.  These supernatural images exist primarily on the virtual plane where time and space are malleable constructs and the sublime is more a feat of engineering than happenstance.  I’ve derived my most recent drawings from reproductions of pictures by Hudson River School painters Frederick Edwin Church and Albert Bierstadt, former-astronauts-turned-artists Alan Bean and Alexei Leonov, and NASA photographers.  Found in books and on the Internet, the ubiquity of such transcendental images offers them up as an omnipresent source to reconstruct and re-charge.  Their ethereal quality, coupled with the viscerally arresting physicality of the drawn surface, exalts the copy as a uniquely enigmatic object.

 

 

Artist Bio / CV

Mike Nudelman

 

EDUCATION

2009 MFA Painting/Drawing, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2007 BFA Printmaking, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012
Seeing Things, Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, IL
Lookin’ Out My Back Door, Thomas Robertello Gallery Project Space, Chicago, IL

2011
Keeping It Real, The Salon Series, Chicago, IL

2010
Light & Magic, Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, IL

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012
MDW Fair (with The Salon Series), Chicago, IL (upcoming, November 9, 2012)
Insignia (three person exhibition), Chicago, IL
Where My Cones At?, traveling exhibition: Double Break, San Diego, CA / POVevolving, Los Angeles, CA
Version Fest 12 (with The Salon Series), MD Gallery, Chicago, IL
Flora, Abryant Gallery, Loft on Lake, Chicago, IL

2011
Mischief Night: Flesh and Bone II, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
Composite in 3D, Autotelic Gallery, Chicago, IL
Art Santa Fe (with Thomas Robertello Gallery), Santa Fe, NM
MDW Fair, Peregrine Papers (with Peregrine Program), Chicago, IL
Pocket, Cart Watch, Puerto Rico
A Coupling, Hungryman Gallery, Chicago, IL

2010
Art Loop Open, Macy’s & Block 37, Chicago, IL
You’re Not Making Art, Zrobili, Chicago, IL
Art Santa Fe (with Thomas Robertello Gallery), Santa Fe, NM
About Face, Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, IL
NEXT Art Fair (with Thomas Robertello Gallery), Chicago, IL
Get Your Fix, Zrobili, Chicago, IL

2009
Soggy Pretzels (two person exhibition), Zrobili, Chicago, IL
Fest Fest, Julius Caesar, Chicago, IL
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Graduate Exhibition, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL
New Work, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL

2008
New Work, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago IL
Paper Love, Devening Projects + Editions, Chicago, IL
Club Choice Exhibition, Union League Civic & Arts Foundation, Chicago, IL
Hello My Name Is… International Sticker Award Exhibition, Grassi Museum for Ethnographical Studies, Leipzig, Germany