Nick Aguayo 

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What Is My Work About?
My paintings are never planned. Through an amalgamation of gestures and negations, form is produced. They are intuitively constructed and rely heavily on improvisation. I think of my paintings as being like maps or diagrams of thought. Their surfaces act as a site of rumination, in which traces of decision-making are revealed and obscured. The collection of chance elements such as masking tape bleeds, drips, and pentimento not only speak to the process, but are often highlighted and guide composition.


Artist Statement
My paintings are objects that reveal the process of their making through a layered transparency. The structural seams of the paintings are laid bare, their surfaces acting as diagrams of thought processes and decision-making.

Making paintings is a physical activity that is performative. The tactility of painting and the use of concrete materials is a way of responding to visual and physical experience in a tangible way. I am interested in painting ( and abstraction in particular) not only as a way of responding to these experiences tangibly, but also as a vehicle to communicate a narrative or psychological affect that attempts to exist outside of language or representation.

In my recent paintings, compositional elements are organized in a way that recalls an operating table, in which the anatomical parts of a painting are dissected. The compositions swing between harmony and a kind of dissonance. I’m interested in the paintings resting in this state of almost falling apart, and how this status may create a tension that challenges and questions the expectations of a painting.

2012 University of California, Irvine: Studio Art M.F.A.
2007 UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, B.A.
Area (s) of Specialization: Painting and Drawing

Group Exhibitions:
2013 Group Exhibition, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Black Rabbit, White Hole, Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Paradox Maintenance Technicians, Torrance Art Museum
2013 Kamikaze, Post, Los Angeles ,CA
2012 UCI Graduate Exhibition, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA
2012 A Romantic Measure, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2012 Thesis Exhibition, University of California, Irvine
2012 Traumatic Materiality, Autonomie, Los Angeles, CA
2012 You Do This To Me I Do This To You, Autonomie, Los Angeles, CA
2011 My head is falling out, so I’m standing on my stomach, Artist Curated Projects at The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena.
2011 Ne Me Quitte Pas, University Art Gallery, University of California, Irvine, CA
2010 Action (Un)Packed: Abstraction After Action, Commonspace, Los Angeles, CA
2010 Cal State Long Beach, GLAMFA 2010
2010 Workspace Selects, House on Genesse, Los Angeles, CA
2007 Undergraduate Scholarship Exhibition, UCLA
2007 No Art Today, INMO Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2012 Fees Fellowship, University of California, Irvine.
2011 Fees Fellowship, University of California, Irvine.
2010 Fees Fellowship, University of California, Irvine.
2009 Fees Fellowship, University of California, Irvine.
2007 Edward J. and Alice Mae Smith Award, UCLA Department of Art