Nic Koller is a multidisciplinary artist whose works explore the outer-boundaries of collage. He creates collage-inspired acrylic paintings, video collages, a surprising take on “analogue” video work that is shot and displayed on multiple iPhones, and even extends collage into the audiosphere by layering found sound into musical compositions.
These works iterate upon themselves, overlapping conceptually and thematically, and share a distinct, complementary visual language. Regardless of the medium, Nic depicts common people (and places as representations of people) while embracing spontaneous, collaborative moments as the foundation of his process. This ongoing exploration has expanded Nic’s understanding of his composited style. It’s not just about seeing multiple angles and different moments in time at once; it’s also about fractured human relationships.
At first glance, Nic’s pool series is an homage to David Hockney’s swimming pools of the 60’s and early 70’s. However, these paintings are not about light interacting with water or even the pools themselves. Instead, this series focuses on small group dynamics. Nic combines moments captured from his everyday life to recreate emotive, neo-figurative memories in these paintings. Each person depicted is absorbed in their separate story, including the viewer, who is simultaneously ignored and posed for, a part of the pool party group and a voyeur. The collaging and containing of Nic’s subjects suggests isolation within these groups, and that these memories have distorted, combined and simplified over time in order to form something new.
Nic was raised in the outskirts of Austin, attended the Fine Arts Program at the University of Texas, and has been chasing bigger cities since. He spent eight years with the 70’s architecture and swimming pools of Los Angeles before relocating to New York, where he currently lives and works. Nic’s works were recently featured in the nightly video program at MonkeyTown 7 in LA, premiered at the Video Art Experimental Film Festival at Tribeca, and exhibited with the Brooklyn Collage Collective. Nic currently curates for STRAIGHT THROUGH THE WALL, a guerrilla Arts Collective that projects video art onto walls throughout NYC.