In 1999 Graham Nicholls had his first solo show in New York City. This
was to launch him onto an international arena. Since that time his work
has become more and more experimental and cutting edge. With work such
as LAM exploring the possibilities of both technology and installation.
LAM was a ground breaking work, drawing upon not just Nicholls' deep
knowledge of psychology but also the latest new media. Nicholls calls
these kinds of works 'Immersive Art', a term normally used only in Virtual
Reality. Nicholls sees this concept as being much wider and a natural
extension of Installation art for our times. The term 'Immersive Art'
also applied to his installation 'Epicene' which used spoken audio to
place the viewer into a visual trance state, allowing the viewer to
have an intimate and personal experience with the work.
As well as work that places the viewer in a new kind of experience Nicholls
also believes it is important to place himself within these experiences.
For the last 14 years he has experimented with different forms of trance,
hypnosis and sensory/perceptual deprivation. ln his video work 'State
1' he was placed into a deep trance challenging his ability to communicate.
He was taken to an almost animalistic condition in which movement was
the only way he could express the experience. He related later that
"it was like being at the eye of the storm, I felt simply calm
and clear", yet his outer expressions were almost violent.
Beyond his understanding of technology and psychology, Nicholls work
is also deeply rooted in a social perspective formed from his working
class roots in London. Graham Nicholls is a complex artist, his work
is far from the one liner. In 2001 'Westway' was shown internationally,
portraying violence in a way rarely seen in film or video. The work
was designed to look at the mythologies of violence, ultimately placing
the viewer as both the victim and the perpetrator. Westway takes you
on a journey through violence, oppression, empowerment and to non-violence.
Ultimately Graham Nicholls' work continues to grow and explore the deepest
areas of human experience in the most modern and original of ways. It
is an art that gets to the core of creativity, and asks us to question
where that core is located within ourselves.
Graham is currently
taking a sabbatical to develop a book he is currently writing. He hopes
to be exhibiting a series of new photographic works later in the year.
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