Nicholas Folland is an artist with that rare gift of producing works that mobilize new ways of seeing. Folland uses everyday objects to create realms for exploration, speculation, and contemplation. He deftly combines and imbues objects with dynamism and metaphorical power, making peripheral states of experience and perception tangible. – Jenna McKenzie 2016
Recently announced as having been selected to exhibit in The National: New Australian Art 2019 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Nicholas Folland presents Dawn Chorus, his second solo exhibition at Tolarno Galleries.
Dawn Chorus refers to the in-between state that heralds the approach of day: a half- light – a period between darkness and daylight when forms begin to emerge from their surrounds but without clarity.
Dawn Chorus is an allusive and fragile landscape comprising Wake, wail and jive, a delicate installation composed of quivering, hand-woven wire forms, a group of woven sculptures entwined with found Stuart Crystal and Webb Corbett crystal vases and a series of almost imperceptible white-on-white embossed drawings. The irony being that to produce ‘barely there’ drawings required the most intense physical effort as every mark of a white ballpoint was heavily pressed into the reverse side of each sheet of paper to form an exquisite, minimalist embossed front surface.
Underlying this most subtle of exhibitions, is a process that relies on touch as much as seeing. Hours of weaving, endless repetition and exacting precision, combine to produce a poetic display that moves in and out of focus, creating the sense of something almost intangible and in-between.
The individual elements that are the ‘chorus’ resonate together, gently interweaving their forms to create a harmonious, if a little nervy, ‘morning’ song.Courtesy of the artist and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne. Photography: Christo Crocker