Wet on Wet: the Cusp Before the Beach House • Nikki Ocean

Jun 6 to Jun 27, 2013 • Video Room

Nikki Ocean’s first solo exhibition is unveiled at the Video Room. Entitled Wet on Wet: the Cusp before the Beach House, the show features paintings in acrylic on wood and paper. Arranging the works in a whimsical and decorative manner throughout the square confines of the exhibit space, Nikki Ocean invites the viewer into a surreal world inhabited by the creatures of the earth and sea: a tiger eating flowers, whales moving through the sky, sharks and blooms drifting through waves of hues.

The exhibit is an affirmation of paradise in this world, of seeking meaning and solace in the spirits of the earth and sea. The works reflect how it is possible to navigate through the currents of life and “learning from the rawest of spirits,” as the artist describes it.

Artworks from the Show

Siren

Siren, Nikki Ocean, 2013, Photographs on wood, 18×12 in

I Exist

I Exist, Nikki Ocean, 2013, Photographs on wood, 13½×9 in

Gaga Gauguin

Gaga Gauguin, Nikki Ocean, 2013, Wet photograph, 6¾×5½ in

Sharks and Flowers

Sharks and Flowers, Nikki Ocean, 2013, Mixed media on paper, 11×8½ in

Salt and Pepper

Salt and Pepper, Nikki Ocean, 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 30×24 in

Redwood Garden

Redwood Garden, Nikki Ocean, 2013, Watercolor on paper, 12½×9½ in

Jelly Juicy

Jelly Juicy, Nikki Ocean, 2013, Rubbercut print, 18¾×12½ in

Neptune

Neptune, Nikki Ocean, 2013, Woodblock print, 18¾×12½ in

Surf Sorbet

Surf Sorbet, Nikki Ocean, 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 10×8 in

Moon Shine

Moon Shine, Nikki Ocean, 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 30×24 in

Coconut Pie in the Sky

Coconut Pie in the Sky, Nikki Ocean, 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 15¾×15¾ in

Hope in the Flowers

Hope in the Flowers, Nikki Ocean, 2013, Watercolor on paper, 7½×10½ in

Spells Like Ocean

Spells Like Ocean, Nikki Ocean, 2013, Watercolor on paper, 7½×10¾ in

Reef Break

Reef Break, Nikki Ocean, 2013, Acrylic on wood, 12×18 in

Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily, Nikki Ocean, 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 40×65 in

Whales in the Sky with Diamonds

Whales in the Sky with Diamonds, Nikki Ocean, 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 30×48 in

Turtle Dive

Turtle Dive, Nikki Ocean, 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 13×9¼ in

Beluga Bubbles

Beluga Bubbles, Nikki Ocean, 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 11×14 in

Framed Whales

Framed Whales, Nikki Ocean, 2013, Watercolor on paper, 5½×8½ in

Sea Water Sparkle

Sea Water Sparkle, Nikki Ocean, 2013, Mixed media on wood, 8×10 in

Wendy

Wendy, Nikki Ocean, 2013, Mixed media on canvas, 10×8 in

Tiny Dancer

Tiny Dancer, Nikki Ocean, 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 10×8 in

Merdoggies

Merdoggies, Nikki Ocean, 2013, Mixed media on canvas, 10×8 in