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nick satinover



Nick Satinover is an artist and educator based outside of Nashville, TN. He holds BFA and MFA degrees from Wright State University, Dayton, OH, and Illinois State University, Normal, IL. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Frans Masereel Center in Kasterlee, Belgium, Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA, the Tofte Lake Center in Ely, MN and Mass MoCa in North Adams, MA. His work has been exhibited widely nationally in solo, group and juried exhibitions. He is currently an Associate Professor of Print Media at Middle Tennessee. State University where he operates Economy Island, a Risograph-based collaborative Micropublishing press. He keeps a tidy home with his partner, twin sons and rescue animals.


"Memory is a map; experience is the magnetic pull on the compass needle. Often, true North is unfound and the boundary lines, place names, and mile markers are skewed. This folded and aged atlas may not direct with exact certainty but it certainly acts as a guide. Though faulty and incomplete, it provides a level of comfort and familiarity when navigating new places, providing echoes of information and helping to make sense of each new physical experience.

This simultaneous collapsing of long and short, brief and sustained, quick and prolonged is what my recent work has been considering. This experience of collapse has been particularly true during this last pandemic year. For a long time, I have probed the landscape of my surroundings for tangible and poetic examples of ambivalent and contradictory experiences to reflect upon, and throughout, time has been the most abstract but most ever-present. Regardless of media, I utilize formal strategies of symmetry, contrast, doubling, intervals, repetition, and dichotomies of material and visual languages as a structure in which to evoke ambivalent thinking. My hope in doing this is to reveal a series of statements and meditations about the complexity of being in time: past and present, internal and external, evocative and open, critical yet non-judgmental, personal and universal."

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