Nikolaus Dolman born 1987, Lives and works in Sydney, Australia.
I am a multidisciplinary artist who deconstructs compositions from found mediums in order to expose the obsessions and repetition of mass media, advertising and popular culture.My work subverts symbols and surfaces from the everyday into ambiguous forms which demonstrate the infinite possibilities of image reproduction. I manipulate imagery into repetitious and tangled patterns, simulating the saturation of content from the media sphere. I explore subjects within their multitude, but converging with body image, commercialism and consumerism of contemporary culture. The dissemination of information into these forms have similar qualities to the ubiquity of viral images, exposing the nature to communicate, duplicate, share and promote as much as we absorb. My practice lies somewhere between art and advertising, analogue and digital representation, excess and necessity, product and production.
My approach is to explore these subjects that form our habitual patterns and how they dictate our perceptions of the natural world, therefore how we position ourselves within it.
My latest series: Clickbait has formed from found street posters and layered paper. I build up layers and tear them away; I cut out thousands of chins and hands to simulate data and movement but sometimes don’t use them. I like to explore the success and failure of tessellation.
” Art is a means to challenge and question current ideas and ideals. It can’t be controlled or sedated – it’s fluid, ever-changing, and helps us understand the world around us. “