NIKE SAVVAS

Image: Nike Savvas,  The Oarsman , 2018.

Image: Nike Savvas, The Oarsman, 2018.

NIKE SAVVAS' striking The Oarsman, 2018, is included in the Mustafa Hulusi Posters project, Hoxton Square, London.

The work incorporates the image of a Perpetual Motion balancing toy – a small stainless steel rowboat that is set adrift in a big blue beyond. As a mesmerising ocular device intended for relaxation it swings and bobs under its own trapped momentum and energy.
As a broader metaphor for life, the oarsman speaks to a zone of perpetual transition, of comings and goings, of ups and downs, of changed directions and arrivals and departures. It speaks of ebbs and flows, of temporal states and the passage of time. While the term ‘row your boat’ may infer taking charge of the course for one’s own life, it also acknowledges the struggles that are to be endured in striving to overcome our limits.

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JUSTINE KHAMARA & NIKE SAVVAS

Justine Khamara,  Untitled Portrait 1,  2007, assembled colour photographs, 188 x 150 x 116. Photographer: John Brash.

Justine Khamara, Untitled Portrait 1, 2007, assembled colour photographs, 188 x 150 x 116. Photographer: John Brash.

Nike Savvas,  Halo  ,  2016, perspex, mirror, 210 x 310cm

Nike Savvas, Halo, 2016, perspex, mirror, 210 x 310cm

JUSTINE KHAMARA and NIKE SAVVAS are featured in Echo Chambers: Art and Endless Reflections at Deakin University Art Gallery. Curator James Lynch has said "The exhibition contains rarely seen photographic and sculptural works which focus on shadows, reflections, duplicates, doubles and doppelgängers, stretching our fixed and complete sense of the self."

The exhibition will run from 13 February to 29 March across three separate galleries at Deakin University.

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TRACY SARROFF & NIKE SAVVAS

TRACY SARROFF and NIKE SAVVAS are included in the exhibition 'Curiouser & Curiouser' at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.

Curated by Julian Woods, the exhibition takes inspiration from the opening passages of Lewis Carroll's book 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', exploring ideas of time, perception, the inexplicable and tactility. 'Curiouser & Curiouser' opens on 14 December.

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Tracy Sarroff,  Cyber Plant – Blue , 2012, acrylic, fluorescent light, 14 x 14 x 127cm.

Tracy Sarroff, Cyber Plant – Blue, 2012, acrylic, fluorescent light, 14 x 14 x 127cm.

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Nike Savvas,  Atomic #1 , 2005-2012, C-Type Photograph, 124 x156cm

Nike Savvas, Atomic #1, 2005-2012, C-Type Photograph, 124 x156cm

NIKE SAVVAS' spectacular installation work Atomic: Full of Love Full of Wonder is included in the exhibition Spacemakers and roomshakers at the AGNSW. 

Nike will talk about her work on Thursday 26 July, at 12pm at the AGNSW. Meet at the information desk.

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Nike Savvas,  Atomic: full of love full of wonder , 2005, AGNSW, Contemporary Collection Benefactors'.  Photo by Jenni Carter.

Nike Savvas, Atomic: full of love full of wonder, 2005, AGNSW, Contemporary Collection Benefactors'.

Photo by Jenni Carter.

NIKE SAVVAS' work Atomic: full of love full of wonder will be exhibited at the AGNSW in Spacemakers and roomshakers: Installations from the collection. The impressive installation will be on view from mid July through to October alongside other immersive and expansive artworks in the Gallery's collection.

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Nike Savvas,  Papillon , Installation View, 2017.

Nike Savvas, Papillon, Installation View, 2017.

NIKE SAVVAS has been commissioned to develop a spectacular large-scale installation at Barangaroo.   Titled Papillon, this dynamic artwork is comprised of beautifully coloured ribbons suspended from the ceiling of Exchange Place, near the Wynyard Walk escalators.

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"The expression “Living on a Promise” is about potential and possibility, hope and trust. It’s also about lies, broken promises, and disillusionment. Each different work invites the viewers to engage in their own way and on their own terms. Sometimes I want the colours to overwhelm, sometimes I need them to be at the service of a proposition, and other times they do something different. I make the colour choices as I go along. I use feeling and experience."

NIKE SAVVAS is interviewed by Art Guide Australia about her forthcoming exhibition at ARC ONE Gallery, Living on a Promise 

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Nike Savvas,  Living on a Promise (A1)  (detail), 2017. Photo: Zan Wimberley.

Nike Savvas, Living on a Promise (A1) (detail), 2017. Photo: Zan Wimberley.

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Nike Savvas,  Living on a Promise (A1),  carbon fibre, acrylic paint, aluminium, 52 x 40.5 x 40.5 cm. Photo: Zan Wimberley

Nike Savvas, Living on a Promise (A1), carbon fibre, acrylic paint, aluminium, 52 x 40.5 x 40.5 cm. Photo: Zan Wimberley

Leading contemporary artist Nike Savvas returns to ARC ONE Gallery this October with her latest exhibition, Living on a Promise. An opening reception will be held on Thursday 26 October, 6-8pm.

Highly-recognised both in Australia and internationally for her immersive, colourful and optically charged installations, in Living on a Promise, Savvas presents a new body of work that optically activate space within striated lines of vertical colour. Small in scale, her works project large visual auras, combining high-vibrancy layered screens with oscillating colours and floating surfaces. The effect is at once mesmerising and disorienting; a pulsating mix of hue and space that tests and delights the senses.

Developed from numerous sources, including her acclaimed Liberty and Anarchy installation at Leeds Art Gallery (UK, 2012), these works offer diverse points of access, from mathematical equations and systems of logic, to perception based optics, colour and ephemerality.

Living on a Promise follows a research trip to the archives of MOMA, New York, where Savvas undertook an in-depth examination of the critically celebrated Responsive Eye exhibition of 1965. Contributing to an existing art historical discourse pertaining to optical phenomena and colour frequencies, this exhibition examines how different optical algorithms produce different outcomes – and occasionally even false colours. In these works, Savvas “seeks to dismantle conventional boundaries, overstep thresholds, and … to open into a new world of artificial patterns, optical ghosting, fugitive colours and temporal aliasing”.

Since training as a painter in the late 1980s, Savvas has consistently probed the traditional conventions of painting as a medium, such as two-dimensional space, surface and materiality. In this exhibition she explores painting’s potential anew, producing a ‘synthesised’ space in which the viewer experiences a disorientating shift in their perceptual register – a juncture between fact and subjective reception.

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MARIA FERNANDA CARDOSO & NIKE SAVVAS

Congratulations to MARIA FERNANDA CARDOSO and NIKE SAVVAS, who have been invited to show work in the 2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, curated by Erica Green, founding Director of the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art. Inaugurated in 1990, the Adelaide Biennial is the country’s longest-running survey of contemporary Australian art and an important platform for Australian artists to realise new works and projects of a scale that require an institutional context for their conception, realisation and presentation. 

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NIKE SAVVAS has been featured in the prestigious journal 'Diacritics' in an extensive article on her practice, as well as the front and back covers! Diacritics, a Cornell University publication of literary theory and criticism, has included in the past important writers and philosophers such as Jacques Derrida, Michel Focault and Claude Lévi-Strauss. Keeping a strong visual component, in recent years the journal has highlighted a single artist per issue.

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NIKE SAVVAS will be discussing her installation-based practice at the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide, on Tuesday 8 August, 1.30-2.30pm. 

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Nike Savvas,  2016  (detail), installation view, Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art. Photograph by Sam Noonan.

Nike Savvas, 2016 (detail), installation view, Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art. Photograph by Sam Noonan.

ROBERT OWEN & NIKE SAVVAS

ROBERT OWEN and NIKE SAVVAS have works in the exhibition Call of the Avant-Garde: Constructivism and Australian Art at the Heide Museum of Modern Art. 

Opening 5 July, Call of the Avant-Garde is the first exhibition to examine the influence of the modernist art movement Constructivism on Australian art, presented in this centenary year of the Russian revolution.

Exhibition dates 5 July – 8 October. 

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Robert Owen,  Third Movement #1  (from the series  Thought Forms ), 2015, painted stainless steel, 64 x 74 x 58,83 x 57 x 46cm. 

Robert Owen, Third Movement #1 (from the series Thought Forms), 2015, painted stainless steel, 64 x 74 x 58,83 x 57 x 46cm. 

Nike Savvas,  Sliding Ladder – Black with White Pentagon 1 , 2012, wood, wool and steel, 155 x 260 x 250cm

Nike Savvas, Sliding Ladder – Black with White Pentagon 1, 2012, wood, wool and steel, 155 x 260 x 250cm

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NIKE SAVVAS' practice involving large-scale three dimensional installations (as pictured) is celebrated in a recent article from Disclaimer magazine. 

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Nike Savvas,  Atomic #2 , 2005, C-type photograph, 124 x 156cm. 

Nike Savvas, Atomic #2, 2005, C-type photograph, 124 x 156cm. 

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Nike Savvas,  2016  (installation detail), 2016. Photo: Sam Noonan. 

Nike Savvas, 2016 (installation detail), 2016. Photo: Sam Noonan. 

NIKE SAVVAS' fascinating practice is detailed in a recent article from The Australian.

You can read the article by Bronywn Watson here

 

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Nike Savvas is exhibiting in Quicksilver: 25 Years of Samstag Scholarships at the Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum, University of South Australia. The exhibition celebrates the 25th anniversary of Gordon Samstag's remarkable bequest, which led to establishment of the Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships. 

Quicksilver reflects on the impact of the Samstag Scholarships on the trajectory of Australian contemporary art. Pivotal works by six distinguished Samstag Scholars — including NIKE SAVVAS — highlights the exciting talent that the University of South Australia has had the pleasure of assisting over the last quarter century. 

The exhibition runs from 14 October - 9 December 2016. 

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Image:  Quicksilver: 25 Years of Samstag Scholarships , featuring work by Nike Savvas, 2016, installation detail,  Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia. Photograph by Sam Noonan.

Image: Quicksilver: 25 Years of Samstag Scholarships, featuring work by Nike Savvas, 2016, installation detail,  Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia. Photograph by Sam Noonan.

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Nike Savvas,  Halo , 2016, Install View

Nike Savvas, Halo, 2016, Install View

The installation of a new commissioned work by NIKE SAVVAS has been recently completed. The work called Halo is now part of the Waurn Ponds Estate, a conference centre designed by Mcglashan Everist, at Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds campus. 

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NIKE SAVVAS is one of six distinguished artists exhibiting in Quicksilver: 25 Years of Samstag Scholarships. The exhibition celebrates the 25th anniversary of Gordon Samstag’s bequest, which led to establishment of the Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships, and will showcase pivotal work by the participating artists. New work by Nike Savvas will be on view in the show.

Quicksilver will be on view from 14 October to 9 December 2016.

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Colours are the Country  by Nike Savvas, Macquarie Group Sydney, 2015, UAP.

Colours are the Country by Nike Savvas, Macquarie Group Sydney, 2015, UAP.

The making of NIKE SAVVAS's site-specific project, Colours are the Country, at 50 Martin Place for Macquarie Group has been featured in Episode 1 of the new SBS program, Big Art.

Big Art is a six part series on SBS, which follows Urban Art Projects (UAP) across six challenging public art commissions and edition art projects.

The episode may be streamed, via SBS On Demand, until 7 February 2016.

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Image by Lewis Roland

Image by Lewis Roland

NIKE SAVVAS’ immersive art installation Reverie, in the Festival of Love at Southbank Centre, London, has been extended to 12 September 2015. SAVVAS’ multicoloured work is suspended across the ceiling of Royal Festival Hall and continues outside onto the balcony of the building. The work “embodies a state of play; a daydream; a moment of losing oneself within an undulating field of ambient colour”.

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