Nucleus Portland

Kozyndan & Nicole Gustafsson

MARCH 10 - APRIL 4, 2018

KOZYNDAN
Los Angeles, CA

kozyndan are husband-and-wife multidisciplinary artists who work collaboratively to create obsessively detailed works of art. They work in drawing, painting, sculpture and photography. Their works often revolve around nature and our disconnection/need for reconnection with the natural world.

Their work has been exhibited worldwide in museums from Los Angeles to Newcastle, UK, to Kiev, and galleries in Australia, Japan, Canada, Spain, the UK, Los ANgeles, NYC and more. Their commercial work includes everything from album covers (Weezer, Daedelus, Usher, Flying Lotus, etc) to clothing lines (collaboration with PUMA) to interactive animation (Sony Playstation).

Kozyndan are obsessed with the ocean and being underwater and hope to someday come to rest at the bottom of the sea and slowly be devoured by deep creatures over many years.

TITLE: CUDDLE PUDDLES

We made these images mostly for ourselves. They are pure comfort - subjects we draw all the time, materials that are familiar for us to work with, scenes that make us feel safe and warm while we wait for spring to come.

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NICOLE GUSTAFSSON
Vancouver, WA

Nicole Gustafsson grew up in Norfolk, Nebraska and spent her much of her time playing in the park across the street from her home. Her interest in wildlife and trees grew into a live long passion of the natural world and continues to be a theme in her artwork. In 2007 she graduated from Hastings College, Hastings, NE with a BFA. In 2013, Nicole and her husband relocated to the Pacific Northwest.

Nicole Gustafsson is the creator behind NIMASPROUT. Nicole works as a full time illustrator, specializing in traditional media paintings featuring everything from woodland characters and environments, to pop culture based projects.

EXHIBITION DESCRIPTION:
I was inspired by insects and animals based throughout the Pacific Northwest and flora I've come to know since living here. This is a geologically active area of the US, and talk among friends of crystals that grow up from the roots of trees and old river beds soon made its way to me and inspired the mix of subject matter in this series.

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