C.Ar.D. Point is located in via Roma, Pianello. This centre provides information on projects in the works and will be the venue for solo exhibitions of emerging artists or designers, held concurrently with the other exhibitions, curated by a member of the Scientific Committee. For C.Ar.D. 2016 the choice has fallen on artist Nick Stolle, who will exhibit ten abstract works selected by James Hyde, a chief exhibitor at C.Ar.D. 2014 as well as a committee member.
Nick Stolle was born in Decatur, Illinois in 1982. He studied painting at Watkins College of Art in Nashville, Tennessee and at CUNY Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to painting, his practice includes an engagement with writing, audio, and theatrical endeavors. He currently resides in northeastern Indiana.
Looking at a painting of Nick Stolle one immediately senses the artist’s faith and determination. Stolle paints a picture through applying paint; scraping and sanding, then applying more pigment and onward through repeated cycles of digging and covering. Like a miner Stolle burrows into his painting until a final image emerges that is as arresting as Stolle’s process is captivating. Even as the emphasis on process is constant each painting looks different. As an abstract painter Stolle’s style is heterodox. Stolle allows each painting to develop its own character. Stolle’s excavations are purposeful in that in every painting some treasure has been discovered. Perhaps a glimpse of a starry sky, a patch of sun or an oddly familiar image that smiles or winks at the viewer—all these sensations can emerge from the experience of looking at Stolle’s paintings.
The intimate size of Stolle’s paintings is tied up with Stolle’s belief in painting. These are neither technical enough nor large enough to astound. Instead they insist upon the pleasures of painting. Stolle’s stubborn working of the matter and surface is not an end in itself nor do his paintings attempt to transcend their material facts. Stolle’s paintings display the joyful work of uncovering the ancient enchantments of picture-making.