Blaine Tolentino / Spring 2013
Take a look at the work of Nicole Naone (nicolenaone.com) and you'll see it's devoid of shortcuts or puns. There are no postmodern articulations and no referential treatments. What stands out are the meticulous forms that this sculptor creates - disruptively clean and obedient. Case in point: Naone's oeuvre stars wood constructions where individual pieces interlock by intersecting, creating order out of chaos. But nothing says as much as Naone's debut solo show in August 2012. At Chinatown's The Human Imagination, Naone presented Mass, a presentation of about 50 pieces of the female form in plaster, foam, bronze, and print. Very quickly it became clear that her work resonated with the public: Patrons bought up nearly all of her exhibited works in the first two days alone. Not soon thereafter a video of Naone at work shot across the internet placing the Hawaii artist under the gaze of a million viewers in less than 24 hours. Not to bad for an artist of 25. And from the looks of it, it's clear that Naone's momentum is just getting started.