Nicole Naone's art is born of confusion — in her own words, she seeks to “construct a language that shows both the supple illusions of womanhood and the crude reality of the natural world.” In “mass” – her debut solo exhibition at Honolulu’s The Human Imagination – this confusion shows itself in iterations of the soft female form in hard mediums of bronze, foam, plaster, along with illustrations. Furthermore, though effortless-looking, the smooth, organic lines and silhouettes present in her work require a special precision and careful crafting. In this video preview for the exhibition we get a glimpse into this process of crafting a whole, finished product from conflicting halves. “mass” will run for the entire month of August.
Nicole Naone is a bad ass.
Her good looks started to get her modeling gigs when she was a mere 14 years old. After graduating from the Kamehameha schools she did what every young adult wants to do - she traveled. Nicole went to Korea, China, Morocco, England, France, Portugal, Germany, Spain and lived in Chicago. An artist who is equally adept at drawing and painting, she is currently studying sculpture at the University of Hawai’i and producing art out of her Downtown studio (Nicole’s work is currently on display at the Fishcake Gallery). Nicole likes candy, fun times, skinning boars, and smoking Marlboro Reds. In this issue, she played a crucial role in our David Choe feature (page 016) double checking our shit so we didn’t come off like the retards that we are.