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Nikki McClure: Cutting Her Own Path 1996-2013: February 28-May 25, 2014

Nikki McClure, Conspire (2003)

Nikki McClure, Conspire (2003)

2nd Floor Solari Gallery

What can you make with an exacto knife and black paper? Nikki McClure transforms these humble materials into extraordinary graphic stories of daily life. Transcending everyday experiences like knitting, pond swimming and star-gazing, McClure creates striking depictions of otherwise missed moments.

It all began with a calendar illustrating foraged foods printed at Kinko’s. The success of the self-published calendar rocketed McClure through a self-made legacy which includes books, music, planners, t-shirts and more.

This approach was born and bred out of the Olympia, Washington independent music scene. There, local artists emphasized everything handmade and self-published. The idea was to do a lot with a little. The result was a rich community sharing artistry and ideas. McClure found herself deeply embedded in this community which shaped an ethic of hands-on and accessible artmaking. It’s no surprise that her work resonates in Santa Cruz as well.

McClure’s artwork can be found in kitchens and cubicles, scribbled-in notebooks and treasured album covers. These intricate creations are beautiful testaments to the magic moments in our everyday and make up a body of 17 years of dynamic work.

Nikki McClure: Cutting Her Own Path, 1996-2013 was organized by the Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon. View their exhibition website here.


Nikki McClure, Gravity

Nikki McClure, Gravity

Join us for these exhibition-related events:

Members Preview with the Artist
Thursday, February 27th | 6-8PM

Poetry and Book Arts Extravaganza
Friday, March 21st | 4-8PM
$5 General, $3 Students, Kids & Seniors, FREE for MAH Members and Children Under 3
More info here.

1st Friday Artist Talk with Nikki McClure
Friday April 4th | 5:30PM More info here.

Gallery Walk & Talk : Nikki McClure
Saturday, April 5th | 11AM More info here.