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Painting Student Sara Nickleson Opens Solo Exhibition, The Fourth Way, at Louis Buhl & Co.

September 20th, 2023

Sara Nickleson. Courtesy Louis Buhl & Co.

Detroit-based artist Sara Nickleson opens a solo exhibition, featuring six new works including her largest to date, at Louis Buhl & Co. In search of a departure from prevailing ideas around figuration, Nickleson imagines the body as impermanent, morphing, and changing as a representation of complex human emotion and cognition.

Nickleson finds solace in world-building that draws from her studies in consciousness and melancholia, as well as theories around ‘deep adaptation’ in the face of climate crisis. “‘Deep adaptation’ refers to the personal and collective changes that might help us to prepare for (and live with) a climate-influenced breakdown or collapse of our societies.

“In the paintings, I imagine a world post climate catastrophe, presenting a recovering planet and beings that have evolved with more affective and cognitive capacity than us, with a deep connection to the planet.” – Sara Nickleson

The Fourth Way will be on view from September 23 through November 8, 2023. An opening reception takes place on Saturday, September 23, 2023, from 6 to 8pm.


Learn more:

Sara Nickleson: The Fourth Way – Louis Buhl & Co.

Painting at Cranbrook Academy of Art