‘gathering for a fire’ nick doty

nick doty’s exhibition ‘gathering for a fire’ will open at Coop Gallery May 5th, 2021

Saturday, May 8th, 3-6pm Official Opening for nick doty’s exhibit

Coop is delighted to present Nick Doty’s solo exhibition ‘gathering for a fire’ showcasing sculptures and wall works the artist made over the past year. The body of work reveals the artist’s ongoing exploration of porosity and captivity as they intersect with nature and material ephemera. Doty has created a multivalent visual language that intertwines replicas of seasonal shifts—from floral elements and arrangements to vibrant, turning leaves—with delicate threads of entrapment. Handmade wire stitching, fishing line, wood, and sand offer a platform for items that emulate nature while concurrently restraining and restricting their movement. This intricate tension and its repetition create a motif that examines the hypocrisy of hole-ridden objects that are in fact designed to capture. Doty’s practice in porosity gives equal significance to artist-made and found matters as it does to voided areas. ‘Gathering for a fire’ is a sinuous artwork ecosystem that operates to challenge and question boundaries.

Nick Doty (b. 1989, Nashville, TN) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn
and Connecticut. His work has been exhibited in his home state as well as in
Georgia, New York, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania; and solo shows of his work
have been mounted at 80WSE and The Open Gallery. Doty has also participated
in group exhibitions at Studio 200, Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, and
The Center for Ballet and the Arts, among others. Doty has an MFA from New
York University (2018).