Nicholas Kovatch is an active sculptor, installation artist and instructor based in Minneapolis. Nicholas received his MFA in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and exhibits his work nationally. He was a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow at the MacDowell Colony in 2014 and was a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in spring of 2015.
Through a minimalist influenced aesthetic, my installations and sculptures manipulate structural elements within architecture. I push the physicality of an environment by creating work that alters the stability and time of a space.
The materials commonly used in my practice are sheetrock, epoxy resin, joint compound, wood, and fabric. These items are utilized because they allow me to be flexible with the objects I create, and are common materials used in the majority of architectural spaces. When the concept for an installation is realized, through site-specific research and material experimentation, I construct the architectural manipulation into a permanent shape that creates an illusion of uncertainty within the environment. In order to present an uncanny correlation between the space and the constructed object, I seamlessly embed the sculpture within the existing environment. The scale of my work varies, but each ephemeral installation, or sculpture takes on the illusion of being a physical extension of the interior architecture.
Through these changes within an environment, I want to create an encounter that provokes moments of recognition and contemplation about space and time. I strive to make an environment that is either empathetic, or disconcerting, to point out the power of our behavior and time within a destabilized space.