presents:
~ Vote for Survival ~
new works by
Nikki McClure
on display
October 10th, 2008 - November 10th, 2008

Vote For Survival is a train traveling art tour of the West Coast. Making stops in the cities of Olympia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, Vote For Survival is a series of limited edition signs silk-screened on wood boards. Vote For Survival is a call to action, a reminder of what is really important as this election nears. Original paper cuts will also be exhibited including artwork from the 2009 calendar "Wake Up", book covers, and new work inspired by the summer of berries and boats.



Overview of Vote for Survival by NIkki McClure

NIkki McClure (center) greets the attendees

Paper Cuts by NIkki McClure

Witness (paper cut) by NIkki McClure

Opening night attendees

Fix (paper cut) by NIkki McClure

Detail of Fix by NIkki McClure

Opening night attendees

Reach (left) and Poppy (right) by NIkki McClure

Detail of Poppy by NIkki McClure

Tara and crew

Detail of Reach by NIkki McClure

Vote For Survival prints (screen prints on wood) by NIkki McClure (edition of 30)

Pre-opening night attendees

Vote For Survival prints (screen prints on wood) by NIkki McClure (edition of 30)

Opening night attendees

Treasure 1 (paper cut) by NIkki McClure
Detail of Treasure 1 (paper cut) by NIkki McClure

NIkki McClure and husband JT talk with a fellow from Abrams Books
Paper Cuts by NIkki McClure
Chris Koperski and Andrew McKinley

Treasure 2 (paper cut) by NIkki McClure
Detail of Treasure 2 (paper cut) by NIkki McClure
Make (paper cut) by NIkki McClure
Nikki has fans of all ages

Survive (paper cut) by NIkki McClure

Survive (paper cut, left), top right Box of Delights (paper cut), bottom right The Midnight Folk (paper cut) by NIkki McClure

Various paper cuts by NIkki McClure
Box of Delights (paper cut) by NIkki McClure
The Midnight Folk (paper cut) by NIkki McClure NIkki McClure chats up a fan

Excavate (paper cut) by NIkki McClure

Detail of Excavate (paper cut) by NIkki McClure

NIkki McClure and family


THANK YOU!



Artist Info:
'NikkiMcClure of Olympia, Washington is known for her pain stakingly intricate and beautiful paper cuts. Armed with an X-acto knife, she cuts out herimages from a single sheet of paper and creates a bold language that translates the complex poetry of motherhood, nature, and activism into a simple and endearing picture.

Her work depicts the virtues of hard labor and patience, which is inherent in her process as well as in the images themselves: weathered hands washing dishes, people sweeping, mothers caring for their babies, and farmers working the land. But there is also a large element of celebration, of taking the time to roll around in the grass and get wet from the early morning dew. The need for all of us to lay down on the ground, grab hold of the earth, look at the stars and dream. She magnifies the importance of simple things, like the change of seasons, slowing down the world for a moment so we can actually taste it.

Nikki's images exude a positivity that revolves around community, sustenance, parenting, and appreciating both the urban and rural landscape, undoubtedly influenced by her home in the Northwest and specifically Olympia. As one of the more prominent visual artists involved with Olympia-based record labels K and Kill Rock Stars, as well as the Riot Grrrl movement in the early nineties, Nikki's work still embodies the fiercely independent fire that fueled the passionand creativity of that time period.

She regularly produces her own posters, books, cards, t-shirts and abeloved yearly calendar as well as designs covers for countless recordsand books, including illustrations for magazines the Progressive and Punk Planet. She is a self-taught artist who has been making paper-cuts since 1996.'
- Cinders Gallery, New York

Artist Website:
http://www.nikkimcclure.com/

~ Vote For Survival ~ in the press:
Chronicle Books Blog,
Gen Art Pulse,
Apartment Therapy,
Redefine Magazine .
Daily Serving
My Love For You is a Stampede of Horses



Any Questions and/or Inquiries about purchasing artwork can be
directed to needlesandpens@hotmail.com



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