NATHAN SKILES

COCKAIGNE

Sept 12 - Oct 8, 2022

Reception, Friday, September 16th, 2022

 

The Galleries and Exhibitions and the Fine Arts Departments of Ringling College of Art + Design are pleased to present, Cockaigne, a solo exhibition featuring the work of 2003 Ringling College alumni, Nathan Skiles.

Referencing Bruegel’s depiction of the gluttonous utopia, The Land of Cockaigne, Skiles’ exhibition-cum-installation, threads together themes of aspiration, prosperity, and decadence. Integrating paintings, collage, and vinyl-cut wall drawings, Skiles’ installation charts the intersection between continuity and experimentation within the artist’s practice. Incorporating references gleaned from Skiles’ autobiographical experience in Indiana, Cockaigne, weaves together a diverse set of processes and iconography, including quilting, construction, and folk art.