“Follow the lines; stop at mini-sculptural objects, cross a spatial striped installation, look around
at flat drawings & textured paintings. Sometimes, you will meet with some spherical masses.
Enigmatic is an arrangement of new works strongly influenced by graphic design and elementary
shapes where color input is raw and defined by the building material.”
Maitland’s swanky art party has relaunched for the winter season, and this one’s a don’t-miss. Nathalie Chikhi takes over the Germaine Marvel Building for one night only with Enigmatic, a show of paintings, drawings, sculpture and site-specific installation. In our review of Chikhi’s 2011 show at Twelve21 Gallery, we praised her “superflat neon-bright acrylics,” but this time around we’re particularly excited to see a new series of works in graphite, which combines two of our favorite things: geometric pattern and limitless shades of gray. Chikhi has been making waves in the wider world – she was part of the ArtSlant booth, an exhibition and auction to benefit Bushwick’s NurtureArt nonprofit, at last year’s Art Basel Miami Beach – and this show may prefigure the work in her upcoming solo exhibit at Atlantic Center for the Arts. As always, Culture & Cocktails offers other entertainments to augment the visual: This time around, enjoy the K Burgers gourmet food truck, popcorn from Enzian Theater, readings by the Maitland Poets & Writers crew, and the Chapman Stick and 14-string guitar stylings of Flint Blade.
– by Jessica Bryce Young