Art Up PhinneyWood Art Walk November 10th from 6 – 9 pm Featuring Works From Nikki Vene

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Night-walk is Nikki Venè's most recent series of paintings that explores architectural spaces in and around the city of Portland. These paintings reference her personal perspective as solitary spectator, a city-goer who traverses everywhere by foot, and due to her nocturnal tendencies, mainly at night. Within Venè's artistic practice, she engages in acts of flâneurie, or a removed, somewhat voyeuristic form of observing the urban landscape. This curios yet distanced way of looking is first documented by photographs taken on the street, so that details of the momentary observation may be referenced later on in Venè's painting process. When translating the image onto canvas, the ordinary, quiet spaces found in her photographic work begin to transform from strict representation into spaces of abstraction, or other worlds of reality all together. These painted architectural spaces call upon the viewer's imagination to fill in the blanks, to complete the image, to discern areas of ambiguity or to fully immerse themselves in it's illusion. Through Venè's work, she aims to disrupt the banal, the everyday, and to offer the viewer agency to regard these spaces through a perspective of isolation: to take a long look into a window without feeling as though their observations will be interrupted by another's presence. The viewer has full autonomy to witness painted worlds as their own. In a way, Vene regards this secluded perspective as a position of empowerment, as a position of the realized dreamer.