The Mortician’s Athlete and the Dreaded Barista

Nicholas Cheveldave

April 9–18, 2015

2nd Floor, Via Fieno 3, Milano 20123, (ITALY)

Emalin is pleased to invite you to the opening of our third exhibition, The Mortician’s Athlete and the Dreaded Barista, a solo-show by Nicholas Cheveldave.

 

Nicholas Cheveldave’s new body of work takes as its point of departure aspects of contemporary “café culture” and blends it with various forms of mundane life, homogenizing these identity constructs through forms of mediation such as digitally animated collage, painting and sculpture to make visceral and fleshly objects that gravitate towards the grotesque.

 

Cheveldave derives the exhibition title from The Mortician’s Athlete, a 1918 poem by Francis Picabia, and from the notion of the ‘Dreaded Barista’, whom he describes as “ the espresso connoisseur, the know-it-all, who reminds you that three cups of coffee a day is probably destroying your liver… I would never think about my liver unless I am reminded that it exists inside of me.”

 

The idea of the portmanteau – the word whose form and meaning is derived through blending – transcends the rhetoric of the ‘glocal’ net-generation and enters the canvas as multilayered compositions that synthesize coffee culture goods with the ins and outs of the dreaded barista. One is left to wonder if it is possible to escape the subordinating corporate cubicles or if the same futility hides behind frappucinos and bottle tops of microbreweries?

 

  • Nicholas Cheveldave, Too Much Body to Burn – FAT DRINK, (2015) / Too Much Body to Burn – THIGHT CLENCH, (2015) / Too Much Body to Burn – THE HONEY DRIP, (2015) / Too Much Body to Burn – JUG HEAD, (2015)
    Nicholas Cheveldave, Too Much Body to Burn – FAT DRINK, (2015), Acrylic, acetate, paper, 80 x 60 cm
    Nicholas Cheveldave, Too Much Body to Burn – FAT DRINK, (2015), Acrylic, acetate, paper, 80 x 60 cm
    Nicholas Cheveldave, Too Much Body to Burn – THIGHT CLENCH, (2015) / Too Much Body to Burn – THE HONEY DRIP, (2015) / Too Much Body to Burn – JUG HEAD, (2015), each Acrylic, acetate, paper, 80 x 60 cm
    Nicholas Cheveldave, Too Much Body to Burn – THIGHT CLENCH, 2015, Acrylic, acetate, paper, 80 x 60 cm
    Nicholas Cheveldave, Too Much Body to Burn – THE HONEY DRIP, 2015, Acrylic, acetate, paper, 80 x 60 cm
    Nicholas Cheveldave, Too Much Body to Burn, JUG HEAD, (2015); each Acrylic, acetate, paper, 80 x 60 cm
    Nicholas Cheveldave, Too Much Body to Burn – THE HONEY DRIP, (2015); Too Much Body to Burn – JUG HEAD, (2015), Nicholas Cheveldave, Death Before Cubical – ACID BATH, (2015)
    Nicholas Cheveldave, Death Before Cubical – ACID BATH, (2015), Acrylic, acetate film, wool dreadlocks, peacock feather, paper, 150 x 150 cm
    Nicholas Cheveldave, Death Before Cubical – ACID BATH, (2015), Acrylic, acetate film, wool dreadlocks, peacock feather, paper, 150 x 150 cm
    Nicholas Cheveldave, The Eliot Deformation Void, (2015), Acrylic, acetate, paper, 200 x 170 cm / Death Before Cubical – DRIP FEED, (2015), Acrylic, acetate film, wool dreadlocks, pheasant feather, paper, 150 x 150 cm
    Nicholas Cheveldave, The Eliot Deformation Void, (2015), Acrylic, acetate, paper, 200 x 170 cm / Death Before Cubical – DRIP FEED, (2015), Acrylic, acetate film, wool dreadlocks, pheasant feather, paper, 150 x 150 cm
    Nicholas Cheveldave, The Eliot Deformation Void, (2015), Acrylic, acetate, paper, 200 x 170 cm
    Nicholas Cheveldave, Death Before Cubical – DRIP FEED, (2015), Acrylic, acetate film, wool dreadlocks, pheasant feather, paper, 150 x 150 cm
    Nicholas Cheveldave, Death Before Cubical – DRIP FEED, (2015), Acrylic, acetate film, wool dreadlocks, pheasant feather, paper, 150 x 150 cm
    Nicholas Cheveldave, The Christian Deformation Void, (2015), Acrylic, acetate, paper, 200 x 170 cm
    Nicholas Cheveldave, The Christian Deformation Void, (2015), Acrylic, acetate, paper, 200 x 170 cm
    Nicholas Cheveldave, Too Much Body to Burn – LEMON RINSE, (2015); Acrylic, acetate, paper, 80 x 60 cm
    Nicholas Cheveldave, Too Much Body to Burn – LEMON RINSE, (2015); Acrylic, acetate, paper, 80 x 60 cm
    Nicholas Cheveldave, Too Much Body to Burn – LEMON RINSE, (2015); Acrylic, acetate, paper, 80 x 60 cm
    Nicholas Cheveldave, The Eliot Deformation Void, (2015), Acrylic, acetate, paper, 200 x 170 cm
    Nicholas Cheveldave, Personality Deformer (THE_HIPPIE_NOIR), (2015), Acrylic, sand, polystyrene, seashells, bottle caps, golf tee, wool dreadlocks, elastic band, 3D printed cup with straw, satin, metal, wood, PVA, plaster, 197 x 60 x 60 cm; All the World in a Poster, (2015), Print, paper and plastic, dimensions variable
    Installation View
    Nicholas Cheveldave, Personality Deformer (THE_HIPPIE_NOIR), (2015), Acrylic, sand, polystyrene, seashells, bottle caps, golf tee, wool dreadlocks, elastic band, 3D printed cup with straw, satin, metal, wood, PVA, plaster, 197 x 60 x 60 cm
    Installation View, Detail
    Nicholas Cheveldave, All the World in a Poster, (2015), Print, paper and plastic, dimensions variable
    Installation View, Detail
    Nicholas Cheveldave, All the World in a Poster, (2015), Print, paper and plastic, dimensions variable / Personality Deformer (THE_HIPPIE_NOIR), (2015), Acrylic, sand, polystyrene, seashells, bottle caps, golf tee, wool dreadlocks, elastic band, 3D printed cup with straw, satin, metal, wood, PVA, plaster, 197 x 60 x 60 cm
    Installation View
    Installation View
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