Nurse’s artwork is reflective and personal. Through thoughtful visual deliberation, the painting mediates on the common immaterial link between people, the artist and the viewer, the guest and the host. Nurse coats the background in a vibrant overwhelming red—a colour that is often intended to evoke strong sensations. As the colour emerges through the canvas surface, it clashes with the texts “I should feel down right?” “why don’t I?” The urge of feelings is supressed by apathetic thoughts. Nurse elaborates in a description on the painting that the (X, right, left, right, R1, right, left, X, Δ) is a cheat code from the video game Grand Theft Auto 5. Situated in the living room, the artwork lends itself to rich conversations. Through discussions about the artwork, the guests and host can explore, learn and attempt at playing the game of life themselves.
About Tak Pham
Tak Pham is a Vietnamese curator and a critic. He is a graduate of Carleton University and OCAD University. His essays and reviews have appeared in espace art actuel, esse arts + opinions, Canadian Art, The Senses and Society Journal, and The Dance Current, among others. Pham is currently Assistant Curator at MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan.