John Nixon is one of Australia’s most celebrated and prolific artists. Known best for his ongoing EPW (Experimental Painting Workshop) series, Nixon relentlessly interrogates the medium of painting with expansive and systemic bodies of work rife with bold colour schemas and the ability to create optically charged environments.
For his solo exhibition at PICA John Nixon presents a connected pair of epic projects made five years apart. Project for a Kindergarten I (2006) was inspired by the discovery of a book about the design of the Kindergartenhaus Wiedikon in Zurich, by Swiss architects in 1932, whereas Project for a Kindergarten II (2011) was a response to the design of a kindergarten in the Swiss mountains by contemporary architects Marianne Burkhalter and Christian Sumi.
As with many of Nixon’s Applied Painting projects, these works are made with a space or event in mind, such as a stage set for a ballet or musical score for a concert. His PICA exhibition represents an expansive catalogue of images for potential placement throughout the referenced kindergarten buildings, described in vivid colour through over 100 paintings, assemblages, drawings and posters.