Although noted for his innovative use of digital media, Nicolas Sassoon remains an artist who, like the Impressionist painter, has an abiding interest in the natural landscape, its architectures and its representation. For his current exhibition, Sassoon once again mines the medium to produce a series of prints and objects that both startle and entertain.
In HOMELANDS, Sassoon begins with a set of computer-generated landscapes, each of which contains the same building. However, through a sequence of repetitions and variations focused solely on the landscapes sculptural and pictorial aspects, the building and landscape conflate. In MANSIONS, he uses a 3-D printer to generate concrete castings of architectural motifs associated with luxury homes, which he then submerges in an aquarium.
On the topic of his work, Sassoon, whose writing brings to mind the architectural philosophy of the late Arthur Erickson, says he is interested in the desire behind creating virtual architectures in a way similar to scale models, objects signifying something bigger than they are, in a transitory state, existing between two worlds, and that he sees a parallel between these virtual objects and the practice of bonsai or suiseki, where miniature sceneries are created as organic forms of contemplation and ideals.