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Nicholas Folland

Born 1967, Adelaide. Lives and works Adelaide.


Nicholas Folland is a sculptor and installation artist who reconfigures familiar household objects – such as soft furnishings, interior fixtures and whitegoods, found crystal and glassware – to create new and highly refined constructions. Folland has created numerous sculptures and installations referring to domestic interiors and to natural environmental processes and landscapes. Raft #1 (2005), for example, consisted of a full-scale bathroom that relentlessly overflowed with thundering water from every possible outlet, while Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite, Op.40: Air, played mournfully in the background. Other works have considered extreme locations within the landscape, often taking inspiration from tragic journals of failed exploration. These works include a series of internally heated granite boulders entitled Mt Hopeless (2001), and a number of ice-encrusted chandeliers beginning with I think I was asleep… (2003).

Folland won a Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship in 1999 and studied in the research program at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, where he pursued an interest in constructed landscapes and developed a fascination for early travel narratives. Solo exhibitions include Hideout, Grant Pirrie, Sydney (2010); Without Reason, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra (2009); and solo shows at Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide (2008 and 2006). Group exhibitions include Tour de Force: In Case of Emergency Break Glass, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW (2011); The New New, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide (2010); Colliding Worlds, Samstag Museum, Adelaide (2009); Octopus 8, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne (2008); and To Be Confirmed, arc Biennale, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane (2007).

Folland was commissioned to create a work for Parallel Collisions, the 2012 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. He has also worked closely with the JamFactory Glass Studio in Adelaide and Canberra Glassworks to create cast objects from recycled crystal items.

Folland’s work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; and various university and regional galleries in Australia.

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