Nico Tone

Curated Artcast

Curated by Niio Curatorial

During the last decade we feel technology should be everywhere and nowhere at the same time, perfectly integrated into our everyday experience, or our homes, without intruding. The future art audience has technology in their everyday life; through technology they experience the world around them, and this is what connects them to
one-another.
The Niio Featured Exhibition is dedicated to the moving image and public space, aiming to present curated screening programs to a wider audience. It is based on the idea of mediating works from an extended list of contemporary video artists, through new digital exhibition formats and cloud-based platforms.

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Nico Tone

Art Collective

Nico Tone is a collective of media artists based in Asia. Their artistic practice comes from exploration of relationships between traditional fine art and new emerging technologies. Nico Tone’s works include video-paintings, interactive and generative experiences.

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Gold Flower

In this series of works Nico Tone deals with the unravelling and manipulation of traditional flower arrangement, ikebana. Ikebana (生け花, 活け花, make flowers alive) is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is also known as Kadō (華道, “way of flowers”). The tradition dates back to the 7th century when floral offerings were made at altars. Later, they were placed in the tokonoma (alcove) of a home. Ikebana reached its first zenith in the 16th century under the influence of Buddhist tea masters and has grown over the centuries, with over 1,000 different schools in Japan and abroad.

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Gold Shift

An infinite flow of organic movement out of time and space. Digitally generated ode to the hidden appearance of the gold shift.

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The Melody of the Flower

Digital exploration of symmetry and evolution of beauty. Referring to ancient arts of flower arrangements. A study of the balance of design while maintaining a natural flow. Recreated generatively.

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Cherry Blossom

Digital interpretation of a work by Japanese old master Kano Sansetsu. The massive black trunk of an ancient plum tree with bending, twisting branches spans nearly sixteen feet across four sliding panels. The reptilian old tree sprouts blossoms, which convey the atmosphere of a cold early spring morning and symbolize birth and renewal. These panels originally formed one wall of a room in the Tenshōin, a subtemple of Myōshinji, a Zen temple in Kyoto. During the 1880s, they were sold to a private collector and trimmed at the top to conform to the smaller dimensions of his home. On the reverse of these panels was a composition depicting the Chinese theme of the Eight Daoist Immortals, which formed a wall in the adjacent room.

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The Silent Lake

A subtle digital interpretation of a work by the American painter John Frederick Kensett, George Lake. Kensett visited Lake George in the Adirondacks on numerous occasions and made many studies of the area. This work is based on Kensett’s original painting, which is the largest and most accomplished treatment of the subject, as well as a fine example of his mature style. He has taken considerable liberties with the topography in composing the work, but certain specific sites can be identified. Kensett’s vantage point was probably from Crown Island, off Bolton Landing on the west shore, looking across the lake northeast toward the Narrows. The distance has been substantially reduced in the representation, some of the islands have been omitted, and others relegated to the shore. Nico Tone echoes the original oil painting qualities and composition, while transforming it to the digital realm and allowing the landscape and its inhabitants to come to life.

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In this series of works Nico Tone deals with Digital interpretation of works by Japanese old master Kano Sansetsu. The reptilian blossoms, which convey the atmosphere of an early spring morning and symbolize birth and renewal. Kano’s works focuses on themes of Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons, to depict nearly a year’s cycle of change from late spring to early winter.

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Abstract Orange

In this series of works Nico Tone deals with Digital interpretation of abstract works. The repetitive slow movement of the different fragments convey Tone’s idea of the abstract and set a relaxing mediative tone in this series of artworks.

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Abstract Blue and White

In this series of works Nico Tone deals with Digital interpretation of abstract works. The repetitive slow movement of the different fragments convey Tone’s idea of the abstract and set a relaxing mediative tone in this series of artworks.

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