Modern pop artist POSE (a.k.a. Jordan Nickel) has remained distinguished in his inventive ability to take everyday, throw-away things and introduce them into the world to communicate something much deeper. While his work relies on harnessing very simple human emotions like love, loss and triumph, it’s presented in a complex union of vivid colors and layered application that aims for something much more profound than what’s at the literal, surface level.
POSE’s diversity as a visual artist is apparent in grandiose outdoor settings through large-scale murals to the intricate bodies of work developed within his studio.
POSE takes from the world around him – whether it be bits of found signs or his wife’s old childhood books. His attempt at making sense of the environment around him started with graffiti and has matured into studio work with multiple dimensions and layers that are a pop blend of illustration, lettering and comic book inspired aesthetics. “It could be a rundown bodega sign I saw on the way to the studio, the way gang graffiti got buffed, watching Dumbo with my daughters in the morning or a deep-seeded memory I’m trying to work through,” POSE says.
As his work evolves, so do POSE’s methods of encouraging his audience to let their imaginations run wild. “I get very obsessed with the work that I create. It yanks me out of bed early in the morning and doesn’t let me sleep at night. I get really high from the relationship I get with a body of work.” Seeing more than just the value of the walls in a gallery setting, POSE has added three-dimensional installations to his repertoire. The result is an experiential art environment that the viewer can exist within and encounter on multiple levels.
“I try to push my art into new realms by creating new challenges for myself. I get bored quickly if the work seems redundant and I’m not learning anything new,” POSE says. “I find myself the most inspired by challenges and uncomfortable territory.”