Nicole Dyer // “You Look Different”
Nicole Dyer is an artist based in Baltimore, MD. She received her BFA in Drawing from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013. Within the past two years, Dyer has attended residencies including Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY, Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, and Lighthouse Works in Fischer’s Island, NY. Her recent solo shows include “Its Okay Maybe” at Current Space, and “It’s Kind of Pretty” at Stevenson University, in Baltimore, MD. She is a recipient of an Individual Artist Award in Painting from the Maryland State Arts Council and an Elizabeth Greenshields Grant.
Dyers works examines a need for excess in the wake of restriction. She is interested in an over-consumption of information through social media, podcasts, books, and google. Her fascinations include diet culture, instagram, youtube, advertising, and “hip” consumer products. Dyers work focuses on the dichotomy of eating and sharing—how a plate of food can be both nourishing and dangerous; or how someone alone can feel connected through social media.
While at Glogauair, Dyer has explored the variety of markets and grocery shops available in Berlin. She has been collecting, tasting, hoarding, and documenting the abundance of treats, packages, ads, and signage that decorate the city. She is inspired by the seemingly lack of restriction in European culture as it compares to the cycle of over-indulgence and restraint found in America. The work is kleptic and obsessive; creating a veuyoristic view of her own personal news feed.