Nicolas Shakes’ (b. 1981) work celebrates the pastoral’s everyday ordinariness. Shake focuses on the cast-off household and utilitarian items that show up in the desert on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Working with items that could easily be categorized as rhopography, but it is this insignificance that gives them the ability to be reassigned a new aesthetic value, transforming the rubbish into something unexpected. Working in various forms ranging from painting, sculpture and photography.

Nicolas Shake was born in Northridge, CA and lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2008 and his MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 2011. Shake has exhibited at Jaus, Los Angeles; Mark Moore, Los Angeles; 5790 Project, Curated by Catlin Moore and Vast Space Projects, Las Vegas NV, curated by David Pagel. Upcoming 2013 exhibitions include his first solo-exhibition at Western Project Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.