WA Now - Andrew Nicholls - Hyperkulturemia
Andrew Nicholls’ WA Now solo exhibition showcases his recent Hyperkulturemia series. The major focus of his practice for over the past five years, Hyperkulturemia is the outcome of a series of residencies in Italy between 2014-2017.
These residencies were an opportunity for Nicholls to engage with various sites associated with the 18th century Grand Tour, a rite-of-passage that saw young, aristocratic men complete their education by journeys to Italy to view the remains of classical antiquity and the masterpieces of the Renaissance.
The series’ title refers to the condition of ‘Stendhal Syndrome’ (aka Florence Syndrome or Rome Syndrome), reported to have been experienced by tourists overcome by the splendours of high Renaissance art. It was often explained as coming from an “excess of culture in the blood."
This immersive installation features Andrew Nicholls’ performative photographs, beautifully detailed drawings and illustrated ceramics. A playful and powerful meditation on the cultural significance of the European Grand Tour, it demonstrates Nicholls’ unique way of engaging with contemporary and historical art and modes of being.
Image credit - Andrew Nicholls I Porcellini (self-portrait as Tobias Smollett) 2015-2018. Large format photograph, 120 x 150 cm. © the artist.