Nick Darmstaedter is a twenty-five year old Los Angeleno artist, now based in BK. A clever cool cat, he knows his art history. Yet, like when you see a friend-of-a-friend-of-a-mere-acquaintance on the street, Darmstaedter's work nods acknowledgement, then swiftly moves on.
His early series of oxidized works say a passing hello to both Andy Warhol's piss paintings and Donald Judd's serial Minimalism, all while remaining very much on their own path to pretty.
His recent magnet 'paintings,' like HAND JOB above, remind me of Arp's Dadist collages...
Arp, a member of the Dada movement emerging out of Switzerland in 1916(ish), tore up a bunch of paper, scattered it on another larger sheet and stuck it down. He embraced chance and depersonalized the creative process. He has proven very influential to future artists and kindergarten children.
Darmstaedter gathers together a bunch of magnets (a strain of detritus of consumer culture, what advertising was to pop art), then places them at random on a steel panel.
Arp's heir. Chance and the art of kinder kids updated.