Nicolaus Chaffin is a multidisciplinary artist who enlists materials and production methods that embrace wear, marred surfaces, stains, failure and complete disruption through performative productions and actions. Concerned with examining strategies of queer visibility, labor and communication, Chaffin views his practice as a meditation on the invisible labor of his queer forefolks – those who envisioned the utopic through
experimentation as well as those who sought the future through the radical act of survival. While in residence, Chaffin will be focusing on creating sculpture and site-responsive installations which braid dialogues between aesthetics, utility, ornamentation, and symbologies.
Chaffin’s work has been shown in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Maryland, New York, Boston and abroad in London, Austria, and the Netherlands. He has attended the Fire Island Artist Residency, exhibited with [2nd floor projects] in the Bay Area Now 7 Triennial, and was in residence at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in 2020.
Residency: February 2024 - May 2024