Nicole O’Loughlin

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With a perfect spoken Castilian, and a Spanish accent, Nicole discussed with us the second stage of her Metamorphosis series, which had begun in Spain, during her study stay at Complutense.

Working collaboratively, the Spanish series of rusty sheet metal prints was enriched with new layers of graphic processes. This is how the Metamorphosis series emerged, which is – as its name implies – a metaphor for forms, decomposing and transforming over time, as well as new experiences that modify the artist herself when she is exposed to different cultures.


Look a little closer. Place your face close to the surface. Squint your eyes until your vision is out of focus. Now move backwards, immerse yourself in the aesthetic enjoyment produced by the layers unfolded before you from successive corrosion processes. Seductive colors produced in the metamorphosis of metal while corroding into non-existence: oxide is used to challenge classical ideas of beauty through reinterpretation of the mundane.

In this series of works, the organic oxidation process appears as a visual metaphor for the transformation that occurs when people immerse themselves in a foreign culture and language. Through the dissociation that occurs when communicating in another language, our senses are heightened to a point where the interpretation of the everyday can be altered by starting to see objects and the environment from a new perspective. Little by little, new experiences are modifying individuals.

Metamorphosis is a series that talks about cultural immersion and how identity is somehow influenced by where we are at any given time. It is also an exploration of the experiences of foreign cultures.

The project started when I was carrying out a year of exchange studies in Spain. As I became familiar with the culture and the Spanish language, I began to focus on the small details that I did not attend to before. It was then that these ‘mundane’ objects were seen in a different light and I appreciated their natural beauty paying attention to their intense colors and organic designs.

Nicole O’Loughlin
1978 | Warragul, Australia.
Lives in Tasmania, Australia.

2009 | Bachelor of Fine Arts, Hobart School of Art. Tasmania, Australia.
University studies (1 year) Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.

2010 | Venutas, Magnolia Café.
2009 | Metamorphosis, Entrepot; Drawing Me, In Flight; Rust, Top Gallery;
Self-portraits, Entrepot Gallery. Hobart, Australia.

2011 | Artsbridge Australia Council ArtStart Grant, grant recipient Arts. Tasmania, Australia.

Co-Director of Red Wall Gallery.
He worked at Criterion Gallery.
2011 | Organization – coordination Public exhibition -40 artists, 40 stained glass / facades on public roads, Hobart Art Trail. Tasmania, Australia.

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Nicole O’Loughlin


METAMORPHOSIS (by Alicia Candini)

Tasmania is a very remote and exotic territory for most Argentines. However, for us, not so much, since Nicole O’Loughlin is the second artist from this region to travel to Buenos Aires to complete a residency in ´ace.

According to this experience I can say that I have noticed a visual language in these creators that is related to the landscape, in a sense of macrocosm and infinite space, but with the quality of immersing ourselves – simultaneously – in the microscopic detail of objects, in the suffocation of what is being observed by a keyhole or by the lens of a microscope.

With a perfect command of Castilian, who speaks with a polished Spanish accent, Nicole discussed with us the second stage of her Metamorphosis series, which had begun in Spain, during her study stay at Complutense.

Working collaboratively, the Spanish series of rusty sheet metal prints – rustic, brimming with terracotta, red, and bluish-green textures and colors – was enriched with new layers of photolithography. Putting one on top of the other, adding -more than starting again-, growing by multiplication, the series Metamorphosis is -as its name implies- a metaphor of the forms decomposing and transforming over time as well as the new experiences that modify the artist herself when she is exposed to different cultures.

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´aceNITE, Exhibitions

Artists in Dialogue


Celebrating its 5th anniversary ´ace began the year with multiple exhibitions. Artists in residence presented their work: Evalotta Falkeborn Willner (Orsa, Sweden), Laura Pawson (Chicago, USA) & Nicole O’Loughlin (Tasmania, Australia).

At the same time on the main room Patricia Miani (Buenos Aires, Argentina) showed Sumergida and Monika Nguyen (Vienna, Austria) projected The Mind´s Eye at the central hall.

We thank all the people who joined us at the first´ace nite of the year!

About ´aceNITEe

Is an event that occurs periodically, on Wednesdays from 7pm to 10pm. During these time ´ace opens its doors and exhibition spaces to the community to show projects made by the artists in residence as exhibitions, installations and audiovisual presentations, art works of Argentine and Latin American artists selected in a free way through Fusionarte Contemporaneo, present books, art critics, hold performances (or do everything together!).

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Colegiales Station (1 block, 1')

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Buenos Aires is Argentine Republic's capital city. With 15,000,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest cities in Latin America and one of the 10 most populous urban centers in the world. Its cosmopolitan and urban character vibrates to the rhythm of a great cultural offer that includes monuments, churches, museums, art galleries, opera, music and theaters; squares, parks and gardens with old groves; characteristic neighborhoods; large shopping centers and fairs. Here we also find a very good lodging facilities, with accommodation ranging from hostels to five-star hotels of the main international chains. Buenos Aires also show off about its variety of restaurants with all the cuisines of the world, as well as to have cafes and flower kiosks on every corner.

A neighborhood founded on the Jesuit farms in the 17th century

We are located in Colegiales neighborhood where the tree-lined streets, some of which still have their original cobblestones, invite you to walk. Although the apartment buildings advance, low houses still predominate. It is a district of the city where about 20 TV production companies, design studios, artist workshops and the Rock&Pop radio have been located. The neighborhood also has six squares, one of which pays homage to Mafalda, the Flea Market, shops, restaurants and cafes like its neighboring Barrios de Palermo and Belgrano, with which it limits.

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