New York

Don Nice

Nancy Hoffman Gallery

The American Dream comes packaged, lining the shelves of our supermarkets, mass-produced and uniform, and unit-priced. Even the fruits are perfect. In their uniformity these items become packaged images, almost archetypes. Don Nice renders these images in watercolor, placing them in frames and compartments of unfinished wood. His subjects and sitters are American institutions: BLT-on-toast-to-go, construction shoes, Jack Rabbit, bubble-gum pink plastic water gun, Barnum’s Animal Crackers, a “Fliback”, a TastyKake donut, Kraft Campfire Marshmallows, a Ballantine six-pack, a buffalo. I am so tempted to continue listing because these images, no matter how glossy and Saran-wrapped, are artifacts which speak poignantly of American childhood. Here a Popsicle can act as a time machine taking us back to the hot summers of youth. A simple bag of Kraft caramels, in all their filling suctioning glory,

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