Born 1977, Providence, Rhode Island
2004 MFA Boston University College of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 2000 BA Goddard College, Plainfield, VT
Drawing on traditions of twentieth century formalism and hard-edge abstraction, Nate Ethier’s flamboyant geometric abstractions celebrate both the bucolic and the post-industrial world. The exchange of interchangeable modular structures through synchronicity and symmetry is the bedrock of the work, while rock and roll, the rolling surf, and poetry whisper in the background. Creating compositions that allow for the optical emphasis to alternate and reverberate with unequivocal intensity and grace, the mechanics of Ethier’s paintings function as perpetual, philosophical, and visual motion machines.