ROOMMATES is a 6 ft steel sculpture with solar panel and LED lights designed and inspired by the idea that simple changes can turn paper into planes, flatlands into canals, and neighbors into roommates. This work investigates simple shifts in imagery, planes, and perspectives. By juxtaposing buildings and saguaro cacti within a unified object, viewers are left to consider how these elements relate. Shifting the way we think of these natural and constructed features sharing space within our landscapes allows them to move from neighbors to roommates.
Nick Rascona is a Tempe-based visual artist. Nick earned his BFA from Arizona State University with a focus in painting in 2016, and has maintained a disciplined studio practice involving sculpture and painting ever since. During this time, Nick has created public and private commissioned sculptures as well as murals in Tempe and Phoenix. Nick has displayed work across the valley, and was recently selected for an artist residency at School of Visual Arts in New York City. Nick has taught workshops at the Phoenix Art Museum, Tempe Center for the Arts and several local schools. In 2019, he had an interactive sculpture accepted into the permanent collection of SRP’s Heritage Center.
Nick has extensive experience in both 2D and 3D processes including, drawing, painting, wood carving, metal fabrication, and 2D/3D digital design. He has designed and produced sculptures out of wood and metal to meet dimensional requirements using a combination of Rhinoceros 3D, milling, plasma cutting services, industrial CNC machines, and professional fabrication techniques.