Nicole Eisenman has a big year just about every year, but joining the blue-chip juggernaut roster of Hauser and Wirth is sure to add more to their plate. They just closed a show at The Flag Art Foundation with artist Keith Boadwee this March, their work is currently on view at Vielmetter Los Angeles through August, and they’re one of six finalists for the Trafalgar Square Plinth in London this year.
When asked how they see their post-pandemic work evolving, Eisenman told Observer, “After the pandemic, I am slightly more aware of heading in the same direction as before, toward death. But that’s just me. My art is all over the place.”
That’s what we love about it—it’s unpredictable but consistently charming. Eisenman’s Trafalgar Square Plinth proposes a monumental version of a jewelry tree that displays a mix of sentimental and consumable items; Lord Nelson’s medals worn at the battle of Trafalgar, the pipes and pokers of Bloody Sunday Protesters, pizza dough, beer cans, potatoes.
When asked what the artist does with their free time, Observer received a narrative about how they dedicated two phone calls and a 20-minute discussion with the parks department regarding a critically injured oak tree and the problems faced by the city’s trees. “So, yeah, I do have free time,” they concluded. “She said the oak will survive.”