TUCKER NICHOLS
Temporary Storage Overflow Plan Option 3 (TSOP #3)
Hallway Project: January 9 - March 27, 2010

Nothing is too big or too small for the inquiring mind of Tucker Nichols, a Bay Area artist who has mastered poignant and often humorous interventions in both public and private settings. For Temporary Storage Overflow Plan Option 3, Nichols brings his witty visual vocabulary into the gallery's entry hallway, which is conveniently shared by SFMOMA staff offices.

Nichols' observations are presented as an imagined emergency storage plan for the museum, made from tape and pencil directly on the wall. The resulting structures resemble a mash-up of storage shelves, imagined buildings, offshore drilling platforms and intricate display cases. A suite of drawings, Temporary Storage Overflow Plan Options 1,2, 4-12, accompanies the project.

Temporary Storage Overflow Plan Option 3 was recently featured in the New York Times as one of five things to see in the Bay Area. Tucker Nichols has also been featured as an "Artist to Watch" in the February issue of ARTnews and is participating in our new exhibition,PAPER!AWESOME!, which opens Saturday, February 20th at 4pm.

Nichols has done several commissioned wall drawings for a range of institutions, including the de Young Museum, the Brattleboro Museum, Yves Behar's fuseproject studios, the Bravo TV corporate offices, and the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. For this most recent exercise, Nichols has been investigating the workings of SFMOMA as a visitor, as well as through conversations and tours of its storage facilities with staff members. Taken as a whole, TSOP #3 raises questions about how museums operate, what purposes they serve, how they think about storage, as well as much broader questions of how we compartmentalize internally and externally.

Tucker Nichols has had recent solo shows at ZieherSmith Gallery in New York, Gallery 16 in San Francisco and the Kunstpanorama in Luzern, Switzerland. His work has been featured at the Drawing Center, John Connelly Presents in New York and Rocket Gallery in Tokyo. His drawings have been published in McSweeney's, J&L Books, The Thing and the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times. This spring he will be in residence in the Project Space at the Headlands Center for the Arts.