D-Zine Hair & Art
in the Delmar Loop played host Friday night to Eric Nichols
and his newest
collection of works entitled "Mechanical Flower: New Growth."
Originally from Decatur, Illinois, Nichols moved to St. Louis in 1985, and has since earned art degrees from the Kansas City Art Institute and Southern Illinois University
Edwardsville. Until recently, Nichols served as a teacher of art
at St. Louis Community College at Meramec.
Perhaps best known as a sculptor, Nichols describes his wall-hangings at D-Zine as presenting "visual
problem[s]" due to their interaction of layers.
Artist Eric Nichols
crowd was small at first Friday, but gradually grew as Delmar passers-by
paused to take a closer look. Nestled in between the
haircare products and the velvet couches of the hair salon sat young hipsters and elderly suburbanites. And though it never filled to
capacity, the space soon resembled the scene at
more traditional art openings.
says that, like many in the art community, he has come under some hard
times, and recently sold his car and house
to make ends meet. "It's rough, but
I'm having fun," says Nichols. "I don't make money -- yet."