The work of Nicolas Sassoon makes use of various computer-based processes to generate fantasized visions of architectures, landscapes, and domestic environments. While most of his work is published online as animated gifs, Sassoon also materializes his web-based practice into sculptures, prints, textiles, and site-specific instllatins, occasionally collaborating with other artists, architects, music producers and fashion designers. Sassoon's work often explores the contemplative dimensions of the digital, as well as the manner in which virtual space and thinking can (or cannot) be inscribed within the physical realm.
Nicolas has shown in various international venues and events such as the Today Art Museum (CN), Portland Art Museum (US), Cincinnati Art Museum (US), 319 Scholes (US), Eyebeam (US), the New Museum (US), May Gallery & Residency (US), Contemporary Art Gallery (CA), Every Letter in the Alphabet (CA), Charles H. Scott Gallery (CA), Western Front (CA), PRETEEN Gallery (MX), TINBOX Contemporary Art Gallery (FR), LMD Galerie (FR), Arti et Amicitiae (NL), MU Eindhoven (NL), the Berlin Fashion Week (DE) and the New York Fashion Week (US). Nicolas is a member of the online collective Computers Club, and he lives and works in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Sassoon takes cues from architecture, modular design, geometry, and pattern-based art to create elegant stills and animations. Like many of his GIFs, Waterfall III, gives the impression of early desktop computing and CAD drawing through palette; the greys, blacks, and blues of the image are mixed using methods from the 1980s, before the advent of 8-bit color. At the time, intermediate colors could only be mimicked through specific patterns of the four, eight, or sixteen colors directly available. This simplicity is fundamental to Waterfall III and the other works in his patterns series.