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Lori Nix

Recapturing the Scenic Wilds
Glyndor Gallery | September 06 - December 07, 2014


Pictured above: Ducks, 2014, Archival inkjet print, 15˝ x 18.˝ Courtesy of the artist 


For Recapturing the Scenic Wilds, Lori Nix presents a group of 10 works from the series Unnatural History. These black-and-white photographs of miniature dioramas, which the artist builds herself, present fictive museums of natural history. Pitting photography’s credibility against the picture’s incredibility, these bizarre scenes suggest an internal logic but never fully explain it.

Nix has pursued a decades-long practice of recording scenes that she builds by hand, always presenting the photographs as the final works. She has been consistently drawn to the moment in anticipation, or in the aftermath, of an event, and previous series have focused on the drama of natural disaster. Many of her works play with proportion, picturing toy animals, for example, looming larger than life over their environment. The shift in scale disorients the viewer’s sense of space, steering them toward fresh, imaginative possibilities.

Nix’s solo exhibition venues include Galerie Klüser, Munich; the University of Maine Museum of Art, Orono; and the California Museum of Photography, Riverside. Her work has been featured in the Bruce Museum of Art and Science, Greenwich, CT; the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA; as well as Art Space, New Haven, CT, and ClampArt Gallery, New York, NY. She has received New York Foundation for the Arts grants twice, and also participated in the Bronx Museum’s Artists In the Marketplace (AIM) program. Her photography is in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; the Spencer Museum, Kansas University, Lawrence; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and El Paso Museum of Art. She received an MFA from Ohio University and a BA and BFA from Truman State University.

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Pictured above: Snow Maker, 2009, Platinum/palladium print, 15˝ x 18.˝ Courtesy of the artist

Pictured above: T-Rex, 2010, Platinum/palladium print, 15˝ x 18.˝ Courtesy of the artist

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.