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New Yorker Review: Nicholas Nixon at Pace/MacGill Gallery

Posted By Administration, Monday, January 28, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
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Exhibition Dates: January 11 – February 23, 2013


The exhibition of new work, executed between 2010 and 2012, marks Nicholas Nixon's forth solo show at the gallery. True to his past Nixon continues to engage the large format camera as his mode of expression. The cycle of life is presented in universal view in a series of 11 x 14 inch and 16 x 20 inch gelatin silver prints that were taken throughout the United States and France. With this series Nixon's practice drew on several inspirations- mother and child; fragmented portraits of his wife and himself; and organic elements.

Intimacy and the life cycle unites the different fractions within Nixon's larger project. An opening up of life's patterns is revealed, birth, death, and human intimacy is explored. We begin with images of mothers and newborns- babies coo and look with wonder and amazement at us. A closeness is established that runs deeper in another segment of the series that examines the history Nixon and his wife of 39 years have shared. Macroscopic views are our windows into the life and history of a couple who as the infants become symbol to those of us who have or hope to share our lives with another. Some frames are so close that all we see is wiry hair merging with wrinkled skin. Through these views we engage a different variety of emotion than we experienced with the infants. Where the infant represents hope, joy, and renewal these pieces speak to age, devotion, and the comforts of cohabitation. A final portion of images presents organic elements, including landscapes that contrast the macroscopic views of bodies. A balance moves in and out of play- while all life renews the natural world has not the complexities or conscious of the human's cycle. We see the human form united to but distinguished from the greater continuum of the natural world's pattern.

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