- Detailed reproductions of landscapes and scenes after natural disasters, inspired by photographer’s childhood experiences
- New collection of work depicts a mysterious future devoid of mankind
- 20 photographs to be exhibited for the first time at the Wex Photo Video Gallery in Whitechapel, London from 2 to 31 March 2020
Wex Photo Video will present The City and Other Stories, a brand new exhibition by US artists Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber, at its London Gallery from 2 to 31 March 2020 – the first time the work has been exhibited publicly in the UK.
collaboratively at their studios in Brooklyn and Cincinnati, Lori and Kathleen
have been constructing and photographing meticulously detailed model
environments for 19 years. Inspired by their urban surroundings and childhood
experiences of natural disasters such as floods and tornados, within this
unusual body of work, they represent a bleak and haunting picture of a future
world without mankind. Each diorama takes anywhere between one and 15 months to
construct. The work featured in the exhibition was created and captured between
2005 and 2017.
Nix commented, “For the last eight years my photographs have highlighted a
fictional urban landscape ‘after’. An aquarium after a flood, a church after a
fire, a beauty parlour after… who knows what. Mankind is gone and what remains
are vacant fragments of buildings, a few slowly being reclaimed by nature.
These photos began their lives as complex dioramas sculpted out of foam board,
paint, plaster and wood. Built in great detail from scratch, the scenarios
reflect their previous inhabitants’ daily lives.”
self-taught photographer, Lori grew up in the 1970s in rural western Kansas
where every new season brought a new disaster or weather phenomenon. She
experienced tornados, floods, blizzards and drought, and found inspiration in
these events. As a six year old child, she was mesmerised by dystopian movies
such as Planet of the Apes, Towering Inferno and Earthquake, which she believes
ultimately impacted the art she creates today. “My work to date can be
described as disaster mixed with subtle humour,” explains Nix.
adds, “We do not strictly define what has taken place in the photographs.
Clearly, we have a general theme – something catastrophic has happened, mankind
is gone, all that is left are empty buildings and abandoned landscapes – but
the details as to what actually occurred are purposely left fuzzy. That allows
the viewer to bring in their own ideas (or fears) as to what happened. The fact
that it is an image of a model and not a real place, can make it easier for
viewers to place themselves into the scene and imagine what may have led up to
Tangen, events manager at Wex Photo Video, said, “It’s exciting to have Lori
and Kathleen exhibiting their incredible architectural photography for the
first time in the UK. We are pleased to be able to present this fascinating
work to a new audience through the London Wex Gallery, and we’re sure it will
be a great attraction.”
Fictional Urban Landscapes: An afternoon with Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber
Thursday 5 March, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Lori and Kathleen will hold a talk on Thursday 5 March from 2.00 to 4.00pm at Wex Photo Video. Sharing their appreciation for great architecture, they will discuss the process behind the images from the exhibition and the equipment used to produce these delicate and dystopian environments. Having exhibited work at more than 80 exhibitions around the globe, Kathleen and Lori will be available to answer any questions on their incredible success story. Places can be booked online here.
Nix mainly uses a large format camera with 8×10 film, although some imagery is
captured digitally using a Canon EOS 5DS. Lori and Kathleen’s studio is
equipped with Alien Bees strobes.
Wex Photo Video Gallery
37-39 Commercial Road, London E1 1LF
Tel: 020 7380 1144
Nearest tube: Aldgate East
Opening hours can be found here. Entry is free of charge.
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