NICK ALBERTSON (born Boston 1983, lives and works in Chicago)
Nick Albertson re-investigates the usefulness factor of existing objects and inserts new meaning into them. He strips utilitarian objects, such as paper clips, paper cups and rubber bands of their intended functionality. Using a painterly vernacular with modernist flourishes, Albertson then creates works from the inherent uniformity of these mass-produced materials resulting in new compositions and re-aestheticized landscapes.
Manufactured Gestures, first begun in 2012, depict objects from the real world referencing a language of abstraction common to painting practices. Because of this, they can be viewed both as abstract paintings to be taken in as a whole, but also as indexical photographs where the minute details meant to be scrutinized.
Photo Spray is a body of work that utilizes photo inks from spent inkjet printer cartridges on inkjet papers designed for photographic reproductions. The resultant images are formed by a hybrid application of standard inkjet printing along with hand-applied airbrushing. While technically not a photograph, these works are photographic in makeup. These works are made with photographic materials are infused with more painterly techniques and seek to complicate the relationship between photography and painting.
His latest series, Immovable Shadows, are performative act where he rephotographs heavily lit objects (rubber bands, straws, pins, and erasers) creating unique, yet offsetting shadows. These acts of examining, doubling, and reprocessing material also exploits the spaces they leave behind. Shadows and in-between spaces are highlighted in Immovable Shadows as well as confusing the clarity of how the work was made.
Whereas most of Nick's work investigates accumulations of material, White Light is more of an accumulation of images. In these photos, Albertson takes many photographs while layering Post-It notes on top of one another. These are timed exposures of 30 seconds and the work hearkens masters Man Ray and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy.
Nick Albertson's work has been exhibited in Chicago, Portland, Seattle, New York and internationally at the Pingyao International Photo Festival and Spokojna Gallery in Warsaw, Poland. In 2014, The Center for Photography at Woodstock mounted Albertson’s first institutional solo show: One Hundred Count and at The SFO Museum in San Francisco in 2017-18.
Works from Nick Albertson are included in the collections of Soho House Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, and many private collections.
Exhibitions at Aspect/Ratio:
Pink and Purple on Red, 2019, archival inkjet print in artist's frame, 28 x 23 inches, edition of 5
White on Yellow, 2019, archival inkjet print in artist's frame, 28 x 23 inches, edition of 5
White Light 8, 2017, archival pigment print, 24 x 30 inches, edition of 1
White Light 17, 2017, archival pigment print, 24 x 30 inches, edition of 1
White Light 23, 2017, archival pigment print, 24 x 30 inches, edition of 1
Installation image from Nick Albertson at Glass Curtain Gallery, 2012
Color Studies (Streamers) 27, 2016, archival inkjet print, 40 x 32 inches, edition of 3
Color Studies (Tape) 07, 2016, archival inkjet print, 15 x 12 inches, edition of 1
Striped Napkins, 2014, archival pigment print, 30 x 37.5 inches, edition of 3
Cones 2, 2014, archival pigment print, 30 x 37.5 inches, edition of 3
Masking Tape, 2013, archival pigment print, 30 x 37.5 inches, edition of 3
Pink Napkins, 2012, archival pigment print, 30 x 37.5 inches, edition of 3
Rubber Bands 3, 2013, archival pigment print, 37.5 x 30 inches, edition of 3
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- Nick Albertson reviewed in Forbes Magazine for The Cooper, 12/27/18
- Nick Albertson reviewed in New City for Unrolled at Aspect/Ratio, 6/29/16
- Nick Albertson featured in BOOOOOOOM!, 9/25/15
- Nick Albertson interviewed in Adhoc, 7/28/15
- Nick Albertson interviewed in Wavepool, 4/7/15
- Nick Albertson in Visual Art Source, 2/14
- Nick Albertson in Chicago Art World, 2/11/14
- Nick Albertson & Jefferson Godard in CS Interiors, 1/2014
- Nick Alberston in IMA Living With Photography, 2013
- Nick Albertson in The Huffington Post, 8/13
- Nick Albertson in Hyperallergic, 3/14/2013