re:present L.A. Exhibition

May 3 – July 27, 2012 at the Vincent Price Art Museum

Nicholas Fedak II

Statement

My work is about memory and how a simple, everyday object like an old photograph can conjure up images and feelings of the intangible past. Starting with old family daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, cabinet cards, and snapshots, I re-photograph them, and with the new negative, develop them onto positive kodalith transparencies. The original images were taken to document a specific time, event, and/or place. I am using that same information, but in a very different way.

After running out of personal family images, I began to acquire similar images from swap meets, flea markets, and antique stores. My work is transparent and fleeting, as is memory and the intangible, evanescent past. With my body of work, the past is yet to come!

My work is about beauty and decay. With my images, I try to capture a timeless quality, everyday subject matter, and the quality of light much like the work of Eugène Atget, and Edward Hopper, who are strong artistic influences on my work. What motivates me to take a photograph is color, or the absence of it, and how light illuminates an object whether it is a mannequin in a store window, or a sign on a lonely side street. Although beauty and decay are thought to be exact opposites, they can exist together in an image to create a dynamic juxtaposition of the present with the past.

Nicholas Fedak II - Griffith Sunset

"Griffith Sunset"
16" x 20", Archival Pigment Print

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