Her dioramas are realistic scaled down depictions of everyday locations taken over by nature or destruction. They re model sets that they ve built collaboratively at their studios in brooklyn and cincinnati.
In their haunting upcoming show the city and other stories us artists lori nix and kathleen gerber imagine what the world might look like when we re all gone.
Lori nix the city. The idea of the ruination of humankind has been part of the cultural imagination since prehistory. Lori nix makes dioramas but they are dioramas the way the giant redwoods are trees. The city is artist lori nix s first monograph.
Artist lori nix constructs beautiful disasters. Prices are subject to change and availability. A library with ceilings caving in mold on the walls.
Over the past eight years lori nix born 1969 has created meticulously detailed model environments and then photographed them locations within a fictional city that celebrate modern culture knowledge and innovation. Refer to the visiting artist presentation for lori nix. But these photographs aren t images of real places.
In her book the city published by decode books brooklyn based photographer lori nix plays with these ideas. Tsunami earthquake nuclear holocaust even zombie apocalypse. This book is a collection of photos of her series the city each one tells a woeful story of destruction of people disappeared.
The cover image library is stunning and tells you everything you need to know about the rest of the images contained within. Lori nix was born and raised in western kansas in an area known for its tornados snow storms droughts and infestations. But her monuments of civilization are abandoned in a state of ruin where nature has begun to repopulate the spaces.
As a child she viewed these natural disasters as entertainment relieving her of her otherwise ordinary reality. But her monuments of civilization are abandoned in a state of ruin where nature has begun to repopulate the spaces. It s part of what they ve been doing for nearly two decades.
Lori will be discussing her work later on march 24. Over the past eight years lori nix born 1969 has created meticulously detailed model environments and then photographed them locations within a fictional city that celebrate modern culture knowledge and innovation. And increasingly real scenes of natural disasters and environmental devastation are never out of the news cycle for long.
She has been pursuing her current series the city since 2005. Limited to 1 200 copies and published by decode books it s 76 pages with 37 reproductions of nix s photographs made since 2005. I am fascinated maybe even a little obsessed with the.
Elaborate and meticulously detailed dioramas which may take nix up to 15 months to build and several weeks to photograph comprise the scenes depicted in her works. Her current ongoing series the city explores the idea of a post man world and the subsequent retaking over of nature.