Warren Neidich’s indexical renderings of heads resemble CAT scans, but in actuality are photographs of light “paintings” depicting heads in profile that were part of his project studying prosopagnosia, the inability to recognize faces, including one’s own. “Robert #2” is from the Blanqui’s “Cosmology” series (1999-2002) that reminded the artist of phrenology, a respected hard science in the 19th century that analyzed character through the overall shape of and protuberances on the skull. When the same outlines were noted to resemble ring nebulae and other cosmologic references, Neidich’s natural scientific curiosity and interest in systems formulated this creative bifid reading of his work.
– Kóan-Jeff Baysa
Warren Neidich is an artist who works and lives in NYC. He is the recipient of the British Council’s ACE – AHRB Arts and Science Research Fellowship and has been a visiting artist at Goldsmith College in London and Cooper Union in NYC. In 2002 he had one-person shows at the California Museum of Photography in Riverside, Muller de Chiara Gallery in Berlin, the Storefront for Art and Architecture in NYC, and the Edward Mitterand Gallery in Geneva. His book Blow-up: Photography, Cinema, and the Brain, is co-published by the Ford Foundation and DAP with an introduction by the art historian Norman Bryson. Art in America, Flash Art, New York Times, Time Out, and New York Magazine have featured his work. Additionally Warren has received honors and awards from Light Work, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Vermont Studio Center, the Santa Fe Art Institute, and the MacDowell Foundation. He is the co-founder of artbrain.org, a website that posts art, writing, and films that concern the brain.