Nick Albertson

Nick Albertson


on view: April 5 – June 15, 2014

reception:  Saturday 5-7pm, April 5, 2014

The Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) is pleased to announce its spring 2014 exhibition One-Hundred Count featuring works by Nick Albertson and on view from April 5 – June 15, 2014.

Drawing from various household objects and office supplies, Chicago-based artist Nick Albertson, strips everyday objects of their functional purpose and arranges them to create visceral experiences. Items with seemingly little visual intrigue are arranged so as to have a powerful aesthetic impact.

With ever-growing questions surrounding the sustainability of a consumer culture enmeshed in mass production and the disposable, Albertson aptly invites newfound fascination with the tools we use on a daily basis to organize, seal, wipe, fasten, and hold. Mining the tension between the inherent uniformity of the mass-produced everyday materials Albertson’s engagement with and his subsequent arrangement of them drives his practice.

Additionally Albertson’s work is heavily weighted in the rich traditions of early and mid-twentieth century art. Imbued with Modernism’s hard-edged aesthetic and a fascination with industrial design, the photographs in One Hundred Count, evoke the legacy of the Readymade. Playful compositions strip the utilitarian nature of his source material. Napkins evoke waves. Paper cups mimic domestic structures as seen from the air, sheets of tissue paper become looming three-dimensional geometric forms. Each image with its monochromatic palate playfully pushes and pulls between the banal and sublime.

Nick Albertson (b. 1983, Boston, Massachusetts) received his MFA in Photography at Columbia College Chicago in 2013. He received his BA in Photography from Bard College in 2006. Albertson’s work has been exhibited in Chicago, Portland, Seattle, and New York as well as internationally at the Pingyao International Photo Festival. In winter 2014 the gallery Aspect Ratio featured a solo show of his work in Chicago, Il.

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Top Image ©Nick Albertson, Cones No. 2, 2014, (detail), Archival Pigment Print.