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Liz Nielsen

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Lives in
Brooklyn, NY

Works in
Brooklyn, NY


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Representing galleries
SOCO Gallery, Next Level Galerie, Danziger Gallery


Liz Nielsen is a New York based photographic artist who continues to work in the analog color darkroom. In April 2016, Nielsen had a solo exhibition at Danziger gallery in New York.  In June, her photographs were in a two-person show in Cork Co. Cobh Ireland at the Sirius Art Center, and in September/October, Liz is doing a residency at the Budapest Art Factory in Hungary.  Last year, Nielsen had 3 solo photo exhibitions: Night Garden at SOCO gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina, Magic Lantern at Laurence Miller gallery in NYC and Wolf Moon at Denny gallery in NYC. Her recent exhibitions have been reviewed in the New Yorker, Charlotte Magazine, Art21, and Beautiful Decay. Nielsen received her MFA in Photography from the University of Illinois, Chicago and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Artist Statement:
The analog color darkroom is a magical place where a pitch-black environment allows only the vision of the minds eye.  Without the use of a camera, I build my own negatives. Transparent shapes are cut out with a scissors and layered on top of glass. Handmade cardboard puzzles are taken apart and put together in the darkness allowing multiple exposures to emerge on the light sensitive paper. Light bleeds and is contained. Alongside of the enlarger light, I use flashlights, bike lights, laser lights, cell phone lights, rave lights, and toy lights. I enjoy working in this way because everything is variable.  It is impossible to create the same image twice making each photogram unique 

Liz Nielsen CV  





Born in Wisconsin in 1975

Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York




2004 MFA, University of Illinois at Chicago


2002 BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago


1998 BA, Seattle University, Philosophy and Spanish


Solo Exhibitions

2016: The Medium: Danziger Gallery, NY

2015: Night Garden: SOCO Gallery, Charlotte, NC

2015: Magic Lantern: Laurence Miller Gallery, NY

2015 Wolf Moon: Denny Gallery, NY

2013: Blue Shifts: Interlochen, MI

2013 Tiger Teeth: Red Light, Benrimon Contemporary, NY

2011 LIZ by LINA, Schalter Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2005 New Work by Liz Nielsen, Lisa Boyle Gallery, Chicago, IL


Selected Group Exhibitions


2013 Wingding 3rd Anniversary Exhibition, LVL3, Chicago, IL


2013 Fractal Semblance, Roots and Culture, Chicago, IL


2012 NADA Miami, Rawson Projects, Miami, FL


2012 Fictitious Truths curated by Kara Rooney, Rooster Gallery, New York, NY


2012 Anderson, Murphy, Nielsen, New Capital Projects, Chicago, IL


2012 People Who Work Here curated by Rawson Projects, David Zwirner gallery, New York, NY


2012 First Love, curated by Angela Bryant O’Connor gallery, Dominican University, River Forest, IL


2011 Color: Fully Engaged, curated by Jamilee Polson, A & D gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, IL


2011 Juried Auction, NURTUREart hosted by the Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY


2010 Feeble Intimacy, LVL3, Chicago, IL


2010 MinimumixaM curated by Nicholas Cueva, Dan Gunn, and Heather Mekkelson Twelve Galleries Quarterly #1 hosted by Pentagon Gallery, Chicago, IL


2009 Ship in a Bottle, Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL


2008 Liz Nielsen at Accomplice Projects, Art Basel Miami/Bridge Fair, Miami, FL


2007 Awesome in Giftshop project space, Gescheidle Gallery Chicago, IL


2007 Word of Mouth presented by Diet Gallery, Art Basel Miami/Bridge Fair Miami, FL


2005 Art Chicago, Lisa Boyle Gallery, Chicago, IL


2005 Art Basel Miami/Aqua Art, Lisa Boyle Gallery, Miami, FL


2005 Genderosity, 4-F Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


2005 Art Chicago/NOVA Young Art Fair, Project Rooms: (The Mothership Installation), Chicago, IL


2004 Who’s doing Self-Portraiture in 2004?, curated by Jason Lazarus, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL


2004 Summer Love Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL


2004 And now for something completely different Art Chicago/Stray Show, Unit B Gallery, Chicago,IL


2004 Brain/Body, Curated by Susan Sensemann Riverside Arts Center, Riverside, IL


Public Collections:


Progressive Art Collection, Cleveland, OH


Selected Press


2012 Art Slant,


2012 New York Times,


2012 Die Zeit,


2012 July, Wall Street Journal


2012 July Capricious Photo,


2012 June Hyperallergic, Brooklyn, bushwick-open-studios 


2012 June LVL3 Artist of the week,


2011 A + D Catalogue


2009 New City Break Out Artist, chicago’s-next-generation-of-image-makers/




2012 July BreakThru Radio, Art Uncovered 2012


2011 Chicago Art Magazine,Conversations with Curators: Liz Nielsen

Recent Exhibits

Liz Nielsen participated in these exhibits:

Apr, 2016 Harts for Art 7
LVL3 Gallery
Apr, 2016 The Medium
Danziger Gallery
Apr, 2016 hArts for Art 7
LVL3 Gallery
Sep, 2015 Handmade Abstract
BRIC Arts | Media House
Jul, 2015 826NYC Exhibition & Auction
David Zwirner- 533 W. 19th
Jul, 2015 Wonderful Lies - A Summer Show
Danziger Gallery
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