Christopher Nickel is fascinated by the powerful constructive and deconstructive forces of both man and nature. His imagery often juxtaposes man’s urge to build and control, with nature’s inevitable erosive transformation of the built environment. In so doing, these images of course also beg the question of whether man’s creations are improvements or a destruction of nature’s own creations.
In his Horizons series, Nickel focuses on the power of the horizon line both as metaphor for the moment where two disparate elements adjoin, and as a powerful formal anchor that yields an image that is both abstract and specific. Using scale, texture, composition, and light, Nickel renders images of nothing (often just empty spaces) as emotional and monumental.
Nickel received his BFA in photography from California College of the Arts. He has had solo exhibitions at MG Gallery, Kuhl Art, Savabida Art Space, and SLATE contemporary. His work received ‘Honorable Mention’ at V Center for Fine Art Photography in Forth Collins, Colorado, and ‘Best in Show’ at Millard Sheets Center for the Arts in Pomona, California.
Thursday June 30th–Saturday, July 30th
Friday, July 1st, 6–9pm
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 12–5pm
Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment