Nicolo: fine-art

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Sep 11, 2013

A couple of interviews

My latest fine-art series Passages II: Rest Areas was recently the subject of two interviews I wanted to share with you (click to open new window):

Sep 09, 2013

‘Finestra Anima’ art installation at Burning Man

Several years ago when living in India I came up with an idea to challenge the strong judgements that the society there was projecting on people (chast, age, religion, etc). It never made it into a formal exhibit, so I jumped at the opportunity to revive the concept for an art installation at the 2013 Burning Man.

Artist statement:

How do we define identity? Personality? Attraction?

We classify people we meet on a small set of fairly universal parameters: age, gender, occupation, religion, etc. Yet true connections come from a deeper almost subliminal level, often obscured by value judgements based on the above mentioned parameters.

This art inverts the process of discovery of strangers by removing all external references and indicators and only showing larger than life close-up images of eyes of a wide diversity of people.

Each group of eyes is multi-faceted and backlit, confronting participants with multiple giant staring eyes in every direction, day and night.

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4 large boxes with four 40 sides (16 pairs of eyes), 2 CFL lights inside each box with Milar reflector, 2 plexiglass panels on each side (1/4 + 1/8) to sandwich 16 36×17 prints on Display Translucent Backlight film. Solar panel charging 2 deep-cycle batteries burried into the ground (incl. inverter, timer, emergency lights). Each side had a small drawer holding a notebook with a unique question that visitors could answer, data about the person whose eyes were on display, and a full-figure portrait on the last page.

We had weeks of crazy sessions in the studio to capture high resolution close-up images of eyes with no glare or reflections on the pupils (ever tried that?), editing and selecting hundreds of images, and tons of LF printing.

Following are the eyes that made it to the Playa (click on the image to enlarge it and see the detail in the pupils), with the question at the front of the notebook and the data (as written by each subject):

Box 1, pos.1: Phoenix Lewis (2, male, white, no religion, from USA)

The question: Can you see yourself in me?

Box 2, pos. 1: Molly Deloria (female, 23, student, white, atheist, from USA)

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