I’m a product of the 1970s’ dystopian cinema. I remember being five, six, even nine years old and seeing movies such as Towering Inferno, Planet of the Apes, Earthquake, and Logan’s Run. These movies have had a great impact on me and my sensibilities. These days I walk through New York and imagine what it would look like, what it would feel like to be alone in an abandoned city. This series is a post-human look at our surroundings. Something catastrophic has happened and man has been wiped from the face of the earth. What remains are our buildings and other artifacts. Art museums, Broadway theaters, laundromats, and bars no longer function. The walls are deteriorating, the ceilings are falling in, the structures barely stand, and yet Mother Nature is slowly taking them over. These spaces are filled with flora, fauna, and insects, reclaiming what was theirs before man’s encroachment. If we do not modify our way of life soon, then I’m afraid no amount of science can get us out of our environmental predicament. Alternatively, we can hide our head in the sand, ignoring what the future is quickly throwing at us. I am afraid of what the future holds…but at the same time I am fascinated by what a changing world can bring. (Interview by Nozlee Samadzadeh, The Morning News)
Lori Nix has been building and photographing complex dioramas in her apartment for over a decade. Her series, “The City,” was exhibited in its entirety at the Toledo Museum of Art (Ohio) this winter. Other exhibitions include ClampArt Gallery, NYC; The George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA; Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA; the California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA; and the Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL. Nix holds advanced degrees in ceramics and photography. The artist was raised throughout the Midwest; she lives and works in New York City.
Museum of Art, 2005
40 x 55 x 1 inches (framed)
Edition of 15
Courtesy of the artist and