For her first solo show at Danziger Gallery, Liz Nielsen presents a group of new works that continue her distinctive place in photographic tradition of ‘cameraless’ photography.
Replacing the traditional negative with hand cut collages comprised of different colored gels, Nielsen projects her forms on to chromogenic paper creating bright and luminous abstractions. As the paper she uses is a negative rather than a positive paper, the colors of the gels are reversed often creating surprising new combinations where Nielsen’s compositional control comes face to face with the magic of photographic chemistry.
Ranging in scale from 8 x 10” to 40 x 50’ Nielsen’s imagined forests, totems, moons, and other forms bring to mind Georgia O’Keeffe’s quote that “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.”
Liz Nielsen was born in Wisconsin in 1975 and lives and works in New York City. She received a M.F.A. in Photography at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a B.F.A from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Nielsen’s work has been exhibited extensively in Chicago, New York, and Berlin and has been recently reviewed in the New York Times, Artslant, and the Wall Street Journal.