Mar 2–Apr 22, 2023
Silver Eye Center for Photography
4808 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
1/1: more like air, 2019-present
always arriving presents new work by Nicole Czapinski, whose long-term explorations of perception combine photography, collage, sculpture, and video. Working with photographs, carefully selected erasures, and layers of colored papers, Czapinski creates scanned images by intuitively moving her hand in response to the light of the flatbed scanner lamp. Each pass produces a unique result. While Czapinski’s final images are flat photographic prints, their composition conveys a push and pull between 2D and 3D experience.
These newly created works evoke the distortion of time that we may feel in moments of crisis or lack of control. However, Czapinski’s hand in each piece asserts her agency and honors the physical gestures involved in her processes of making. Czapinski's motif invites the viewer to join her in exploring states of continuous transition.
This exhibition is part of Silver Eye's Pittsburgh Presents series, a year-round project to highlight the work of extraordinary artists and image-makers working in our community.
Nicole Czapinski is an interdisciplinary artist from Pittsburgh, PA. By using simple materials her work explores illusions within perception through photo collage, scanner technology, video, sculpture, and a series of thread drawings. Since receiving a BA from Bennington College in 2006, her work has been shown nationally. Recent solo exhibitions include The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Burlington City Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. She is looking forward to a collaborative exhibition with Centa Schumacher opening at Associated Artists of Pittsburgh in September 2023.