Los Angeles

Kelly Nipper

Shoshana Wayne Gallery

The most telling photograph in Kelly Nipper’s latest exhibition offers sunlit branches and leaves surrounding a shadowy void. The scene, which could be deep in a forest or in the corner of a backyard at the right time of day, becomes a source of tension and expectation—this is the sort of spot from which a movie tiger might leap out. But the surprise never comes, and it’s oddly frustrating and compelling. Who would have thought a photograph of a dark spot in some plants could be so engaging precisely because it turns out to be just as mundane as it would be in real life? The piece showcases Nipper’s capacity for working against her viewers’ assumptions and expectations, as well as her ability to set off scattershot associations and loops of logic as suggested in the title shared by the works in the exhibition, “shotgun and a figure 8” (all works 2000).

Four images depict pears standing

Sign-in to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for artforum.com? Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW for only $50 a year—65% off the newsstand price—and receive the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the PRINT EDITION of the May 2001 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.