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Nic Nicosia

James Kelly Contemporary

Pictorializing the stagecraft of art is Nic Nicosia’s purported subject. The eight new photographs included in this exhibition depict the artist in the process of making, or having just completed, drawings on the white walls of sets that he has built. These sets hold the artist’s figure and his marks in a relationship that is both a performance of making a picture and a picture of making a performance. Nicosia’s miniature theaters serve as simultaneous arenas of technical possibilities and constraints. Scale is the first illusion. The sets are mostly semicircular, the photographs universally rectangular. The relationship between the two is deceptive: The eye of the machine can show only a fl at quadrant of the set’s illusory circumference.

Constructive mechanics notwithstanding, the craft of these photographs is subsidiary to the physics inherent in making the drawings. Nicosia attacks the

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