Photographer Liz Nielsen works in a room that is as much a kind of laboratory as it is an artist’s studio. The room is filled with colored gels, fiber optic lights, stacks of photo paper and a box with a label that says “disco balls and rainbow machine.” These items and more are what Liz uses for her photographic experiments, and the prints that result from her visual investigations into light and color are pinned up all over the studio walls. There are abstract photographs depicting colored geometrical forms floating against pure black backgrounds, circular images of what appear to be deep space, and an assortment of collages and other seemingly photographic works, some clearly successful experiments others still on the drawing board. Liz is interested most of all by color and specifically the physics of color, from the ways that colors can be manipulated in the dark room, to the ancient light from outer space seen only through deep space telescopes.
Last week I met with Liz in her studio to talk about her photo experiments, her interest in outer-space and the ways that moving to New York City has influenced her art making. Her work will be on view at David Zwirner Gallery as part of the show People Who Work Here from July 11th to August 10th, 2012.
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