An Ordinary Day: Seeing the Unseen Exhibition in Belfast, ME

Codex Natura #15

Codex Natura #15

Tomorrow night an exhibition opens at the Fernald Gallery of the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, ME. I'll be there during at least part of the opening (it extends from 5-7 pm). There should be quite a bit of wonderful work in this show, so if you are a fan of abstract photography I'm sure you'll enjoy the show.

I've attached a flyer below with more information. I'll be showing three pieces from my Codex Natura series. Hope to see you there!

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Favorites of 2015

Codex Natura #1

Codex Natura #1

It is once again that time of year when I, along with many other artists, reflect back upon the work from the previous year. I find it both useful and enjoyable to review my work and choose my favorite photographs from the year.

2015 was a very successful year for me creatively, I believe, as I continued advancing my previous two long-term projects (Pyrotechnic and Adventures in Celestial Mechanics) and also launched two new projects, Codex Natura and East of the Sun, West of the Moon. Given these four big projects, I found it satisfying to choose three images from each body of work to create my list of 12 favorite photographs of 2015.

As time goes on, other images may replace some of these in the end, but these are the images that tell the story of 2015.

I'm going to start with my Codex Natura project. This project has been extraordinarily fun as I seek out new material to use for the project and also continue to experiment with printing techniques for these very dark images. Besides the photograph leading off this post, my other two favorites are below - #15 is a brand new one, too:

Codex Natura #4

Codex Natura #4

Codex Natura #15

Codex Natura #15

I also continue to try to photograph each full moon from somewhere here in Maine for my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics project, though life and weather often conspire against me. This project has been changing for me as the photographs I'm taking are increasingly more abstract and subtle, like this one:

Buddha Moon I

Buddha Moon I

I should have qualified that subtle statement, as while most of the new work can be described that way, some of the new ones cannot. As you'll see below, the next two are a bit different...first up is the Blood Moon from September's lunar eclipse (a situation I've been trying to photograph for many years), and the Moon of the Ripening I from October is, well, pretty epic.

Blood Moon

Blood Moon

Moon of the Ripening I

Moon of the Ripening I

East of the Sun, West of the Moon is my other new project and I'm very excited about it as well. The challenges of these dark color images as well as the circular format have been pretty invigorating. Here are my three favorites, so far, from this new project:

Untitled #1

Untitled #1

Untitled #3

Untitled #3

Untitled #4

Untitled #4

...and last but not least we have my Pyrotechnic project. I continue to haunt local public firework shows seeking out new images. Here are my three favorites from 2015:

Pyrotechnic #206

Pyrotechnic #206

Pyrotechnic #220

Pyrotechnic #220

Pyrotechnic #241

Pyrotechnic #241

For those of you who made it all the way to the end, I'm also including a sneak peek at some of my Arizona/Southwest images from my fall artist residency. I'm still working through the very large pile of images, but these are some early ones that I find promising.

Chiricahua National Monument - Dark skies are one of the main attractions of SE Arizona, and they did not disappoint.

Chiricahua National Monument - Dark skies are one of the main attractions of SE Arizona, and they did not disappoint.

Chiricahua National Monument. I spent many days making photographs along the lines of this one -- I definitely think it has potential for a project.

Chiricahua National Monument. I spent many days making photographs along the lines of this one -- I definitely think it has potential for a project.

White Sands National Monument. I'm not sure if this photograph is a keeper, but the many-colored reflections from the sand (mica) there if you got just at the right angle made one of my favorite sights I've ever seen. 

White Sands National Monument. I'm not sure if this photograph is a keeper, but the many-colored reflections from the sand (mica) there if you got just at the right angle made one of my favorite sights I've ever seen. 


Gibbs Library Exhibit in Washington, Maine

"Kindly Moon II", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

"Kindly Moon II", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I'm pleased to announce that I have a new exhibition up for January and February at the Gibbs Library in Washington, Maine. The Gibbs Library has a dedicated space for art exhibits and does a great job providing a variety of exhibitions for its patrons.

Included in the exhibition are 10 of my pieces from my Pyrotechnic, Adventures in Celestial Mechanics, and Nightfall projects. I'll include the press release below, and you can find out more about the hours and location of the exhibition if you are interested here.

Here's the press release:

WASHINGTON VILLAGE — The Gibbs Library will exhibit the work of Jim Nickelson, a coastal photographer. The exhibit will open Thursday, Jan. 7, and run through Tuesday, March 1.

Nickelson is a photographer whose work is driven by an interest in science, whether it be work based on the passage of time, work motivated by natural rhythms and cycles and patterns, work exploring the mysteries of nature, or work simply inspired by the wonder of the natural world, according to a news release from the library.

Included in this exhibition is work from his Adventures in Celestial Mechanics series. This series is based on a quest to capture each of full moon of the year, at moonrise or moonset, from somewhere in the Maine landscape. Moonrise and the cycles of the moon happen endlessly, month after month, year after year, and their repetitive nature results in many become numb to the magic of the moon hanging above, and this project hopefully reignites in viewers a passion and interest in the passage of the moon though the sky and its importance to peoples throughout history.

Also included in this exhibition is work from Jim’s Pyrotechnic series, which explores how fireworks, as a quintessentially man-made object, mirrored many aspects of the natural world once they were abstracted to their basic forms. The incongruity of the noisy, ephemeral, and commonplace fireworks bringing to mind beautiful and delicate forms from nature continues to inspire this ongoing project.

Gibbs Library hours are 4-7 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m.-noon and 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, 3-6 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, and 2-5 p.m. Sunday. 

For more information, call 845-2663.

The Winter Night Landscape Workshop

I'm pleased to announce that my ever-popular workshop, The Winter Night Landscape, is being offered by Maine Media Workshops for 2016. The workshop runs from February 28th through March 5th, 2016. You can sign up at the MMW website here.

This workshop is definitely different each year as we are so dependent on weather and what the winter brings us, but whatever it brings, it is always beautiful up here in Maine.

Upcoming Artist Residency and Time Away

Just in case you haven't heard about this in my email newsletter last month or my other sites, I will be going on an artist residency at Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona in November. Because of this, I will of course not be here next to my printer and able to make prints for clients or collectors during that time.

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East of the Sun, West of the Moon

I'm excited to reveal one of my new projects this year -- East of the Sun, West of the Moon. I've included the first twelve images from this project in a gallery on my website.

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Critical Mass Finalist

I've also been remiss in mentioning my recent selection as a finalist for the 2015 Critical Mass Awards. Congratulations also to other finalists, including Christopher Chadbourne, Kathryn Oliver, and Ralph Hassenpflug!

More about this tomorrow, but I submitted a new body of work for this competition. Stay tuned for more details...

Abstract Exhibition at Filter Space in Chicago

Pyrotechnic #141

Pyrotechnic #141

I'm a bit late in announcing this, but I'm very pleased to be included in current Abstract exhibition at Filter Space that is part of the Filter Festival in Chicago. The exhibition was jurored by Debra Klomp Ching. 

The exhibition extends until October 22nd, 2015. I wish I could see it in person, but if you are in Chicago and want to forget about the Bears season, the show should be great.

Two New September Exhibitions in Maine

I'm excited to announce two new exhibitions that include my work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Artist Residency at Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, Copyright Jim Nickelson

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, Copyright Jim Nickelson

I'm honored to have been selected as one of the 2015 Artists-in-Residence at Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona. The park, situated in southeast Arizona, is well-known for its dark skies, and I can't wait to photograph a landscape that is pretty much the opposite of the Maine landscape I've come know so well.

My residency is the first half of November, roughly speaking. I've never been to the park so I definitely look forward to checking out that area. I've include a photograph from many years ago in Utah -- not to be misleading, but it is the closest photograph I have to the landscape that awaits me in Arizona.

Making Meaning at Drift Gallery

"Pyrotechnic #185"

"Pyrotechnic #185"

I'm very excited to announce an exciting and imminent exhibition at the Drift Gallery in Portsmouth, NH. Eleven pieces from my Pyrotechnic series will be on display along with pieces from three others artists (drawings, sculpture, paintings) in the Making Meaning exhibition.

The exhibition opens this Saturday, August 1st and extends through September 13th, 2015. I'll be at the opening reception from 5-8 pm this Saturday. Hope to see you there!

CMCA Art to Collect Now Exhibition & Auction

Pyrotechnic #47

Pyrotechnic #47

A photograph from my Pyrotechnic series will be included in the upcoming CMCA Art to Collect NOW: 38th Annual Auction and Exhibition. This fundraiser for the Center for Maine Contemporary Art kicks off with an opening reception this Wednesday, July 15th, from 5-7 pm at the CMCA's temporary Bicknell location (see the website for more details).

The exhibition will be brief, extending until the 25th, and then will be followed up with the auction itself on July 26th. This is always a big event, and with pieces from 100 artists involved, you'll get to see lots of great art (and hopefully bid on some as well)!

Shaw in Northeast Harbor

Shaw Contemporary Jewelry in Northeast Harbor, ME, is a well-known location to see great art of all types. My work will be included in this summer's shows (all featuring Mount Desert Island, or MDI to locals). If you are in that neck of the woods, make sure to drop by to see what they have up.

Here's the flyer (with an image from my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics series featured) for the summer shows and the next opening reception on July 30th (4:30-6:30 pm).

Buddha Moon

Buddha Moon I

Buddha Moon I

I recently released my newest photographs from my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics project. I'm quite taken with these photographs of May's full moon and I chose the name Buddha Moon for this group of work amongst names from many traditions. May's full moon is considered the most important in the Buddhist tradition as the full moon of Buddha's death and rebirth.

Buddha Moon II

Buddha Moon II

Buddha Moon III

Buddha Moon III


Landscape Exhibition at Center for Fine Art Photography

"Rice Moon I"

"Rice Moon I"

...and in another upcoming exhibition, my photograph Rice Moon I is included in the upcoming "Landscape" exhibition at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, CO. The opening reception is this Friday night (6-9 pm) and the exhibition extends until July 18th. I won't be able to make the opening, unfortunately, though I'd love to be out visiting Colorado.

PhoPa Opening Tomorrow Night, June 4th, 5-7 pm

"Codex Natura #1"

"Codex Natura #1"

Tomorrow night at Portland's PhoPa Gallery, I'll be joining five other photographers at the opening reception (5-7 pm) of a brief, but exciting, exhibition. The exhibition features the work that all six of us completed for the Maine Media Workshops + College Projects class. I've seen this work develop over the past 10 weeks and the included photographers have produced some amazing work, so if you get a chance to see this exhibition before it closes on the 6th I highly recommend it. Hope to see you there!

Portfolio Walk this weekend at Boston's 555 Gallery

"Pyrotechnic #128", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

"Pyrotechnic #128", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I'll be heading down to Boston this weekend for a portfolio "walk" at 555 Gallery in South Boston on Saturday, 2-5 pm. The current exhibition at 555 Gallery is The Personal Portfolio, featuring work from each gallery artist.

On Saturday a group of photographers, including myself, will be there to show portfolios and answer questions. I can't wait to see the portfolios of the other artists, and I hope to see many of you down there.

If you can't make the portfolio walk this weekend, the exhibition extends until June 20th.