Your Daily Photograph is an international online gallery that features daily photographs from all over the world. Very soon (tomorrow? next week?) one of my photographs will be featured on the site, courtesy of guest curator Elin Spring. You can find out more on Elin's blog. There is definitely some interesting and good work featured on the site, so it is worth taking a look!
I'm excited to be included in an exhibition in NYC opening this coming weekend (which I won't be able to attend, unfortunately). The exhibition, originated by the New York Center for Photographic Art and hosted at the Jadite Gallery, is based on the Macro - 2015 exhibition. I have two pieces from my Codex Natura project in the show, with one first prize and one juror's selection.
I'm also happy to report that one of my photographs was a juror's selection in the Same But Different 2016 exhibition, which you can see online here.
I'll be presenting a slideshow of my photography at the Eastern Maine Camera Club Meeting this coming Thursday, April 7th, at 6:30 pm. The presentation is free and open to the public. The presentation will be in the Senior room at Bangor Parks and Rec, 647 Main Street in Bangor, ME.
I'm really looking forward to this presentation, if you are in the Bangor area, I'd love to see you there!
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!
Boston's 555 Gallery is experimenting again with their Launch exhibition opening this weekend (opening reception from 5-8 pm on Saturday, January 23rd) and my work will be included. The show will continue until February 20th.
Susan Nalband is combining large framed pieces with smaller, lower cost limited edition loose prints. You can read more about it here on Neal Rantoul's blog as well as here on Elin Spring's blog. Here's the show description:
The Launch Exhibition is a group exhibition featuring work by several current and new gallery artists. The Launch Project is an opportunity for new and seasoned collectors making the breakthrough to collecting the work of a favorite artist or piece of their work, and building on it in an affordable purchasing program. Fine Art Photographs are being offered in small editions, in some cases of 2, 3 or 4 only, in prices from under $200 to under $500, as well as full size artist’s framed work in the gallery at traditional gallery prices.
Launch features new or rarely exhibited work by artists:
Bob Avakian, Deb Ehrens, David Mattox, Jim Nickelson, Neal Rantoul, John Rizzo, Gail Samuelson, Heather Evans Smith, Jean Sousa, Mary Ellen Strom, Sarah Szwajkos, Christine Triebert, Jane Yudelman
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:
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:
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.
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:
...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:
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.
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.
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.
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.Read More
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...
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.
I'm excited to announce two new exhibitions that include my work.
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.
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!
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 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).
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.
I'm excited to be included in the upcoming Art Meets Science 2015 exhibition at the MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor, ME. Four of my Pyrotechnic photographs are included in the exhibition. There is an opening next Thursday night, July 9th, from 5-7 pm. I'll be attending the opening reception, and I hope to see some of you there!