Photographer Drew Nikonowicz Fuses Old and New Technologies to Unite Fiction and Reality
Just one year since receiving his BFA in photography from the University of Missouri, Drew Nikonowicz has produced a prolific body of work that many would consider an accomplishment for photographers ten years his senior. In 2015, still an undergrad, the photographer snagged the coveted Aperture Prize for his series This World and Others Like It, and recently completed a one-year residency at Fabrica Research Centre in Italy.
Nikonowicz' mysterious, yet clearly defined practice explores aspects of fiction, reality and the history of photography. He shoots mostly large format black and white film, something unheard of for many photographers born after the creation of Photoshop. He imbues them with a current twist, often combining them with computer generated photographs to unite historic and contemporary technologies. At first glance, his pictures evoke early photographers like Ansel Adams and Edward Curtis in their monochromatic attention to the vastness of the American landscape. But while Adams and Curtis presented an optimistic, often idealized picture of promise and opportunity, Nikonowicz paints something a bit darker, layered with science fiction. I spoke with the photographer about his recent series This World and Others Like It, and its subchapter Notes From Anywhere.
Interview by Jon Feinstein
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Traveling Basketry Exhibition to Open in Columbia
By Jordan Yount
Basket weaving, or simply basketry, is one of the most ubiquitous and oldest forms of craft making in human civilization, with some of the oldest known baskets dating back nearly 12,000 years. Early basket makers used materials close at hand, such as grass, wood, even animal remains—which decay over time without proper preservation—so much of the early history of the craft has been lost. The craft itself, however, has survived and evolved over time, from simple, utilitarian baskets made for carrying food, water, and other necessities to the abstract, sculptural artistry of contemporary basketry. The long history of basketry in America is the subject of a new exhibition opening Jan. 28 at the University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology.
Brenda Warren Retirement
As many of you know, one of our most respected and valued staff members, Brenda Warren will retire in August this year after 33 years at the University of Missouri. The following is a note she sent to everyone regarding her years in the department.
The years that I have been associated with the art department have been the happiest of my life and this was not an easy decision to reach. Out of the 33 years at MU, 29 years have been spent sitting in a back office in the Art Department. How I love my “no-window” office!
I can’t count the numbers of staff members, students, and faculty that has sat in that extra chair and shared their joys, heartaches, and frustrations with me. Oh, the stories I could tell, but I won’t. Those interactions just let me know how much I was respected, trusted, and loved by so many people in this department over the years.