Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 20, 2011
The New York Times has called Xavier Nuez’s series of photographs, Alleys and Ruins, a “Masterpiece” and now the show has been extended through April 22, 2011.
Even though they are dark, dangerous places where you are warned not to go, for Nuez, bleak urban settings are his inspiration and second home. For 20 years, late at night he has ventured into some of the country’s most threatening corners, frequently leading to trouble. Whether it is an eerie alley in Compton, California, an inner-city ruin in Detroit, or a dead-end back-lot in Brooklyn, he wants to create monuments out of these shunned places.
From now until the end of the show, Chicago-based Nuez will be exploring and photographing at night throughout the five boroughs.
“I’ve been chased by violent street gangs, accosted by crazed addicts and drug dealers, and have been held at gun point. And yet under these trying conditions, and within the filth and stench of the city’s gutters, I find inspiration. With a family history of homelessness, I found the need to dignify what has been rejected,” says Nuez.
Nuez shoots his photographs with a 50-year-old Hasselblad film camera. To capture the vivid colors in his images, he brings battery-powered lighting equipment and colored gels that are combined with long exposures - sometimes more than one-hour.
Xavier Nuez’s photographs have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout North America, including the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in California; the Attleboro Art Museum in Massachusetts; the Masur Museum of Art in Louisiana; and the Museum of the Living Artist at the San Diego Art Institute. His work is in numerous public, corporate and private collections, including those of the University of Richmond Museum in Virginia; the Norfolk Southern Collection; and the Vicente Fox Center Museum in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Nuez’s solo exhibit continues at the Condé Nast building, located at 4 Times Square in Manhattan. The show features fifteen 32x40 and 44x55-inch Ultrachrome prints. Show hours are 8am-6pm Mon-Fri and Sat 9am-5pm.
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