In his current photographic series living (in) rooms, Nic Nicosia creates interior portraits of homes where his work already resides but with added elements such as sculpture and drawings. Throughout a 38-year career, architecture—interior spaces in particular—has been an interest and an integral part of his staged photographs as well as his private portrait commissions. Nicosia shows his understanding of one’s living space – how it conveys the personalities and interest of the inhabitants and how it can function as a surrogate portrait.
As he stages the lighting and adds sculptural objects (figures, flowers, birds, playful characters or his time-based drawings), Nicosia is controlling and adding new information. The homes become his ready-made sets completed with adding “props” and directing pets and family members – interjecting his wit and sensibility along the way. At times, the figures are not only seen as decoration or part of a collection but as characters who interact with the space and create their own narrative. These pictures are no quick read as the more they are viewed, the more one discovers the added elements.
Nicosia has always started his process with a drawing or loose sketch followed by creating or dressing a set, fabricating props, and casting characters – all for the making of a photograph. In 2005 while living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, drawings, and sculptural figures surfaced as stand-alone pieces and were exhibited alongside his photo works.
at home on time, will include photographs, drawings and sculpture made after his return to Dallas from 11 years living in Santa Fe, NM.