The work of conceptual and photography artist James Nizam is showing at the maerzgalerie in Leipzig until 22 August. It is the Canadian artist's first comprehensive solo exhibition in Germany. Titled "Vestiges of Memory", the show consists of 15 photographs and conceptual artworks, selected by Nizam to offer insight into his way of working.
Light as both Subject and Medium
All artworks shown in "Vestiges of Memory" – whether they are paintings, drawings or sculptures – are made of light: the most essential and indisputable basis of all visual art becomes the artist's primary subject, as well as his expressive medium.
Nizam's work creates a connection between early and non-figurative photography, and the technological possibilities of modern-day optical physics. The aim, however, is not simply to create ingenious optical illusions: instead, Nizam manages to broaden our perception with masterly suggestions of physicality. He disperses our habit of merely seeing light as a presence on surfaces, or as a facilitator of visual contrast, and so gives rise to a new School of Seeing.
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