Photo Faculty and OCAD U Alumni, Nicholas Pye, is directing Project 31’s auction proceeds from his work to fourth-year awards for Photography students.

Nicholas Pye, Sopori c Form, Archival pigment print, edition 2 of 5 2014-2015, 40” x 60” Courtesy of the artist and Birch Contemporary Estimate: $8,000

Nicholas Pye, Sopori c Form, Archival pigment print, edition 2 of 5 2014-2015, 40” x 60” Courtesy of the artist and Birch Contemporary Estimate: $8,000

Patience, observation, performance; In Rise and Fall I study and intervene with light, architecture, and lens.  Through occupying these spaces, my intention was to create still photographs rooted in duration.  These works manifest themselves through both the performativity of light and the performativity of the figure – each treated as equal subjects.  The selection process for the environments photographed was done after spending much time in each physical space, watching and experiencing distinctive change to the quality of light at various periods of the day and night.  Within these considered spaces, performances where enacted as a response with the intention to echo the type of affect and physical charge each space conjured.  By embodying these spaces for the lens, I create works that reflect the psychological nature between presence and absence. This is realized through the representation of what the light reveals in the frame, what darkness obscures, and by how much the figure wittingly divulges for us.

Nicholas maintains an active art practice both independently and collaboratively. His interests integrate performance, cinema, installation and large format still photography.

To view more of his work, check out:

www.nicholaspye.com 

www.nickandsheila.com 

Instagram & Vimeo 

 

The live auction happens on:

Thursday, March 24, 2016
OCAD University, Great Hall, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
Reception & Silent Auction: 6 p.m., Live Auction: 7:30 p.m.

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