Nick Hornby

BACK TOWARDS FLAT
2013
digital c-print, in two parts
30 x 20 1/2 inches each
edition 1 of 3

In his recent work, British sculptor Nick Hornby uses modern technology to analyze and extrapolate on art and architecture from the past, in some instances bringing a central motif of the work into a hypothetical present. In Back Towards Flat, Hornby uses Photoshop to continue Henri Matisse’s iconic series of four bas-relief bronze sculptures that showed the back of a woman progressing from representation to abstraction. Hornby proposes two further abstractions, where the left and right sides of the body become increasingly geometric and separate. Hornby’s work is not just a meditation on Matisse’s sculptural endeavors, but also a comment on how technology helps us visualize and connect with history. Hornby has exhibited at institutions such as Tate Britain; Eyebeam, New York; and The Hub, Athens. Hornby was a 2011 artist in residence at Eyebeam, New York. Hornby’s work was recently on view at the Museum of Art and Design, New York, in the exhibition Out of Hand: Materializing the Post-Digital.

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courtesy of the artist and churner and churner, new york
gallery website: www.churnerandchurner.com