Primary Document 021215
Archival Pigment Print
30 x 45 inches
Edition 1/2 + 1 AP
Totems for a Flattened Now Series
BIO: Nando Alvarez-Perez was born in Buffalo, NY in 1988. From 2008-2011 he studied the history of cinema at Hunter College in Manhattan where he graduated summa cum laude and received his BA in Film Studies and Special Honors from the Thomas Hunter Honors Program. In 2012 he spent two months in Santiago, Chile which resulted in his first self-published photobook, Piss/Cola/California. In 2014 he graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute where he was awarded the Master of Fine Arts Fellowship in Photography. He finished his second book, Lacuna, while in attendance there. His work has been shown throughout the Bay Area, Portland, OR, and in a number of online publications. Recently his work was featured in the show Salón Boricua as part of the 4th Poly/Graphic Triennial in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
STATEMENT: The past is ever present and the ghost of the future lurks within it. Totems for a Flattened Now juxtaposes photographs of sculptures of antiquity in their contemporary contexts and still lifes created in Alvarez-Perez’ studio using a variety of second hand materials and found photographs. They explore the ways by which images, myths, and symbols are recycled, transformed, and re-represented according to culture’s ever changing needs and desires. Placed into a system of modular frames which can be altered and reconfigured at will, the pieces exist in a permanent state of material and semantic incompleteness, constantly hovering between photography and sculpture, image and object.