Photographs by Lori Nix.
Decode Books, 2013. 76 pp., 37 color illustrations, 13¾x10¾".
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Over the past eight years, Lori Nix (born 1969) has created meticulously detailed model environments and then photographed them-locations within a fictional city that celebrate modern culture, knowledge and innovation. But her monuments of civilization are abandoned, in a state of ruin where nature has begun to repopulate the spaces. “I am fascinated, maybe even a little obsessed, with the idea of the apocalypse. In addition to my childhood experiences growing up with natural disasters in Kansas, I also watched disaster flicks in the 1970s. Each of these experiences has greatly influenced my photographic work.” Nix considers herself a “faux landscape photographer” and spends months building the complex spaces before photographing them. As critic Sidney Lawrence wrote in Art in America: “Oddly endearing, terrifying and often electrifyingly plausible, (Nix’s tableaux) prod us to ponder the fact that, like it or not, our fate is uncertain.”
Read David Ondrik's review of The City on photo-eye Blog.