“[..] 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 Pye
Rise And Fall is an artist book printed as a numbered edition of 350. The book consists of 58 pages perfect bound including 19 full colour plates, 6 of which are gatefold images printed on 65lb Cougar white cover stock. The book has two writing contributors; essays by Sky Goodden and Faye Mullen are presented on 60lb Mohawk Grey text stock at both the front and back of the book.
Nicholas Pye was born in Torquay, England in 1976. He lives and works in Toronto Canada. As a musician, Nicholas released and toured with four albums in the mid 90’s. Moving from music to visual art, Nicholas completed his undergraduate degree at the Ontario College of Art and Design in spring 2002 and his Master of Fine Art degree at Concordia University in Cinema production in 2005. In 2011, Nicholas began work on his doctoral degree in Visual Art. He maintains an active art practice that integrates his interests in performance, cinema, sonic arts and large format still photography.
Pye has exhibited his work at institutions such as The Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; The Phillips Collection, Washington DC; Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne, Australia; The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; The Power Plant, Toronto; The Glenbow Museum, Calgary; The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria; The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris. His work been screened in numerous international film festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival, Canada; The Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland; and Les Rencontres Internationales in Paris, Berlin, and Madrid. His work has also been exhibited internationally in art galleries throughout Toronto, Washington, London, New York, Berlin, and Madrid among others.