Nick Van Zanten

Region: Midwest


City / State: Chicago, IL

In nestling paintings and prints within painted and printed acrylic boxes, I undermine the assumptions made about paintings at a time when they are more likely to be seen in reproduction than in person. Each piece is made up of the painting-object and the painting-vitrine together. Both present a geometric abstraction, and together they create an optical effect across the space between them. The relationship between the two parts, the viewer’s gaze, and the intervals between them all form part of a system. A photograph of any of these pieces, on the Web or in print, cannot fully capture the experience of the work, and that is my intention.