Nicole Lesser

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Artist Statement
The figure is omnipresent throughout everything I make. These sculptural garments give the presence of a body, with the absence of the human. The stiff yet ethereal qualities of the tulle alludes to the body although its absence is ghostly. Pink and White Striped Pyjamas gives the eerie presence of a human who wore this uniform, which references back to convicts outfits described by Jean Genet in The Thief’s Journal and loosely on the pyjama’s worn by prisoners of Nazi camps. The pink stripes from this reference continue with Pink Striped Pyjama Dress and Pink and White Striped Hourglass. They are symbolic of a kind of humanity, that of the downtrodden who seek empowerment through subversion.What’s absent in the sculptures is present in the photographs. The person and flesh are revealed and presented to you in all their radical humanness. They represent the bodies and people behind the garments; they are the members of the renegade team who wore these pseudo sports jerseys, tearing them up in their skirmish for identity and recognition. They are studies on the figure, breaking it down to shapes that can be manipulated through dimensionality and enter the next realm of exploration. The frames partly function to designate these pieces in the realm of art while allowing them to exist in a blurry non-genre. They also become an intrinsic structural component allowing the work to seek these new dimensions.


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Education
2010

BFA, Photography, Parsons School of Desgin, New York


Solo Exhimbitions

2010

Young Healers: Pubic Hair and Liquor, Off The Hook Gallery, Montreal, QC


Group Exhibitions

2015

Ping Pong, The Power Room, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

2014

Spot Zine, Series One: Issue #2, Niagara, New York, NY

New Art City: Sponsored by DKNY Jeans, The Safari, New York, NY

Ping Pong, Bold LA & Galerie Für Moderne Fotografie, Los Angeles & Berlin

2013

Nudity Today, The Hole Gallery, New York, NY

2012

This Land Was Made for You and Me, Galerie Für Moderne Fotografie, Berlin

The Wild & The Innocent, Clic Gallery, New York, NY

Arts & Sciences Projects: Independent Publications Installation, St. Mark’s Bookshop, New York, NY

2011

Misled Youth, Fourth Wall Project, Boston, MA

Pulpit, AMO Studios, Brooklyn, NY

New York did it to Me (The New York Photo Festival), Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY

Milk Gallery Underground, Milk Gallery, New York, NY

1 OF 3, Youth Group Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Nofound to New Documents, Viktor Wynd Fine Art, London, UK

The Show Must Go On, Capricious Art Space, Brooklyn, NY

2010

Milk Underground, Milk Gallery, New York, NY

Barely Legal, Sho Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

QVNOXW//, 86 Forsyth, 5th floor, New York, NY

Mythed Connection, 28 Lawton Street, Brooklyn, NY

2009

The 2009 Vice Magazine Photography Exhibition, Spencer Brownstone, New York, NY

Everything Is Possible: A Polaroid Group Show, Gallery Space 1520, Los Angeles, CA

Artket, Capricious Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.


Editorial Bibliography

2009

Vice Magazine, Ryan Inc.: Behind he Scenes of the McGinley Machine.

2010

Intro Magazine, Zola Jesus.

Capricious Magazine, #11 Fashion Issue.

V Magazine, Smith Westerns editorial.

2011

Rolling Stone, Smith Westerns Album Pick.

The L Magazine, Envy Issue: 25 Under 25, “The Photographer”.

2013

PIG Quarterly, Issue 02: Girls, Melodie McDaniel editorial.

2014

Girls Like Us Magazine, Issue 05, Chris Kraus editorial.

2015

Neon Magazine, April Issue, editorial.

Ponytale Magazine, “Study of a Nude”.


Published Bibliography

2008

Girls and Boys, New York, NY, self-published.

Gnarlee, Brooklyn, NY, self-published.

2010

Pubic Hair & Liquor, Montreal, Young Healers.

Nicole Lesser, New York, NY, self-published.

2011

Self Publish, Be Naughty, London, UK, Self Publish, Be Happy.

2012

ANKL, New York and Los Angeles, self-published with Ann Kelly.

2013

Nudity Today, Brooklyn, NY, ed. Jesse Pearson: Picturebox.

2014

Squidge, Brooklyn, NY, self-published.

Spot Zine, Series One: Issue #2, NY, ed. Pete Voelker: Glassine Box.

2015

ANKL ii, New York and Los Angeles, self-published with Ann Kelly.