Augustus Nazzaro
Class of 2012
WTC I & II 2011, acrylic, sumi ink, charcoal and graphite on panel, 42" x 28" (left) and 55" x 32" (right)
2011, acrylic, sumi ink, charcoal and graphite on panel, 42" x 28" (left) and 55" x 32" (right)
Brooklyn, New York
My work explores the image and its pervasive role in the continuous shaping of our world today. Through various levels of non-mechanical processing and mediation, the dark monochromatic works on panel function simultaneously as both representation and abstraction, provoking the audience into contemplation. The works utilize the visual language of reproduction or printed media, drawing upon the familiar tropes of the JPEG, photocopy and photograph as well as art history. Subtle tonal shifts and nuances in surface slowly reveal the underlying forms allowing the subject to present itself to the viewer through the physical act of viewing. The work questions the relationship between the depiction of and the knowing of an image while investigating deeper themes of politics, concealment and violence.
Augustus Nazzaro, class of 2012

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