BIOGRAPHY

NICOLA DILL

THE ARTIST'S STATEMENT:

Light, like water, is essential to our life; however, different from water, light is intangible. The Lambdaproject explores the eternal and yet fleeting aspect light. In capturing movement and using selective focus details are obscured and elusive sketches of light and dark emerge. As I trace a world beyond our perception, I feel drawn to the unknown - that part of existence, which is not measurable and rests within mystery and the imagination. Wind is the author of motion in this work as the world is in constant flux from one moment to the next 'ad infinitum.' Wind and light intertwine in a dance of element and energy.In the series Sea Etchings, I search for musical nuances within the landscape. Less concerned with a literal interpretation, the work speaks to an intangible sensation perceived about the subject matter. My interest lies within the metaphorical and subliminal experience of the moment by giving pause to expressions of joy, playfulness, lightness, innocence, and mystery. These ‘temporary etchings’ seem to reflect upon something vulnerable, they elicit the endless realm of personal association.The work Desert Lines considers the presence of opposites in all things. Erosion has rounded and softened the rock formations displaying feminine and sensual lines. Soft overcomes hard as stone yields to water.The Seascapes portray a series of meditations upon the feminine energy found in the natural world. The ancient Greek recognized water as the original matter of the universe, the source of everything. In Genesis water is the original element of creation: a prerequisite for life to develop. In Taoist tradition earth as water is the ultimate Yin symbol, representing the feminine principle. Oceans cover nearly three-fourths of the earth's surface. These meditations pay tribute to our great mother.

 

EDUCATION:

Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, BFA in Photography with Honors

New School for Social Research, New York, Photography

University of Munich, Germany, History of Art and Ethnology  

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS: 

2013 Surf and Turf, Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY
2012-13    Anthology: Contemporary Photography, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL
  Water's edge, Wall Space Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2011 Sea Etchings, installation, 12 photographs, Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
  Pacific Resonance - Pro’jekt LA, MOPLA, public projection, Lambda Series, Space 15Twenty, Los Angeles, CA 
2010 Schwarzweiss, Robert Morat Galerie, Hamburg, Germany
2009 Seascapes, permanent public installation, new University Clinic at the UKE Hospital, facilitated by Flo Peters Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
2008 Collectible, Wall Space Gallery, Seattle, WA
  Lambdas, Hangar Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
  Artseen 3, SAC Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2007 Photo Miami, Robert Morat Galerie (Germany), Miami, FL
  40th Anniversary Celebration, Center for Photographic Arts, Carmel, CA
  Trail of Thoughts, Hangar Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
  Summertime, Flo Peters Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
2006 Two Photographers, Bank of America, curated by Stephen Robert Johns, Los Angeles, CA
  Reflections, LaFia House Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2005 Seascapes, Hangar Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
  Intimate Flora, Center for Fine Art Photography, MOCA Building, Fort Collins, CO
  Kunst im Hanfstaenglhaus, Hanfstaenglhaus, Munich, Germany
2004 Photo LA, White Room Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  No Excuse, Benefit for United Nations, New York, NY
2003 Out of the Box: Contemporary Photography, facilitated by G.Ray Hawkins, City of Brea Gallery, CA
2000 Flowers, G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1998-99    Looking at The Light, 3 Generations of L.A. Artists, Art Gallery at the Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

 

AWARDS AND HONORS:

2011 IPA Award, Honorable Mention, Fine Art Book ‘Sea Etchings,’ International Photography Awards
  PDN Photo of the Day, selected by Holly Stuart Hughes, PDN Editor in Chief, Sea Etching 39, 41 and 51 
2008 Artseen 3, selected for exhibition by   Stephanie Dillon, Capital Group Companies, Curator   Howard Fox, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
  David Gere, UCLA Dept. of World Arts and Cultures, Associate Prof. AIDS/Arts Activism
  Rebecca Morse, Museum of Contemporary Art, Assistant Curator   John Murdoch, The Huntington, The Kully Director of Art Collections
  Glenn Phillips, The Getty Research Institute, Consulting Curator in Contemporary Programs & Research
2003 IPA Award, Honorable Mention, Fine Art Landscape, International Photography Awards

 

BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS: 

2012 Sea Etchings, photographs by Nicola Dill, special editon with original print, Nazraeli Press
2011 Sea Etchings, photographs by Nicola Dill, monograph, Nazraeli Press
2010 Santa Monica, produced and published through Crussell Fine Arts
2007 Photography and the Art of Digital Printing, Nash Editions, New Riders Books
2004 ZYZZYVA, Volume XX, Number 1, Spring

 

COLLECTIONS: 

Oberlin College, OH

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA

Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL

UKE, University Medical Clinic, Hamburg, Germany 

Corporate and Private Collections in Asia, Europe and the United States

 

COMMERCIAL EXPERIENCE:

1986-2001 Freelance photographer specializing in portraits for advertising, entertainment and the music industry

 

SELECTED COMMERCIAL CLIENTS:

Adidas

Allure

Amadeus Press

BMG Music

Bon Appetit

CBS International

Conde Nast Traveler

Cosmopolitan (German)

Elle (German)

Esquire

Evian

Glamour

Geffen

DGCGRP Records

Health

House & Garden

Ingram Micro

Interview

Kohler

LA Times Magazine

Maranatha Music

Marie Claire

Microsoft

Mirabella

New Woman

NY Times Magazine

Nikko Hotels

Paseo Nuevo

Random House

Rolling Stone

Self

Sony Classics

Sony Music

Spiegel

Stern

Time Inc.

Vanity Fair

VH-1

Virgin Records

Vogue

Vogue (German)

Warner Bros. Film

Warner Bros. Records

Zeit Magazine