Verant Richards Award Recipient 2010

Nathan Cyprys, Distances from the series Preludes to Distances, 76 x 102 cm Chromogenic print, 2010

Nathan Cyprys, Preludes to Distances, In vitrines at Gallery 44

Nathan Cyprys, Preludes to Distances, In vitrines at Gallery 44

Verant Richards Award Recipient 2010

Friday, June 24, 2011 to Saturday, July 30, 2011
Opening Reception:
June 24,
6:00PM to 9:00PM
About the Exhibition: 

In Distances, Cyprys studies the duality of his subjects and the push/pull of their relationship, which seems to provide space for both comfort and discomfort, simultaneously attracting and aggravating his viewer. This collection of images is interested in exploring specifically the play between those opposites and the (potentially) undesired decisions which could have led to them as Cyprys allows the camera lens facing his subject to act as a mirror to his own self. He often utilizes haptic imagery with simplistic objects and surroundings in an aesthetic that seems to merge the vernacular with the ethereal. The looping of these films regularly remains representational of a performance of endurance, both of subject and audience as time (and occasionally space) become almost instantaneously ambiguous.

Cyprys’ subjects are shown blundering about as unexpected actors in a performance, which becomes graceful in its derailment. These are a series of misinterpreted instructions meant to represent those addressed to the self (himself) and to the other.

Artist Biography: 

Nathan Cyprys is an emerging interdisciplinary artist working primarily in lens based media. He is a graduate of OCAD’s Photography program and currently bases his practice out of Toronto. Most recently, he spent winter of 2011 participating in an artist residency program at Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island. His work is often personal as it explores the ephemeral, alienation and transitory states; always rooting itself to his own understanding of the human condition.