The room smells like you; I couldn't hear myself

Nicholas Hertz

About the Artist

Nicholas Hertz holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Alberta. His work explores the liminal space between shame and desire where he connects to moments of unintentional memorialism, and events of corporeal severance. His practice is rooted in printmaking, performance and writing. His work has been featured in many group exhibitions both locally and internationally. Professionally he sits on the Board of Directors at SNAP (Society of Northern Alberta Printmakers).

About the Works

The images explore the oscillation between the objectification of the queer body and the anthropomorphizing of environments. In this oscillation, the viewer is brought into the liminal space between the seen and unseen: between the body and space. As the eye moves away from the centre, the images show a new form of understanding, with the absence of a focal point. The text—pulled from a personal stream of consciousness—blends with the other layers to create something entirely new. By manipulating a fragmented gaze, the work is driven by a misuse of space and image; deconstructing the viewer’s hierarchies of understanding. Paired with digital interference, the series presents the idea that there are no new ways of representing just recontextualizing.

Toronto Metropolitan Department of  Architectural Science Toronto, CA.
Ryerson Department of  Architectural Science Toronto, CA.