With a background in theatre and experimental video, South African artist, Nico Krijno works at the blurry intersection of photography, collage, painting, sculpture and performance. Probing the thresholds of each, his work materialises through a stream of unique and colourful abstractions that not only act as autonomous pieces of art but when seen as a collection, Krijno’s obsession and constant intrigue into the perception of photographs becomes decidedly evident.
Often working with discarded materials found in his immediate surroundings, he interprets and re-imagines them to find alternative structures for how meaning and matter are both constructed and perceived. Photographing these ephemeral structures, as he describes himself, are a private and physical performance, with the camera being the audience. Importantly, the act of photographing these theatrical scenes is only one part of Krijno’s work. Through an array of digital tools, he then re-imagines the materials, colours and forms countless times until our understanding of each photograph is constantly being challenged, always failing to remain still.
His first solo show, 'On How To Fill Those Gaps' in late 2011 - and the accompanying self published book - was widely lauded and selected works has since been included in group shows in Edinburgh, Milan, Los Angeles, San-Francisco, Glasgow & London. He was nominated for the Paul Huf Award 2013. Nico Krijno lives and works in South Africa.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2015 Under Construction, The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
New Gestures: Fabricated to be Photographed, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town, SA
2014 Construction - Residency Show, 133 Arts, Johannesburg, SA
2013 Fulcrum Study, Blank Projects, Woodstock, Cape Town, SA
2011 On How To Fill Those Gaps, Museum Gallery, Cape Town, SA
Selected Group Exhibitions
2014 Uncertain Terms, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town, SA
2013 Wish You Were Here, MOPLA, Los Angeles, US
Low Subject, The Popular Workshop, San Francisco, US
BLOG RE-BLOG, Signal Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, US
2012 Eyes Closed, Eyes Open, Studio 41, Glasgow, SC
Pro'jekt LA (Part III): New Research, Part of Month of Photography Los Angeles
(MOPLA), Los Angeles, US
When Form Becomes Attitude, Blank Projects, Cape Town, SA
Fashionality, Camera16 Gallery, Milan, IT
2011 Chain Mail, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, US
A great interview for AmericanSuburbX.com during UNSEEN 2015 here!
An interesting write-up on Nico’s work by Dazed Digital here!
Another article regarding his photographs from Another Africa here!