The St. Vincent’s Hospital, Greenwich Village, NYC series developed through a chance encounter outside the now closed hospital, I met Eva, a former St. Vincent’s coroner. It was reported that more men died of AIDS related illness in NYC by the mid 1990’s than all of US casualties in the Vietnam War. St. Vincent’s Hospital was a center of this crisis. Casts of the building’s façade and my conversations with Eva are the conduit for my desire to touch their absent bodies. I intentionally made the images smaller so there would be some of the mirror showing. People want to see themselves in mirrors, so rather than obscuring, my work gives space and I hope it lingers. Eva’s a mortician and former funeral home director, she’s comfortable with death. So, a moment at the fountain to refresh oneself is also an awkward reminder of mortality.
Nick Kline, is a photo-based artist residing in New York, NY. Selected solo exhibitions include: The Grounds for Sculpture; The Museum of Art of Puerto Rico; Momenta Art; Open Source Gallery; Prosjektrom Normanns; Sol Mednick Gallery; Uno Art Space; and UNTITLED Art Fair. Selected group exhibitions include: Allentown Art Museum; Minnesota Center for Photography; and Smack Mellon Studios. Reviews include: The New York Times; The Philadelphia Inquirer; Time-Out NY; and others. His book “The Meeting: On the Life and Work of Karl Spork,” was released in January 2013 by Schlebrugge Editors, Vienna, Austria. His artists’ publication “Sorry You’re Here” was a finalist in NATT & DAG Magazine, Norway, national Book of the Year Award, 2012. He received an MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, and BFA, University of the Arts. Kline is an Assistant Professor, Photography, Department of Arts, Culture and Media at Rutgers University-Newark.
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