My studio research is a rigorous exploration of material adaptations of photography, paired with an analysis of cultural processes of identity formation. Though my work is often grounded in imagery and techniques that reference the history of painting and photography, I am equally inspired by contemporary cultural artifacts such as music videos and animated sitcoms. My work often balances on a tightrope between opposing cliffs: the serious and the silly, the sacred and the profane, the awful and the awesome. I am most interested in the slippage that occurs between stylistic and material approaches, and how this game of metaphorical “telephone” destabilizes processes of identification. At the same time, I navigate these precarious in-between spaces because they reveal unaccounted-for sites of humor, compassion, and love.
Nick Simko is an emerging interdisciplinary artist and educator. Simko’s photographs, paintings, collage, and tapestries have been exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the United States including the Walters Art Museum, The University of New Mexico Art Museum, 516 Arts, and Hillyer Arts Space. Simko holds a BFA degree in Art History, Theory & Criticism from the Maryland Institute College of Art and is presently completing an MFA in Photography at the University of New Mexico.