HELENE STURDIVANT MAYNE PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY

Xavier Nuez
Alleys and Ruins

March 17 - May 6, 2012 / Curated by Piro Patton

 

under freeway graffiti

 

 Long after dark, I venture into bleak urban settings, seeking out their elusive splendor. With the city humming in the background, I find inspiration, peace and refuge where none should exist.



My determined and intense outings often lead to journeys into dangerous neighborhoods, at times resulting in trouble. I’ve run from street gangs, been accosted by crazed drug addicts, and have had guns pointed at me. If the police see me lurking in a dark alley, I am often questioned and searched.



With a family history of homelessness, I developed a need to create monuments out of these shunned spaces. Although positive, life-affirming perceptions are not usually associated with acute urban blight, I feel compelled to dignify what has been rejected.

 

 

 BuildingXavier Nuez  creates eerie and seductive images shooting only with film and only at night with some  exposures up to an hour long.  He colors the sites using gels and flashlights.  

 

 

Born in Montreal, Canada, Nuez developed an early passion for painting and drawing, He graduated from Concordia University in Montreal and but has only taken one photography class in his life, when he was eighteen.  His photography is exhibited in museums and galleries  nationally and praised in many publications.  His work is in numerous private, university and city collections.