AJ Nadel

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Embracing the Great American Nude, 2009, polaroid emulsion transfer, 20"x26"
Embracing 09, 2010, polaroid emulsion transfer, 22"x26"
Faces/Embraces 01 Expressions, mixed media, 46"x32"
Drawing 4F, mixed media, 22"x30"
Snapshots 49 Lips Apart, 2009, polaroid emulsion transfers, 7"x9"
Artist's Statement

We live at a time when concern for physical appearance is paramount. Bodies have been redesigned according to fashion and to cultural icons. Ornaments, tattoos and surgical modifications have been employed to make the changes and digital imagery has been used for the presentation of the new look. My drawings show figures, single or grouped, which have been created with a "cut and paste" technique using ordinary materials: pencil and charcoal, photocopies and copy powder, and collaged paper. My intent is to underscore the crudeness of altering the body in contravention to the increased sophistication of disguising the alterations by cosmetic surgery, digital software and ornamentation. My sources include actual models, photographs of models from magazines and, occasionally, appropriated images of recognizable personalities, all of which underlie the drive to modify our bodies.


AJ Nadel
43-01 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101

2009 Barrett Art Galery, Utica College, Utica, New York
2005 Art Finance Galleries, New York, New York
2005 Joseph Gierek Fine Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma
2004 Chelsea Studio Gallery, New York, New York
2004 Broadway Gallery, New York, New York
2003 New York Arts Gallery, New York, New York
2003 Berliner Kunstprojekt, Berlin, Germany
2002 Chelsea Studio Gallery, New York, New York
2000 Chelsea Studio Gallery, New York, New York
2009 Vacation Venues, Franklin 54, New York, New York
2009 Figureworks, Brooklyn, New York
2009 LSU Student Union Art Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
2009 Sid Jacobson Center, East Hills, New York
2009 Arts Center for the Capital Region, Troy, New York
2008 Franklin54, New York, New York
2007 Mandeville Galle Gallery, Union College, Schenectady, New York
2005 The Canvas Gallery, San Francisco, California