May 4—June 4, 2010
A permanent fixture of the downtown art and music scene in New York, Nick Zinner has produced a number of photography books including his most recent collaboration with Zachary Lipez and Stacy Wakefield, Please Take Me Off the Guest List, published by Akashic Books.
Zinner is deeply invested in an exploration of the character of each audience. The corporeal and communal experience presented in his large-scale, color images addresses both the underlying mechanics of crowd performance and the desires of individuals in the audience. From desperation to jubilation, and from masculine posturing to a need for intimate connection, the audience performs for Zinner in his group-portraits. Zinner reveals for us a rarified and substantially undocumented vantage point. His images are at once a celebration and deconstruction of both the crowd experience and the very cult of celebrity that drives so much of our contemporary cultural consumption and discourse.