A nude figure lays in a long-abandoned machine repair shop at a decommissioned naval base in Charleston, South Carolina (US). Thunderous activity has withered to a still sanctuary for those who want to explore and contemplate its history. Her imposing physique is visually matched by the vertical shape of the machinery. The paradoxical juxtaposition of a pin-up model in the gritty, dilapidated environment is a commentary on incongruity in our modern world. The cloudy smudges on her calf and thigh show there is no escape from the tenacious contamination of this environment. Remnants of metal work, abandoned before it could be cleaned, and years of disuse that followed have left a layer of sediment over this mechanical tomb. Conduit that used to be on the ceiling, now lies on the floor. There is a plethora of menacing shapes, yet she seems oblivious to the hazardous surroundings. The curved segments of ductwork echo her sprawling limbs as they create a nebulous metallic specter behind the living subject.
From my Industrial Nudes theme. This collection of images sets the nude form against unnatural environments of concrete, chrome, mechanization, and grit. This series contemplates the contrast between the mechanical and the organic; the clean and the gritty. Even the strongest human body is slight and delicate when compared to the rigid, bulky elements of the industrial backdrops. It is, at it’s base, a commentary that compares an idealized “human as an animal” to humanity’s perpetual expansion into the nature. The theme celebrates beauty and achievement by showcasing icons of mechanization in conjunction with the splendor of the human form.
From a limited edition of 10 archival photographs
Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
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archival pigmented inks on 100% cotton acid-free artist paper