Nicolai Howalt Photography Born in 1970 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Project DescriptionCar Crash Studies, a thought provoking photographic study of cars that have been involved in severe and potentially fatal accidents. The series moves between documentation and abstraction. While the car crash studies are typographical in nature, seeming in some instances to be closer to sterile accident report photographs, the subject matter most obviously begs the viewer to confront the human fear of trauma and death.
Several of the images are vividly abstract and look more like landscapes than slashed up metal. Collided bodyworks, dents and cracks in varnish appear as highly
enlarged details in the monumental works. These 'color plains' become the ultimate instance of beauty created from suffering, pain and destruction.
Although Car Crash Studies is specifically based on cars that have been involved in accidents, Howalt's works rather attempt to portray an abstract, mental state,
namely the duality we feel in relation to accidents or catastrophes when experienced from a distance - as spectators. The exhibition at Bruce Silverstein Gallery thus
approaches classical themes, but in contemporary interpretation.
Exhibitions (Excerpt)2010, KONTRAPUNKT, Esbjerg Kunstmuseum
2009, IN BETWEEN, Künstlerverein Walkmühle in Wiesbaden, Germany
2009, BLOMSTEN & BIEN, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark
2009, CAR CRASH STUDIES, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York, USA
Publications (Excerpt)Tree Zone, ISBN 978-0-9800935-6-8
how to hunt, ISBN 87-91518-96-2
3x1, ISBN 87-00-49132-2
boxer, ISBN 87-91293-64-2