Self-Titled Adaptation of Nude Descending a Staircase, No.2 (1912), 2021
Archival pigment print, Diasec
220 x 140 cm
Edition of 6 + 2 AP
Niko Luoma has built his career around using the photographic process as a tool for conceptual thinking, using light as a raw material. In his most recent series, "Adaptations", Luoma draws upon art history to find his subjects for his reconstructions.
He has a penchant for searching for paintings that have historically
influenced how we as a culture interpret art or have directly inspired
him. His choices range from Vincent van Gogh’s still life with
sunflowers to Monet’s Water Lilies. Luoma’s approach is a subjective
rendering of how these selected paintings project their presence. He
uses the same negative as a receptacle for collecting each unmasking, as
he slowly builds up his image through multiple exposures, using cut-out
templates as a means of blocking and redirecting light through a series
of standard color lenses. His approach is not to duplicate the
original, but to interpret it in the spirit of how it was conceived.