Visiting Artist Series - Nathan Meltz
Nathan Meltz uses printmaking, collage, and animation to document the infiltration of technology into every facet of life, from family and food to politics and war. His exhibit venues include the International Print Center New York, the Miami Fountain Art Fair, the IN Graafika Festival, Pärnu, Estonia, and the Uranium Film Festival at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. His work has been featured in the publications Paper Politics, Sociological Images, Printeresting and theMid America Print Council Journal. Meltz is a full time lecturer at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and is the founder and curator of the Screenprint Biennial.
Part critique, part fascination, the art I create examines the infiltration of technology into every facet of our lives, from family and food to politics and war. Nightmarish industrial creations are set against images of grand mechanical constructions, an off-kilter vision of technology. In my visual vocabulary, the contemporary world of nanotechnology and genetic modification is retrofitted with collaged analog machine parts. Collages of mechanical humanoids and animals turn into printmaking, animation, and sculpture, as I create visual narratives telling the story of a doomed robotic populace in a techno-dystopia.
In one narrative, a mechanical chicken strives to escape the torturous automated factory farm. In another, robot sex leads to reproductive disasters. In yet another, atomic technologies lead to nuclear holocaust. These tales of love, violence, and circuit boards alert the viewer to both the subtle, and not so subtle ways technology is sneaking into our lives, and prepares them to resist this inevitable robot invasion.
My current body of work is titled “Anti-Fascists”. This body of work, based in printmaking, is a reinterpretation of art works made by American artists in the 1930-1940s, as they responded to issues of fascism, capitalism, and corporatism.