(American, b.1970; resides in Lincoln, NE)
Dana Fritz has long been motivated by an interest in the intersection of nature and culture and in what it reveals about society. Her Views Removed series continues in this vein, mimicking the tradition of landscape depictions in ink paintings that evoke the inherent tension between the real and ideal. Fritz renders trees, stones, and other elemental materials in ways that obscure their scale and perspective, sometimes combining negatives to create “landscape views” in print that do not exist in reality. The composition and contrast of her gelatin silver prints emulate the white paper background and equivocal space of East Asian ink paintings. Inspired by this pictorial space and by the history of idealized nature, Views Removed is a series of ambiguous landscapes that call into question the construction and concept of landscape itself.
Dana Fritz has held numerous solo and two-person exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, such as at the Xi’an Jiaotong University Art Museum, China (2012); Griffin Museum of Photography, Massachusetts (2009); Museum of Nebraska Art (2011); Lux Center for the Arts, Nebraska (2009, 2006); and Château de Villandry, France (2007), among others. Her work has appeared in more than 60 juried group exhibitions over the past decade at such venues as the Sheldon Museum of Art, Nebraska (2014, 2013); Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona (2014); Spiva Center for the Arts, Missouri (2013); Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Missouri (2010); Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Japan (2012); Newspace Center for Photography, Oregon (2008); and the Houston Center for Photography, Texas (2005). Her work is held in the collections of the Arizona State University Art Museum; Bibliothèque Nationale de France; Nevada Museum of Art; Center for Photography at Woodstock; Château de Rochefort-en-Terre, France; and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, among others. Fritz is Professor of photography in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the recipient of the 2013 Society for Photographic Education Imagemaker Award.