(American, b.1970; resides in Lincoln, NE)
Dana Fritz’s Views Removed series (2014) uses photography to mimic the long tradition of East Asian ink paintings of the landscape dating back to the fifth century to ponder real versus idealized representations of nature. Fritz combines imagery from multiple negatives of trees and rocks, obscuring scale and perspective by combining negatives to create entirely fabricated places. The images are heavily saturated, creating sharp black and white contrast, eliminating imperfections or and presenting nature as minimalist, clean, and untouched.
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.