Lori Nix doesn´t harbor a death wish, but her photographs of post-apocalyptic dioramas might lead you to think so. The Kansas native grew up on a steady diet of popcorn, Coke and the latest disaster flick at her local movie theater; it was the ´70s, and dystopian blockbusters like Planet of the Apes, The Towering Inferno and Earthquake were big at the box office. Today, the Brooklyn-based artist builds and photographs intricately detailed ″fake landscapes″ that imagine what the world would be like after humankind has ceased to exist. Nix´s work has garnered numerous accolades and much attention from her peers; she won a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship and has exhibited in galleries around the world-in New York, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, Munich, Toronto and Brescia, Italy. She just completed her first solo show in Germany of The City, her pioneering diorama/photo series of NYC interiors after residents have mysteriously disappeared. But Nix´s favorite aspect of her thriving art career is closer to home. ″I get to work everyday with my partner of 15 years, Kathleen Gerber. Being able to share the success and working towards a common goal is amazing. It wouldn´t happen without her,″ she says. And if a meteor hits Manhattan or Godzilla emerges from the Gowanus Canal, Nix will know what to do. -KL
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