Avery Z. Nelson

Avery Z. Nelson (they/them) was born in Rhinebeck, NY and received their MFA from Columbia University. Recent solo exhibitions include the Rubber Factory (NYC) and JDJ | The Ice House (Garrison, NY). Nelson has received press in The Brooklyn Rail, ARTFORUM, Huffington Post, Bad at Sports, Newcity, and New American Paintings. They are a current resident of the Sharpe-Walentas studio program in Brooklyn and images of their work can be found on their website: www.averyznelson.com. They recently finished a book of selected diaries of Lou Sullivan, “We Both Laughed in Pleasure,” and would highly recommend to anyone looking for a delightful summer read.

Shifting Contours, 2020, 60″ x 48″, oil on canvas
Headspace, 2021, 76″ x 56″, oil and collage on canvas
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  1. […] Avery Z. Nelson felt optimistic when they spoke to us from DUMBO Brooklyn where they have been in residency for a year and a half. From their vantage point, overlooking a park, they see signs of life returning and looks forward to re-emerging and regaining the things missed during the pandemic. Although they have remained in residency throughout COVID, studio space was shut down for six months. Because of this, they were allowed an additional year of access to the studio space. Prior to the pandemic, Nelson was working on a series of paintings based on movement and dance. Their presence in the techno community was part of the inspiration for this series, as was the experience of living within their own finite body. To hear more about the inspiration for this series, listen to the complete interview. […]

  2. […] Avery Z. Nelson felt optimistic when they spoke to us from DUMBO Brooklyn where they have been in residency for a year and a half. From their vantage point, overlooking a park, they see signs of life returning and looks forward to re-emerging and regaining the things missed during the pandemic. Although they have remained in residency throughout COVID, studio space was shut down for six months. Because of this, they were allowed an additional year of access to the studio space. Prior to the pandemic, Nelson was working on a series of paintings based on movement and dance. Her presence in the techno community was part of the inspiration for this series, as was the experience of living within her own finite body. To hear more about the inspiration for this series, listen to the complete interview. […]