Nicholas Lenker

Resident Artist - Current

Currently I am working on a project dealing with identity within the digital.

It is all very surface. These glimpses into others lives that are not exactly real, not exactly false. What is between his screen and mine?

I imagined a void between that space, something was there and it could enter our personal space through our screens and take from us. It has no identity of its own, it is skinless and faceless, so it steals from others to create its own. It does this through interaction with a screen.

I want to explore my own formation of identity within this project. The skinless being will enter the worlds of people I have taken parts of my own identity from and steal things from them. These will be short videos reflective of my relationship with these individuals and the objects will be symbols of the aspects of their self I personally have absorbed into my identity.

With the ceramics, I am replicating the digital objects in the physical world and vice versa. I want them to be between here and there. I cover them with digital skins of what they are constructing with images from online image searches and adding lighting to make them appear natural. I believe that there is an attempt through this handmade recreation to force a more intimate experience of the digital.



Born 1982 in Sunbury, Pennsylvania

A disfellowshipped Jehovah’s Witness, an apocalyptic religion, Lenker explores concepts of creative destruction stemming from this experience. In the apocalypse, the world will be destroyed but in that destruction a place for a new world is created. Destruction is an ending but it is also the beginning. Lenker is interested in that space of potential transformation and new life.

Lenker works as the Preparator and Graphic Designer for Wexler as well as studio assistant for visual artist Virgil Marti. He has exhibited solo projects in both Philadelphia and New York and has shown in group shows both nationally and internationally.

Lenker holds a MFA from Tyler School of Art and a BFA from The University of the Arts.