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Artist finds truths through ghostly images
by Jebb Johnston
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Nick D'Acquisto of Ramer shows his photograph "Ma and Pa Kettle," part of the "NoBodies" series featured at the art gallery.
Nick D'Acquisto of Ramer shows his photograph "Ma and Pa Kettle," part of the "NoBodies" series featured at the art gallery.
Nick D’Acquisto likes to capture the perfect nobody.

The Ramer resident and college instructor of digital photography erases the human subjects from his photos, leaving behind only their clothing and surroundings.

“The important thing is for you to look at it and try to fill in the void,” said D’aCquisto. “I’ve eliminated some of the subject matter by removing the identity, thus giving the viewer more control of the piece.”

The series, titled “NoBodies,” is the featured January exhibit at the Corinth Artist Guild Gallery, where an opening reception with the artist is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

An instructor at the University of Tennessee at Martin Selmer Center, he enjoys hearing different interpretations of the unusual images.

“That's the beauty of it is the fact that the image never changes, but for different people, they see completely different things by removing the face,” said D’Acquisto.

The works are digital collage, consisting of multiple digital images in order to properly fill the space that would otherwise be occupied by a face, an arm or a leg. The series began in 2013, and he has aimed to refine it over time, focusing on the finer details, like seeing the hint of the inside of a sock.

“The better I am at it, the better they look,” said D’Acquisto.

The most recent invisible portraits were captured during last week’s snowfall. In “Christmas with a Nudist,” a pair of socks is nearly the only hint of a human’s presence, reflecting his interest in a minimal approach and “leaving it up to the viewer to interpret it more,” he said.

D’Acquisto is a 2012 graduate of UT - Martin with a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design. He holds a master of fine arts degree in studio arts from the Memphis College of Art.

While the pictures often beg the viewer to ponder, “Who am I,” D’Acquisto also strives to capture universal feelings.

“Those are the moments I really want to portray,” he said. “I try to use these scenes from life that are almost mundane.”

Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 609 North Fillmore.
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