Nancy Unger Art

Moving to NYC after receiving a BFA from the University of Delaware in Photography I used my art to shock and be aggressive with my images, which were primarily nude women expressing challenges with self-perception, both physically and emotionally.

I now live in the Metro Detroit area with my husband/creative partner and 3 children. Compared to my single years living in NYC, my life now is so much more complicated and layered. Obligations. Meetings. Responsibilities. Donations. Domestic Obstacles. Global, Social/Environmental/Political Fears. Days of loneliness and boredom. Endless tasks, jobs and needs. Servitude.

For my artistic life, I gravitate to the isolated, the overlooked and unadmired objects and visuals. These are the moments that provide meditation, quiet, peace. I bridge two generations—on the cusp between Boomer and Gen X. This comes to life in my work in how those two generations differ in how they internalize the images they engage with, both in quantity and in time spent absorbing.

The work has become sculptural and mixed media using multiple images along with concrete, glass, steel and found objects including local reclaimed wood vintage auto parts. The images are accumulated on a fairly daily basis, capturing either nature at it’s most perfect self or the ordinary and mundane or forgotten—the cast away objects. Included in the mix of nature and man made subject matter are some figurative images, but minimally as to slightly and cautiously guide the humanistic experience.

The viewers response is high engagement and time spent exploring and moving around each piece,
deciding what it is that they are experiencing­ — allowing for slightly different perspectives based on
the viewers own life experiences.

My work now accurately reflects my life—complicated, meaningful and layered.

My work hangs in personal and corporate collections including The MGM GRAND, The Mars Agency
and Alliance Bernstein.
Academics

1983-1987 BFA, Photography | University of Delaware

Exhibitions

2019 Hatchback 13 | Hatch Art, Hamtramck MI
“City God” selected as part of annual collective show

2019 OUR TOWN | Community House, Birmingham MI
“Contentment”, “Promises” and “Water” selected as part of annual collective show

2015 Art Prize | Grand Rapids, MI
“Gold” selected as a part of the annual art exhibition & contest

2014 ABUNDANT FIELDS, the art of Nancy & Jason Unger | Studio D, Birmingham, MI
2-month show of selected artworks with a piece auctioned for charity along with a
portion of the sales supporting Gleaners Food Bank

2010 Art Prize | Grand Rapids, MI
“Michigan Study #5” selected as a part of the annual art exhibition & contest

2003 Little Slices of Heaven | Clone-a-chrome Gallery, New York, NY
“Blue Portrait” exhibited as part of a group show. Co-curated this show.

Commissions / Corporate Collections

2017 “Michigan Mural”
MGM GRAND CASINO, Detroit | Installation as part of the Roasted Bean Coffee Bar

2016 “Crystalline”
Parabolic, Birmingham, MI | Permanent Collection

2014 “Michigan Study #5”
The Mars Agency, Southfield, MI | Permanent Collection

2008 “Shells”
Donald Marks, DDS, State College, PA | Permanent Collection

2007 “Pink Lily”
Alliance Bernstein, New York, NY | Permanent Collection

"It Always Was", 2020, 49" x 68"x 4.5", 3d mixed media, concrete, photography, glass, natural and man made fiber, steel mesh, $7250
"City God" 2020, 26" x 26" x 4.5", 3d Mixed media, concrete, photography, glass, automotive parts, $5500
"Contentment", 2019, 26" x 26" x 4.5", 3d mixed media, concrete, photography, glass, automotive parts, $3250
"Wet" 2019, 10.25" x 10.25" x 4.25", 3d mixed media, concrete, photography, glass, automotive car hood, $750
"Heliotrope" 2013, "42.25" x 50.5" x 12", 3d mixed media, Wood, photography, canvas, $5000
"Gold", 2013, "41.25 x 41.25" x 12", 3d mixed media, photography, canvas, $5500