Nick Mittelstead


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Eigenrosa (a man sees god in his car he crashes)

Eigenrosa is an endless generative video replicating the experience of having one’s eyes closed while in the sun.

Recent Works

Provenance and its Melt Series

Provenance and its Melt is a series of twenty photogravures depicting Manuel Granero Valls’s final bullfight during which he was gored through his left eye and killed. Dozens of photos of Valls’s 1922 final fight exist in popular circulation, in academic archives, and in print media; however, the image of the moment of his goring only appears to have come into existence in 2019; originating on a Russian image sharing website. Provenance and its Melt is the first inclusion of this dubious, violent image into Valls’s visual narrative.

Artist's Biography

Nick Mittelstead is an artist based in Philadelphia. He received an MFA in Studio Art and an MA in History and Theory of Contemporary Art from The San Francisco Art Institute and a BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College. He has exhibited work in the US and internationally.

Artist's Statement

Nothing lasts forever, but maybe the impermanence of all things is unfairly colored by our mortality: we live and then we die, existing and suddenly not. Maybe rather than emerging into being and disappearing from history, all things fade in and out of view, oscillating between being and not. My work seeks to express this oscillation by reinvigorating historical practices, objects, and stories using new media and a material-based approach.

Every project revolves around a metaphorically relevant material. I draw archeological objects using excavated matter as medium, I reproduce found photographs using the technology of their time, and I record found sounds on magnetic tape and other obsolete platforms. By maintaining a materialistic fidelity to anachronistic source material, I gently swing the past towards the present. The addition of new media, on the other hand, situates the past in the present. My archeological drawings mimic comic book compositions, my photogravures are digitally manipulated before printing, and my recorded sounds are generatively altered by computer programs. This mingling of contemporary technology and historical material and practices situates the old within the new and results in work that appears to emerge from the past, live in the present, and teeters on the precipice of swinging back into obscurity. This practice aspires to optimistically reimagine our ideas about our own permeance.

Selected Exhibitions

Elements, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY

Emerging Artists 2022, Dodomu Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

SPRING/BREAK Art Fair, New York, NY


Mudhouse Closing Exhibition, Crete, Greece

Black & White, Fusion Art, online exhibition

Printin', St. Louis Artists' Guild, St. Louis, MO

Objects, CICA Museum, South Korea

Clay & Wood, West Hartford Art League, West Hartford, CT
Best in Show

SFAI MFA Exhibition, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

SFAI MFA Exhibition, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

The Murphy Cadogan Award Show, SOMArts, San Francisco, CA

Lightly Heavy, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

On Blue, Swell Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Assembling/Deassembling, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Relief Efforts, Shoestring Press, New York, NY

Professional Experience

The Mudhouse Residency, Agios Ioannis, Crete
Instructor, Summer

Awards & Residencies

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Hyattsville, MD
Keyholder Residency

San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Distinction in Scholarship, Master of Arts Thesis Award

San Francisco, CA
Edwin Anthony & Adalaine Boudreaux Cadogan Scholar

Mudhouse Residency, Agio Ionnis, Crete
Resident Artist


San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
MA, History and Theory of Contemporary Art, Honors

San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
MFA, Studio Art

Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
BS, Studio Art, Cum Laude