Big America. Mashing the past with the present, my work is an exploration of America's visual history through the lens of modern day technology. I am a video, installation, and electronic artist.

In my work you'll find Gene Kelly's superhuman acrobatics manipulated to celebrate the Wright Brothers achievements. Excerpts of Benjamin Franklin's Almanack posted via Twitter as an celebration of the timelessness of social interactions. The afterimages created by a cacophony of fan's flashbulbs at an Evel Knievel jump to create a simultaneous portrait of the legend and of ourselves. Re-created 19th Century Spiritualist photography to elevate the unbelievable but often taken for granted ability to see anything, anytime through a Google image search.

When I make a piece of Art, the means I use to communicate an idea are equally paramount to the idea itself. Technology is not just my weapon of choice, it is often fundamental to the idea I'm exploring. My work has a strong conceptual foundation that can challenge the viewer intellectually while at the same time equally able to engage and move them with the experience of viewing alone.



I designed the video and still images for STREB’s internationally touring shows 'Action Heroes' and 'GO!'. I performed video with STREB at Central Park Summerstage, Singapore Arts Festival and Teatro Municipal de Santiago (Chile) to name a few.

I co-founded VisualLiving.com - a place for affordable, editioned Art presenting new Artists, new images and ideas.

I co-founded 10 Gallon Productions with the mission to enable clients to communicate with their customers using the latest digital technologies in the most creative ways.

I was the Associate Director of Electronic Music Foundation,helping to launch that organization.

I was a frequent guest performer (Live Video ((a.k.a., VJ))) with the musical group INTERFACE.

I contributed several compositions to the Frog Peak / Chris Mann CD "Collaborations Project".

Since 2004 I have been working at the intersection of entertainment, advertising and creativity at HEAVY.COM.

Because I'm a jackass, in 2010 I built a Mad Lib based 'Patented Artist Statement Generator 2000'. Give it a whirl.



Selected Exhibitions and Performances

2011

DUMBO Arts Festival, Group Exhibition 'video_dumbo'. Brooklyn, NY

2010

Platform Gallery, Group Exhibition 'Magicality' organized by William Powhida and Eric Trosko. Seattle, WA

2009

Art Basel Satellite Event, Group Exhibition 'ArtBurn'. Miami, FL

Brooklyn Museum, Solo Exhibition 'Poor @SpumoniNick's Almanack (@1stfans)'. Brooklyn, NY
2008
Exit Art, Group Exhibition 'It's Not Easy'. New York, NY
2001
MassMoCA, Solo Exhibition 'Larger Than Life'. North Adams, MA
2000-2003
STREB World Tour, Performances with STREB.
2000
Mobius, Performance with Interface. Boston, MA
Micro Museum, Not Still Art Festival, Performance with Curtis Bahn and Dean Sharp. Brooklyn, NY
Engine 27, Performance with Curtis Bahn. New York, NY
New York University, Performance with Curtis Bahn and Satoshi Takeishi. New York, NY
Context Studio, Performance with Interface and First Avenue. New York, NY
1999
The Kitchen, Columbia University Interactive Arts Festival, Performance with Interface. New York, NY
Columbia County Film Festival, Screening. Chatham, NY
1998
The Kitchen, Group Exhibition 'iEAR at The Kitchen'. New York, NY
1996
SUNY Albany University Art Museum, Solo Exhibition 'Aviary'. Albany, NY

 

2009
'Poor @SpumoniNick's Almanack' selected for inclusion into Rhizome at the New Museum's ArtBase.
1997
Recipiant of the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music Award.
1997
Compositions included on the CD 'Chris Mann: Frog Peak Collaborations Project', Frog Peak Records.


New York Times
A Dancer Discovers a World of Profit and Daredevil Feats (excerpt)
August 6, 2000
By ANN DALY

Nick Fortunato's "video rodeo" brings Evel Knievel, pole sitters, monster trucks, Harry Houdini and bull riders right into the ring. Using a layered mix of live cameras, pure geometric forms and prerecorded images like old newsreel footage or cloud formations, Mr. Fortunato, a video, installation and performance artist, evokes the spirit of action heroes past and present.

The projections sometimes function as moving scenery, as when drifting clouds give the swan-diving dancers an expansive sense of flight. The images are sometimes referential, as in "Squirm," a Houdini tribute, which features a clip of the escape artist wriggling out of a straitjacket. "All the while I am controlling his movements live, in time and to the music," Mr. Fortunato says. "The result is something like Houdini break-dancing."


Los Angeles Times
Streb's 'ActionHeroes' Proves to Be Right on Both Counts (excerpt)

October 23, 2000
By LEWIS SEGAL

Beyond evoking various environments, Nick Fortunato's video segments provide glimpses of Houdini and other vintage daredevils--though the small and remote screen makes it easy to overlook his cleverness.


Computer Music Journal
1999 Columbia University Interactive Arts Festival

Interactive Technologies in Jazz, Rock, and Improvisatory Works, The Kitchen (excerpt)
Vol. 24 Issue 2
By JONATHAN LEE

The improvisation took an organic shape, beginning with a sparse musical texture whose droplets and rumbles behaved as a counterpoint to Nick Fortunato's processed video images of clouds. Both Mr. Bahn and Mr. Trueman made use of extended techniques, often drawing unusual natural sounds from their instruments.

The texture thickened as extended, active sections of the piece used the electronics to accentuate the wild exertions of the performers, juxtaposed with ominous, processed video imagery. Ultimately, the pent-up energy generated by the instrumentalists' sonic expressionism dissipated to a passage of consonance and harmonicity.