Christian Nicolay



    Christian Nicolay has exhibited, performed and screened in Canada, the US, Europe and Asia, occasionally staring into the sun to receive messages. For the latter half of 2010 he was invited to artist residencies in Finland and Taiwan exploring the landscape and their cultures. In May 2011 an independent label out of Sugar Hill Georgia released his concept double sound art album based on Fire and Water. He continues to work with drawing, sculpture, installation, sound composition, performance art and video –  investigating the themes of paradoxes, the unity of opposites, social activity, and cultural identity. He summarizes his art and life by "paying attention to systematic confusion".

   In the summer of 2000 Christian Nicolay received a travel grant from the Canada Council to hitchhike across Canada with a wooden chair, mapping his travels of the unusual and unexpected moments of transition that occur between moving and sitting.  In 2006 he did a commissioned sound work for a National Radio Broadcast with CBC Radio One across Canada.  This sound performance work consisted of an unauthorized climbing of Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver from the base to its 364 foot high tower and transforming it into a musical instrument, reconstructing the naturally occurring sounds into a harmonic musical composition.
     
    Christian Nicolay has been the recipient of several visual and media arts awards, artistic director, and curator of various projects, includes collaborations with artists from various fields in video, performance, sound and installation.  He has given several lectures about his work, and has exhibited and performed in numerous spaces worldwide including Public, Commercial, and Artist Run Art galleries.


Education
1996 – 2000        BFA, Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (Honors), Okanagan University College – UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC Canada
Solo & Two Person Exhibitions
2016       Somewhere in Between the Boundaries, Absolute Space for the Arts, Tainan City, Taiwan, collaboration with Ya-chu Kang
2014       Upside Down Fire, Initial Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada, collaboration with Ya-chu Kang
2013       Boom and Bust - 澎呀派, Art Experience Gallery, Hong Kong, China, collaboration with Ya-chu Kang        
2013       Carry an Object with You, Capture Photography Festival, Kimoto Gallery, Vancouver BC Canada, collaboration with Ya-chu Kang
2013       Portable Walls, Maple Ridge Art Gallery, Maple Ridge BC, Canada, collaboration with Ya-chu Kang (Catalogue)
2012       Portable Walls, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada, collaboration with Ya-chu Kang (Catalogue)
2010       Nomadic Recoils, Äkkigalleria, Jyväskylä, Finland, with Roy Hopiavuori
2010       Point of Reference, View Art Gallery, Victoria BC, Canada, with Yuri Arajs
2009       Collections in Faith, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada
2008       Hope Floats, Alternator Gallery - Window Gallery, Kelowna BC, Canada
2008       Open Spaces, The Art Ark Gallery, Kelowna BC, Canada
2007       Project Flyleaf in the fridge, The Art Ark Gallery, Kelowna BC, Canada
2006       Project Flyleaf, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada
2005       ACTions of mass construction, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada
2004       (un)common (playing)ground, Kelowna Art Gallery, curated by Linda Sawchn, Kelowna BC, Canada
2004       Life on Exchange, The Art Ark Gallery, Kelowna BC, Canada, with Jenny Long
2003       Conversations with a brick wall, Old School House Arts Centre, Qualicum Beach BC, Canada
2002       Systematic Confusion, Ballard Lederer Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada
2002       Pedestrian Hitch-hiker with a Chair, Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada
2002       Art on the Fringes, Ballard Lederer Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada, with Davida Kidd
Two, Three and Four Artist Exhibitions
2014 Upside Down Fire, Initial Gallery, Vancouver BC Canada, collaboration with Ya-chu Kang
2013 Boom and Bust 澎呀派, Art Experience Gallery, Hong Kong China, collaboration with Ya-chu Kang
2013 Carry an Object with You, Kimoto Gallery, Capture Photography Festival, Vancouver BC Canada,
             collaboration with Ya-chu Kang
2013 Portable Walls, Maple Ridge Art Gallery, Maple Ridge BC Canada, collaboration with Ya-chu Kang,
             Catalogue
2012 Portable Walls, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC Canada, collaboration with Ya-chu Kang,
             Catalogue
2010 Nomadic Recoils, Äkkigalleria, Jyväskylä Finland, with Roy Hopiavuori
2010 Point of Reference, View Art Gallery, Victoria BC Canada, with Yuri Arajs
2004    Life on Exchange, The Art Ark Gallery, Kelowna BC Canada, with Jenny Long
2003 Art on the Fringes, Ballard Lederer Gallery, Vancouver BC Canada, with Davida Kidd
Collections
Jyväskylä Art Museum
Äkkigalleria
Esplanade Art Gallery
UBC Okanagan
St. Paul’s Hospital
New Leaf Editions
Maple Ridge Art Gallery
Private Collections
Awards
2015       Dave Bown Projects - 11th Semiannual Competition (Curators: Katherine Pill, Ron Platt, Kelly Shindler) Honorable Mention​
2012       Judges Award Winner for Recoil with Ya-chu Kang, Make it Short, NW Film Center, Portland OR, USA​
2006       Canada Council Media Arts Travel Grant
2004       Video Production Grant, Alternator Gallery, Kelowna BC, Canada
2000       Canada Council Visual Arts Travel Grant
2000       Helen Pitt Award, UBC Okanagan (Academic)
2000       UBC Okanagan Traveling Exhibition Award (Academic)
1999       Tuition Scholarship Entrance Award, UBC Okanagan (Academic)
1999       4th Place in the 19th Annual College Photographer’s Forum Contest, San Diego CA, USA
1998       Tuition Scholarship Entrance Award, UBC Okanagan (Academic)
1998       Kelowna & District Arts Council Bursary (Academic)
1998       UBC Okanagan Traveling Exhibition Award (Academic)
1997       Turik Crawford Architects Award (Academic)
Multi Media
DISCOGRAPHY
2015       Syllablesshooter, JonnyHawaii Studios Audiobeans, Vienna Austria, collaboration with Thomas Havlik
2011       Atlantis, Satan’s Din Recording, Sugar Hill GA, USA, collaboration with The Rita
2009       The Rita Skate, RRR Records, Lowell MA, USA, collaboration with The Rita
2003       Songs of War Ships, FAK Records, Edmonton AB, Canada, collaboration with First Aid Kit
2002       Godamage, Neo P Records, Edmonton AB, Canada
Residencies and Symposiums
2018       AREHolland, Artist Residencies Enschede, Enschede Holland (Forthcoming)
2015       Äkkigalleria, Jyväskylä, Finland, collaboration with Ya-chu Kang
2010       Taipei Artist Village (TAV), Taipei, Taiwan, collaboration with Ya-chu Kang
2010       Äkkigalleria, Jyväskylä, Finland
2006       New Adventures in Sound Art, Deep Wireless Festival, CBC Radio One co-produced by OutFront & Charles Street Video, Toronto ON, Canada                      
2004       Alternator Gallery, Kelowna BC, Canada
Solo Interdisciplinary Exhibitions
2009 Collections in Faith, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC Canada
2008 Hope Floats, Alternator Gallery - Window Gallery, Kelowna BC Canada
2008 Open Spaces, The Art Ark Gallery, Kelowna BC Canada
2007 Project Flyleaf in the fridge, The Art Ark Gallery, Kelowna BC Canada
2006 Project Flyleaf, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC Canada
2005 ACTions of mass construction, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC Canada
2004 (un)common (playing)ground, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC Canada
2003 Conversations with a brick wall, Old School House Arts Centre, Qualicum Beach BC Canada
2002    Systematic Confusion, Ballard Lederer Gallery, Vancouver BC Canada
         Pedestrian Hitchhiker with a Chair, Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver BC Canada

Selected Bibliography
SAD MAG, Vancouver BC, “Silent Graffiti, An artist who hides his work in public”, Megan Jenkins, Issue No. 22, 2016, pg. 52 - 56
​China Daily News, Tainan Taiwan, “Artists’ Recycle the Day to Day”, Joyce Lin, Mar 17, 2016, pg. B3
Keskisuomalainen, Central Finland, “Äkkigallerian näyttely syntyi roskista”, Riikka Mahlamäki-Kaistinen, Oct 29, 2015, pg. 21
Vancouver Is Awesome, Vancouver BC, “Upside Down Fire at Initial Gallery”, Sunshine Frere, Sep 19, 2014
Worldjournal, Vancouver BC, "Upside Down Fire", Sep 12, 2014
Oriental Daily News, Hong Kong, “Boom and Bust 澎呀派”, Po-ying Tai, Nov 3, 2013, pg. E5
Maple Ridge News, Maple Ridge BC, “Artist Duo creates “Portable Walls”, Feb 13, 2013, pg. 19 & 20
Preview Magazine, Vancouver BC, “Portable Walls: Christian Nicolay & Ya-chu Kang, Mia Johnson, February/ March 2012, pg. 30
SAD MAG, Vancouver BC, “Christian Nicolay, DRAWN festival and the revival of sketch in Vancouver”, Rebecca Slaven, July 2010
Keskisuomalainen, Jyvaskyla Finland, “Hylkyjen uusi elama”, Lotta Roukala, Sept 3, 2010, pg.23
Artist Magazine, Taipei Taiwan, “Creativity between Art, Ethics, and Performance”, Ya-chu Kang, Issue 422, July 2010, pg. 403
Lateral Learning, curated by Paul Butler, commissioned writing Dr. Jeanne Randolph and Mark Clintberg. Vantage Art Projects ("Learning as Gifting: the entrée to community through sharing") pp 69-70, 2010
​San Francisco Weekly, San Francisco CA, “The Grindermen”, Silke Tudor, Issue 6/25, 2008
Galleries West, Vancouver BC, “Previews and Profiles”, Portia Priegert, V. 6 N. 1, Spring 2007, pg.34
The Georgia Straight, Vancouver BC, “Space, Place, history in the Neighbourhood”, Robin Laurence, V. 39 N. 1969 Sep 15-22 2005, pg.77
Terminal City, Vancouver BC, “Signal & Noise Festival”, Luke Meat, Issue 5.40.179 Apr 2005, pg. 11
Event, Kelowna BC, “Taking the common…someplace else”, Portia Priegert, May 2004, pg. 10
Woo Magazine, Vancouver BC, “Christian Nicolay”, Eli Bornowsky, Issue 5, V. 23 Feb 2004, pg. 7-10
COLOR Magazine, Vancouver BC, “Performance, Material and the Aesthetic”, Sam McKinlay, Issue 2 Sep 2003, pg. 12-15
Vancouver Lifestyles Magazine, Vancouver BC, “Making Marks”, Christine Hill Riley, Jan 2002 Issue, pg. 18
Showcase, Kelowna BC, “Winning Works”, Neal McKenna, Sep. 20-26, 2001, pg. 1 & 3
Famous Poets Society, Oregon USA, “A Passive Canopy” (original published poem), 2001
Mix Magazine, Toronto ON, “Mouvement Instable”, Nathalie Dussault, V.26 No.2 Fall 2000, pg. 46-48
The Okanagan Sunday, Okanagan Valley BC, “Artist will sit across the Country”, Portia Priegert, Jul 23, 2000, E-C6
The Mirror, Montreal QC, “Avant-garde Laval”, Cozmik Kay, Aug 3-10, 2000, pg. 49
Capital News, Kelowna BC, “Happenings”, Jean Russell, Apr 2000, Showcase, pg. 2
The Phoenix, Kelowna BC, “Fourth Year…”, Chris Mazur, Mar-Apr 2000, pg. B6
OUC Journal, Kelowna BC, “Second Take”, Allan Coyle, Apr/May 1999, pg. 4
The Standard Exhibit, Kelowna BC, “Beware, the Performance Artist Nurtures”, M. Scott Ault, Mar 1999, pg. 5
Photographers Forum, San Diego CA, USA, “Best of College Photography Annual 1999”
The Daily Courier, Kelowna BC, “Of Earth and Body”, Turnbull, Oct. 1998, Showtime-C1.
Television and Radio
2006  
Fanny Kiefer Show, SHAW TV, Vancouver BC
Panel Discussion, Free 103point9 radio broadcast, Toronto ON to Brooklyn New York USA

2004  
North by Northwest-CBC Radio One, Interview with Paul Grant

2002  
John Doe (Television-Series I), Vancouver BC, Episode 114/10, Jerry Wanek (Production Designer), Contributing Artist  

2001  
Dark Angel (Television-Series II), Vancouver BC, Episode 10, Jerry Wanek (Production Designer), Cover Book Artist Designer  CBC News World, Vancouver BC, Interview with Sudha Krishna, Nov. 2001

2000  
CBC City Beat Television, Montreal QC, “Gallerie Verticale”, Anna Simacapoulos, Aug 3, 2000

Visiting Artist Lectures
2018       The Art Academy AKI / Artez, Enschede Holland (Forthcoming)
​2016       National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Yunlin County, Taiwan
2016       UBC-Okanagan, Kelowna BC, Canada
2014       Langara College, Vancouver BC, Canada
2013       Langara College, Vancouver BC, Canada
2012       Museum of Medical Humanities, Taipei, Taiwan
2012       Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada, with Ya-chu Kang  
​2012       Langara College, Vancouver BC, Canada
2010       Treasure Hill Artist Village, Taipei, Taiwan
2008       Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond BC, Canada
2008       UBC-Okanagan, Kelowna BC, Canada
2006       Langara College, Vancouver BC, Canada
2006       Rutland Middle School, Art Starts Workshop, Kelowna BC, Canada
2006       Panel Discussion, Free 103point9 radiobroadcast, New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) Deep Wireless Festival, Toronto ON, Canada
2005       McRoberts Secondary, Richmond BC, Canada
2005       Langara College, Vancouver BC, Canada
2005       UBC Okanagan, Kelowna BC, Canada
2004       UBC Okanagan, Kelowna BC, Canada
Professional Experience
2001 – Present      Owner, AboveWater, Gallery Technician Fine Art Services, Vancouver BC, Canada
2013                       Co-Director, Fangliao Artist Village Residency, Fangliao, Taiwan
2009                       Curator, Pacificthorn, Vancouver BC, Canada
2004- 09                 Instructor: Mixed Media, Arts Umbrella, Vancouver BC, Canada
2006                       Juror, CRES Media Arts Committee for Artist Residency with CFRO Radio, Vancouver BC, Canada
2001                       Artistic Director, Arthur Erickson’s Waterfall Building Grand Opening, Vancouver BC, Canada
1997- 00                 Board Member, Alternator Gallery, Kelowna BC, Canada
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017       House Games Triennial, Äkkigalleria, Jyväskylä Finland
2017       Abstract: Design Showcase, Kimoto Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada
2016       Summer Mix II, Kimoto Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada
2015       Convergence, National Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand, with Ya-chu Kang
2015       Yuejin Lantern Festival, Yuejingang Riverside, Yanshui District, Tainan, Taiwan, with Ya-chu Kang
2015       The Great Scenery, Absolute Space for the Arts, Tainan City, Taiwan
​2013       Origin within Nations, Air Force Heritage House, Pingtung, Taiwan (Catalogue)
2013       Duppini LIKE: The Old Post Office and modern means of communication, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria, collaboration with Ya-chu Kang
2013       The Dying Eye, Community Art Space, Hangzhou, China, collaboration with Ya-chu Kang
2012       The Dying Eye, Museum of Medical Humanities, Taipei, Taiwan, collaboration with Ya-chu Kang
2012       Taipei Original Festival, Songshan Culture and Creative Park, Taipei, Taiwan, collaboration with Ya-chu Kang & S.H.E.
2012       Schmiede Art Festival, Hallein, Austria, collaboration with Ya-chu Kang
2012       SWARM, Good Luck Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada
2012       Excuse Me, How Rude?!, Gallery Fukai, Vancouver BC, Canada
2012       The Material Glitch, Quinary Art Projects, Vancouver BC, Canada
2012       Patchbox, Elsewhere Factory, Rome, Italy (Catalogue)
2012       Valcellina Award International Contemporary Textile/Fiber, Manlago, Italy, collaboration with Ya-chu Kang (Catalogue)
2011       UNIT/PITT series Ill Repute Project, Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada, collaboration with Ya-chu Kang
2011       Wind Heaped Up, CAMP Talganie Museum, Okinawa, Japan, collaboration with Ya-chu Kang
2011       Drawing Connections, Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy
2011       House Games, Äkkigalleria, Jyväskylä, Finland, collaboration with Ya-chu Kang
2011       The Ocean in Us, United Nations Safe Planet Exhibition, The Roundhouse, Vancouver BC, Canada
2010       A.I.R. Group Show, Taipei Artists Village,TAV, Taipei, Taiwan, collaboration with Ya-chu Kang
2010       The Group Show, Masik Studios, Vancouver BC, Canada
2010       Artwalk Vancouver 2010, 2-32 Water Street, Vancouver BC, Canada
2009       Once Upon a Pond....pond hockey and global warming, Esplanade Art Gallery, curated by Linda Sawchyn, Medicine Hat AB,                                          Canada (Catalogue)
2009       Stone Soup, Grace Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada, 3 person collaboration with Lisa Birke and Eben Bender
2008       Made in the West, Traveling Exhibition, Art House Gallery, Calgary AB, Canada, The Works – Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB                                  (Catalogue)
2008       Cheaper than a one night stand 8, Old Storyeum Building, Vancouver BC, Canada
2008       Unite for Art, Arthouse Gallery, with UNICEF, Vancouver BC, Canada
2006       Regeneration, Arthouse Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada
2005       Return to Sender, 69 Pender Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada
2004       Soft Emergencies, Viking Union Gallery, Bellingham WA, USA        
2003       Artropolis 2003, Juried, CBC-TV Studios, Vancouver BC, Canada
2002       O2txt: celebrating the visual word, Juried, Chidlaw Gallery, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH, USA
2001       Helen Pitt Triennial Exhibition, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC, Canada (Catalogue)
2000       Unstable Motion, Juried, Gallerie Verticale, curated by Marcel Saint-Pierre, Laval QC, Canada (Catalogue)
2000       Emerging, Juried, Alternator Gallery, Kelowna BC, Canada, with Diana Thornycroft
1997       Land Biography: Pa(y)ssages of the Okanagan, Juried, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC, Canada
Videos
2017       International Short Film Festival, First Selection, Juried, Kalmthout Belgium
2017       Kunst Film Festival #3, Berlin Germany
2017       THE „OKIEM MŁODYCH” FESTIVAL, Juried, Świdnica, Poland
2017       17th Media Art Biennale, WRO BIENNALE 2017: DRAFT SYSTEMS, Juried, Wroclaw, Poland
2015       7th Cairo Video Festival, Juried, Cairo, Egypt, with Ya-chu Kang
2014       VAEFF, Video Art and Experimental Film Festival, Juried, Tribeca Cinemas, New York City NY, USA, with Ya-chu Kang
2014       Wayfinding Film Festival, Juried, Traveling festival screening at Force Field Festival, Philadelphia PA & Wassaic Project, Wassaic NY, USA              
2013       SESIFF: The 5th Seoul International Extreme-Short Image and Film Festival, Juried, Seoul, Korea, with Ya-chu Kang
2012       ANEMIC: Independent Film and New Media Festival, Prague, Czech Republic          
2012       Portland International Film Festival, Portland OR, USA, with Ya-chu Kang
2012       Make it Short, Juried, NW Film Center, Portland OR, USA, Judges Award Winner for Recoil with Ya-chu Kang
2012       Shift, Headbones Gallery, Vernon BC, Canada
2010       Art’s Birthday: Retro Future, Juried, Video Pool Media Arts Centre, Winnipeg MB, Canada
2010       Project 5, Bloedel Conservatory, selected for Paul Wong’s “5”, Vancouver BC, Canada
2009       VIDEOHOLICA, International Video Art Festival, 2nd Edition/ Peking Duck or Video in time of crisis, Juried, Varna, Bulgaria
2008       HI MOM FILM Festival #10, Juried, Chapel Hill, Carrboro NC, USA
2008       Soundwave>Series ((3)), Juried, ME’D1.ATE Network, San Francisco CA, USA, with Sam McKinlay
2007       International Short Film Festival, Juried, Fundacion Octaedro, Quito-Ecuador, South America
2006       NEXTFest, Next Generation Arts Festival, Juried, Edmonton AB, Canada
2006       HI MOM FILM Festival #9, Juried, Chapel Hill, Carrboro NC, USA
2006       Signal & Noise 2006, Juried, Video In Studios, Vancouver BC, Canada
2005       Temporal Transmissions, Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s NF, Canada
2005       Neighbourhood, Centre A Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada
2005       HI MOM FILM Festival #8, Juried, Chapel Hill, Carrboro NC, USA
2005       Temporal Transmissions, Juried, Alternator Gallery, Kelowna BC, Canada
2005       Duotone Arts Festival 2005, Kelowna BC, Canada
2004       Bien jouer, love, Underground, Calgary AB, Canada
2001       Asleep at the Wheel, Trinity Square Video, Toronto ON, Canada, with Stephen Foster, Gary Pearson, & Brian Gotro
Selected Performances
2012       Recipes for Walls, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada, with Ya-chu Kang
2010       Clamour and Toll, Candahar Bar Project, Playwrights Theatre Centre, curated by Eli Bornowsky, Vancouver BC, Canada, with Ya-chu Kang
2008       Atlantis, Vancouver Fashion Week, the Chapel, Vancouver BC, Canada, with Pacificthorn
2008       Birdman, Old San Juan Square, Puerto Rico
2007       Dracula vs. Jesus (Vote 2008 series), Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy
2006       BLIM does FUSE, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada
2006       Canadiana & All Places In Between, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada, collaboration with Lisa Birke
2005       Amplify, Chief Dan George Centre, Vancouver BC, Canada
2005       AMPTANK, Klondike Route Claim #6, Dawson City YK, Canada
2005       Signal & Noise 2005, Juried, Video In Studios, Vancouver BC, Canada
2004       Raw & Cooked, The Western Front, Vancouver BC, Canada, with Eli Bornowsky & The Rita
2002       The Rita is in the Hospital, Miss T’s Cabaret, Vancouver BC, Canada, with The Rita  
2001       Lucille Balls, The Last Chance Saloon, Wayne AB, Canada, with Neil Peters
2001       York Hotel: Grande Prairie, The York Hotel, Grande Prairie AB, Canada, with Neil Peters & Brian Gotro
2000       Hitch-hiker with a chair, Hitch-hiked across Canada (BC – QC) with a wooden Chair, Gallery Exchange with Alternator Gallery, Kelowna BC, Canada, and Gallerie Verticale, Laval QC, Canada, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts                              
1999       Solo, Kastpo Castle, Kalymnos, Greece
1999       Question Christian, Voinkirche-St. Stephens Cathedral, Vienna, Austria
1999       Growl, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC, Canada, with Nobuo Kubota