Elliott Louis Gallery Canadian Fine Art

Christian Nicolay  Bio  ·    Video  ·     ·  Exhibitions:   Portable Walls click to view video interview  ·  Project flyleaf  ·  Acts Of Mass Construction  ·  Actions of Mass Construction  ·  ...on the other side of the stage  ·  Systematic Confusion

    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.

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Christian Nicolay - Safety Instructions - click for larger image

Safety Instructions
20 x 14.5 Inches 
mixed media on paper on panel
Christian Nicolay - Birds Eye - click for larger image

Birds Eye
24.75 x 19 Inches 
mixed media on paper on panel
Christian Nicolay - Birds Eye (detail) - click for larger image

Birds Eye (detail)
Christian Nicolay - The Spaces Between Spaces - click for larger image

The Spaces Between Spaces
20.75 x 13.25 Inches 
mixed media on flyleaf pages (framed under glass)
Christian Nicolay - Go Ask Alice - click for larger image

Go Ask Alice
46 x 34 Inches 
mixed media on panel
Pencil, graphite, pen, acrylic paint, house paint, watercolour, whiteout, pastel, crayon, found detritus paper, collage, thread on paper on panel  
Christian Nicolay - Rosie’s Landscape - click for larger image

Rosie’s Landscape
35.5 x 19.5 Inches 
mixed media on panel
Pencil, graphite, pen, acrylic paint, whiteout, pastel, found detritus paper, thread
Christian Nicolay - Healing - click for larger image

mixed media
variable dimensions
Please email the gallery to view more works by Christian Nicolay.

1996 – 2000        BFA, Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (Honors), Okanagan University College – UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC Canada

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,
2012    Portable Walls, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC Canada, collaboration with Ya-chu Kang,
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

Jyväskylä Art Museum
Esplanade Art Gallery
UBC Okanagan
St. Paul’s Hospital
New Leaf Editions
Maple Ridge Art Gallery

2015    Artist Residency, Äkkigalleria, Jyväskylä Finland
2012    Judges Award Winner for Recoil with Ya-chu Kang, Make it Short, NW Film Center, Portland OR, USA
2010    Artist Residency, Äkkigalleria, Jyväskylä Finland
2010    Artist Residency, Taipei Artist Village (TAV), Taipei Taiwan, with Ya-chu Kang
2006    Canada Council Media Arts Travel Grant
2006    Artist Residency, New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA), Deep Wireless Festival
             CBC Radio One co-produced by OutFront & Charles Street Video, Toronto ON Canada
2004    Artist Residency, Alternator Gallery, Kelowna BC Canada
2004    Video Production Grant, Alternator Gallery Kelowna BC Canada
2000    Canada Council Visual Arts Travel Grant
2000    Helen Pitt Award (2000, 1999, 1998) 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
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 FAK
2002    Goddamage, Neo P Records, Edmonton AB 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
United Daily News, Taiwan, Jan 9, 2015, pg. B
Chinatimes Newspaper, Taiwan, Jan 9, 2015, pg. B2
Vancouver Is Awesome / online blog, Sep 19, 2014, Sunshine Frere, Vancouver BC Canada
The Vancouver Sun, D3, Sep 10. 2014
Worldjournal, 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
Fanny Kiefer Show, SHAW TV, Vancouver BC
Panel Discussion, Free 103point9 radio broadcast, Toronto ON to Brooklyn New York USA

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

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

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

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

Visiting Artist Lectures
2014    Langara College, Vancouver BC Canada
2013    Langara College, Vancouver BC Canada
2012    Museum of Medical Humanities, Taipei Taiwan, with Ya-chu Kang
2012    Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC Canada, with Ya-chu Kang  
2012    Langara College, Vancouver BC Canada
2010    Treasure Hill Artist Village, Taipei Taiwan, with Ya-chu Kang
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, (NAISA) New Adventures in Sound Art, Toronto ON
2005    McRoberts Secondary, Richmond BC Canada
2005    Langara College, Vancouver BC  / UBC Okanagan, Kelowna BC Canada
2004    UBC Okanagan, Kelowna BC Canada

Professional Experience
2001 – Present    Owner, Above Water, Freelance Gallery Technician Art Installation Framing Services
2013        Co-Director, Fangliao Artist Village Residency, Fangliao Taiwan
2009        Curator, Pacificthorn & Bridge and Tunnel Gallery, 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
2015    Capture Photography Festival, Remington Gallery, Vancouver BC Canada
2015    The Great Scenery, Absolute Space for the Arts, Tainan Taiwan
2015    Yuejin Lantern Festival, Yuejingang Riverside, Yanshui District, Tainan Taiwan, with Ya-chu Kang
2014    Summer Group Show, Kimoto Gallery, Vancouver BC Canada
2013    Origin within Nations, Traveling exhibition at Fangliao Artist Village & Airforce Heritage House,
             Fangliao & Pingtung, Taiwan.
2013    Duppini LIKE: The Old Post Office and modern means of communication, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria,
             with Ya-chu Kang
2013    The Dying Eye, Community Art Space, Hangzhou China, with Ya-chu Kang
2012    The Dying Eye, Museum of Medical Humanities, Taipei Taiwan, with Ya-chu Kang
2012    Taipei Original Festival, Songshan Culture &Creative Park, Taipei Taiwan with Ya-chu Kang &S.H.E.
2012    Schmiede Art Festival, Hallein, Austria, 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, with Ya-chu Kang
2011    UNIT/PITT series Ill Repute Project, Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver BC Canada, with Ya-chu Kang
2011    Wind Heaped Up, CAMP Talganie Museum, Okinawa, Japan, with Ya-chu Kang
2011    Drawing Connections, Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy
2011    House Games, Äkkigalleria, Jyväskylä Finland, 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, with Ya-chu Kang
2009    Once Upon a Pond....pond hockey and global warming, Esplanade Art Gallery, 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, Art House Gallery, Calgary AB Canada, The Works – Art Gallery of Alberta,
             Edmonton AB 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 Exhibition, CBC-TV Studios, Vancouver BC Canada
2002    O2txt: celebrating the visual word, Juried, Chidlaw Gallery, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati
             Ohio, USA
2001    Helen Pitt Triennial Exhibition, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC Canada. Catalogue
2000    Unstable Motion, Juried, Gallerie Verticale, 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

Portland International Film Festival, Portland OR, USA, collaboration w/ Ya-chu Kang
Make it Short, NW Film Center, Portland OR, USA, Judges Award Winner for Recoil w/ Ya-chu Kang

Art’s Birthday: Retro Future, Juried, Video Pool Media Arts Centre, Winnipeg MB
Project 5, Bloedel Conservatory, selected for Paul Wong’s “5”, Vancouver BC

VIDEOHOLICA, International Video Art Festival, 2nd Edition/ Peking Duck or Video in time of crisis, Varna, Bulgaria

HI MOM FILM Festival #10, Juried, Chapel Hill, Carrboro NC, USA
Soundwave>Series ((3)), Juried, ME’D1.ATE Network, San Francisco CA, w/ Sam McKinlay

International Short Film Festival, Juried, Fundacion Octaedro, Quito-Ecuador, South America

NEXTFest, Next Generation Arts Festival, Juried, Edmonton AB
HI MOM FILM Festival #9, Juried, Chapel Hill, Carrboro NC, USA
Signal & Noise 2006, Juried, Video In Studios, Vancouver BC

Temporal Transmissions, Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s NF
Neighbourhood, Centre A Gallery, Vancouver BC
HI MOM FILM Festival #8, Juried, Chapel Hill, Carrboro NC, USA
Temporal Transmissions, Juried, Alternator Gallery, Kelowna BC
Duotone Arts Festival 2005, Kelowna BC

Bien jouer, love, Underground, Calgary AB

Asleep at the Wheel, Trinity Square Video, Toronto ON, w/ Stephen Foster, Gary Pearson, & Brian Gotro.  Artist Run Gallery Exchange Exhibition with The Alternator Gallery, Kelowna BC

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, Europe
2006    BLIM does FUSE, Vancouver Art Gallery, selected sound artist, Vancouver BC Canada
2006    Canadiana & All Places In Between, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver BC Canada, 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
2004    Raw & Cooked, The Western Front, Vancouver BC Canada, with Sam McKinlay & Eli Bornowsky
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    Pedestrian Hitch-hiker with a chair, Hitch-hiked across Canada (BC – QC) with a wooden Chair,
              Gallery Exchange with Alternator Gallery and Gallerie Verticale, supported by the Canada Council
1999    Solo, Kastpo Castle, Kalymnos Greece, Europe
1999    Question Christian, Voinkirche-St. Stephens Cathedral, Vienna Austria, Europe
1999    Growl, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC Canada, with Nobuo Kubota

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