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
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

Awards
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
DISCOGRAPHY
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
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
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

Videos
2012
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

2010
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

2009
VIDEOHOLICA, International Video Art Festival, 2nd Edition/ Peking Duck or Video in time of crisis, Varna, Bulgaria

2008
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

2007
International Short Film Festival, Juried, Fundacion Octaedro, Quito-Ecuador, South America

2006
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

2005
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

2004
Bien jouer, love, Underground, Calgary AB

2001
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