Elliott Louis Gallery Canadian Fine Art
Christian Nicolay
Recoil

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Artist: Christian Nicolay, Title: Recoil - click for larger image

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Winner of the Make it Short Video Contest award based at the NW Film Center in Portland. Recoil is a collaborative video work in which Nicolay and Kang play with the idea of Safety by repetitiously popping balloons held close to their faces. This explores the human body’s reflex and reaction of external energy by expanding and blowing up balloons. The tension created in the moments between the balloon and the human body displays the different response from man and woman, western and eastern. The spontaneous explosions create random patterns of colour through strain and pressure causing the inevitable recoil and an invisible boundary of attraction and repulsion.

 
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