Elliott Louis Gallery Canadian Fine Art
CHRISTIAN NICOLAY

Christian Nicolay & Ya-chu Kang
Portable Walls
click to view video interview

Catalog Launch, Artist Performance & Closing Reception


Christian Nicolay - Safety Instructions 9
Safety Instructions 9
20 x 14.5 Inches  
mixed media
Sold 

This piece is a collaboration between Christian Nicolay and Ya-chu Kang. In Safety Instructions, 12 mixed media drawings on panel are formatted in a grid like a quilt each containing an image representing click here for more...



Portable Walls is a collaborative exhibition of new work by Christian Nicolay and Ya-chu Kang exploring contemporary narratives of safety and identity, man and women, East and West, in a post 9-11 age where it seems more rules, regulations and checks on our privacy continue to grow and change. Through the use of video, sculpture, mixed media drawing and installation the artists collectively and individually explore the polarities between life and death, public and private, safety and danger, comfort and distress particularly examining the similarities and differences between Canada and Taiwan.

Both artists work deal with found material of the everyday from various topographical landscapes like Nicolay's mixed media on paper drawings or Kang's reconstructions into sculptural forms and clothes. Through this exhibition the artists individual and collective works examine cultural borders and social constructions of the human identity and how we identify ourselves in a growing global fabric increasingly becoming crisscrossed and blurred.

In 2012, the video Recoil won the Make it Short Video Contest award based at the NW Film Center in Portland. Click to view Recoil video

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.
Christian Nicolay & Ya-chu Kang started collaborating in 2010 and have exhibited their projects in Canada, Taiwan, Finland, Japan and upcoming at the Schmiede Art Festival in Austria.

A Catalog Launch, Artist Performance and Closing Reception will take place on Saturday, April 21st from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the gallery. (Catalogs can be pre-ordered).
There is no fee to attend and all are welcome.



Christian Nicolay - Go Ask Alice
Go Ask Alice
46 x 34 Inches  
mixed media on panel
$5,200 

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
Rosie’s Landscape
35.5 x 19.5 Inches  
mixed media on panel
$3,300 

Pencil, graphite, pen, acrylic paint, whiteout, pastel, found detritus paper, thread



Christian Nicolay - Self-Portrait
Self-Portrait
3.5 x 12.5 x 1 Inches  
mixed media

All of Nicolay's parking tickets and collection letters, thread

price by request



Christian Nicolay - I.D. Table
I.D. Table
mixed media

identity cards, wood, paint, plexiglass



Christian Nicolay - Wash
Wash
8.5 x 12 x 3 Inches  
soap & video installation

price by request. This is a collaborative effort between Christian Nicolay and Ya-chu Kang.



Christian Nicolay - Recoil
Recoil
video still

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 click here for more...



Christian Nicolay - Public Private
Public Private
40 x 60 Inches  
mixed media on panel
$6,000 



Christian Nicolay - Identity Theft
Identity Theft
15.5 x 7 Inches  
acrylic paint, pencil, oil pastel, found paper detritus, fabric, thread
Sold 



Christian Nicolay - Safety 9
Safety 9
20 x 14.5 Inches  
mixed media on paper on panel
$2,125 

This piece is a collaboration between Christian Nicolay and Ya-chu Kang.

In Safety Instructions, 12 mixed media drawings on panel are formatted in a grid like a quilt each containing an image click here for more...



Christian Nicolay - Safety 4
Safety 4
20 x 14.5 Inches  
mixed media on paper on panel
$2,125 

This piece is a collaboration between Christian Nicolay and Ya-chu Kang.

In Safety Instructions, 12 mixed media drawings on panel are formatted in a grid like a quilt each containing an image click here for more...



Christian Nicolay - Safety 2
Safety 2
20 x 14.5 Inches  
mixed media on paper on panel
$2,125 

This piece is a collaboration between Christian Nicolay and Ya-chu Kang.

In Safety Instructions, 12 mixed media drawings on panel are formatted in a grid like a quilt each containing an image click here for more...



Christian Nicolay - Red Tape
Red Tape
15 x 23 Inches  
mixed media on panel
Sold 

specific media include:
Pencil, graphite, pen, acrylic paint, house paint, whiteout, pastel, crayon, found detritus paper, thread, wax string on paper on panel



Christian Nicolay - Safety 6
Safety 6
20 x 14.5 Inches  
mixed media on paper on panel
$2,125 

This piece is a collaboration between Christian Nicolay and Ya-chu Kang.

In Safety Instructions, 12 mixed media drawings on panel are formatted in a grid like a quilt each containing an image click here for more...



Christian Nicolay - Safety 5
Safety 5
20 x 14.5 Inches  
mixed media on paper on panel
$2,125 

This piece is a collaboration between Christian Nicolay and Ya-chu Kang.

In Safety Instructions, 12 mixed media drawings on panel are formatted in a grid like a quilt each containing an image click here for more...



Christian Nicolay - Break Glass in Case of Emergency
Break Glass in Case of Emergency
11.5 x 9.5 Inches  
mixed media on panel
Sold 

Diptych.
each panel: 11.5 x 9.5 inches

Pencil, pen, acrylic paint, house paint, whiteout, pastel, found detritus paper, thread, glass



Christian Nicolay - Occupied
Occupied
42 x 30 Inches  
mixed media on panel
$4,800 

Pencil, graphite, pen, acrylic paint, watercolour, whiteout, pastel, crayon, found detritus paper, collage, gum, plastic, thread on paper on panel



Christian Nicolay - Talking to God
Talking to God
39.75 x 25.75 Inches  
pencil, graphite, pen, acrylics, watercolour, whiteout, pastel, crayon, collaged found papers, gum, coffee, and linseed oil on panel
$4,000 



Christian Nicolay - Urban / Rural
Urban / Rural
14 x 6 Inches  
pencil, pastel, felt, found detritus paper, cloth, and thread
Sold 



Christian Nicolay - Portable Walls
Portable Walls
48 x 60 Inches  
mixed media on paper on panel
$8,100 

Pencil, graphite, pen, acrylic paint, watercolour, whiteout, pastel, crayon, coffee, found detritus paper, collage, cloth, thread on paper on panel



Christian Nicolay - Safety 3
Safety 3
20 x 14.5 Inches  
mixed media on paper on panel
$2,125 

This piece is a collaboration between Christian Nicolay and Ya-chu Kang. In Safety Instructions, 12 mixed media drawings on panel are formatted in a grid like a quilt each containing an image representing click here for more...



Christian Nicolay - Safety Instructions 7
Safety Instructions 7
20 x 14.5 Inches  
mixed media
$2,125 

This piece is a collaboration between Christian Nicolay and Ya-chu Kang. In Safety Instructions, 12 mixed media drawings on panel are formatted in a grid like a quilt each containing an image representing click here for more...



Christian Nicolay - Connection to Nature
Connection to Nature
7 x 10.5 Inches  
mixed media
Sold 



Christian Nicolay - Safety Instructions 10
Safety Instructions 10
20.5 x 14.5 Inches  
mixed media on paper on panel
$2,125 

This piece is a collaboration between Christian Nicolay and Ya-chu Kang. In Safety Instructions, 12 mixed media drawings on panel are formatted in a grid like a quilt each containing an image representing click here for more...



Christian Nicolay - Safety Instructions 11
Safety Instructions 11
20.5 x 14.5 Inches  
mixed media on paper on panel
$2,125 

This piece is a collaboration between Christian Nicolay and Ya-chu Kang. In Safety Instructions, 12 mixed media drawings on panel are formatted in a grid like a quilt each containing an image representing click here for more...



Christian Nicolay - Safety Instructions 12
Safety Instructions 12
20.5 x 14.5 Inches  
mixed media on paper on panel
$2,125 

This piece is a collaboration between Christian Nicolay and Ya-chu Kang. In Safety Instructions, 12 mixed media drawings on panel are formatted in a grid like a quilt each containing an image representing click here for more...



Christian Nicolay - Healing
Healing
mixed media
$2,290 

variable dimensions



Christian Nicolay - Information Age
Information Age
11.75 x 9 Inches  
mixed media
Sold 

Detritus paper, pastel, crayon, pencil, whiteout, collage, tape

to see more work by Christian Nicolay click here.
to view Christian Nicolay's bio click here.
 

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