Exhibition Views / Die Ausstellung — KIT, Dusseldorf


09|07|14
 

Icosahedron, 2014
 
 
 

Icosahedron, 2014
Archival Pigment Print on Fibre Paper
Installation View
 
 
 

Thought Form (Icosahedron), 2014
Sculptural Installation with 12 Mirrors
 
 
 

Sequential Alignments for an Icosahedral Thought Form, 2014
Archival Pigment Print on Fibre Paper
Installation View
 
 
 

Sequential Alignments for an Icosahedral Thought Form (Detail), 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 

Die Ausstellung @ KIT, Dusseldorf


08|26|14
 

 
 
Die Ausstellung (The Exhibition)
August 23–September 20, 2014

Opening: September 20, 7pm

KIT – Düsseldorf
Mannesmannufer 1b
40213 Düsseldorf
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday and holidays 11am–6pm

www.kunst-im-tunnel.de
www.dieausstellung.net

Die Ausstellung is scheduled to take place at KIT in Düsseldorf over a period of four weeks. During this time, the space will be continuously transformed, works will be set up, dismantled and documented. On the face of it, Die Ausstellung is a group show. It compiles diverse artworks that use the medium of photography as their starting point and evince a similar interest in processes involved in the creation of realities and of reproduction. All the stages involved in the exhibition—from preproduction and on-site production, advertising in posters, promotional texts and via social media platforms with their broad reach and mass usage, all the way to the temporarily installed works themselves—constitute the factors that ultimately come together to create the show itself.

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Die Ausstellung shows 19 international artists. With Bastian Hoffmann (Munster), Peter Hermans (Leipzig), Balz Isler (Berlin), James Nizam (Vancouver), Jan Hoeft (Cologne), Stéphanie Solinas (Paris), Verena Seibt & Clea Stracke (Munich), Mia Boysen (Cologne), Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs (Zurich), Ian De Ruiter (Amsterdam), Paul Bailey (London), Peter Miller (Paris), Daniel Niggemann (Hamburg), Rhein Verlag (Dusseldorf), Arne Schmitt (Leipzig), Johannes Post (Hamburg), Mark Von Schlegell (Cologne/Los Angeles), Fleur Van Dodewaard (Rotterdam), and Bernhard Cella (Vienna).
 
 
 
 

Papier14 with Birch Contemporary


04|29|14
 

 
 
Papier 14 Contemporary Art Fair
April 24th – 27th, 2014
 
At the heart of the Quartier des spectacles, on the Esplanade Clark
corner of St-Catherine West and Clark Street, Montreal
 
Birch Contemporary
Booth 102

See Canadian Art’s picks from the Papier Preview

 
 
 

Home Sweet Home Exhibition at Dazibao, Montreal


03|27|14
 

 
 
Exhibition Dates: March 28th to May 17th
Opening Reception: March 28th at 7.30pm

Dazibao
5455 Avenue de Gaspe
Rez-de-Chaussee – Espace 109
Montreal, Quebec

 

HOME SWEET HOME: À propos de l’inquiétude

The home as physical space. The home as psychic space. The home as serene symbol of the fold, the place of belonging, privacy, the familiar, memory and the sweetness of being. The home as the space of isolation, suffocation and hostility, the place where malaise and what is disturbed resonate. The home, a symbol of both equilibrium and its opposite, the pressure point where everything can tip over.
 
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SCOPE New York with Birch Contemporary


03|03|14
 

 
 
Birch Contemporary
Booth E02

SCOPE New York
312 West 33rd Street
New York, 10001

 
 
 

Art 14 London with Christophe Guye Galerie


02|27|14
 

 
 
Christophe Guye Galerie
Booth LF8
www.artfairslondon.com
 
 
 

Featured in Scalpel Edition 4.2


02|18|14
 

 
SCALPEL EDITION 4.2
Published by: Amsterdam Worldwide | Pernod Ricard Holding
Edition of 600
www.scalpeleditions.com

“Welcome to Scalpel. In each issue, we ask nine surgeons – the world’s foremost experts in photography, film, art, technology, music, fashion, design and retail – to name the five hottest emerging talents in their field.”
 
 
 

Breaking Light @ Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich


11|13|13
 

 
 

 
Exhibition Dates: October 24th to November 30th, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday October 24th, 6-8pm
 
CHRISTOPHE GUYE GALERIE
Dufourstrasse 31
8008 Zurich, Switzerland
 
 
I know of a greek labyrinth which is a single straight line.
- Jorge Luis Borges
 
 
James Nizam opens his first European exhibition, this fall, with an appropriately introductory selection of work; but also one indicative of a practice’s advancement through a kind of return. Culling from his last body of photographic images, “Curious Perspectives,” Nizam reveals a new series to run alongside it, producing an important contrast that reads like a conversation’s extension, or even completion, regarding the intrinsic qualities of his chosen medium.

Nizam employs the eye — and as an extension of this, the aperture — as his pivot point. Whether exploring the optics, breaking points, and possible patterning that extends outwards from its foundation; or reflecting on the artful possibilities that lie within its mechanism, Nizam returns us to an essentialist conversation on the still-evolving photographic form.
 
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Trace Heavens Exhibition at the Yukon Arts Centre


11|12|13
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
TRACE HEAVENS
September 12th to November 16th

Yukon Arts Centre
300 College Dr.
Whitehorse, Yukon
 
 
I was invited to exhibit Trace Heavens at the Yukon Arts Centre over these past couple months. Details of new works in the show included below:

 
 

Umbra, 2013
House fragment in zero reflectance black
 

 
Wrought Iron Railing with Scotchlite, 2013
Archival Pigment Print on Fibre Paper
36×30 inches
 
 
 
 
 
 

Curious Perspectives | Exhibition Views


06|19|13
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Curious Perspectives | Exhibition Works


06|19|13
 

Four Circles, 2013
 

Two Triangles, 2013
 

Sundial, 2013
 

Shard of Light, 2011
 

Pyramid, 2013
 

Thought Form (Fan), 2011
 
 

Cube Deconstruction, 2013
 
 

Skylight, 2013
 
 
 

Curious Perspectives, June 13th, Birch Libralato


06|06|13
 

 
JAMES NIZAM
Curious Perspectives

June 13th-July 20th, 2013
Opening Reception: June 13th, 5-8pm

Birch Libralato
129 Tecumseth Street
Toronto Canada M6J 2H2
 
 
Curious Perspectives, James Nizam’s third solo exhibition at Birch Libralato, opens with a title aptly borrowed from French mathematician Jean François Niceron’s 1638 treatise on the practical applications of perspective. As in La Perspective Curieuse, Nizam’s work demonstrates an affinity for natural magic: an alchemy of position and perspective, light and shadow, and of temporality, sequence, and technique. Just as Niceron held that optics are as much concerned with illusion as they are with the distinct properties of light, Nizam’s work occupies a complex physical and temporal space where perspective is both, a precise science and a natural magic. It is exactly here, in Nizam’s own view, that the unique position of the lens in time and space may capture our curiosity. “Curious”, then, does not regard the optical trick but, instead, evokes imaginary perspectives; immaterial and material coalesce in a series of photographic works – each carrying a quality of the impossible.

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Pyramid /// Process Video


06|05|13
 

 
 
Here’s a short process piece that details some behind the scenes during the making of my Pyramid Project. My good friend Devin Lund helped me put this together. Thanks again Dev!
 
 
 

Public Art Project Commissioned by CONTACT Photo


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Pyramid, 2013
Brookfield Place, Toronto
 
Earlier this year I was commissioned by the ScotiaBank CONTACT Photography Festival to make a public art installation at Brookfield Place in Toronto. I used the vaulted architecture of the Allen Lambert Galleria as a framework to stage a light sculpture which I photographed. For more details follow the link below. Special thanks to Bonnie Rubenstein and Franca Bellisario for making this project possible as well as everyone else involved!

 

Fleeting, liminal, and ultimately existing only as a photographic document, James Nizam’s image of a luminescent pyramid activates the architecture of the galleria at Brookfield Place. Part photograph, part sculpture, this deceptively simple geometric form invites a deconstruction of how light and shape inform our perceptions of a space. The act of viewing is challenged as the eye moves between the image and the space in which the light sculpture once existed.

Read more here

 
 
 

Visible Light for Capture Photo


05|18|13
 

Visible Light, 2013
 
 
From October 1st to November 15th, 2013 in Vancouver, BC, CAPTURE will celebrate its first photography festival through a convergence of exhibits by public institutions and commercial galleries, innovative public installations, as well as an interesting variety of forums, community events and films. I was invited by founder Kim Spencer Nairn to exhibit a work at her recent fundraising event. Over the course of a week I worked on site at her residence in West Vancouver where I realized this study in visible light.
 
 

 
 
 

Geometry Makes Me Happy By INDEX Book


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This is a great publication out of Spain featuring some images from my Thought Forms Series. You can purchase a copy or read more about Geometry Makes Me Happy here
 
 
 

Thank You Canada Council!!!


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Finally! A Canada Council Grant. Probably the best piece of mail I’ve received in a while. Pretty excited to develop an idea I’ve been sitting on for some time. Fixing images to Architecture. Below is a test I made a couple years back using a camera obscura and liquid emulsions. Over the summer I’ll be developing this project further with a sculptural work entitled, Negative Relief.
 
 

Liquid Emulsion on Drywall Plate exposed via a Camera Obscura, 2011
 
 
 

Paris Photo with Christophe Guye Galerie


11|12|12
 

 
This weekend I’ll be showing a few works at Paris Photo with Christophe Guye Galerie…. Stand B37
 
 
 

Toronto International Art Fair with Birch Libralato


10|25|12
 

 
This weekend Birch Libralato is featuring my work at the Toronto International Art Fair. I will be showing a selection of Trace Heavens works…. booth #812.
 
 
 
 

Trace Heavens Catalogue


10|23|12
 

 
I finally have Trace Heavens catalogues in hand. There are some great writing contributions from Trevor Mahovsky and Dion Kliner. Catalogues are available through Birch Libralato and Gallery Jones. Feel free to contact me if you would like a signed copy.
 

Trace Heavens Catalogue

 
28 X 20 cm // SoftCover in Hi-Tec Silver Gloss // 40 pages // Texts by Trevor Mahavosky & Dion Kliner // First Edition 2012 // 200 Copies // $25.00 CAD
 
 
 

New Works Commissioned by Louis Vuitton


09|24|12
 

Wild Flowers In Room (Anteroom Series), 2012
72 X 120 Inches
 

Tree In Room (Anteroom Series), 2012
72 X 120 Inches
 
This summer I was commissioned by Louis Vuitton to produce some new Anteroom works. Last week the works debuted at the opening launch of the new Louis Vuitton Maison in Toronto were they are featured as a permanent installation.

Read more here
 
 

Trace Heavens Reviewed in Canadian Art Magazine


09|23|12
 

 
 
 
 

Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam


09|19|12
 

 
I’ll be in Amsterdam this week for Unseen Photo where my work will be represented by Christophe Guye Galerie. This Friday during the fair, Roger Eberhard and I will also be presenting our Tumulus project with a book signing from 2-4pm.
 
 
 
 

Interview with Hunted Projects


07|27|12
 
 

 
Click here to read more.
 
 

Artist Feature in Kalimat Magazine


07|20|12
 
 
Special Thanks to Mariam Nader for this contribution to Kalimat Magazine. Click on the images below to read an enlarged version of the text.
 
 

 

 
 
 

Feature Exhibition at PhotoIreland 2012


07|15|12
 
 

 
 
 
 

Tumulus Book Launch and Exhibition (Vancouver)


06|05|12
 
 

 

 

 
Tumulus
Roger Eberhard & James Nizam

Book Launch & Exhibition

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 31, 6–9pm
Exhibition Dates: May 31–June 16, 2012
Gallery Hours: Thurs–Sat, 12pm–5pm

In 2008, James Nizam collaborated with Swiss artist, Rober Eberhard, in photographing the ruins of summer cabins destroyed by their owners in the wake of a land dispute on the Katzie reserve in Pitt Lake, British Columbia. The photographs from their Tumulus series catalogue the mound-like remains of these structures scattered throughout the forest landscape. In 2011, a limited edition book of the same title was published by Peperoni Books, Berlin. The hardcover book contains 19 color images as well as texts by Dion Kliner and Ludwig Seyfarth in both German and English translations and will be presented with an accompanying exhibition of selected large scale photographs from the Tumulus series.
 
 
 
 

Trace Heavens Exhibition Reviewed by Here & Elsewhere


05|22|12
 
 

 
Read full review here
 
 
 
 

Trace Heavens Exhibition


05|21|12
 
 

 
 

Illuminations, 2011
Hand Solarized Gelatin Silver Prints
 
 

Illuminations (Detail)
 
 

 
 

Interminable Structure, 2011
Rebar Salvage from Building Wreck in Black Nickel Chrome
 
 

 
 

Disc, 2012
Copper Etching Plate
 
 

 
 

Door Slab, 2012
Cinefoil Imprint
 
 

Drill Holes through Film Canister, 2011
 
 
 
 

Cover and Portfolio Feature in TCR Magazine


05|16|12
 
 

 
TCR’s 40th Anniversary Issue celebrates artist portfolios by Pierre Coupey, Christos Dikeakos, Jin-Me Yoon, Charlene Vickers, Alex Morrison, Jasmine Reimer and myself. Special thanks to TCR’s founding editor Pierre Coupey for all his generosity and support!
 
 
 
 

Artist Feature in the British Journal of Photography


05|08|12
 
 

 
 

 
Click on image to read article
 
 

Trace Heavens | Selected Works


05|07|12
 

 
Shard of Light, 2011

 

 
Drill Holes Through Studio Wall, 2012

 

 
Thought Form (Tetrahedron), 2011

 

 
Thought Form (Dart), 2011

 

 
Thought Form (Cube), 2011

 

 
Thought Form (Fan), 2011

 

 
Thought Form (Fold), 2011

 
 
 
 

Trace Heavens Previewed by Canadian Art


05|03|12
 

 
 
Read more here
 
 

Trace Heavens | Opening May 4th


04|28|12
 

 
 
The works of Trace Heavens mark the results of James Nizam’s architectural interventions and studio-based explorations made to channel and record light. Where his earlier series Anteroom transformed abandoned rooms into straightforward pinhole camera obscuras, Nizam’s use of a perforated room is now less concerned with bringing the outside world in and recording it, than it is with using the light of that world to produce starkly beautiful visual effects that verge on the palpable. In Shard of Light, and the Thought Forms, Nizam harnesses the procession of the sun using jury-rigged setups that capture and manipulate sunlight into sculptural form. The resulting light sculptures establish a correspondence between room and camera as light capturing structures and extends it in time and space to the capture of solar phenomena within ancient astrological observatories such as those at Chaco Canyon or Xochicalco. The archaeological and pseudoscientific nature of Nizam’s solar recordings push the specific concerns of photography beyond the ordinary purview of the medium, working with light to establish poetic connections between the cosmos, photographic apparatuses, architecture, perception and the mind.
 
 
 

Tumulus Book Review by Die Zeit


02|20|12


 
Read more here
 
 
 

Participating in the Vancouver Art Gallery Auction


02|18|12
 
 

 
 
Download Catalogue
 
 
 
 

Tumulus Book Preview


01|06|12
 

 
240 x 300 mm /// Hardcover, clothbound, housed in an embossed slipcase/// 64 pages /// 19 color images /// English / German /// Text by Dion Kliner and Ludwig Seyfarth /// First Edition 2011/ 300 Copies + 20 Limited Edition Copies with Print
 
 
 

Tumulus Available @ 25Books, Berlin


12|02|11
 

 
Read more here
 
 
 

Tumulus Available @ Photo-Eye Bookstore, Santa Fe


12|01|11
 

 
Read more here
 
 
 

Tumulus Presented by Deichtorhallen @ OffPrint Paris


11|10|11
 

 
 
 
 

Tumulus Book Presentation at GFMF Salon, Berlin


10|21|11
 

 
 
 
 

Upcoming Book Project with Peperoni Books, Berlin


09|28|11
 

 
I’ve been working with my good friend Roger Eberhard on a collaborative book project entitled Tumulus. The book is being published and distributed by Peperoni Books, and today it hit the presses on schedule for a its premiere release in Berlin this upcoming November. More info to follow soon.
 
 
 
 

Solo Project at Birch Libralato Booth for TIAF


09|22|11
 

 
Read more here
 
 
 
 

Selection Panel Member for the Orchard Project


09|19|11
 
I recently sat as a selection panel member for a public artwork associated with the Orchard Project — a new Esperanza Homes development complex located in Richmond. The panel, consisting of Bob Rennie of Rennie Marketing Systems, Aydin Kilic of Esperanze Homes, Paul Goodwin of Global Architects, Ilona Beiks, and myself, reviewed submissions to an invitational call put out to BC artists competing for the $100,000 commission prize. The reviews took place at the offices of Rennie Marketing Systems over the last couple months where this past Monday the panel decided on a final winner. Congratulations to the artist team of Ruth Beer and Charlotte Wall who were awarded the commission.
 
 
 

New Project Thanks to City of Delta


08|01|11
 

 
After several months of deliberations the City of Delta finally gave me the go ahead to realize a new project in this house on River Road prior to its demolition in September. I’ve proposed using the space to create and to photograph a light sculpture via a structural incision and the procession of the sun. Extra special thanks to Samien Safaei and Gregory Vanstone for making this project possible!
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

New Works Back from Chernof Framing


06|30|11
 

 
Illuminations, 2011
20″x20″
Hand Solarized Geltain Silver Print
 
 

 
Ruminations | Detail
 
 
 
 

Artist Feature in the National Post


05|25|11
 

 
Read more here
 
 
 

Participating in Artist Residency at the University of Windsor


05|07|11
 

 
 
 
 

Memorandoms Exhibition Opens at Birch Libralato for Contact


04|30|11
 

 
See more here
 
 
 
 

Long Listed for the Sobey Art Award


04|18|11
 

 
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Sobey Art Foundation are pleased to announce the long list for the 2011 Sobey Art Award, Canada’s pre-eminent prize for contemporary Canadian art. Following a three-month nomination process, the Curatorial Panel has announced the 25 artists vying for this year’s Award.
 
 
 
 

Featured Exhibition for Contact Photo Festival


04|01|11
 

 
Read more here
 
 
 
 

Participating in the Vancouver Art Gallery Auction


02|19|11
 
 

 
 
Download Catalogue
 
 
 
 

Published in ArtWorks by EMP


01|15|11
 

 

 
Read overview here
 
 
 
 

Les Battements Group Exhibition opening at Espace F


10|09|10
 

 
Read more here
 
 
 
 

Anteroom Works in touring Group Show


09|02|10
 

 
Premiere Exhibition at Maison de la Culture Frontenac
 
 
 
 

Inaugural Exhibition at Christophe Guye Galerie


08|26|10
 

 
 
My work is now represented by Christophe Guye Galerie in Zurich. I’m very excited to be showing some Dwellings works in the inaugural exhibition which runs through the next couple of months.

Read more here
 
 
 
 

Participating in the Canadian Art Foundation Auction


08|10|10
 

 
 
 
 

Artist Feature in MonteCristo Magazine


05|01|10
 

 

 
 
 
 

Featured on Wired


11|08|10
 

 

Read more here
 

 

Reviewed by Flash Art


03|05|10

 

Read more here
 

 

Featured on Booooooom


02|20|10
 

 
See more here

 
 
 

Cover Art for BABERAINBOW EP out on Warp Records


02|18|10
 

 
 
 
 

Canadian Art Review


02|18|10
 

 

Read more here

 

 

Memorandoms Catalogue


02|04|10
 


 
 
 
 
 

Memorandoms Exhibition Premieres at Gallery Jones


02|04|10