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Residency Exhibition XPO

ARE, Enschede Netherlands





relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process.

occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.

3. liminal symbols of passage and transformation; doors, ladders, crossings, bridges, pallets.



Nowhere Now Here explores current issues of globalization and climate change through the lens of the liminal. Our cultural landscapes have been increasingly crisscrossed and blurred through shifting borders and boundaries, directly impacting the ways in which we all cohabitate with one another. Materials, images and objects  visually demonstrate transition and transformation - the visible and the invisible – the seen and unseen. In the exhibition the notion of 'space' and 'place' occurs in conjunction with ideas of the 'temporary' and 'permanent' creating a play between the real and the unreal - the Nowhere and the Now Here.




Kimoto Gallery

Vancouver BC Canada


The Day Job


(First excerpt, 2016)

Single channel video

06:56 min

2003 - Ongoing

The Day Job started in 2003, this is the first excerpt from hundreds of hours of footage over the years. What started out as a day job has now become part of my routine, hiding art in hard to find places. To notice the unnoticeable, to look where no one does, like a quasi-archeological expedition of absurdity and truth, quixotic adventures of surprise and play. Remember, whatever you are looking at is just the surface layer. Peel it like an onion and see what you can find.

Click Link to Vimeo page

Notes - Self Portrait


Standard loose leaf paper, pen, pencil, ink,various media and found bits, stamps, tape, stickers, correction pen, found detritus

11" x 8.5"  each page (28cm x 21.5cm)

2001 - Ongoing


I have carried a piece of paper and pen on my person everyday without exception since the summer of 2001. I collect and doodle and record until the paper is full on both sides. Then I date the end and start of a new paper which I fold in half 3 times. 

Self Portrait


All of my parking tickets and collection letters, sewn into an empty wallet, thread

3.5” x 12.5” x 1”   (8.9cm x 31.8cm x 2.5cm)


Nomadic Recoils 


Residency Exhibition

Äkkigalleria, Jyväskylä Finland

August 20th - September 2nd, 2010 


Most of the material for this residency was found and salvaged from the surrounding landscape in the streets, old abandoned houses, farms and barns and then drawn on, combined with or Re-coiled. This was a strategy to regard the disregarded, challenging common perceptions of visual representation.

Hockey Night in Canada


Once Upon A Pond... pond hockey and global warming

Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat AB Canada Curated by Linda Sawchyn



Also exhibited at Vancouver ArtWalk

during the Winter Olympics in Vancouver BC Canada, 2010

Project Flyleaf


Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC Canada



fly’leaf” n. 1, a blank leaf at the beginning or end of a book.  2, flyleaves often carry pen trials and inscriptions concerning provenance.  3, used for structural reinforcement to protect the text in the event of worming or damage to the binding.


Each work in this series started with a flyleaf and the marks that happened to live on it. The flyleaf is left to the unpredictable course and nature of the books next owner.  Things that were written may become crossed out, or added onto.  A dialogue of spontaneous and uncertain mark making begins over the course of a books life. Flyleaves ephemeral yet silent qualities draw on my obsession with opposites that simultaneously co-exist in perfect harmony.  

Where I lay my head is home


Site specific lay-downs around Earth

2006 − Ongoing


Click Link to view the entire series


This project started out in 2006 as a reaction and counter balance to the cliché “tourist photo” which has now become a cultural phenomenon known as the “Selfie”. Laying down on the ground in various locations around Earth reflects my ongoing curiosity with self-presentation in public and private spaces and the document of the here and now. There is a recurrent insistence to document the present while remembering the past, to keep a connection to tradition and a conservation of our social and cultural relationships to the landscape around us. This is how I remember.


(un)common (playing)ground


Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC Canada Curated by Linda Sawchyn



Injecting the unusual into the familiar by turning sports objects inside out.


(un)common (playing)ground 1, a (play)ground without rules. 2, taking something common and making it (un)common. 3, unity of opposites. 4, (with)out rules.

Self Portrait - Mailed Experiments


Variable Media and Dimensions

2004 - 2007


Birdhouse Intervention


I saw an unfinished birdhouse on my neighbours firewood pile. So I stole it and finished what I thought was the intended design. 5 months later I put it back on the firewood pile.  The hole drilled on the front measures the correct diameter for a sparrow.


January - June 2002

Site Specific Interventions

Studies in Amplification


Amplified objects - (ladder, axe, tennis racket, tank, ice skates, fly, bridge), guitar pick-ups, piezo mics, cello and violin pick-ups, RP-50 effect pedals, mini amplifiers, 1/4 jacks, batteries, tape, leather, thread, fabric

Variable Dimensions

1999 - Ongoing



Self Portrait                                                             

Oil pastel, pencil, ink, graphite, crayon, pen, thread, white-out, found detritus paper, tape, various glue, blood, stitches, hair, plastic, fabric, linseed oil, correction pen, flyleaf pages

7" x 4.5" each (approx.)  (17.8cm x 11.4cm)

1999 - Ongoing

I make two or three more every year, and will continue until my death.

Hitchhiker with a Chair

Waiting, trying to move, while sitting.

Systematic confusion


On July 15, 2000 at 9:10 AM I headed out from Kelowna BC hitchhiking with a wooded chair across Canada to Laval Quebec.  It took 147 hours 2 minutes and a total of 23 rides.  I had everyone who picked me up sign the chair and leave their mark.

Once the public took the risk to stop, pick me up and transport the chair and I to another destination they ultimately became the performer for the duration of the ride.


A sound diary of the events that transpired was recorded with a tape recorder and all the participants were asked if hitchhiking with a chair is art.

Click Link to listen to the Sound Diary:



Documented with 35mm photographs, Polaroid photographs, a tape recorder, sketch book and the people who happened to drive by and see it.

This performance was part of an exchange between the Alternator Gallery in Kelowna BC and Gallerie Verticale in Laval Quebec.  It was exhibited in the exhibition "Unstable Motion" at the Gallerie Verticale Aug 3 - Sept 10, 2000. Curated by Marcel Saint-Pierre.


Sound design: Matieu St.Arnaud, Christian Nicolay and Martin Lord

Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts



Behind the harmless appearance of a week’s trip hitchhiking from British Columbia to Quebec lies a strategy of direct interaction with the spectator, of making people aware of art in practice.  By drawing the drivers attention to the nature and particular conditions of his artistic approach, Nicolay involves him in the final product, makes his participation a vital component of the work-as-action. Nicolay’s desire to involve art in daily life led to this performance of which was exhibited at Galerie Verticale in Laval Quebec, presenting all of the things he collected, photographed, tape recordings of the drivers who picked him up, drawings made on the road and visual debris. The trip’s purpose is made clear through a documentary restitution, in the gallery, of moves and waits, atmospheres and circumstances, silences and words exchanged.


-Marcel St.Pierre






Various media

2001 - Ongoing

Nations rise and nations fall. 

Creation - Destruction - Creation - Destruction

ATLANTIS deconstructs American flags and reconstructs them into art objects as a vehicle for political discourse.

ATLANTIS draws attention to the pitfalls of globalization, the instability of the international markets and corrupt financial institutions.

ATLANTIS combines ubiquitous and mundane materials making a commentary on national self-image and its inherent fragility.

Deconstructing the American Flag and sewing it into a life preserver creates a complex metaphor filled with contrasting interpretations. The Stars and Stripes are an iconic and ubiquitous symbol of Americas self image. Life preservers are a life saving device and symbolize protection. The USA is, and has been the lifesaver, the all mighty nation of safety and preservation. On the other hand is the USA in need of a life preserver and ultimately sinking by abusing its power? Have they gone to far creating global safeguards for its quest of Freedom?

Of prominent note:

When I started this project I received a bulk order of American flags in the mail off eBay, I noticed that each flag (that was wrapped in plastic) had a prominent “made in China” label attached to its corner. I thought, “Here it is” hidden in plain sight. An American company having their own flag production outsourced and manufactured in China. If the American dream is made in China, the Chinese dream is made from America. So when I deconstructed the flags and sewed them into life preservers - I attached the made in China labels back into the corners of each preserver.


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