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Christian Nicolay and Ya-chu Kang, Red Tape (2011)

Christian Nicolay and Ya-chu Kang, Red Tape (2011), mixed media [Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC, Mar 29-Apr 21]

Portable Walls: Christian Nicolay and Ya-chu Kang

Elliott Louis Gallery
Vancouver BC – Mar 29-Apr 21, 2012

Christian Nicolay and Ya-chu Kang, Bag-Self-Portrait Serious No. 9-1 (2011)

Christian Nicolay and Ya-chu Kang, Bag-Self-Portrait Serious No. 9-1 (2011), mixed media [Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC, Mar 29-Apr 21]

Christian Nicolay and Ya-chu Kang, Safety 5 (2011),

Christian Nicolay and Ya-chu Kang, Safety 5 (2011), mixed media on paper on panel [Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC, Mar 29-Apr 21]

Christian Nicolay and Ya-chu Kang, Recoil (2011),

Christian Nicolay and Ya-chu Kang, Recoil (2011), video stills [Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC, Mar 29-Apr 21]

Christian Nicolay and Ya-chu Kang, Security Blanket (detail) (2011)

Christian Nicolay and Ya-chu Kang, Security Blanket (detail) (2011), mixed media [Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC, Mar 29-Apr 21]

Portable Walls includes a number of collaborative works by Vancouver artist Christian Nicolay and Taiwanese artist Ya-chu Kang.

It is difficult to characterize Nicolay’s work, which moves from illustration to conceptual art to experimental sound pieces. His collaborations with Kang have widened the sense of disparity with the incorporation of performance and video. He describes his practice as lying “somewhere in those moments of transition between the old and new, stretched between the ephemeral and the permanent, injecting the unusual into the familiar, documenting the present while remembering the past.”

The collaborative pieces in Portable Walls have similarly incongruent conceptual boundaries and stylistic treatments. Security Blanket is a blanket hung from the ceiling over an iron bed frame made from face masks. Safety Instructions consists of 12 mixed-media drawings formatted in a grid like a quilt. Recoil is a video performance piece where the two artists repetitiously pop balloons held close to their faces.

Ya-chu Kang is a Taiwanese artist who received her MFA in textiles from Tainan National University of the Arts, and her BFA in sculpture from National Taiwan University of Arts, Taipei. She has shown her work in Taiwan, NY, Munich, Lithuania, Syria, Nepal, Okinawa and Vancouver, and did residency programs in Taiwan, U.S., Bangladesh, Jordan and Japan. Christian Nicolay, who began collaborating with Kang in 2010, is an Alberta-born artist who earned his BFA at UBC Okanagan (2000). He has curated various video, performance, sound and installation projects with artists from various fields.

Mia Johnson

Artists’ Talk: Saturday, March 24, 1 pm


 Fri, Feb 3, 2012