Jim Nolan / Exhibitions



Opening Reception: Friday, Aug 4th,  6 – 8 PM
On view through September 9, 2017


Art Palace presents “Matter-in-the-World/Ideas-in-the-Head,” a solo exhibition by Jim Nolan. Nolan’s sculptures and wall work are a take on what he refers to as blue-collar minimalism, using readily available dollar store and hardware store materials to both lampoon and laud minimalism.

In “Matter-in-the-World/Ideas-in-the-Head,” Nolan focuses on the vertical axis, employing quotidian textiles and objects to make “paintings” with a corporeal effect. In “Ideas-in-the-Head/Large Bouquet,” a fleece blanket printed with a flash-filled close-up image of artificial flowers hangs from grommets and a bounty of artificial flowers lies on the floor directly beneath. Not only does the material choice prompt the viewer to question the value of the art object, but the sculptural elements become a form of resistance to the passive viewing experience of traditional painting.

The title of the exhibition was inspired by a Carl Andre quote: “it is most appalling to be cast incessantly as a conceptualist when my sculpture has nothing to do with ideas-in-the-head & everything to do with matter-in-the-world.” By inverting Andre’s conviction, Nolan asserts that he is more interested in ideas in the head than matter in the world.

Jim Nolan has most recently presented a solo exhibition at CentralTrak, (Dallas,) and a group exhibition at the Satellite Art Fair (Miami,) with Tiger Strikes Asteroid. He has previously exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sara Meltzer Gallery (New York,) the Soap Factory (Minneapolis,) and ArtMoving, (Brooklyn,) and his work has been acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Nolan holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art. He currently lives and works between Nagcodoches, TX and Brooklyn, NY.

*Booth Mock-up


March 31 – April 2, 2017

Palmer Event Center … Booth #10


Art Palace is hitting the road for our second year of Art City Austin. Visit us in booth #10 to see some of our favorite works by Mike Beradino, Jeffrey Dell, Sarah Fisher, Bradley Kerl, Katy Heinlein, Jim Nolan, Deborah Roberts, Anthony Sonnenberg, Raychael Stine, Casey Williams, & Eric Zimmerman.



Opening Reception: Friday, July 18th, 2014, 6-8pm

Exhibition runs through August 16th, 2014.


Art Palace is happy to announce Summer Salts, a group show including Justin Boyd, Elaine Bradford, Jeffrey Dell, Peat Duggins, Nathan Green, Tatiana Istomina, Bradley Kerl, Joe Joe Orangias, Linda Post, Raychael Stine, Barry Stone, & Eric Zimmerman.



Jim Nolan


Opening Reception: Friday, May 30, 2014, 6-8pm

Exhibition runs through July 11, 2014.


Why and what-for? asks Jim Nolan in his second solo exhibition at Art Palace, APROPOS OF NOTHING. Fascinated by artificial flowers and the 99¢ stores that sell them, Nolan has assembled a series of sculptures, paintings and photographs that are equal parts formal and feral. The work in APROPOS OF NOTHING maintains the identity of its low-brow origin while performing as deadpan lyrical paintings and monolithic objects. Nolan addresses his ongoing concerns in a unique visual language, taking a decidedly blue collar stance to deliver poignant jabs at art history.




June 28th – August 10, 2013

Reception: June 28th, 2013,  6 – 8pm

A group exhibition by Miguel Aragón, The Bridge Club, Melanie Crader, Jeffrey Dell, Peat Duggins, Nathan Green, Charlie Morris, Jim Nolan, Linda Post, Barry Stone, & Eric Zimmerman.




In the Project Room:


The Wedding Party


Elaine Bradford


June 28th – August 10, 2013

Jim Nolan
Today is Tomorrow

February 25 – April 2, 2011

In his debut show at Art Palace, Today is Tomorrow, Jim Nolan combines the aesthetics of working class labor and underground music culture with the language of Minimalism to create off-hand and irreverent installations, sculptures and photographs. The stereo speaker stands in for the Minimalist cube in Nolan’s new work “There Was No Encore”, a wall-scaled assembly of outmoded speakers. Nolan mars High Minimalism’s precision through purposefully DIY gestures that ask the viewer to consider discarded cultural artifacts and everyday materials for their formal qualities as well as their cultural content.

About the Artist:
Jim Nolan’s work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, Tastes Like Chicken Art Space, Brooklyn and DEEPSPACENEWYORK. Most recently, Nolan collaborated with Mick Johnson on (v)=Variable Project. His work has been covered in Time Out New York, New Art Examiner, and Artnet.