JIM NOLAN Matter-in-the-World/Ideas-in-the-Head

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.