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James Nizam

James Nizam works with light - it is both his theme and material for his photographs. Artificial studio light or natural daylight directs the lines, shapes and surfaces while suggesting physicality and movement in his works. Without any tricky perceptions, Nizam is able to challenge the view of the virtuoso imaginations of objects. He can easily ignore the visual habit of only being able to capture light on the surface and transform immateriality into objectivity.
Sculptures with sunlight, drawings with flashlights, and the architectural structures of the light rays and alienated objects illuminate the beginnings of photographic art. The topics of concrete photography and the current technical possibilities of optical physics are also present. For example, Nizam installs light sources that emanate radiated light from different points of a confined space. Just like a choreographer, he is able to combine all of the beams into constellations, so that the luminous spatial lines complement each other and form geometric bodies.
The resulting convex polyhedron can be expanded into an icosahedron with 20 faces (»Thought Form«). Other works are created by pierced holes in film cassettes or freight containers into which the light is projected and creates a fan of light.
According to the models of ancient, astrological observatories and prehistoric solar calendars, Nizam (by precise calculation of the solar incidence in columns of the building exterior) creates temporary walls of light (»Shard of Light«). In »Lathes« and »Wall« he enlightens the architectural details of abstract, floating structures. The combination of both sculpture and space into light is summed up in his large-format photographs that have a highly aesthetic quality and poetic form.

04-28-2020 – 07-11-2020 | R E I T E R Leipzig

Hans AichingerClemens TremmelCarsten GoeringChristian HolzeSebastian NeebSebastian SchraderThomas SommerJames NizamClaus Georg Stabe

everchanging group show

»away from keyboard«
»away from keyboard«
04-28-2020 – 07-11-2020 | R E I T E R Leipzig

Hans AichingerClemens TremmelCarsten GoeringChristian HolzeSebastian NeebSebastian SchraderThomas SommerJames NizamClaus Georg Stabe

everchanging group show

Our group show »AFK« (Away From Keyboard) marks the time when art returns from virtual to physical space. It is an ever-changing exhibition with a varying and evolving artist participation. In this way, different…

11-11-2017 – 01-14-2018 | R E I T E R Berlin prospect

James Nizam

Stellar Spectra

exhibition view »Stellar Spectra« REITER | Berlin prospect
exhibition view »Stellar Spectra« REITER | Berlin prospect
11-11-2017 – 01-14-2018 | R E I T E R Berlin prospect

James Nizam

Stellar Spectra

Stellar Spectra brings imponderably old starlight into our present experience. Through it, James Nizam inserts himself into the endless cycle in which humans exchange data with the universe. He is fascinated by how…

05-01-2015 – 08-22-2015 | R E I T E R Leipzig

James Nizam

Vestiges of Memory

James Nizam »Vestiges of Memory« exhibition participation . maerzgalerie Leipzig
James Nizam »Vestiges of Memory« exhibition participation . maerzgalerie Leipzig
05-01-2015 – 08-22-2015 | R E I T E R Leipzig

James Nizam

Vestiges of Memory


CV

1977
born in Bedfordshire. England
2002
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Canada
James Nizam lives and works in Vancouver. Canada

Publications

2018
»Weather« Daelim Museum, Seoul. South Korea
2017
»Stapeln. Ein Prinzip der Moderne« Wilhelm Wagenfeld Stiftung. Bremen
2016
»Ascensions of Time« Burrard Arts Foundation
»Thought Forms« maerzgalerie, Berlin
»Mnemonic Landscape« birch contemporary, Toronto. Kanada
2015
»Vestiges of Memory« maerzgalerie, Leipzig
2014
Scalpel, Vol.4 Issue 2, Amsterdam Worldwide/ Pernod Ricard Holding
2013
Geometry Makes Me Happy, Published by Index Books, Barcelona
2012
Trace Heavens, Birch Libralato, Toronto
Flash Forward: Emerging Photographers, Published by the Magenta Foundation, Toronto
2011
Tumulus, Peperoni Books, Berlin
Art Works, Emond Montgomery Publications Ltd., Toronto
2010
Memorandoms, Gallery Jones, Vancouver
2008
Flash Forward: Emerging Photographers, Published by the Magenta Foundation, Toronto
2007
Anteroom, Gallery Jones, Vancouver
You’re Still Here and So Are We, Or Gallery, Vancouver
Dwellings, Scalo|Guye Gallery, Los Angeles
2003
Inventing Space(s): Three Artist’s Interventions In The White Cube, Surrey Art Gallery

Exhibitions (Selection)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (selection)
2020
»Astra Lucida« R E I T E R | Berlin prospect
Solo exhibition, Künstlerhaus Bethanien. Berlin
2019
»Apparent Motions« Gallery Jones, Vancouver. Canada
2017
»Stellar Spectra« R E I T E R | Berlin prospect
2016
»Ascensions of Time« Burrard Arts Foundation
»Thought Forms« maerzgalerie, Berlin
»Mnemonic Landscape« birch contemporary, Toronto. Kanada
2015
»Visible Horizons« project with British Columbia tourist board. Canada
»Vestiges of Memory« maerzgalerie, Leipzig
»The Mnemonic Landscape« Capture Photography Festival, Gallery Jones, Vancouver. Canada
2014
»Die Ausstellung« KIT - Kunst im Tunnel, Dusseldorf
2013
»James Nizam: Breaking Light« Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich. Switzerland
»Trace Heavens« Birch Libralato, Toronto. Canada
»Curious Perspective« Birch Libralato, Toronto. Canada
2012
Trace Heavens« Gallery Jones, Vancouver. Canada
2011
»Memorandoms« Birch Libralato, Toronto. Canada
2010
»Memorandoms« Gallery Jones, Vancouver. Canada
2009
»Anteroom« Birch Libralato, Toronto. Canada
2008
»Dwellings« Toronto Image Works Gallery, Toronto. Canada
2007
»Anteroom« Gallery Jones, Vancouver. Canada
»Dwellings« Scalo|Guye, Los Angeles. USA
2006
»Dwellings« Gallery Jones, Vancouver. Canada
2005
»Looking Out / Looking In« Gallery Jones, Vancouver. Canada
2002
»Oneironaut« Fine Arts Gallery, Vancouver. Canada
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection)
2019
»Lumina« curated by Èmilie Granjon and Laurent Lamarche, Stewart Hall Art Gallery, Pointe-Claire, Quebec. Canada
»Capture Photography Festival« Vancouver. Canada
»Ecologies of Landscape« curated by Mark A. Cheetham, BEC Project Space, Toronto. Canada
2018
»Diverse Voices from Vancouver« curated by Rachel Rosenfield Lafo, Elizabeth Leech Gallery, Portland. USA
»Weather« Daelim Museum, Seoul. South Korea (C)
»significant details« R E I T E R | Leipzig
»Weight of Light« curated by Darryn Doull, Art Museum, Toronto. Canada
2017
»The Tip of The Iceberg« Bermondsey Project Space, London. UK
»La Chose en soi« Musée Régional de Rimouski, Québec. Canada
»Stapeln. Ein Prinzip der Moderne« Wilhelm Wagenfeld Stiftung. Bremen
2016
»In The Making« R E I T E R Berlin prospect
»Lumens« Musée régional de Rimouski, Québec. Kanada
»How Things Shouldn’t Be Done« Clement & Schneider, Bonn
2015
»Light« 18. Sharjah Islamic Arts Festival, Sharjah Art Museum. Vereinigte Arabische Emirate
»LUX – Light Festival« Wellington. Neuseeland
»Views From the Southbank II« Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey. Canada
»Poetics of Space« Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver. Canada
2014
Lianzhou Foto Festival, Guangdong. China
»Home Sweet Home« Dazibao, Montréal. Canada
2013
»James Nizan & Roger Eberhard: TUMULUS« Gallery Jones, Vancouver. Canada
2012
»Flash Forward« Magenta Foundation, Toronto. Canada
»PhotoIreland« Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin. Ireland
2011
»Tumulus« Galerie für Moderne Fotografie, Berlin
2010
»Les battements« Espace F, Matane – Québec. Canada
»Les battements« Maison de la Culture Frontenac, Montréal. Canada
»Inaugural« Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich. Switzerland
»Stream« Penthouse Gallery, Baltimore. USA
»Stream« Space15Twenty, Los Angeles. USA
2009
»Arbor« Michael Mazzeo Gallery, New York. USA
»Model Suite« Birch Libralato, Toronto. Canada
»Flash Forward« Galerie Art Mûr, Montréal. Canada
»Flash Forward« Griffen Photography Museum, Boston. USA
»Flash Forward« Host Gallery, London. UK
2008
»Flash Forward« Kathleen Cullen Fine Art, New York. USA
»Flash Forward« Lennox Contemporary, Toronto. Canada
2006
»Why I’m So Unhappy« Or Gallery, Vancouver. Canada
2005
»Proof 12« Gallery 44, Toronto. Canada
2003
»Inventing Spaces« Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey. Canada
2002
»Rehash« Alexander Centre, Vancouver. Canada
»Preview« AntiSocial Gallery, Vancouver. Canada

Awards/Scholarships

2017
long-listed for the Sobey Art Award
Creation Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2016
BC Arts Council Grant
2015
BC Arts Council Grant
2013
Research/ Creation Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2011
Long List, Sobey Art Award
Research Residency, University of Windsor, Ontario. Canada
2002
University of British Columbia, Honorable Mention for the Helen Pitt Award
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James Nizam News

»Hi-Fi« Cover . Phaidon
10-30-2019 – 10-30-2019

  • James Nizam

Book Launch of »Hi-Fi« available from end of October at Phaidon

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