17 April 2015 - 21:42, by , in Artists Press, Gallery Jones News, Comments off

An arts and culture magazine in London, UK called The Spaces features James Nizam’s exhibition “The Mnemonic Landscape”. Writer Betty Wood comments that James Nizam’s work “gives suburbia a new glow”.

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8 May 2014 - 17:31, by , in Artists Press, Comments off

James Nizam’s recent work receives glowing reviews from both Canadian Art and Blouin Artinfo.

Image: Flash Point (Hand Rail), archival inkjet print on fibre paper.

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21 December 2012 - 15:09, by , in Artists Press, Comments off

James Nizam has been commissioned by the fashion powerhouse label Louis Vuitton to produce works, as inspired by his 2006/2007 Anteroom series, whereby Nizam inverted and projected exterior environments into abandoned rooms. The LV Canadian Maison in Toronto, whose mandate is to showcase Canadian art, will display these commissioned pieces as part of the permanent installation.

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21 September 2012 - 16:10, by , in Artists Press, Comments off

Canadian Art: Fall 2012

James Nizam’s, latest body of work: Trace Heavens, debuted at Gallery Jones in May 2012.

22 May 2012 - 12:51, by , in Artists Press, Comments off

The world’s longest-running photography magazine (established in 1854), recently featured the new exhibition by James Nizam, view it here: BJP: James Nizam

3 May 2012 - 13:35, by , in Artists Press, Comments off

Trace Heavens, James Nizam’s latest exhibition was reviewed this week in Canadian Art, read it here.

26 May 2011 - 13:51, by , in Artists Press, Comments off

Topical to Nizam’s featured exhibition in the CONTACT Photo Festival, the National Post ran a full page article about the “Memorandoms” body of work.

Leah Sandals, who conducted the interview, also posted on her blog.

21 April 2011 - 15:43, by , in Artists Press, Comments off

Congratulations to James Nizam on being named to the 2011 Sobey Art Award Long List as a potential representative for BC/Yukon.

The Sobey Award is widely recognized as the preeminent award for Canadian artists under 40. To be named as one of five artists who could potentially represent the West Coast and Yukon is a much-deserved honour.

Nizam has been exhibiting with Gallery Jones since the gallery’s inception. Over the course of his busy career, James’ work has maintained an elegant adherence to technical principals of photography, while the aesthetics have been varied. To create the Dwellings Series, which Gallery Jones exhibited in 2006, James used long exposures and manipulated light within abandoned homes. The subsequent series, Anteroom (2007), involved turning rooms into camera obscuras and capturing the resulting projection inside the room. Most recently, Memorandoms was executed inside one apartment of a social housing development slated for demolition. The objects that contributed to the functionality of living spaces (light bulbs, closet doors, shelves) were employed to build totems or memorials, which James photographed with a 4×5 camera and presented as large format prints. The consistency of his inquisition into how we perceive the spaces we occupy and how they show evidence of our lives is a subtext to the varied aesthetic merit of the work itself.

Dwellings #2 by James Nizam, lightjet print
James Nizam, Dwellings #2, lightjet print

I sometimes think of James as a researcher, someone who has invented the field of structural anthropology or architectural ethnography. On the West Coast, in a city ever-looking forward, he is doing the rare thing of pausing to examine the back edge of progress. This is far from documentation of a time and place, which inevitably holds tinges of nostalgia. It is documentation of events, perpetrated by the artist in a space and with material that is of import to the structure of our lives. Why this is relevant and important is that visual art, James’ research tool, is having its scope, capacity and potential expanded.

6 August 2010 - 14:48, by , in Artists Press, 1 comment

Read the full article here

Cluster of Bulbs from Memorandums, 2010

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