My work examines and interprets fundamental patterns, geometry and systems of order which occur naturally and unnaturally, on purpose or by chance. Although nearly every image we now experience is digitized, these simple computer generated images rely on the same inevitable convergence of shape and line that has occurred in the physical world for millennia.
In two dimensions, my work explores the illusion of three dimensions that occurs with a play of pattern, line and shape. I use formal structures and familiar shapes to draw the viewer in and allow them to question our relationship to space and form. My recent three dimensional works continue this dialog.
My modular floor installations employ light, shadow and reflection to reference the geometry of crystal formations. The work challenges viewers’ perception, requiring them to process and reprocess the visual field in order to distinguish and understand the physical planes and surfaces from the illusion of form and space created by the work.
My first large-scale, free-standing sculpture Restack, was the centerpiece of my recent exhibition at CB1 Gallery. Its abstract tipping and balancing forms with mirrored interior panels expanded on the themes I’ve been exploring for years, while referencing the architectural details of the room.
Most recently, I have been working on a series of pattern-based, geometric collages that allude to natural phenomena and the intersection of culture and nature. I combine images of unique geological landscapes, outdated astronomy illustrations, and Art Deco patterns to evoke themes of ecosystems in transition and our response to, and shifting perspective of the world around and beyond us.
Artist Bio / CV
Timothy Nolan was born in Tacoma, Washington and grew up primarily in Rhode Island. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College, moved to New York and studied painting at the Art Students’ League where he was a merit scholar for two years. He received his M.F.A. from Queens College, CUNY and moved to Los Angeles where he continues to work and live. He has exhibited extensively, with shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Europe. Museum shows include the San Diego Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson, Arizona, the University Art Museum at California State Long Beach, the Weatherspoon Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the Torrance Art Museum in Torrance, California. His work is in the collections at the deYoung Museum of Art, San Francisco, California and at the Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon. He received an ARC Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation in 2012, a Durfee Foundation Grant for a project at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn in 2011, the COLA Fellowship Grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs in 2008, and a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 2001. He has also received residency fellowships from the Corporation of Yaddo, The Ucross Foundation, The Edward F. Albee Foundation, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and Stichting Kaus Australis in Rotterdam. His work has been reviewed and featured by the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, SF Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, the New Yorker, and Artweek, among other publications. He is currently represented by Marx & Zavattero in San Francisco and CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles.