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Timothy Nolan

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Lives in
Los Angeles

Works in
Los Angeles


Queens College, NY, 1992, MFA
Boston College, 1984, BA

Representing galleries

sculpture, abstract, geometric-abstraction mixed-media installation


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 shapes and lines that has occurred in the physical world for millennia.

Over the last 20 years, I have explored the illusion of three dimensions that occurs with a play of pattern, line and shape in two dimensional wall work and floor installations. My work entered the three dimensional realm when I put funds from a 2008 COLA grant toward fabrication of a large installation work that employed light, shadow and reflection to reference the geometry of crystal formations. It challenged viewers’ perception, requiring them to process and reprocess their visual field in order to distinguish and understand the physical planes and surfaces from the illusion of form and space created by the work.

This spurred a highly fertile period for me. I expanded my practice to include not only studio work and gallery presentations, but projects in the public realm. My work continues to address the play of two and three dimensions at a variety of scales that blur the lines of permanence and impermanence, solid form and illusion.



Queens College, CUNY, Flushing, NY M.F.A.
Art Students League, New York, NY Merit Scholar
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA B.A.

Solo Exhibitions:

RESTACK, CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (opens April 1)

TILT, Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CA

LIFT, Carl Berg Projects @ Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA
HITCH/SCALE, Art Exhibits Program at LAX, Terminal 2, Los Angeles, CA

EDGE, Phantom Galleries, LA, Title Guarantee Building, Los Angeles, CA
Contemporary Art Program at Magic Theatre, San Francisco, CA

SEQUENCE, Heather Marx Gallery, San Francisco, CA

AMALGAMATE, Heather Marx Gallery, San Francisco, CA
SHIFT, Newspace, Los Angeles, CA
VIEW, newspace@twentieth, Los Angeles, CA

LINK, Newspace, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)

CURVE, Newspace, Los Angeles, CA

TRIM, Newspace, Los Angeles, CA

STEP-UP, Post Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

WORK, Newspace, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)

SOLO SERIES, Angel's Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA (catalog)

RE-ARRANGED, Queens College Gallery, Flushing, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions:

OBSCURED LINES, Los Angeles, Valley College, Valley Glen, CA

SITE 92, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
SEA CHANGE, Marx & Zavaterro, San Francisco, CA
PERSONIFIMOTION, Mt. San Antonio College Gallery, Walnut, CA

AXIS MUNDI (3-person show), CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
BORG, HILL, NOLAN, Jancar Projects, Los Angeles, CA

TRAJECTORY (2-person show), Schiltkamp Gallery at Clark University, Worcester, MA
DRAWING ACTIONS, de Halle, Geel, Belgium (catalog)
MODES OF ABSTRACTION, Carl Berg Gallery at the Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA
4th of July, One Week Only, Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
FIVE NIGHT STAND, Westin Bonaventure, Los Angeles, CA
SUPER ELASTIC, Phantom Galleries LA, Pacifica Building, Long Beach, CA

COLA 2008, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)
TREE SERVICE, domestic setting, Los Angeles, CA
SOUTHERN EXPOSURE, Ruby Green Contemporary Art Center, Nashville, TN
NON-OBSTRUCTIVE, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA
Panopti(con), Bank Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
EDGES & BOUNDRIES, Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

FRACTAL (3-person show), Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
THEMES & VARIATIONS, New Abstraction in Los Angeles, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
Elizabeth Aro & Timothy Nolan, Stichting Kaus Austrailis, Rotterdam, NL
ABSTRACTION & LANDSCAPE, 98 Ten Gallery, Irvine, CA

DELICACY (3-person show), Bandidni Art, Culver City, CA
MAJOR DRAWING, Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
MATERIALWISE REVISITED, Domestic Setting, Los Angeles, CA
GOOD TO GO, Newspace, Los Angeles, CA

REPEAT PERFORMANCE, Anthony Grant Gallery, New York, NY
QUICKENING, Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ
THE SHAPE OF SPACE, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
ASIAN INFLUENCE?, LMan Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)
HANDS-ON, Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

ART ON PAPER, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC (catalog)
HUMAN PRESENCE: The Geometry of Color, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
TINSELTOWN TOO, Domestic Setting, Los Angeles, CA
Scaping the Planar Nubium, Fullerton College Art Gallery, Fullerton, CA
THREE SOME, Newspace, Los Angeles, CA

L.A. Pattern & Decoration, Rosamund Felson Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
SCOPE, Dylan Hotel, New York, NY; Townhouse Hotel, Miami, FL
INTERWEAVE, Pierce College Gallery, Woodland Hills, CA
NEW SCULPTURE, Newspace, Los Angeles. CA

WEST COAST, Artaffairs, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Stichting Kaus Australis, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
ZONE, Cerro Cosa College, Ridgecrest, CA

BY HAND, University Art Museum, CSULB, Long Beach, CA (catalog)
100 PERCENT RAG, POST Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
PIEROGI IN KANSAS CITY, Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO

PIEROGI IN L.A., Post Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
MURAL, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA
NEW SCULPTURE, Newspace, Los Angeles, CA
pure de(Sign), Otis College of Art and Design Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
ELEGANT WHIMSY, Torrance Fine Arts Center, Torrance, CA
THE SPURGEON EXPERIENCE II, Spurgeon Building, Santa, Ana, CA
MILLENNIAL TENSION, Post Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
PEOPLE AS MATERIAL, CCAC Gallery, San Francisco, CA

ROOM SERVICE, The Living Room, Santa Monica, CA
DRAW PLAY, Miller Durazo, Los Angeles, CA
NEW ATTITUDES, Art Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
GRID LOCKED, Weingart Center Gallery, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA
Hubcap Star Diamond..., Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

NUANCE, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, CA
NEW ATTITUDES, Art Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
ART ZURICH, Zurich, Switzerland

NITTY GRITTY, Newspace, Los Angeles, CA
ART BUFFET, Contemporary Arts Collective, Las Vegas, NV
GRAMERCY ART FAIR, Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles, CA

AN EMBARASSMENT OF RICHES, Huntington Beach Art Center, Huntington Beach, CA
SIMPLE MEANS, Montgomery Gallery, Pomona College, Claremont, CA
Pierce College Gallery, Woodland Hills, CA
MATERIALWISE NL, Galerie Markant, Langelo, The Netherlands
7:24:52 PM, LASCA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
USEFUL THINGS, Newspace, Los Angeles, CA
GRAMERCY ART FAIR, Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles, CA

SUBTLE VOICES, The Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
NEW DIRECTIONS, Barrett House Galleries, Poughkeepsie, NY
SOFT TOUCH, Newspace, Los Angeles, CA
GRAMERCY ART FAIR, Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles, CA

FRISK, Thomas Solomon’s Garage, Los Angeles, CA
AS WE LIKE IT, Side Street Projects, Santa Monica, CA
BALLS, Newspace, Los Angeles, CA

Fellowships and Residencies:

Djerassi Resident Artsists Program, Woodside, CA

The Durfee Foundation ARC Grant, Santa Monica, CA

COLA Fellowship Grant, Department Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles, CA

Stichting Kaus Australis, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Djerassi Resident Artsists Program, Woodside, CA
James Irvine Foundation Honorary Fellowship, San Francisco, CA

Edward F. Albee Foundation, Montauk, NY

Stichting Kaus Australis, Rotterdam, Netherlands

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, NY
The Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY

The Corporation of Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY

Angel’s Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Selected Collections:

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young Museum of Art,
San Francisco, CA
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Monterey, CA
The Capital Group, Los Angeles, CA
Gray, Cary, Ware and Freidenrich, LLP, San Francisco, CA

Selected Bibliography:

Turner, Chérie Louise, Editorial Pick / This Week's Top Exhibitions, Visual Art Source / Huffington Post, August 17, 2010.
Swanhuyser, Hiya, Folded Metal, SF Weekly, July 21, 2010.
Nys Dambrot, Shana, 'Axis Mundi', Flavorpill, March, 2010.
Carasso, Roberta, Artistic Elements, Coast, October 2009, p. 192-3
Smoke, Joe. Catalog Essay, COLA Fellowship Exhibition Catalog, May 2008.
Kugelman, Kerry. COLA Awards, Art Ltd., May 2008.
Frank, Peter. ‘Themes & Variations’ at Torrance Art Museum, Artweek, November 2007.
Calder, Dianne, Continuing and Recommended, Artscene, January 2007.
Harmanci, Reyhan, Last Chance: Timothy Nolan, San Francisco Chronicle, July 6, 2006.
Mizota, Sharon, Sequence, SF Weekly, June 28, 2006.
Frank, Peter. ‘Major Drawings’ at Carl Berg Gallery, Artweek, April 2006.
Ollman, Leah. The Definition of Drawing Expanded, Los Angeles Times, March 10, 2006.
Repeat Performance, The New Yorker, August 22, 2005.
Frank, Peter. Pick of The Week – Three Some, L.A. Weekely, July 16, 2004.
Pagel, David. Freewheeling With The Help of Grids, Los Angeles Times, July 2, 2004.
Gleason, Mat. Nolan, Szymanski, Zammitt, Artscene, July/August, 2004.
Roth, Charlene. ‘Timothy Nolan: Shift’ at Newspace. Artweek, May 2004.
Knight, Christopher. Patterns Emerge Through Meditation. The Los Angeles Times, March 19, 2004.
Roth, Charlene. LAPD at Rosamund Felson. Artweek, November 2003.
Roth, Charlene. Timothy Nolan at Newspace. Artweek, December 2001/January 2002.
Knight, Christopher. Industrial Strength. The Los Angeles Times, November 2001.
Iannaccone, Carmine. No Textile Without a Text. Link Catalog Essay, October 2001.
Myers, Holly. ‘By Hand’ Embraces Inconvenience. The Los Angeles Times, September 19, 2001.
Lombino, Mary-Kay,. By Hand. Catalog Essay, August 2001.
Cheng, Scarlet. Look Ma, No Computers. The Los Angeles Times, August 26, 2001.
Mason, Wyatt. Mason vs. The Living Dead., July 2001.
Martin, Victoria. New Sculpture at Newspace. Artweek, September 2000.
Frank, Peter. Pick of the Week – Pure de(Sign). LA Weekly, April 14, 2000.
Ollman, Leah. Humorous Order. The Los Angeles Times, March 20, 1998.
Ontiveros, Mario. Timothy Nolan: Work; Newspace. zingmagazine, Autumn/Winter 1996/97.
Comba, Steve and Rebecca McGrew. Simple Means. Catalog Essay, September 1996.
Curtis, Cathy. ‘Riches’ Spins Its Gold From Everyday Straw. The Los Angeles Times, October 14, 1996.
Geer, Suvan. ‘An Embarrassment of Riches’ at HBAC. Artweek, November 1996.
Iannaccone, Carmine. Modern Times, The Clown and The Contemporary Sculptor. L.A. Weekly, October 4, 1996.
Knode, Marilu. An Embarrassment of Riches. Catalog Essay, September 1996.
Roth, Charlene. Timothy Nolan at Newspace. Artweek, February 1996.
Vielmetter, Susanne. Useful Things, Catalog Essay April 1996.
Wilson, William. ‘Means’ Finds New Meanings in Old Schools of Thought. The Los Angeles Times, September 7, 1996.
Anderson, Isabel. Timothy Nolan. Artscene, November, 1995.
Berg, Mary Helen. Best Bet: Solo Series of Three. The Los Angeles Times, April 18, 1993.
Frank, Peter. Aesthetics of Stuff From 99-Cent Stores. The Long Beach Press-Telegram,
May 16, 1993.
Gottleib, Shirle. South Bay...In and Around Long Beach. Visions Art Quarterly, Winter 1993.
Leffingwell, Edward. Beyond Arm's Reach. Solo Series Catalog Essay, July 1993.
Levin, Kim. Art in View: Forced Entry. The Village Voice, July 14, 1993.
Littlefield, Kinney. Teasing Visual Double-Entendre in Provocative Exhibit.
The Long Beach Press-Telegram, June 14, 1992.

Recent Exhibits

Timothy Nolan participated in these exhibits:

Aug, 2015 See Through
Elsie's Watch and Jewely Repair
Jul, 2014 Conversations
Morgan Lehman Gallery
Mar, 2014 The Soft and Sweet Eclipse
CB1 Gallery
Sep, 2013 In Direct Light
Nan Rae Gallery
Sep, 2013 Paper
CMay Gallery
Jun, 2013 A Few of My Favorite Things
CB1 Gallery
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