City of Found Children

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Le Meilleur La, 2008 Gel Medium Transfer On Mirror 38x24
City of Found Children

1840 West Hubbard
Chicago, IL 60608
February 20th, 2009 - May 15th, 2009
Opening: February 20th, 2009 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

West Loop/West Town
Tuesday-Friday 11-6 Saturday 9-6 Sunday 12-5
gel, medium, transfer, on, found, materials, mixed-media, digital, installation, video-art, graffiti/street-art, conceptual, pop, modern


Salvage One is pleased to present, City of Found Children, an exhibition of new transfer works by Mike Nourse. This will be Nourse’s first solo exhibition with the venue, and it will also be Salvage One's first step towards showcasing Chicago artists.

While searching for new methods of visual communication, Mike Nourse began working on his transfer technique about 10 years ago, tiling together images using gel medium and inkjet printouts. After experimenting with the technique for years, he had his first showing in November of 2007, mostly selling out his solo show "Transfer-Mations". After this show he began working on a new series of work, inspired by children and a love of French new wave cinema from the 50s. This series features 15 large, gel-transferred images on windows and mirrors found in Chicago alleys. Images are of extras/non-star/forgotten children of old cinema.  Found materials providing a home for found children. Combining old materials and aesthetics with new tools and techniques, Mike's art speaks to the past while pointing to contemporary art explorations. He is driven by the transition between an analog and digital world, so all of his art aims to combine old and new.

Since moving to Chicago from Montreal in 1996, Mike Nourse has been working as a visual artist and educator. He creates wall art in the form of gel medium transfers, and short videos using found footage. He obtained a BA from Depaul University in 1999 and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002, and has taught visual arts to undergraduate and graduate students at the same schools. In 2003 he co-founded a visual arts organization for new and emerging Chicago artists, called the Chicago Art Department ( CAD has just entered its 5th year of existence, and as part of this active non-profit, Mr. Nourse has spearheaded dozens of programs and exhibitions. Mike is also the manager the studio programs at Marwen (, overseeing close to 90 visual arts programs for under-served youth while curating roughly 10 exhibitions per year. Separate from his transfer work, Mike Nourse's video shorts have been in festivals around North America and Europe, including Resfest, the Toronto International Media Art Biennial, Netherland’s Impakt Festival, the San Francisco Independent Film Festival, and the Vancouver International Film Festival. Mike’s work can be found at