Since moving to Chicago from Montreal in 1996, Mike Nourse has been working as a visual artist, creating wall art in the form of gel medium transfers, and short videos using found footage. 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.
In 2007 Mike Nourse began working on a new series of transfer work, inspired by children and a love of French new wave cinema from the 50s. This series will be opening on Feb 20, 2009 at Salvage One, featuring 15 large, gel-transferred images on windows and mirrors found in Chicago alleys. Images are of extras/non-stars/forgotten children of old cinema. Found materials providing a home for found children.
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 mikenourse.com.
Mike 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 an effort to work on his teachings, in 2003 he co-founded a visual arts organization for new and emerging Chicago artists, called the Chicago Art Department (chicagoartdepartment.org). 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 (marwen.org), overseeing close to 90 visual arts programs for under-served youth while curating roughly 10 exhibitions per year.