Curator’s Office is pleased to present the first US solo exhibition of Nicholas Pye entitled Rise And Fall. Art critic Sky Goodden writes, “Following two decades of entrenched collaboration with his former partner, Sheila, Nicholas Pye has recently re-branded himself as a “solo artist” in the lucid series Rise and Fall. Framing his subject (himself) in a state of halting re-assertion, a suite of sunlit, lambent photographs pictures Pye in various postures suggesting potential and romantic ideation. Staring out a window, lying prostrate on a table, bearing down on a desk, all with the hazy French hills grounding his off-book performance, Pye embodies our Neomodernism: a wincing sincerity, an attempt at unapologetic self-accounting. An avidity for the unbent truth in things, if ever it was apparent.”

Nicholas Pye also comes to Washington, DC to celebrate a Nick & Sheila Pye work that was recently acquired by and currently featured at The Phillips Collection in their Intersections@5 exhibition. There will be a catalog release party at The Phillips on Thursday, October 1 at 6 pm. Pye will speak about The Coronation, which is currently on view.

Private Reception for the Artist
6 – 8 pm

Future showings by appointment through November 28.
Respond to by September 30.

In an ongoing endeavor to present international contemporary artists in Washington, DC beyond the traditional white cube setting, Curator’s Office has launched a salon/exhibition project at the Bethesda home of owner and director, Andrea Pollan. After a series of gallery pop-up shows in DC in Columbia Heights at Studio 1469  and numerous art fairs, Curator’s Office is expanding the presentation strategy. Gatherings of an intimate nature and focused presentation balance the bustling energy and demands on viewers of large international art fairs.

Nicholas Pye was born in Torquay, England in 1976. He lives and works in Toronto Canada. As a musician, Nicholas released and toured with four albums in the mid 90’s. Moving from music to visual art, Nicholas completed his undergraduate degree at the Ontario College of Art and Design in spring 2002 and his Master of Fine Art degree at Concordia University in Cinema production in 2005. In 2011, Nicholas began work on his doctoral degree in Visual Art. He maintains an active art practice that integrates his interests in performance, cinema, sonic arts and large format still photography.

Pye has exhibited his work at institutions such as The Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; The Phillips Collection, Washington DC; Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne, Australia; The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; The Power Plant, Toronto; The Glenbow Museum, Calgary; The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria; The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris. His work been screened in numerous international film festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival, Canada; The Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland; Les Rencontres Internationales in Paris, Berlin & Madrid; and Moving Image New York. His work has also been exhibited internationally in art galleries throughout Toronto, Washington, London, New York, Berlin, and Madrid among others.

PDFs of artworks from the exhibition are available by request.

Image Above:

Nicholas Pye, Pastoral Expectation, 2014, digital C-print, 24″ x 24″, edition of 5 + 2 APs

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