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Congratulations Nicholas Pye!


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.  http://www.phillipscollection.org/events/2015-10-01-phillips-after-5

Private Reception for the Artist
6 – 8 pm

Future showings by appointment through November 28.
Respond to andrea.pollan@gmail.com 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

Curator’s Office

5706 Newington Road, Bethesda, MD 20816, USA
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Nicholas Pye Exhibition & Book Release at Birch Contemporary

Nicholas Pye, "To Weather The Storm", 2014, Archival Pigment Print, 40"x60", Image Courtesy Birch Contemporary

Nicholas Pye, “To Weather The Storm”, 2014, Archival Pigment Print, 40″x60″, Image Courtesy Birch Contemporary

Nicholas Pye: Rise and Fall at Birch Contemporary
Opening: Thursday, April 30, 6-8pm
Exhibition continues to May 30, 2015

In addition to the exhibition, Professor Nicholas Pye’s new artist’s book, published by Sebatian Frye’s Simmers Group Publishing, will be launched .  This 350  limited edition book includes imagery from Rise and Fall and texts by Sky Goodden and Faye Mullen.

Artist Statement: Patience, observation, performance; In Rise and Fall I study and intervene with light, architecture, and lens.  Through occupying these spaces, my intention was to create still photographs rooted in duration.  These works manifest themselves through both the performativity of light and the performativity of the figure – each treated as equal subjects.  The selection process for the environments photographed was done after spending much time in each physical space, watching and experiencing distinctive change to the quality of light at various periods of the day and night.  Within these considered spaces, performances where enacted as a response with the intention to echo the type of affect and physical charge each space conjured.  By embodying these spaces for the lens, I create works that reflect the psychological nature between presence and absence. This is realized through the representation of what the light reveals in the frame, what darkness obscures, and by how much the figure wittingly divulges for us.   – Nicholas Pye

Birch Contemporary
129 Tecumseth Street, Toronto, ON, M6J 2H2
Hours: Wednesday to Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 11am-5pm

Nicholas & Sheila Pye Artwork Acquisition


Nicholas & Sheila Pye, “The Coronation”, 2008

We have wonderful news to share about Assistant Professor Nicholas Pye and alumni Sheila Pye!

The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC (America’s first museum of modern art) has acquired Nicholas Pye  & Sheila Pye’s 3-channel video work, “The Coronation”.  The work will be presented  at the “Intersections” exhibition, opening on May 28th, curated by Vesela Sretenovic, The Phillips Collection, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Artist Statement: “The Coronation” is an installation project incorporating a blend of experimental and narrative techniques to shape a cinematic perspective that employs visual language commonly used in painting. The installation is composed of three parts, with all three cinematic ‘panels’ playing simultaneously. The concept for the installation was inspired by altarpiece triptychs from the Renaissance and Medieval periods in art history. Our aim was to create a modern allegorical interpretation of the triptych using video, and sound. The center component became a conceptual performance based work on a loop, and projected in the portrait format.  The centerpiece is flanked on either side by two life sized figures of a man and a woman also projected in portrait format.  This work is not a narrative in the typical sense, but rather a series of constructed tableaus existing in a theatrical world.

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 OCAD in 2002 followed by his MFA degree at Concordia University in Cinema production in 2005.  In 2011, Nicholas began working on his doctoral degree in Visual Art at York University.  He maintains an active art practice both independently and collaboratively.  His interests integrate performance, cinema, installation and large format still photography.

Get ahead in your course work and take a May class!

Course Descriptions: 

Introductory Photography: Black & White with John Jones
This course offers an introduction to the technical and visual tools of photography, including camera functions, film exposure and black-and-white darkroom procedures. In class demonstration, lecture and critiques support hands-on practice.
Concept and Process with Esther Choi
Students are further introduced to the technical and visual tools of photography. Emphasis is on acquiring a creative vocabulary and greater awareness of photographic and photo-based practice. Presentations, lectures and hands-on experience assist in the development of conceptual skills and working methods.
Photo/Installation with Nicholas Pye
Students explore the potential for expanding the use and understanding of photography through installation. Through ongoing presentations and discussions students are provided with a contemporary and historical overview of site, installation, performance and guerrilla based photo practises. Students are required to complete several projects including a major final project.
Time & Stillness with Nicholas Pye
In this class, the emphasis will be on multi-disciplinary approaches to photography that use both time and stillness. By reflecting the current state of hybridity within DSLR lens–based practice, this course will engage the necessary theoretical and practical investigations needed to fully immerse oneself in this new field of discourse and practice for photographers. Weekly discussions, slide lectures and assignments will facilitate the development of skills within critical and theoretical contexts relevant to a contemporary hybrid approach to photography.

Instagram Call: Due Feb 2


OCAD U Photography Students,

The Instagram account for the Photography Department is doing very well.  We are steadily gaining followers since it’s launch just over two weeks ago.  Many of these follower have been art galleries and magazines which is great exposure for you!  The concept for this account is to showcase the works of our students and department in an on-line portfolio.  It will act as a tool to help promote our students outside the university while also representing the strength of our program.  We need your submissions!  If we want to keep this account going past February we ask that you submit works!!!  

Call for submission:

Open to all students in the Photography Department regardless of year or stream.  Please submit works!!!  (Note: at least one image from every submission will be selected.)

What We Need:

-send us 5 images to select from

-file size 10 by 10 inches at 100 dpi

-file type .jpg

-please caption your images as follows:

Artist Name, Title of work, Year of work, Year of study, @insta username
example: Joe Brown, Untitled, 2015, 4th year photo, @joebrown

-if your images are landscape or portrait format please adjust the canvas size and include a white border.

-Images should be colour corrected and sized appropriately.  We will not make any aesthetic decisions on your behalf.

When Do We Need It?

Deadline for the second round of submissions is Mon, Feb 2nd at 5pm.  Sooner is better!

Please send submissions to Nicholas Pye:  npye@faculty.ocadu.ca

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