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Jim Nolan
at Art Palace Houston, Texas
Recommendation by Rahul Mitra

Continuing through April 2, 2011

Jim Nolan transforms materials from non-art store places to create formal minimalist installations. No material is off limits: out of focus photos, scraps of wood, plastic bags, and plastic flower bouquets. Nolan is obsessed with the distillation of ideas to suggest context and subject implicit in his installations. Of note is "There Was No Encore/Feedback", an assembly of analog speakers, which is an allusion to the Minimalist Cube. Nolan layers onto the reference a literary sound piece that adds his own iterative feedback, which itself demands participation.

His use of color, texture, and everyday materials incites political and cultural reactions. His idea of painting follows a strictly minimalistic approach, which emphasizes surface color. The accumulated effect is that of a well constructed short story - precise, starting in the middle of everyday things, and leaving you thoughtful at the end.

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