Nolan is a designer and artist drawing inspiration from architectural and utilitarian details that surround us but are often overlooked. He designs and makes furniture, lighting and propositional objects. Nolan’s practice often prioritizes designing with things that already exist in our industrialized world and giving them new life by playfully changing the context within which they are used and experienced. His process is driven by self imposed limitations often prioritizing practicality, in attempts to understand how restriction influences the making and final results.
Nolan’s work is concerned with both aesthetics and the narrative of the materials used. Steps are taken to illuminate not hide how things come together and the intrinsic qualities of the materials themselves. By posing questions and illustrating possible alternative modes of designing and making, the objects he creates are both functional and speculative. His work encourages the viewer to reconsider the status quo by offering a re-contextualization of the mundane things, rituals, and values in our society and the role they play in our lives. By shifting the context in which these details are interpreted, his work challenges what we consider functional and the spaces in which art can be found.
BDES (bachelor of Design) Industrial design major,
Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Hammer and Spear
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