The Skinny Showcase: Janie Nicoll

Gallery | 31 May 2011

The artworks of Janie Nicoll often take the form of site-specific installations using multiple digital images that attempt to be visually engaging in a contentious or ambiguous way. She generally works with collage techniques, digital photography and assemblage to re-appropriate cultural references and signifiers, (often lyrics from songs or musical references) within a process of translation, playing around with scale and context.
Recent works have used what appears to be a lo-tech or homespun approach, to explore imagery connected to the urban landscape, notions of masculinity, rebellion, clannishness and fraternity. These works are often assembled from easily accessible materials, and have taken the form of banners or bunting that reinterpret Northern Soul insignia, or territorial markings of gangs.
Later in the year she will be doing a Creative Lab Residency at CCA Glasgow when she intends to explore a series of collaborations with DJs, writers, musicians and spoken word performers. She will be showcasing new works in an exhibition using the two glass box spaces at the Briggait in November.
Janie Nicoll trained in Painting at Edinburgh College of Art, and graduated from the Master of Fine Art course at Glasgow School of Art in 1997. She has exhibited widely nationally and internationally, most recently in the Propellart at East Street Arts, Leeds; Warehouse Weekend Huddersfield; Stories at Wolverhampton Art Gallery; Streetland, Govanhill, Glasgow, Getting Up – Windows In the City, Inverness; Rough Cut Nation, Scottish National Portrait Gallery; Heavy Influence, Magazine 07 & 09, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop: Jamie Radcliffe Exhibition at SWG3; Associates at the Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh; The Consequence at Intermedia Gallery, CCA, Glasgow; the Deviant Arts Festival, Trollhättan, Sweden; Red Wire Gallery, Liverpool; Chapter Gallery, Cardiff; Lowsalt Gallery and EmergeD VSF Gallery, Glasgow; The Waygood Gallery, Newcastle; The Changing Room, Stirling; the Crawford Gallery, Cork and the Künstlerhaus, Dortmund, Germany amongst others. Her video works have been shown internationally including the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Recently she has collaborated with Alex Hetherington on a yearlong SAC residency at Callendar House, Falkirk, and a number of performances, and curatorial projects including Sh[out] at GOMA and The Consequence video screenings. She has undertaken other residencies – Boatelier Residency on the Rochdale Canal; Self Help Graphics, Los Angeles, USA; Edinburgh Royal Infirmary Neonatal Unit; Yorkhill Hospital for Sick Kids, Glasgow; Chatelherault Country Park, Hamilton; Shining Cliff International Residency for My House Projects, Nottingham; and Generator Projects, Dundee.