Unconsciously we exist in a circle — we live our whole lives inside that circle
Alex Nichols is a multidisciplinary artist and writer who uses her body as the place of active resistance. Trying to answer how we live our lives. Through the body we absorb our surroundings, our body is the location of our experience and identity, so it is through the body that we must deconstruct our understandings. Alex’s work always begins with a question. A question around existence, how she exists and why she exists, (as perceived, narrated, experienced), these questions are pushed through the material of art to reveal new ways of looking at her surroundings and ways of existence.
Alex is a native of San Francisco who received an MFA from CCA in Writing. Participating in residencies, partnering and exhibiting her work throughout the Bay Area and internationally including Headlands Center for the Arts, Recology Artist in Residence Program, Southern Exposure, Berkeley Art Center, Bamboo Curtain Studios Taipei, MOCA Taipei, AIASF (American Institute of Architects), and AAA (American Anthropological Association), NUMU Museum, Fort Mason Center for Art & Culture and represented by MODERNISM Gallery. Alex has lectured at CCA, UC Berkeley and AIA. With publications in media outlets including: SF Chronicle, SF Weekly, Taipei TV, 7X7, Timeout, Dazed.
Alex creates in three modes:
Individual — ALEXHNICHOLS
Collaborative — ALEXANDMUSHI
Collective — Think Make Tank
Lives and WorksSan Francisco, California
Education2011 California College of Arts, San Francisco, CA — MFA in Writing
1991 Pitzer College, Claremont, CA — BA in Performance & Culture (specializing in Photography, Film, Painting, Writing)
Selected ExhibitionsALEXANDMUSHI, Exhibition, Modernism West, San Francisco, California. January 2020.
Pour the Line, Exhibition presented by re.riddle, San Francisco, California. September 13 - October 4, 2019
We the City, Exhibition co-presented by AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design, the 16th annual Architecture + the City, San Francisco, California. August 29 - September 30, 2019.
Minuscule / Venice Biennale 2019, Exhibition, Venice, Italy. May 10 - July 21, 2019.
The Body Electric, Exhibition curated by Candace Huey, Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco, CA. April 17 - May 19, 2019.
Independent Vision: Modern and Contemporary from the Martin Muller Collection, Arkansas Arts Center and Modernism Inc., Little Rock, Arkansas. September 28 - December 30, 2018.
Push Me Pull You, Modernism Inc., San Francisco, California. November 8 - December 22, 2018.
Exhibition Beijing International Art: ART & MEDIA, Silk Road, G-Art Gallery, Beijing, China. August, 2018.
Annual Juried Exhibition, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, California. July 19 - August 25, 2018.
Modernism West, San Francisco, California. July, 2018.
Electron Salon: Group Exhibition, LACDA, Los Angeles, California. April - May, 2018.
Art Gives Back: Performance, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, California. January, 2018.
Le Corps Poetique: Group Exhibition, Space 151, San Francisco, California. December - January, 2018.
Unbuilding Walls, Bamboo Curtain Studio, Taipei, Taiwan. April, 2017.
Unbuilding Walls, Modernism West, San Francisco, California. March 30 - May 31, 2017.
City in the Sky: A live art exchange between SF & Marseille, La Deviation, Marseille, France. 2017.
Call & Response: Performance, SPACE 151, with Jorge Bachman & Kevin Corcoran. San Francisco, California. December, 2016.
KONTAKT, Space 151, San Francisco, California. December, 2016.
Fortnights: The Portable Studio, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco, California. 2016.
The Space Between, Solo Exhibit Modernism West, San Francisco, California. June - September, 2015.
Do Not Throw Away, Art from Recology Residency, Canada College, Redwood City, California. 2013.
This Will Never Work, Juried Film Screening at Southern Exposure, Selector Mary Magsamen, San Francisco, California. 2013.
Risk, Selected by Aspara DiQuinzio & Kimberly Johnasson, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, California. 2013.
XX6: Fisch Haus women’s Invitational, Fisch Haus, Wichita, Kansas. 2013.
SF Recology, Emabarcadero Four, San Francisco, California. 2012.
SF Environmental Film Festival, San Francisco, California. 2012.
Transfer Station, Solo Exhibit, SF Recology Artist Residency Exhibit, San Francisco, California. 2011.
Headlands Center for The Arts: Breaking Ranks/Human/ Nature, Selected by Amanda Davidson, Performance, Headlands, California. 2011.
Undifferentiated Light, Gallerie Callifia, Horazd’ovice, Czech Republic. July, 2011.
Containment, Reading at Timken Hall, CCA, San Francisco, California. 2011.
Feel Tank, Selected by Miranda Mellis, Little City Gardens, San Francisco, California. 2011.
Art FairsZONAMACO México Arte Contemporáneo Art Fair, Mexico City, Mexico. February 5 - 9, 2020.
Affordable Art Fair Singapore, Singapore. November 22 - 24, 2019.
ZONAMACO México Arte Contemporáneo Art Fair, Mexico City, Mexico. February 6 - 10, 2019.
Awards and Residencies2020 Artist Residency, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Woodside, California. April 15 - May 13, 2020.
Proceso Abierto Residency, Oaxaca, Mexico. February 11 - March 11, 2019.
Bamboo Curtain Artist Residency Program Taipei, Taiwan. April 17 - May 1, 2017.
Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Residency ended with exhibition at Fort Nights. January - March, 2016.
1913: Journal of Forms, First Poetry Book Award, Semi-Finalist. 2012.
ArtMill Artist Residency Program, Bohemia, Czech Republic, Summer 2011 & Teacher, Summer, 2012.
SF Recology Artist In Residency Program, San Francisco, CA. Spring, 2011.
All-College-Honors Award, Short Story, “Containment,” California College of Arts, San Francisco, California.2010.
Guest Lecturer/WorkshopsALEXANDMUSHI: Portable Studio, Siger Gallery, Affordable Art Fair Singapore. November 22 - 24, 2019.
Estudio Portátil / Portable Studio: ALEX AND MUSHI, Museum of Contemporary Art of Oaxaca + Center of Photography Alvarez, Oaxaca, Mexico. March 6, 2019.
Performance: Portable Studio + Chair Conversations, ZONAMACO México Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico. February 6 - 10, 2019.
Kinetech Arts Featured Artist Presentation, Kinetech Arts, SF, California. July, 2018.
Displacements, Biennial Conference, Society of Visual Anthropology & American Anthropological Association, Adobe. April, 2018.
MOCA TAIPEI, “The Portable Studio” Taipei, Taiwan. April, 2017.
Zhuwei Elementary School, “The Portable Studio” Taiwan. April, 2017.
USF, Stephanie Sears, “The Portable Studio,” USF Visiting project, San Francisco, California. 2017.
AIASF, American Institute of Architects, San Francisco, Guest Lecturer, San Francisco, California. 2016.
CCA, Denise Newman, Graduate Poetry, California College of Arts, San Francisco, California. 2015.
CCA, Denise Newman, Graduate Poetry, California College of Arts, San Francisco, California. 2014.
CCA, Brevity Matt Shears Interdisciplinary Studies, California College of Arts, San Francisco, California. 2013.
CCA, “NonSynchronous” Denise Newman Poetry, California College of Arts, San Francisco, California. 2013.
ARtMill, Mural Project at Artmill, ArtMill, Czech Republic, Visiting Teacher. 2012.
CCA, “Waterworks” Katherine Rinne, Architecture, Urban Planning, CCA, California College of Arts, San Francisco, California. 2011.
SFUSD, San Francisco Unified School District, Volunteer Art & Poetry Teacher for grades K8 Murals, Sculpture, Painting, Drawing, Poetry. 2005 - 2013.
BibliographyHarper’s Bazaar Singapore. “Immerse Yourself In These 10 Activities At This Year's Affordable Art Fair”. Margaux Levy. November 22, 2019.
Home and Decor Singapore. “Lots to see, do and buy at Affordable Art Fair 2019.” Isabelle Tow. November 22, 2019.
All About City. "Art That Bites at the Affordable Art Fair Singapore." November 21, 2019.
VoyageLA. “Meet Alex Nichols and Mushi Wooseong James.” September 24, 2019.
Art of the Times. “The Power of Playing by Two Rules.” Laura Shirk. Summer Issue, 2019.
Elle Ukraine. “20 Things to see in Venice during the Biennale.” Elena Dyachenko. May 23, 2019.
Forbes. “Twelve Essential Offsite Exhibitions Of The 2019 Venice Biennale.” May 19, 2019.
AKArt Advisory. “Spring Highlights: The Body Electric.” April 25, 2019.
7x7. "Spring Arts Preview." Anna Volpicelli. Apr 1, 2019.
L'ŒIL DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE. “ALEXANDMUSHI — Push Me Pull You.” January 7, 2019.
Medium. “Think Make Tank share, experience.” Jean-Philippe Defaut. September 11, 2018.
7x7. “When artists host the dinner, food becomes performance art.” Anna Volpicelli. July 24, 2018.
Conduit Magazine. “Gut Feeling, The Intuition Issue.” Randall Heath. A biannual publication.
Bamboo Curtain Studio. “Outside the box: BCS artist’s Alex Nichols & Mushi.” May 3, 2017.
SF Weekly. “The Sultan of Ambiguity and the Unbuilt Walls.” Jonathan Curiel. April 26, 2017
MOCA TAIPEI. “The Portable Studio.” April 22, 2017.
藝術移動工 TAIPEI TV. “The Portable Studio at Zhuwei elementary school.” Mangrove TV Channel. April 25, 2017.
Wall Street International Magazine. “Alex & Mushi: Unbuilding Walls.” April 5, 2017.
Time Out. “6 art exhibits to see in the bay area this april.” Time Out San Francisco Editors. April 4, 2017.
7x7. “Art Openings in April.” Anna Volpicelli. April 3, 2017.
SF Chronicle. “Evicted artist thinks inside the box with portable studio.” Sam Whiting. January 3, 2017.
DAZED. “Being a broke young creative in San Francisco.” Sirin Kale. February 23, 2016.
Wall Street International Art. “Alex Nichols, The Space Between.” Sophie Von Bueren. September 8, 2015.
calmaplombprombombalm, poetry online publication. “Er-ar-am-I, Alex Nichols.” Tom Comitta.
At A Glance, California College Of the Arts Journal. “Seeking Epiphany: Writing Student Alex Nichols to complete SF Dump Artist Residency May 20-21.” Lindsay Westbrook. May 9, 2011.
SF Weekly. “Breaking Ranks’ at the Headlands: Poetry, Art, Nature.” Heidi De Vries. February 14, 2011.
PublicationsEmergency Index: An Annual Document of Performance Practice, VOL. 8. By Emergency Index Contributors and edited by Yelena Gluzman, Sophia Cleary, Zoe Guttenplan. Ugly Duckling Presse, 2019.
CuratorialFUTURE CITY: METROPOLIS re-IMAGINED, Exhibition, American Institute of Architects, San Francisco, California. August 23 - October 12, 2018.
Think Make Tank Artist CollectiveExecutive Director of TMT Artist Collective, organization dedicated to building a community around collaboration, experimentation, improvisation. Founded in 2016.
While I’m Waiting, Exhibition, Code & Canvas, San Francisco, California. April 25 - June 16, 2019.
Origins, Exhibition, SPACE151, San Francisco, California. September - October, 2018.
3 Solo Performances, a sound experience as part of TMT Sonic Series. Acoustic solo performances followed by a tea exploring the connection between body and instrument featuring Jason Khan, Gabby Fluke-Mogul, Kevin Corcoran. San Francisco, California. May, 2018.
Refractions, dinner and installation as part of TMT’s Dinner Series. ‘Refractions’ explores the question: Light bends, redirects, transforms when it hits a surface, What happens when we hit a wall? San Francisco, California. April, 2018.
Blindfold, a sound experience as part of TMT’s Sonic Series. Led by Jorge Bachmann, the audience is invited to a sensorial soundscape while resting blindfolded. San Francisco, California. March, 2018.
Thresholds, dinner and installation as part of TMT’s Dinner Series. ‘Thresholds’ explores the concept of a gateway to another place, how we move from one space to another via our large-scale installation. San Francisco, California. January, 2018.
Le Corps Poetique, Exhibition, SPACE 151, San Francisco, California, December 2017 - January 2018.