Alex Nichols, born in San Francisco, is a USA-based interdisciplinary artist whose work aims to bear witness to her life and decisions. With a disarming physicality, rigor, and humor, she wields language, performance, video, photography, painting, and installation to gain voice, meeting the resistance of her external contexts as well as her internal psychological landscape playfully.
Her current work combines installation, performance, and collaboration with sound artists in the form of a Pink Box hung in the redwood trees. Alex performs a woman’s passage from grief to self-empowerment in the contained space of a suspended pink Box. Pink represents joy yet carries a long history involving rigid forms of femininity. The box represents the societal boxes and preconditioned thinking of our histories that limit our actions. The redwood forest represents time and the external environment, and the interconnectedness to all things. Video and photography are also used.
Alex has exhibited and performed locally and internationally, working with renowned institutions, including the 18th Street Art Center in Los Angeles, Headlands Center For The Arts, Djerassi, Bamboo Curtain Studios in Taipei, SF Recology in San Francisco, and Minnesota Street Projects. She has also exhibited widely, participating in Art fairs, including ZONA MACO, Mexico City, MACO Museum of Contemporary art Oaxaca, and Art Miami. She holds a graduate writing degree from the California College of Arts.
Alex Nichols also worked in a full-time collaboration from 2015-2021 ALEXANDMUSHI: An artists collaboration b/w Alex Nichols & Mushi Wooseong James examining humanity’s central theme: connection.
Alex Nichols founded the San Francisco Think Make Tank in 2015—2019. THINK MAKE TANK is an art tank, an artist collective, a lab, for creating experiences — The tank’s aim is to transform any idea or concept into an accessible experience. Our goal is to incite dialogue and conversation around how we perceive the world. To build a community and think tank for artists recognizing that ‘Making is Thinking.’ Core team Alex Nichols, Mushi Wooseong James, Jorge Bachman, and Magali Charbit.
Interdisciplinary Performance Artist & Writer
LIVES AND WORKS
San Francisco, California
2011 ALEX: California College Of Arts, San Francisco, CA, USA MFA in Writing
1991 ALEX: Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, USA
BA in Performance & Culture
PINKBOX Performance & Celebration of Permanent Sculptural Installation at Djerassi February 2023
PINK BOX, Performance, Call & Response with Jorge Bachmann & Kevin Corcoran (Sound Artists), Djerassi Artist Residency, Woodside California. April 22, 2022
Chair Conversations Performance, ALEXANDMUSHI, MODERNISM WEST, San Francisco, CA February 2022.
Days Since I’ve Known You, MODERNISM WEST, Solo San Francisco, California. November 2021- February 2022
LUNG Installation, AIA, American Institute of Architecture, San Francisco, CA. 2021 Chair Conversations ALEXANDMUSHI, NOMAD, Los Angeles, CA..August 2021CC Performance ALEXANDMUSHI: Alex Nichols & Mushi Wooseong James, Seachange Lab, Recovery For Justice, 18th Street Arts Center, June 2021
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, Exhibition, Venice, Italy. May 10 – July 21, 2019.
The Body Electric, Exhibition curated by Candace Huey, Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco, California.
April 17 – May 19, 2019.
Push Me Pull You, Exhibition, 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.
Art Gives Back, Performance, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, California. January, 2018. Le Corps Poetique, Exhibition, Space 151, San Francisco, California. December – January, 2018.
Unbuilding Walls, Exhibition, Bamboo Curtain Studio, Taipei, Taiwan. April, 2017.
Unbuilding Walls, Exhibition, 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. May 2017.
Call & Response, Performance, SPACE 151, with Jorge Bachman & Kevin Corcoran. San Francisco, California.
KONTAKT, Exhibition, Space 151, San Francisco, California. December, 2016.
Fortnights, The Portable Studio Exhibition, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco, California. 201
The Space Between, MODERNISM WEST, San Francisco, California. June- September, 2015 2013 Do not Throw Away, Art from Recology Residency, Canada College, Redwood City, CA, 2013
This will Never Work, Juried Film Screening at Southern Exposure, SOEX Selector Mary Magsamen, SF. 2013 Risk, Selected by Aspara DiQuinzio & Kimberly Johnasson, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA,
XX6: Fisch Haus women’s Invitational, Fisch Haus, Wichita, KS, 2013
SF Recology, Embarcadero Four, San Francisco, CA 2012 SF Environmental Film Festival 2012
Transfer Station, Solo Exhibit, SF Recology Artists Residency Exhibit, SF CA 2011
Breaking Ranks/Human/ Nature, Headlands Center For The Arts. Selected by Amanda Davidson, Performance, Headlands, CA 2011
Undiﬀerentiated Light, Gallerie Califia, Horazd’ovice, Czech Republic, July, 2011 Containment, Reading at Timken Hall, CCA, SF, CA, 2011
Feel Tank, Selected by Miranda Mellis, Little City Gardens, SF, CA ,
2010 Heteronyms, MODERNISM WEST, San Francisco, California March,
ART MIAMI, December 1 – 20, 2020.
ZONAMACO 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.
CCA: Guest Lecturer Panel of CCA Alumni for the MFA Program organized by Anita Amirrezvani
CENTER FOR THE BOOK ARTS: Discussion with Alex Nichols & Vivian Martinez Carlos on Personal Narratives, Creative Process, Grief, Collective Social & Emotional healing through Art. San Francisco Center For The Book Arts, San Francisco, CA. March 3, 2022
You Define It Yourself, Workshop with Alex Nichols & Mushi Wooseong James, 18th Street Arts Center, Learning Lab, Los Angeles, CA. May 2021
Artist Panel Presentation with Sara Daleiden at 18th Street Arts Center, October 08, 2020.Conversation on Collaboration with Martinet & Texereau moderated by Candace Huey (Re.Riddle) at Villa San Francisco. September 17, 2020.
Interview on the Artistic Process of Collaboration with Rimma Boshernitsan at Villa San Francisco. September 15, 2020.
ALEXANDMUSHI: 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.
Assistant Professor, Stephanie Sears, focuses on gender, race and ethnicity, youth cultures, and powerand marginalization. Alex and Mushi brought the Portable Studio into two classes, to explore those questions in an artistic form via Portable Studio Project.
NUMU, “The Portable Studio” Los Gatos, California. September, 2016.
CCA,Denise Newman, Graduate Poetry—multi-media poet and translator, involved in video, installation, and social practice projects. California College of Arts, SF, 2015
CCA, Denise Newman, Graduate Poetry, California College of Arts, SF, CA, 2014
CCA, Brevity Matt Shears Graduate Interdisciplinary Studies, California College of Arts, SF, CA, 2013
CCA, “NonSynchronous” Yoko Tawada. Denise Newman Graduate Poetry, California College of Arts, SF, CA, 2013
ARtMill, Mural Project at Artmill, Large scale mural with students around ideas of language and culture.
ArtMill, Czech Republic, Visiting Teacher 2012
CCA, “Waterworks” Katherine Rinne, Architecture, Urban Planning, CCA, California College of Arts, SF, 2011
SFUSD, San Francisco Unified School District, Volunteer Art & Poetry Teacher, Developing Art Programming for Rooftop Public School grades K-8. Taught Chang Dai Chin, Chinese Brush Painting line and composition, Calder Sculpture three dimensional mobile space, Paul Klee Puppets expression of emotion, Glen Ligon language of erasure, Kandinsky theories of color, Picasso Cubism, multiple perspectives of identity, Guernica expressions of war.
PODSHIP EARTH. “ALEX” https://art19.com/shows/podship-earth/episodes/ e85e44a7-6c31-48dc-8255-547bce6eff28 J. Blumenfeld, December 12, 2021.
TV5 Monde. “La Villa San Francisco accueille des artistes français en résidence.” A. Fried, C. Jaime. October 6, 2020.
Merci SF Magazine. “ALEXANDMUSHI @VillaSF – Inhabiting each other’s body”. Anne Marie. September 17, 2020.
Harper’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 – Singapore. “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. 7×7. “Spring Arts Preview.” Anna Volpicelli. Apr 1, 2019.
L’ŒIL DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE. “ALEXANDMUSHI — Push Me Pull You.” January 7, 2019.
2018 Medium. “Think Make Tank share, experience.” Jean-Philippe Defaut. September 11, 2018.
7×7. “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.
2017 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.
!”#$% 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. 7×7. “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.
2016 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 https://wsimag.com/art/16963-alex-nichols
AT A GLANCE, California College Of Art Journal. “Seeking Epiphany: Writing Student Alex Nichols to Complete SF Dump Artist Residency May 20-21”. Lindsay Westbrook, May 9, 2011 https:// www.cca.edu/news/2011/05/09/seeking-epiphany-writing-student-alex-nichols-completes-san- francisco-dump-artist-re
SF Weekly. “Breaking Ranks’ at the Headlands: Poetry, Art, Nature — and Simulated Sex in a Latrine,”
Heidi De Vries, Feb 14, 2011.
2022 Three Minute Memory, Zine. Founded by Alex Nichols, Viviana Martinez Carlos, Jorge Bachmann & Kevin Corcoran, July 2022
Nung Hsin Hu’s, Three Suns, Invited to write a paragraph for Nung-Hsin’s Hu’s book,THREE SUNS. Taipei, Taiwan, September 2022
Still Conversations, Alex Nichols & Mushi Wooseong James book of collaboration between Seoul and San Francisco.Self Published with support from MODERNISM INC. Book Design by Tom Comitta, 2021
Emergency 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.
1913: Journal of Forms, First Poetry Book Award, Semi-Finalist 2012 CALMAPLOMBPROMBOMBALM, Poetry Online Publication. “Er-Ar-AM-I” Tom Comitta, 2012 http://www.calmaplombprombombbalm.com/er_ar_am_i_alexhnichols
FUTURE CITY: METROPOLIS re-IMAGINED, Exhibition, American Institute of Architects, San Francisco, California. August 23 – October 12, 2018.
THINK MAKE TANK
Founder + Co-Director of TMT Artist Collective, an art tank 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 – September 13, 2018.
3 Solo Performances, a sound experience as part of TMT’s 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 18, 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 13, 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 3, 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 7, 2018.
Le Corps Poetique, Exhibition, SPACE 151, San Francisco, California, December 2017 – January 2018.
ALEX: PERSPECTIVES IN PRESENT TENSE. An Artist’s Perspective on Artists. Intimate interviews with female artists about their artistic practices, philosophy, observations and systems. Bearing witness to a personal canon of International women I am inspired by. Intimate interviews and video blogs. The first three interviews: Viviana Martinez Carlos, Photographer, bookmaker born in Mexico, Nung-Hsin Hu, Multi- disciplinary artsit born in Taiwan, Vanha Lam, painter, sculptor born in USA of vietnamese Immigrants.
Giving voice and bearing witness to women artists now. Launched in January 2022 –
The Artist’s Studio. During the 2014-2015 Mass eviction of Artists from their studios in San Francisco Mission District I was asked to document the community of artists in the 17th and Mission Studios. Conductiing interviews of the artists in their space to give a close look at the communities that were being lost and disbanded by the evictions. There were seventy Artists evicted from Mission 1& Studios. An artists perspective on artists in their studios, their mediums and materials, working methods, observations, systems, philosophies & obsessions. Interviews of Truong Tran, Qinmin Liu, Andy Voight, Katie Nichols, Denise Laws, etc..