Current Exhibitions

Night Shifts and Daydreams
Noel Nissen

March 21 – April 7, 2024
Color Club Tavern
Opening reception March 21, 2024 from 6-9 PM

Prior to attending The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Noel Nissen spent over a decade playing drums for Midwest regional and national touring bands. This attachment and sensitivity to rhythm influenced his newfound relationship with the paintbrush. In his visual works, the direct application of oil paint on canvas and use of repetition and movement creates a surface where the hand is visibly present. This base serves to lay groundwork for conversation within the piece and throughout the rest of Nissen’s practice.

Utilizing memory, imagination, and the sample to build paintings and drawings of nightlife scenes and landscapes bursting with color and activity, Nissen displays his diversity of aesthetic and draftsmanship. In “Night Shifts and Daydreams”, Nissen shows recent work from his final year at SAIC. Having supported himself as an artist for 15 years through manual labor and service industry jobs, his lived experiences influence both his social community and perspective on making and doing.

Employing visual aesthetics aligned with painters from the Ashcan school, Nissen brings forward the perspective of the laborer exhibited in the context of the space where he has worked nearly every night for the past year and a half. For him, influences are not just influences, they are peers, contemporaries, rivals, and friends. This circle, loop, or interest in the rephrasing of time, appears throughout all his works.

Nissen has previously shown work at Mana Contemporary, SAIC Galleries, Side Practice Coffee and Color Club in Chicago, IL.


Studio Artists

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Josh Dihle
Kara Brody
Mari Eastman
Erin Kilmurray
Lauren Koo
Noel Nissen
Barbarita Polster
Santiago Quintana
Emily Yong Beck
Benjamin Cabral
Journie Cirdain
Rusty Cook
Jonah Hoffman
Ronnie Kuller
Janiece Maddox
Ellie Stark Manos
Yae Jee Min
Moll Jean Nye
Chelsea Ross
Kalan Strauss

Building Artworks

Ballroom Lobby Mural
Molly Colleen O’Connell