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Residency: 1 – 30 December 2020

Exhibition: 6 – 30 January 2021

Oxygen Art Centre is pleased to announce Brian Lye as Artist-in-Residence throughout the month of December. Lye is an internationally renowned filmmaker, artist, and educator who lives and works in Nelson, BC. His practice is focused in analogue film production, merging the everyday with formal experimentations in play, special effects, and psychogeography.

Lye’s current body of work begins with crystals. Having conducted research for an experimental documentary on crystalline minerals across scientific, mining, and healing fields, Lye investigates the human and natural relation to crystals through discussion-based research. Interviewing experts on crystals from the region forms the foundational material for Lye’s experiments in 16mm analogue film throughout the residency.

Fascinated by the semiprecious stones and their capacity for transmission, amplification, and new age applications, Lye draws upon his background in filmmaking and installation to create an immersive body of work. During his residency Lye will experiment with traditional 16mm film titling techniques, growing crystals, developing film, and creating a series of projection installations for exhibition.

The residency has been slightly augmented due to the pandemic to ensure the safety of the artists and community. Therefore, all events and updates related to the residency will take place online for the time being.

Lye’s residency runs from 1 – 30 December 2020. Stay tuned for more information and updates about the residency, artist talk, and forthcoming exhibition by visiting Oxygen Art Centre’s social media channels and website.

Brian Lye will also present an exhibition at Oxygen Art Centre following his residency. The exhibition will be on view from 6 – 30 January 2021 during hours of operation, Wednesdays to Saturdays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Information about Oxygen’s pandemic related protocols will be available to visitors on site, as well as on our website and social media channels.

Artist Bio:


Brian Lye



Brian Lye is a filmmaker and visual artist from Vancouver, Canada, now based in Nelson. His lens-based works are preoccupied with magic, humour, and the everyday. He holds a BA in Film Studies and Japanese Studies from the University of Victoria, a Diploma in Screen Production from Sydney Film School, was a guest student at The Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, and recently completed a Master of Fine Arts degree in visual art from The University of British Columbia.  His films and animations have won awards and screened internationally at venues such as Sundance Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, The Contemporary Culture Centre of Barcelona, and LIVE! Vancouver’s performance art biennale. He has been an artist in residence with the Klondike Institute for Art and Culture and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.


Image Credit: Image courtesy Brian Lye, Remote filming on 16mm, 2020