Nelson’s Brian Lye specializes in 16mm film. His new exhibit opens this month at Oxygen Art Centre. Photo: Submitted

Nelson’s Brian Lye specializes in 16mm film. His new exhibit opens this month at Oxygen Art Centre. Photo: Submitted

Nelson photographer’s exhibit to open at Oxygen Art Centre

Brian Lye’s show is titled Above Above Below Below

Submitted by Oxygen Art Centre

Oxygen Art Centre welcomed Brian Lye as artist-in-residence throughout December and January when he created works for the exhibition Above Above Below Below, on view from Feb. 20 to March 20.

Lye is an internationally renowned filmmaker, artist, and educator who lives and works in Nelson. 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 16 millimetre analogue film.

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 on view in the exhibition, Above Above Below Below.

During his residency Lye experimented with traditional 16mm film titling techniques, growing crystals, developing film, and creating a series of projection installations. Updates from the residency were posted on Oxygen’s social media channels. The resultant works will be on view from Feb. 20 to March 20 at the Centre, Thursdays to Saturdays between 1 and 5 p.m. by appointment only. Please contact us if you would prefer to book an online tour appointment.

Due to the ongoing pandemic Oxygen Art Centre will be welcoming individuals and groups (up to six, same household) to visit the exhibition by creating an appointment, below. Visitors will be greeted by a projectionist who will assist in the presentation of the 16mm film installations. Appointments run up to 20 minutes each to allow for cleaning of the space before and afterwards. Visitors are required to comply with and review Oxygen’s COVID-19 prevention protocols prior to their appointment.

To make an appointment, visit Oxygen’s website or contact us at for more information.