Pro Arts is proud to present a solo exhibition of new work by Bay Area artist, Nolan Lem.

Nolan Lem’s work examines notions related to the autonomization and pathology of contemporary anxiety through a relational web of engineered, repurposed, and sonic objects. Constructed from the variegated architectures inherent in neural networks, this exhibition depicts the sensory ecology of contemporary life as a technologically-differentiated, emergent process. As such, this installation explores the kinetic energies that accompany such a world to expose the phenomenological ramifications of their interactions.


Nolan Lem is an artist and researcher whose work reflects a broad range of influences and mediums. His sound-based work examines issues related to emergent dynamics, psychophysics, and the synchronization of auditory phenomena.

Lem has premiered work at the Hayden Planetarium at the Natural History Museum, Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation, Pro Arts Gallery, The Wallach Gallery, Spencer Art Museum, and the NIME (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) Conference among others. He has held residencies at MassMoCA, Pioneer Works, and Signal Culture. He has received commissions from the West Harlem Art Fund, the Hall Center for the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation (NSF). He holds degrees in saxophone performance, Electrical Engineering, and received his MFA at Columbia University where he studied at the Computer Music Center.

Lem is currently a PhD candidate at Stanford University where he studies at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) .


Opening Reception: Friday, November 3, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Nolan Lem: New Work exhibition is funded in part by generous grants from The Zellerbach Family Foundation and The Fleishhacker Foundation.