American Artist

American Artist

    Altadena, CA, 1989. Lives and works in New York, NY, United States.

    Using primarily sculpture, video, installation, digital media and writing in their practice, American Artist (Altadena, CA 1989) formulates thought experiments related to race and visibility, sense of identity and community within our networked societies, history of technology, knowledge production and surveillance capitalism.

    Challenging the established white male canon imposed by Western Art History by changing their legal name in 2013, America Artist made themselves hard to trace and simultaneously gained hypervisibility, claiming their place within a context and a definition from which Afro-diasporic artists have long been excluded. 

    American Artist lives and works in New York. They attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 2017 and received an MFA at The New School in 2015, and BFA at California Polytechnic University, Pomona in 2011. American Artist has had solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2020); Queens Museum, New York (2019); Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA (2019); Koenig and Clinton, New York (2019); and HOUSING, New York (2018). Their work was included in group exhibitions at the San Jose Museum of Art, San José, CA (2020); Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin, South Korea (2020); MoMA PS1, New York (2020); LC Queisser, Tbilisi, Georgia (2019); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2019); Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI (2019); Performance Space New York, New York (2018); MCA Chicago, IL (2018); 47 Canal, New York (2018); and Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York (2017).

    Looted, 2020.

    Looted, 2020.

    Untitled (Too Thick) | 2018 | Carcasas de telefono de aluminio, silicon, poliuretano, asfalto, cable USB

    Untitled (Too Thick) | 2018 | Aluminum phone casings, silicone, polyurethane, asphalt, wood, Lightning to USB cord

    They will participate in INFORMATION (Today) at Kunsthalle Basel in Switzerland opening on June 25, 2021.

    American Artist is also represented by Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles, and will have a solo exhibition at the gallery on June 3rd, 2021. Labor will present a solo show in September, 2021.Labor will present a solo show in September, 2021.

    Blue Life Seminar, 2019 (Clip) from American Artist on Vimeo.

    I’m Blue (If I Was █████ I Would Die) | installation view | Koenig & Clinton, Brooklyn | 2019

    I’m Blue (If I Was █████ I Would Die) | installation view | Koenig & Clinton, Brooklyn | 2019

    My Blue Window | Installation View

    My Blue Window | Installation View

    My Blue Window | Installation View

    My Blue Window | Installation view

    My Blue Window | Clip from 2015, 2019, Single-channel HD video | r.t. 21:56

    My Blue Window | Clip from 2015, 2019, Single-channel HD video | r.t. 21:56

    Data Server Rack | 2019 | Wood, hardware, paint, hay bailing twine

    Data Server Rack | 2019 | Wood, hardware, paint, hay bailing twine

    Dignity Images: Bayview-Hunters Point | Installation view | 2019

    Dignity Images: Bayview-Hunters Point | Installation view | 2019

    Dignity Images: Bayview-Hunters Point | Installation view | 2019

    Dignity Images: Bayview-Hunters Point | Installation view | 2019

    Don’t Boil Your iPhone in Coca-Cola! | 2018

    Don’t Boil Your iPhone in Coca-Cola! | 2018

    No State | 2018 | Aluminum phone casings, silicone, glass

    No State | 2018 | Aluminum phone casings, silicone, glass

    Mother of All Demos | 2018

    Mother of All Demos | 2018

    Mother of All Demos | 2018

    Mother of All Demos | 2018

    Untitled (Too Thick) | 2018 | Aluminum phone casings, silicone, polyurethane, asphalt, wood, Lightning to USB cord

    Untitled (Too Thick) | 2018 | Aluminum phone casings, silicone, polyurethane, asphalt, wood, Lightning to USB cord

    Untitled (Portal) | 2018 | Outdoor burner, propane tank, skillet, Coca-Cola, smartphone, spatula (47 Canal, NY)

    Untitled (Portal) | 2018 | Outdoor burner, propane tank, skillet, Coca-Cola, smartphone, spatula (47 Canal, NY)

    Untitled (Portal) | Detail | 2018

    Untitled (Portal) | Detail | 2018

    The Black Critique (Towards the Wild Beyond) | Detail | 2017

    The Black Critique (Towards the Wild Beyond) | Detail | 2017

    The Black Critique (Towards the Wild Beyond) | Detail | 2017

    The Black Critique (Towards the Wild Beyond) | Detail | 2017

    The Black Critique (Towards the Wild Beyond) | 2017 | Installation view

    The Black Critique (Towards the Wild Beyond) | 2017 | Installation view

    Selected Solo Exhibitions: “I’m Blue (If I Was █████ I Would Die)” , Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles, CA, United States (2021) ; “Looted", Whitney Museum of American Art (online) (2020) ; “My Blue Window”, Queens Museum, Corona, NY, United States (2019) ; “Dignity Images: Bayview–Hunters Point”, Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA, United States (2019) ; “Black Gooey Universe”, HOUSING, Brooklyn, NY, United States (2018) Selected Group exhibitions: INFORMATION (Today)”, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2021) ; “Barring Freedom”, San Jose Museum of Art, CA, United States (2020) ; “The Edge of Day and Night” , Nam June Paik Art Center, South Korea (2020) ; “Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration”, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY, United States (2020) ; “Radical Reading Room”, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, United States (2019) ; “System Failure”, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA, United States (2019) ; “Parallels and Peripheries”, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, MI, United States (2019) ; “I Was Raised on the Internet”, MCA Chicago, Chicago, IL, United States (2018)

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