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, American 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.

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

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

American Artist (b. 1989, Altadena, CA; lives and works in New York) completed an MFA in Fine Arts at the New School in New York, NY (2015) and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (2017). His work has been part of the solo shows: “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), and group exhibitions such as: “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) ; “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).

American Artist is also represented by Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles. 2021.
Labor presents a solo show in September, 2021.

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