ABOUT

American Artist, b. 1989 Altadena, CA. Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

American Artist is an interdisciplinary artist who makes texts, videos and installations about culture and technology and the power structures embedded within them. American Artist’s legal name change serves as the basis of an ambivalent practice—one of declaration: by insisting on the visibility of blackness as descriptive of an american artist, and erasure: anonymity in virtual spaces where “American Artist” is an anonymous name, unable to be googled or validated by a computer as a person’s name.

American attended the Whitney Independent Study program as an artist, and completed an MFA from Parsons, the New School for Design in 2015. They have exhibited at the Kitchen, New York, and have participated in group shows internationally. They have published writing in The New Inquiry and New Criticals and have had work featured in Huffington Post, Dazed Digital, Nylon and PAPER. American is a co-editor of the arts and culture publication unbag.

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EDUCATION:

2017

Studio Program
Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York, NY

2015

M.F.A. Fine Art
Parsons The New School For Design, New York, NY

2011

B.F.A. Graphic Design
California Polytechnic University Pomona


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2017          

Memory is a Tough Place (forthcoming)
Kellen Galleries, The New School, New York, NY

Public Formats
ESTE, Brooklyn, NY

Whitney ISP 2016-17 Studio Exhibition
Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY

Public Formats
Abrons Art Center, New York, NY

Harlem Postcards Spring 2017
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

Closer Than Ever
Art Meets Camera, Cape Town, ZA

2016

Privacy, Surveillance, and Prison Reform, Commissions
Newhive.com

Summer Fling—The Barn Show
Johannes Vogt Gallery, East Hampton, NY

Show #31: Online Exhibition
Field Projects, New York, NY

UNPAINTED Art Fair, Lab 3.0
Mixed Munich Arts, Munich, DE

2015

Abra Cadabra 2020, Two-person exhibition with Andy Wentz
Standard Practice Gallery, New York, NY

Off Pink
The Kitchen, New York, NY

Beyond The Obvious
25 East Gallery, New York, NY

Wohstxeteht
25 East Gallery, New York, NY

2014

485 Lorimer St. Pop-Up Show
485 Lorimer St., New York, NY

Exit Strategies
25 East Gallery, New York, NY

People Taking Pictures of Pictures Taking People
25 East Gallery, New York, NY

The Visual Pleasure Show
25 East Gallery, New York, NY


AWARDS:

2014

University Scholars Award
Parsons The New School For Design, New York, NY

2013

Provost's Scholarship
Parsons The New School For Design, New York, NY


LECTURES & PRESENTATIONS:

2017

Trust and Believe
With Jacqueline Feldman, Sam Hart, Mitu Khandaker, Caroline Sinders, Francis Tseng, Hosted by Nora N. Khan
Eyebeam, Brooklyn, NY

2015

Identity & The Body / Anti-Body, Designing Digital Knowledges: Production, Action, Labor
With Marcea Decker
Culture & Media, Eugene Lang College, The New School, New York, NY


PRESS:

2016

Louis Bury, I’d Prefer Not To: ‘Enacting Stillness’ at The 8th Floor
Hyperallergic, December 10, 2016.

Priscilla Frank, Chatbot ‘Sandy Speaks’ Continues Sandra Bland’s Legacy Of Education And Activism
Huffington Post, September 27, 2016.

Kristin Iversen, Questions About Police Surveillance? Prison Reform? This Chatbot Will Help
Nylon, September 22, 2016.

Ashleigh Kane, This Chatbot Tells You What To Do if the Police Stop You
Dazed Digital, September 21, 2016.

Nate Hitchcock, On UNPAINTED lab 3.0: Nate Hitchcock
Reflektor M, February 2, 2016.


PUBLISHED ESSAYS:

2016

American Artist, Sandy Speaks: A Chatbot That Talks Prison Statistics & The Failure of Surveillance
PAPER, September 20, 2016.

American Artist, Sandy Speaks: A Chatbot That Talks Prison Statistics & The Failure of Surveillance
Newhive, September 19, 2016.

American Artist, A Declaration of the Dignity Image
The New Inquiry, September 13, 2016.

American Artist, Bobby Shmurda: Viral and Invisible
New Criticals, May 12, 2016.

American Artist and Dorothy Howard, In Conversation with Tao Lin on his mandalas
Arachne, February 1, 2016.

2015

American Artist, New Glory Blue/The Blue Screen of Liberation
American Artist, September 1, 2015.