AMERICAN ARTIST (b. 1989 Altadena, CA, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work extends dialectics formalized in Black radicalism and organized labor into a context of networked virtual life. Their practice makes use of video, installation, new media, and writing to reveal historical dynamics embedded within contemporary culture and technology. 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.
Artist attended the Whitney Independent Study program as an artist. They are a resident at Abrons Art Center, a 2018-2019 recipient of the Queens Museum Jerome Foundation Fellowship, and a former resident of EYEBEAM. They have exhibited at the Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco; the Studio Museum in Harlem; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and Koenig & Clinton, New York. They have published writing in The New Inquiry and New Criticals and have had work featured in Artforum, ARTnews, Mousse, and Huffington Post. Artist is the art director of the arts and politics publication unbag.