Solo Exhibitions

2025   forthcoming: Pasalubong, Project Space Pilipinas, Lucban, Philippines
2021    Entropical Latitudes, Mata Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2016    Cosmic Rivulet, The Luminary, St. Louis, Missouri*
2015    California Consciousness, Alter Space, San Francisco, California*
2014    California Nightmare, State of the Art, Berlin, Germany*
2013    Rich Evidence, Horse and Pony Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany*
2010    The Pixie Troll Witch Hour: Into the 3 A.M. Void, Here, San Francisco*

Group Exhibitions

2024    Moved/Displaced, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, California
2023    Streams of Waste, The Grey Space in the Middle, The Hague, The Netherlands
2023    Under the Same Sun, Edge on the Square, San Francisco, California
2023    A World of Islands, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston upon Thames, London, UK
2022    HITHERTO VI: Notes on Impermanence, Project Space Pilipinas, Lucban, Philippines
2022    Rinconcito Tropical, El Centro del Conocimiento Migrante, Portland
2022    The Riddle of Materials, Galleria Duemila, Manila, Philippines
2022    bad budz, Adjunct Positions, Los Angeles, California
2022    a line and a long gaze, Phase Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2022    Kapwa: Communal Spirit, Avenue 50 Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2022    Polar Opposites, D21, Leipzig, Germany (Three-Person Collaborative Exhibition)
2022    Ecosystem X, Mozaik Philanthropy, Los Angeles, California
2021    Stampede, Horse & Pony, Berlin, Germany
2020    Switch, Kaiser Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
2020    home, Acogedor Space, Los Angeles, California
2020    Superdomestic, AsukalSpace, Online Exhibition
2019    Araw ng mga Patay, Avenue 50 Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2015    Glitch Cult, Essex Flowers, New York, New York*
2015    Friendship & Freedom, MASS Gallery, Austin, Texas*
2014    These Streams, ACRE TV, Chicago, Illinois*
2013    Science Fictions, Warschau, Berlin, Germany
2013    Translocura: Art at the Brink of Madness, Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin, California*
2012    Not Free Not Dead: The Psychedelic End, ATA, San Francisco, California*
2012    Interpanel Relationships: A Spatial Discussion, S.H.E.D. Projects, Oakland, California*
2011    Reformation, Somerset County Jail, Skowhegan, Maine*
2011    Nightmare City Copy Lake The Horde, screening, Bei-Roy, Berlin, Germany*
2010    All that is Solid Melts Into Air, Queen’s Nails Projects, San Francisco, California*
2010    ATA Film & Video Festival, ATA, San Francisco, California*
2010    VOX VI, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania*
2010    T-10, 21Grand, Oakland, California*
2010    A Light at the End of the Tunnel, Scope Basel Cinema, Basel, Switzerland*
2009    Mash Up Show, NOMA Gallery, San Francisco, California*
2009    D.U.I., Maniac, Oakland, California*
2008    30 Under 30, Varnish, San Francisco, California
2008    Disembody (in collaboration with 23E Studios), Fringe Exhibitions, Los Angeles, California*
2006    Friends of the Arts, 222 Club, San Francisco, California
2006    Bad Art for Bad People, CCA MFA Exhibition, San Francisco, California

Selected Bibliography

2024    Hoffman, Susan: “Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Alumni Exhibition now at OCCCA,” LA Times
2022    Buchet-Déak, Elisabeth: “Hope and Beauty on the Edge of Collapse,” Mozaik E-Zine
2022    Interview, “Antipodal World Making: Following the Blue Plastic Thread” Human Nature Magazine, D21 Kunstraum
2022    Exhibition Catalog, “Future Art Awards: Ecosystem X,” Mozaik Philanthropy
2021    Suico-Soriano, Irene: "Target 2°C,” Exhibition Catalog, Mata Art Gallery
2015    Tedford, Matthew Harrison: “The Photic Wave is a Cult You’ll Want to Join,” SF Weekly*
2015    Puleo, Risa: “Friendship & Freedom,” Modern Painters*
2015    Anani, Katie: “Critics’ Pick: Friendship and Freedom,” Artforum*
2010    Gannon, Victoria: “Going to California: Nightmare City,” Art:21*
2009    Ritchie, Andy: “A Breathalyzer of Fresh Air,” ArtSlant*

Talks, Panel, Workshops and Other Experience

2024    Fellow, “Ecologies of Flourishing,” Puón Institute, San Fernando, La Union, Philippines
2023    Artist Talk and Workshop, “Where is the Middle of the Sea,” Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, London, U.K
2023    Artist Talk, “alterlife: material entanglement + ongoing becoming,” Emerging Islands, San Juan, La Union, Philippines
2023    Resource Speaker, “Kaalam sa Hinabing Banig: Ecology, Traditions, Transformations, and Diaspora,” Visayas State University, Baybay, Leyte, Philippines
2022    Resident Artist Talk, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, Oregon
2022    Guest Lecturer - Advanced Sculpture: Trace/Time/Terrain, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Illinois
2022    Co-Curator and Moderator, 2 x 2 Talks, D21 Kunstraum, Leipzig, Germany
2022    Artist Talk, D21 Kunstraum, Leipzig, Germany
2021    Guest Lecturer - History of Digital Media, CCA, San Francisco, California
2021    Artist Talk, Mata Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2013    Co-Curator, Not Free Not Dead: The Psychedelic End Screening, Horse & Pony, Berlin, Germany


2025    forthcoming: Neo-Emerging Artist Residency (NEAR) Lucban, Project Space Pilipinas, Lucban, Philippines 
2023    The Burren College of Art, Co. Clare, Ireland
2023    Cill Rialaig, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry, Ireland
2023    Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, London, UK
2023    Emerging Islands, San Juan, La Union, Philippines
2022    Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, Oregon
2022    Cowhouse Studios, Ballybawn, Co. Wexford, Ireland
2021    The Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland
2016    The Luminary, St. Louis, Missouri*
2015    Jail Cell AIR at Alter Space, San Francisco, California*
2012    Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, Berlin, Germany*
2012    Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont*
2011    Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine*
2010    ACRE, Steuben, Wisconsin*

Awards & Honors

2023    Fellow, Individual Artist Fellowship, California Arts Council
2023    Semi-Finalist & Alternate, Fulbright Open Research Fellowship
2022    Grantee, Arts Council Ireland, Agility Award
2022    Grantee, The Puffin Foundation, Visual Arts Grant
2022    Finalist, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Visual Arts Grant
2021    Grantee, Mozaik Philanthropy, Future Art Award: Ecosystem X
2005    Grantee, Graduate Fellowship, Sculpture Department, California College of the Arts
2004    Grantee, Graduate Fellowship, Sculpture Department, California College of the Arts
2004    Recipient, Outstanding Senior Award, Sculpture Dept, UIUC School of Art + Design
2003    Recipient, Merit Scholarship, Sculpture Department, UIUC School of Art + Design
2002    Recipient, Merit Scholarship, Sculpture Department, UIUC School of Art + Design

Published Writing

2023    “something meant for you when you welcome me back: translocal material entanglement across a global arkipelago,” A World of Islands: On Palms, Storms & Coconuts, Stanley Picker Gallery
2022    “Gimme Shelter: Changing Contexts of Banig Weaving in a Changing Climate,” Rare Earth, D21 Kunstraum
2021    "Entropical Latitudes," Exhibition Catalog, Mata Art Gallery
2019    “Entropical Latitudes,” Poetry Collection, Hexahedra Press
2015    “Faunic Witches Floral Bitches,” Nightmare City Publications*
2012    “Fuzzy Logic,” Nightmare City Publications in collaboration with Sarrita Hunn*
2011    “Sssux to be Usss,” Nightmare City Publications*
2009    “Big Time: Nightmare City Thinks You Suck,” Nightmare City Publications*


2006    MFA Sculpture; California College of the Arts, San Francisco
2004    BFA Sculpture & Women’s and Gender Studies; University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

*denotes as collaborative duo Nightmare City

Carol Anne McChrystal’s sculptures have been exhibited in Los Angeles at Mata Gallery, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, and Adjunct Positions, and internationally at Galleria Duemila (Manila), Horse & Pony (Berlin) and Stanley Picker Gallery (London). McChrystal earned her MFA from California College of the Arts and she has participated in numerous residency programs, including Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (US), Sitka Center for Art & Ecology (US), Emerging Islands (PH) and Cill Rialaig (IE). She has received grants from the Puffin Foundation, California Arts Council and Arts Council Ireland. In 2021 she received the Ecosystem X Award from Mozaik Foundation in recognition of artists using contemporary art for social change and in 2024 she was a Puón Institute Fellow at “Ecologies of Flourishing,” a collaborative workshop focused on creative social survival and ecological sustainability in a time of global planetary crisis.

As part of the collaborative duo Nightmare City (2008-2016), she created immersive environments that were exhibited at Alter Space in San Francisco, The Luminary in St. Louis, and Horse & Pony in Berlin among others, and showed video works at Essex Flowers in New York, MASS Gallery in Austin, and ACRETV in Chicago. Their work has been written about in publications such as ArtForum and Modern Painters.
Inspired by my own family migration story, my recent materially-driven works take the form of plaited mats traditionally made from local plant fibers in my two island homelands of Ireland and the Philippine archipelago. In these works, discarded plastic waste—a product of oil extraction—and locally gathered organic materials are processed and hand-woven into the forms of traditional mats. Influenced by time spent in familial homelands witnessing the role that globalized industry plays in the dissolution of cultural practices, I use material and method hand in hand to explore how the climate crisis has compounded certain inequitable legacies of colonialism. Seeking to expand connections between diasporic communities in the US and homeland, I also engage with mat weaving traditions as a barometer for how the climate crisis is transforming constructs of “nature” and “the natural.” My self-taught process of mat-weaving reflects on how traditions necessarily transform in diasporic communities, a result of how migration can separate subsequent generations from the old ways of being with the Land. By inhabiting the tension between Earth’s immense history and the absurdly mundane everyday experience of plastic, I consolidate painstakingly hand-made techniques with mass-produced consumables in order to pry open a speculative space of resistance to the destructive means-ends mentality of late capitalism. I use archipelagic thinking, fluidity and relationality within my art objects to consider the conceptual connections between diaspora, political agency, and deep geologic time—a meditation on how extractive industry and climate catastrophe are irrevocably entwined with local experiences of home and shelter. Ultimately, my engagement with material culture in my visual arts practice is focused on cultivating the possibility for imagining anti-colonial global futures—one that’s in step with ancestral knowledge, yet situated in the reality of the material conditions of contemporary life.

© CAM 2024