Solo Exhibitions

2025    forthcoming: Pasalubong, Pintô Art Museum, Manila, 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 with Carol Anne & Keturah, Here, San Francisco*

Group Exhibitions 

2023   forthcoming: Under the Same Sun, Edge on the Square, San Francisco
2023   forthcoming: Streams of Waste, The Grey Space in the Middle, The Hague, The Netherlands
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, Illiinois*
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*
2008     30 Under 30, Varnish, San Francisco, California
2008     D.U.I., Maniac, Oakland, 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

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*


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     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


2023     forthcoming: The Burren College of Art, County Clare, Ireland
2023     current: 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, County 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 Fellowships - Emerging Artists, 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*

Other Experience

2022    Co-Curator and Moderator, 2 x 2 Talks, D21 Kunstraum, Leipzig, Germany
2013     Co-Curator, Not Free Not Dead: The Psychedelic End Screening, Horse & Pony, Berlin, Germany


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, Avenue 50 Studios, and Adjunct Positions, and internationally at Galleria Duemila (Manila) and Horse & Pony (Berlin). She has participated in several residency programs, including Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (US), Sitka Center for Art & Ecology (US), Emerging Islands (PH) and Burren College of Art (IE) and her arts writing has been published on platforms like Art Practical. In addition to receiving grants from the Puffin Foundation and Arts Council Ireland, in 2021 she was a recipient of the Mozaik Foundation Ecosystem X, an award which recognizes artists using contemporary art as a medium for social change. Carol Anne received her MFA from California College of the Arts, and she is currently based between Ireland, the Philippines and unceded Tongva land, also known as Los Angeles.

As part of the collaborative duo Nightmare City, 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.
Carol Anne McChrystal’s materially-driven sculpture practice uses chemical processes and labor-intensive hand-making to explore the legacy of colonialism and trade, as well as the ways in which the climate catastrophe has compounded these histories of inequity. Inhabiting the tension between Earth’s immense history and the absurdly mundane everyday experience of plastic, her practice consolidates the painstakingly hand-made with mass-produced consumables in order to pry open a speculative space in which to resist the means-ends rationale of late capitalism.

Her recent sculptures concentrate on the ancestral handicrafts of her two island homelands of Ireland and the Philippines. Influenced by time spent in familial homelands witnessing the role that globalized industry plays in the dissolution of cultural practices, these works take the form of plaited floor mats traditionally made from local plant fibers. Informed by her own family migration story, she hand-weaves these objects from non-traditional materials like blue tarpaulins, single-use beverage bottles, discarded plastic wrappers and other products of oil extraction that she collects from specific landscapes. Using material and method hand in hand, these works are a meditation on how extractive industry and climate catastrophe are irrevocably entwined with local experiences of home and shelter.
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