Carol Anne McChrystal

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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 and labor, 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.

As part of the collaborative duo Nightmare City, she has created immersive environments that have been exhibited at Alter Space in San Francisco, The Luminary in St. Louis, and Horse & Pony in Berlin among others,and has shown 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’s writing has been published on critical arts platforms like Art Practical and Temporary, and she recently self-published a collection of poetry titled, “Entropical Latitudes.”  Born into the dual diaspora of the Philippines and Ireland, she currently lives and works in Los Angeles where she also organizes with GABRIELA, the anti-imperialist Filipino women’s group.

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Born in Chicago, Lives and Works in Los Angeles

Solo Exhibitions
2021    Entropical Latitudes, Mata Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2016    The Photic Wave: Cosmic Rivulet, The Luminary, St. Louis, MO*
2015    The Photic Wave: California Consciousness, Alter Space, San Francisco, CA*
2015    komische Nachbarn, Peephole Gallery, San Francisco, CA*
2014    California Nightmare, State of the Art, Berlin*
2013    NIGHTMARE CITY PRESENTS://RICH EVIDENCE  THE PHOTIC WAVE Θ Horse and Pony Fine Arts, Berlin*
2010    The Pixie Troll Witch Hour: Into the 3 A.M. Void with Carol Anne & Keturah, Here, San Francisco, CA*


Group Exhibitions & Screenings
2020    Switch, Kaiser Gallery, Cleveland, OH
2020    home, Acogedor Space, Los Angeles, CA
2020    Superdomestik, Asukal Space, Online Exhibition
2019    Araw ng mga Patay, Avenue 50 Studio, Los Angeles, CA
2015    Glitch Cult, Essex Flowers, New York, NY*
2015    Friendship & Freedom, MASS Gallery, Austin, TX*
2014    These Streams, ACRE TV, Chicago, IL*
2013    Science Fictions, Warschau, Berlin, Germany
2013    Translocura: Art at the Brink of Madness, Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin, CA*
2013    NoiseKölln Music Video Awards, Loophole, Berlin, Germany*
2012    Not Free Not Dead: The Psychedelic End, ATA, San Francisco, CA*
2012    Interpanel Relationships: A Spatial Discussion, S.H.E.D. Projects, Oakland, CA*
2011    Reformation, Somerset County Jail, Skowhegan, ME*
2011    Nightmare City Copy Lake The Horde, screening, Bei-Roy, Berlin, Germany*
2010    All that is Solid Melts Into Air: Nightmare City with Copy Lake, Erin Elder and Sam Green, Queen’s Nails Projects, San Francisco CA*
2010    ATA Film & Video Festival, ATA, San Francisco, CA*
2010    VOX VI, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA*
2010    T-10, 21Grand, Oakland, CA*
2010    A Light at the End of the Tunnel, Scope Basel Cinema, Basel, Switzerland*
2009    Mash Up Show, NOMA Gallery, San Francisco, CA*
2008    D.U.I., Maniac, Oakland, CA*
2008    Disembody (in collaboration with 23E Studios), Fringe Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA*


Publications
2019    "Entropical Latitudes," 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*
2011    "The Slacker, the Protestor, Cosmic Gestation, and Me," Art Practical
2011    "The Immortal," Art Practical
2011    "Self Expression Night: Complicity, Resistance, and the Touchy-Feely in Bay Area Performance Art," Art Practical
2010    "From Portland With Love," Art Practical
2010    "Afterglow in Divided Space," Art Practical
2010    “Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy,” Art Practical*
2010    “To Valie Export with Love and Kisses,” Color + Color: Black + White*
2010   "Bell, Book and Candle," Shotgun Review
2010    "The Secret Welcome of Space and it’s Prehistoric Future," Art Practical
2010    "in a world where you are possible," Art Practical*
2009    "Justin Beal, Lena Daly, Kate Owens," Art Practical
2009    “Big Time: Nightmare City Thinks You Suck,” Nightmare City Publications*
2009    "Erin Allen and James Bradley: New World Boredom," Shotgun Review


Bibliography
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,” Art Forum*
2010    Gannon, Victoria: “Going to California: Nightmare City,” Art:21*
2009    Wolfe, Megan: “Café Royale, Silverman & NOMA,” Fecal Face*
2009    Ritchie, Andy: “A Breathalyzer of Fresh Air,” ArtSlant*


Residencies
2021    Forthcoming: The Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland
2016    The Luminary, St. Louis, Missouri, USA*
2015    Jail Cell AIR at Alter Space, San Francisco, California, USA*
2012    Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, Berlin, Germany*
2012    Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, USA*
2011    Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine, USA*
2010    ACRE, Steuben, Wisconsin, USA*


Awards & Honors
2004-2006    Graduate Sculpture Department Fellowship, California College of the Arts
2003-2004    Sculpture Department Merit Scholarship, UIUC School of Art + Design
2002-2003    Sculpture Department Merit Scholarship, UIUC School of Art + Design


Education
2006   MFA Sculpture; California College of the Arts
2004   BFA Sculpture & Women's and Gender Studies; University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign


*Denotes as Collaborative Group Nightmare City