Carol Anne McChrystal


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

Her sculptures have been exhibited in Los Angeles at Mata Gallery, Avenue 50 Studios, and Acogedor Space. She has participated in several residency programs, including Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ACRE, and Burren College of Art, and her arts writing has been published on platforms like Art Practical. 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*
2010    The Pixie Troll Witch Hour: Into the 3 A.M. Void with Carol Anne & Keturah, Here, San Francisco, CA*

Group Exhibitions & Screenings
2022   Forthcoming: Polar Opposites, D21 Kunstraum, Leipzig
2021    Stampede, Horse & Pony, Berlin   
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*

2021    Suico-Soriano, Irene: "Target 2°C,” Entropical Latitudes Exhibition Catalog
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*

2021    Guest Lecturer - History of Digital Media, California College of the Arts, San Francisco

2022    Forthcoming: Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, Oregon
2022    Forthcoming: Cow House Studios, Ballybawn, Rathnure Enniscorthy,County Wicklow, Ireland
2021    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*

2021    "Entropical Latitudes: Carol Anne McChrystal at Mata Art Gallery," Exhibition Catalog
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, & 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

Awards & Honors
2021     Future Art Award: Ecosystem X, Mozaik Philanthropy
2005    Graduate Fellowship, Sculpture Department, California College of the Arts
2004    Graduate Fellowship, Sculpture Department, California College of the Arts
2004    Outstanding Senior Award, Sculpture Department, UIUC School of Art + Design
2003    Merit Scholarship, Sculpture Department, UIUC School of Art + Design
2002    Merit Scholarship, Sculpture Department, UIUC School of Art + Design

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

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