Somebody Told Me You People Were Crazy
Somebody Told Me You People Were Crazy
Curated by Craig Drennen
May 18 - July 13, 2019
HATHAWAY | Contemporary Gallery
Atlanta, GA 30318
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, May 18, 6 – 9 PM
CURATOR TALK: Thursday, June 27, 6 PM
In 1978 the Cramps played a full concert at the Napa State Mental Hospital in Napa, California. It was the last stop on the band’s cross-country tour and it’s unclear exactly why they were scheduled. What is clear is that the Cramps, with their opening act The Mutants, played their normal punk set at full intensity. The mental patients from the hospital engaged with the performance to differing degrees. After the first song, lead singer Lux Interior leaned into the microphone and says, “Somebody told me you people are crazy, but I'm not so sure about that. You seem to be all right to me." Much of the performance was videotaped and later released by Target Video*.
This concert is the premise for a group exhibition at Hathaway Gallery, and offers a potential lens into both contemporary art and exhibition practices. The Cramps played the 1978 concert in a bizarrely non-traditional venue, to an audience with known limitations. Every artist can likely empathize with performers delivering their craft under strange conditions to an uncomprehending audience. That might, in fact, be the conditions under which artists most often show their work. The nine artists selected for the exhibition are based in New York City, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Buffalo City Iowa. For this exhibition they have contributed drawing, painting, sculpture, video, photography, and one site-specific wall installation. They are all artists who I’ve admired for their unrelenting commitment to their respective practices in a world that has yet to recognize them properly. I won’t assign them positions from the concert analogy. But there are artists in this exhibition who are under known, artists with growing cult followings, and artists who have had a taste of success but not nearly enough.
Craig Drennen (curator) is an artist based in Atlanta who teaches at Georgia State University. He is a 2017 MOCA GA Working Artist Project recipient and a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow. His first solo exhibition at Hathaway Gallery, “ Painters ”, was in March 2018.
*image courtesy of Target Video
January 25th to February 23rd
La Esquina Gallery
Kansas City, MO
Opening Reception: Friday, January 25, 2019, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
In Staging Ground, the landscape is treated as subject, object, and location; a place for action, representation, and romanticization. Artists JE Baker, Carl Baratta, The Blue River Road Investigators (Trey Hock and Brent Jackson), Christopher Carroll, Rachel Frank, Jenny Kendler, Lilly McElroy, Eduardo Restrepo, and Rodrigo Valenzuela engage with the natural world using the landscape as a site for performance, intervention, fabrication, and exploration in order to address the storied relationship between humans and nature. These artists intrude upon a wilderness in which they can never completely belong, yet, drawing upon Agamben’s notion of shifting realities, they confront this separation, demonstrating their own reverential and at times hubristic tendencies in the process.
Friday, January 25, 7:30pm
I’m here. Now What? Performative Screening by Christopher Carroll and Lilly McElroy
Saturday, February 16 th , 4:00pm
A Fireside Chat with the Blue River Road Investigators , moderated by Lucas Wetzel
Saturday, February 23 rd , 12:00 – 5:00pm
Red Tide, a durational reading by JE Baker
Curated by Lilly McElroy with the support of The Charlotte Street Foundation
IHNW: A Lonely Forest
A Lonely Forest
Cottey College, P.E.O. Foundation Art Gallery
December 2018-January 2019
A Lonely Forest centers on two performative videos created by the artists Lilly McElroy and Christopher Carroll under the umbrella of their collaborative project, “I’m Here, Now What?” (IHNW). McElroy and Carroll originally created IHNW in order to have an outlet for their mutual interest in exploring and engaging the woodland environment of central Maine, where they work during the summer months.
Project Website: https://imherenowwhat.info
Blessed Be: Mysticism, Spirituality, and the Occult in Contemporary Art
September 15, 2018 - December 30, 2018
I'm very excited to have work in an exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson (MOCA Tucson) called "Blessed Be: Mysticism, Spirituality, and the Occult in Contemporary Art", curated by Ginger Shulick Porcella.
This exhibition examines the relationship between “cult” and “culture” and how the museum space, like sites of worship, are places for sustained, concentrated attention and contemplation. Blessed Be links spiritual practice to artistic production, raising questions about the liminal spaces that exist between the sacred and the prosaic, celebrating these renowned contemporary artists and visionaries. The exhibition reveals the performance behind the ritual, and as such Blessed Be is an evolving exhibition, activated throughout the course of the show through a full series of lectures, screenings, and performances.
Cassils, Ron Athey, Arshia Haq, Alison Blickle, Christopher Carroll, Adam Cooper-Terán, Mikala Dwyer, Amir H. Fallah, Barnaby Furnas, Matthew Day Jackson, Baseera Khan, Candice Lin, Ann McCoy, BREYER P-ORRIDGE, Harry E. Smith, Scott Treleaven, Leo Villareal, Zadie Xa
319 North 11th Street, 2nd Floor, unit 2G
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Opening Reception: May 5th, 2017, 6 – 10pm
On View: May 5th through May 21st
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 2 – 6pm
Christopher Carroll and Lilly McElroy enact gestures through which they challenge, defeat, observe, soothe, and worship nature. They construct representations of the bucolic and carry out rituals in the forest. While on a roughly constructed stage in the middle of the woods, the artists perform actions that range from the exploratory to the absurd in an effort to both dismantle traditional, romantic images of nature and reimagine them from a contemporary perspective. Viewers are left with documentation of these actions - a series of vignettes, including a man arm wrestling a tree, a line-dancing satyr, and a woman trapped by the image of nature. The performances display the artists’ sincere yet ultimately futile attempts to interact with the forest. Carroll and McElroy intrude upon a wilderness in which they can never completely belong yet confront this separation, demonstrating their own hubristic tendencies in the process.
I'm Here. Now What? @ The Suburban Gallery, Walker's Point
I'm Here. Now What?
An Exhibition by Christopher Carroll and Lilly McElroy
The Suburban Gallery, Walker’s Point
723 South 5th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204
Opening Reception: April 23rd, 2017, 3 - 4pm
On View: April 23rd through May 13th (hours by appointment)
There does not exist a forest as an objectively fixed Environment: there exist a forest for the park ranger, a forest for the hunter, a forest for the botanist, a forest for the wayfarer, a forest for the nature lover, a forest for the carpenter, and finally a fable forest in which Little Red Riding Hood looses her way.
Giorgio Agamben, The Open: Man and Animal
Christopher Carroll and Lilly McElroy engage with the natural world through performative actions, ranging from the exploratory to the absurd, in order to both dismantle traditional, romantic images of Nature and reimagine them from a contemporary perspective. For this exhibition, Carroll and McElroy intrude upon a wilderness in which they can never completely belong, yet, drawing upon Agamben’s notion of shifting realities, the nevertheless confront this separation, demonstrating their own hubristic tendencies in the process.
June 10 - July 9, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, June 10, 6 - 8 PM
Artists: Christopher Carroll, Kerry Downey, Yasi Ghanbari, Jason Maas, Shervone Neckles, Marissa Perel, Sheetal Prajapati
NO ATLAS is produced by our 2015/16 SHIFT Residency artists. The unique nature of SHIFT Residency draws out unspoken challenges, and considerations in the lives of its participating artists, who dedicate a significant portion of their time towards supporting other artists. Reflecting possibilities for navigating otherness at the intersection of time, place, and identity, the work in NO ATLAS maps territories known and unknown, real and imagined, material and spectral, playing out each artist’s relationships to alterity. The group collectively examines modes of displacement, using video, sculpture, installation, and performance as tools for investigation into origins, cosmologies, pedagogies, and the shifting dimensions of interpersonal relationships.
I am very excited to announce that I was nominated for and have received a 2015 residency at Shift! Thanks to the folks at the Elizabeth foundation and to Sarah Workneh and Michelle Levy for the support!
Skowhegan CONVERSATION #7: PORTLAND EDITION
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The Via Agency
619 Congress St Portland, ME, 04101 United States
For centuries, artists have used the landscape as inspiration, subject, setting, specter, and reference to the sublime. Often, these lines blur: the iconic Caspar Von Friedrich painting Wanderer above the Sea of Fog can be read as man conquering nature; man in awe of nature; or man’s insignificance within the natural world.
CONVERSATIONS is pleased to present three artists, Christopher Carroll (A ’08), Lilly McElroy (A’ 06), and Scott Wiener (A ’10), who have metaphorically played the role of Von Friedrich’s Wanderer to various comic, tragic, and alienating ends. In their respective work, these artists explore many themes: clichés of the natural world and the sublime; relationships to history and time through the consistency of landscape; a disassociation with nature; the politics and history of site; and the complex relationship between being subject to the natural world and attempting to control one’s place within it. Through their use of photo- and video-based media, and oftentimes their own bodies, Carroll, McElroy, and Weiner attempt to collapse the distance between the artist and their experience with and within the landscape.
Off The Wall/ Fresco Paintings
I'm very excited to participate in a Fresco based group show in Chelsea.
September 4 – November 29 2014
Opening Reception / Thursday, September 4, 6 – 8 PM
Hudson Guild Gallery
441 W. 26th Street NY, NY 10001
Tuesdays – Fridays 10 AM – 7 PM
Saturdays 1 PM – 4 PM
Curated by Walter O’Neill
Off the Wall /Fresco Painting / Fresco is primarily an ancient mural technique but in the 20th century, artists started experimenting with that technique. exploring a variety of formats to create frescos that were not on walls. These include methods originally developed to remove damaged frescoes from walls. Using a variant of the strappo method of attaching burlap to the wall to remove a fresco, artists invented a way to paint on the burlap.
The artists in this exhibit choose to work in fresco not only for its historic connections but because of the unique challenges and the specific surface. Fresco painting requires the artist to paint with pure pigments on freshly laid plaster before it dries. One must use a delicate but sure hand. Because the color is bound directly into the surface, when it dries a crystalline surface forms over the color creating a unique quality of light and color.
Here's a review of the show
Vox X: Present Tense
I'm super excited to have some new work in a juried group show at Vox Populi.
EXHIBITION DATES: July 11 – August 1, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, July 11, 6 – 10 pm
GALLERY TALK WITH MATTHEW BRANNON AND HOWIE CHEN: Friday, July 11, 6:30 pm
CLOSING RECEPTION: Friday, August 1, 6 – 10pm
GALLERY HOURS: Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 6 pm
VOX X: Present Tense, is Vox Populi's tenth annual juried exhibition, featuring more than 50 works by 32 artists from across the country.
Selected artists include Liz Ainslie, Anthea Behm, Kate Bonsted, Cudelice Brazelton, Josh Brilliant, Jordan Buschur, Christopher Carroll, Sarah Coote, Alex Echevarria, Becket Flannery, Mike Fleming, Kevin Frances, Annie Frazier, Carrie Fucile, Daniel Greenberg, Colin Hunt, James Inscho, I am the One Who Knocks, Jim Leach, Daniel Lichtman, Yefu Liu, Wallace Ludel, M.M. Mantua, Mores McWreath, Rebecca Morgan, Camden Place and Annette Isham, Justin Rubich, Vabianna Santos, Walter Sutin, Nicole Tschampel, Rodrigo Valenzuela, and Allison Yasukawa.
The jurors Matthew Brannon and Howie Chen sought a wide range of artists working in various media: “Along with the more traditional mediums of painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, conceptual, video and performance art we also encouraged the submission of sound, text, spoken word, dance, comedy, cooking, large scale painting… As a new century begins and the last still informs every move we make an anxiety of where we are takes many forms from the personal to the political.”
319 NORTH 11TH STREET
PHILADELPHIA PA 19107
DEAD SPACE presents:
All That And A Bag of Chips
I have a piece in a group show at a great new artist run space in Brooklyn called DEAD SPACE.
The opening is from 7-9PM on March 8, 2014
DEAD SPACE is located at:
164 20th St. Unit 3A (between 3rd and 4th Ave)
temporary land bridge blog
I will have some work included in an exhibition curated by Sheila Pepe that will open on November 2 at 106 Green Gallery in Brooklyn.
106 Green Gallery
104 Green Street, Brooklyn, New York 11222
I will have work included in an exhibition curated by Anthony Craig Drennen that runs from October 4 through October 31, 2013.
Part of the University of North Dakota's 2013 Arts and Culture Conference.
Third Street Gallery
310 Kittson Ave • Grand Forks, ND
Maine International Film Festival
July 12-21, 2013
My Video "Steppenwolf" is being featured alongside videos by Derrick Adams, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Santiago Forero, Victoria Fu, Chelsea Knight, Austin Shull, Siobhan Landry, Lilly McElroy, and others in a M.I.F.F. screening titled:
"This House is Just Like Your House"
Sunday, July 14, 5:00PM
Common Street Arts
16 Common Street
Out of the Ruins: Reimagining the Romantic Tradition
The New Art Center in Newton
Newtonville, MA 02460
New Art Center
September 10, 2012 - October 12, 2012 (Main Gallery)
Curated by Elizabeth Thach
Featuring the work of eight artists: Christopher Carroll, Clare Grill , Jane Fox Hipple, Fred H. C. Liang, Ryan McLennan, Gina Ruggeri, Marisa Tesauro and Elizabeth Thach.
Remarking the Trail
September 9th-October 9th, 2011
Opening September 9th
artist lecture 530PM
The awesome folks at Grizzly Grizzly are exhibiting my work in a show call "The Pilot's Dilema" at 319 N 11th St, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
The show will come down at the end of October 2010.
For more information go to www.grizzlygrizzly.wordpress.com or email them at email@example.com
I am showing a series of my trophy photographs with artist Gina Siepel
The Echo as Original Sound: The Self Made Man in the American landscape.
Friday, May 14th - Sunday, May 30 2010
Friday, May 14 6 - 8 PM
fivesevendelle is located in Boston's Mission Hill.
57 Delle street, Boston Ma 02115
Gallery hours are limited:
Tuesday, May 18: 2 -6 PM, Saturday, May 22: 1-5 PM, Friday, May 28: 2 - 6 PM
MFA Thesis Exhibition
Re-marking the Trail
The David and Sandra Bakalar Gallery
Friday, April 30
April 30 - May 8th
Zapped UP Void
I will have several videos in an upcoming show curated by Eva Jung at SOHO20 as part of the Savoir-Faire exhibition in Chelsea this month.
Opens at 7PM
SOHO20 CHELSEA GALLERY
547 West 27th St.
NEW YORK, NY 10001
Looks like I'll be showing at Roanoke College's Olin gallery sometime in September of 2011.
So I'll probably be posting a bunch of new photos of my recent work as my Spring review exhibition approaches. Just thought I'd check in.
You, and Me, and some Synethesia
March 24, 2009-March 27
Doran Gallery, Boston, Ma
F.A.B. Galery, Richmond, VA
March 24th Opening (both locations)
I have curated and will be taking part in a joint exhibition called “You, and Me, and some Synethesia” which opens simultaneously in both Boston and Virginia at the Doran gallery and the F.A.B. gallery. This exhibition will showcase recent work created by Graduate students from both Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s S.I.M. (Studio for Interrelated Media) program and Virginia Commonwealth University’s K.I. (Kinetic Imaging) program. Both graduate departments focus on emerging media and its application in the Fine arts and will consist of video projections, sound, and other “interrelated” media. This exhibition will both introduce and synthesize the work of two unique student bodies from distant yet similar academic institutions working towards mutual goals.
The performance at Mobius went well the other night. As always Scott did a great job and I feel like the piece was well received. The past couple of weeks have been incredibly busy for me so although I will relax a little now I plan on getting back to work soon.
Performance at Mobius
So I will be performing my piece "Anna Magdalena as Composer" at Mobius the evening of Sunday December 14 with Scott Halligan. This is the same performance that I did with Scott at the Pozen Center for Performing Arts on November 18. The New Mobius Space is located at 725 Harrison Ave., Boston. Mobius on the web
So this is my first entry the newest version of my website. It's more a test entry than anything else.