Skip Arnold

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Skip's Manifest

The emphasis is on space and how/what my body does or can do. The work ranges from being extremely physical to extremely passive.

To explore the relationships between self, place, and particular time.
To explore fundamental gestures and concepts.

My interest is the image and nothing else.

I work in media that are evanescent, transient, consumed in passing, not collected.

What is common to all my work is "Skip." Skip is the artwork. The act of doing, my actions, my choices.

Bio

SKIP ARNOLD

Born Binghamton, New York; lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
1984 MFA, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
1980 BFA, State University College, Buffalo, NY

AWARDS / GRANTS

2003 Durfee Foundation, ARC grant
1995 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
1993 National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Arts Fellowship Grant
1992 Art Matters Inc., Fellowship for Performance
1992 Brody Arts Foundation, Fellowship for Performance
1990 Foundation for Art Resources, (FAR), Grant for video

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

1997-2015 Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Studio Fine Arts and Liberal Arts and Sciences, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA.
2013 Senior Lecturer, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA.
2005-2007 Visiting Faculty, ECOLE National Superieure D’ARTS Paris - Cergy
1997-2005 Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Studio Fine Arts and Liberal Arts and Sciences, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
2000 Visiting Faculty, Video/ Multimedia/Performance, FaVU VUT Academy of Art, Brno, CZ

SOLO PERFORMANCES / EXHIBITIONS

2014 "Skip Arnold Bout This.", Greene Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.
2013 Window24_Christine König Galerie, Vienna, Austria
2012 "Head Shaking 2", Skoda Palace and New Town Hall, Prague, Czech Republic
2007 “Skip Arnold Video Films 1983-2007”, Christine Koenig Galerie, Vienna, Austria
2005 “Skip Arnold Documents” University of Houston, Clear Lake
2004

“The Last few Years…and then Sum” galerie Frederic Giroux, Paris

Skip Arnold, Kunsthalle Wien, Video Wall

2003 “Speciman circa 2003” Tea Building, F EST & Union Projects London
2002

“Wall Piece”, ACE Gallery, NYC, NY.

“An Occurrence in Centre Square”, Nova Zamky, SK

“Gruezi”, Art|33|Basel, Basel Switzerland

2000

“DETAILS” Roberts and Tilton, Los Angeles, CA

“SKIP ARNOLD PERFOMANCES/VIDEOS/PHOTOGRAPHS/DOCUMENTS” Galerie MXM, Prague, CZ

"DOCUMENTS AND VIDEOS 1982-2000", Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

"PERFORMANCES/VIDEOS/PHOTOGRAPHS/DOCUMENTS," Aeroplastics, Brussells, Belgium

1999

"SKIP ARNOLD", Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, NY

"SKIP ARNOLD," Galerie Montenay-Giroux, Paris, France

1997

"THE EVIDENTIARY FILE", Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, NY

1996 "FACADE", Art & Public, 35 rue des Bains, Geneva, Switzerland
1995 'SKIP ARNOLD," Burnett Miller, Santa Monica, CA
1994

"OFFICE," Exit Art, NYC

"SPIN," Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY

1993

"LIVING QUARTERS/CONDUCTING BUSINESS," Unfair, Koln, Germany

"FREIGHT," shipment via crate from Linz, Austria to the Unfair, Koln, Germany

"STATUE," an activity dealing with the architectonics of the exterior of the Kim Light Gallery and La Brea Avenue, Kim Light Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, July 7, 8

APPENDAGE, Greene Street, NYC

1992

"DIZZY," video sculpture, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA

"PUNCH", video sculpture, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

"HOOD ORNAMENT," activity as the hood ornament of a Kenworth eighteen-wheel truck, March 14, Sun Valley, CA

"GARGOYLE," an activity using the architectonics of the southern exterior of the Otis Gallery at Otis School of Art and Design, sponsored by Los Angeles Exhibitions '92 (LAX 92)

1990

"SHOOT ME,” all-day activity wearing "Shoot Me" T-shirt, Los Angeles, CA

"APPENDAGE," activities: root to a tree and a telephone pole, Part of "Witness L.A./Testigo, L.A."Sponsored by Highways, Santa Monica, CA.

1987 "CLOSET CORNER," an activity performed at the Variety Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA
1986 "SCARE CROW," an activity performed at Russell’s Flats, Conklin Forks, NY 4.13.86
1985

"CONTAMINATION," documented activity done at the Hollywood Reservoir

"THUNDERBALL," an activity performed at Oranges and Sardines gallery, sponsored by the ICA (Independent Composers Association)

1984

"THE PLAGUE," performance, Zero One Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

"MARKS," performance, Studio One, MP/TV, Los Angeles, CA

1983 "THE PLAGUE OF GRIEVESORES," performance, Anti-Club, Los Angeles, CA.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014

"Part II", Greene Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.

"Full House", 100 Artists, Aeroplastics, Brussels, Belgium

2012

"Under Constant Threat", Museum of Contemporary Art of Rio do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil

2011

“Second Story | new editions” Pepin Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

“Greater L.A.”, curated by Elenor Cayre, Benjamin Godsill, and Joel Mesler, New York, NY

2010

“No Show”, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, NY

“15 minutes of Fame”: Portraits from Ansel Adams to Andy Warhol Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA.

“Mystics Circle”, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA.

“Kill Your Timid Notion Festival”, Dundee Contemporary Arts, (DAC), Scotland, UK

2009

“100 Years (version #2, PS1)”, PS1, Long Island City, NY

“The MexiCali Biennial 09/10” , La Casa del Tunel Art Center Tijuana, Sala de Arte de la UABC Galeria Comunitaria Mexicali Rose Mexicali, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Design, Los Angeles (2010)

“Hurt So Good”, Rowan University Art Gallery, Rowan University, N.J.

“We Inturupt This Program”, Mercer Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada

“17 Continents”, Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece

2008

“Un-figuring the Body” University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA.

“Black and white” – Part 2, galerie Frederic Giroux, Paris, France

“California Video” curated by Glenn Phillips, The J. Paul Getty Museum

2007

“Til I Die”, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, NYC, NY

“Evidence of Movement”, co-curated by Jennifer Dunlop-Flecher and Glenn Phillips, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA.

2005

“Transformations”, galerie Frederic Giroux, Paris France

“Agir proch” Maison de la Culture d’Amiens, France

“Unspeakable”, Aeroplastics galerie, Brussels, Belgium

2004

“Auto-repeat”, Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

“Le corps en perspective”, galerie Frederic Giroux, Paris

2002

“Final Frontier”, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York City, NY

“Art Unlimited”,Art 33 Basel, Basel, Switzerland

“Full Nelson Number 4”, Los Angeles, CA

2001

“Exit Festival”, Helsinki, Finland

“2nd Open Performance Festival”, Bejing, China

2000 “Made in California 1900-2000”, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA.
2000

“Recontre, Internationale d’Art Performance de Quebec”, Le Lieu, Quebec, Canada

“Prague Steamroller 2000”, Prague, CZ

1999

“Venus” ARC Galerie, Wien,

"Bone 2," Performance Festival, Bern, CH

1998

"Larmes artificielles", Galerie Montenary-Giroux, Paris, France, curated by Muriel Colin-Barrand.

"Identity Crisis, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York City, NY

1997

@," Satellite Gallery, Long Island City, NY, curated by Willoughby Sharp

"Sunshine & Noir: Art from LA, 1960-1997," Louisiana Museum of Art,

Humlebaek, Denmark (traveling to Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany,

Hayward Gallery London, U.K., Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy, and

1997

UCLA at The Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA)

"The Road Show," Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York, NY

"Angel Hair: Ex L.A." Dogenhaus Galerie, Leipzig, Germany

1996

The Basel Film and Video Forum, Basel

A topic site "On Camp/Off Base, Tokyo, Japan

Galerie Satellite, Paris (with Vincent Friot)

"Menu du Jour," Silverstein Gallery, New York, NY

"Sampler 2," David Zwirner, New York, NY

1995

"How is Everything?” Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria,

curated by Edwin Wurm and Martin Walde

"Endurance," Exit Art, New York, NY

"Skip Arnold-Sigrid Hackenberg," Roger Merians Gallery, NY

"Cadeux Paquets," Gallerie Satellite, Paris, France

"Persistent Dispositions - Technetronic Identities," California Institute of the Arts

1994

"Courage," The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY, curated by David Leslie

"Let the Artist Live," Exit Art, New York, NY

"Breda Fotographia '94," Breda, Netherlands

1993

"On Display ," Performance Relikte & Sedimente," Offens Kulturhaus, curated by Gottfried Hattinger, Linz, Austria, (catalogue)

"Sampler," curated by Paul McCarthy, David Zwirner, New York, NY

"Influx," Gallery 400 at University of Illinois at Chicago, IL

"Sampler," Studio Guenzani, curated by Paul McCarthy, Milan, Italy

"Summer Punch 93," Kim Light Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1992 "LAX 92," Otis Gallery at Otis School of Art and Design, sponsored by Los Angeles Exhibitions '92 (catalogue)
1991

"European Media Art Festival," activities made for TV, Osnabruck, Germany, (catalogue)

"No More Heroes," San Francisco Cameraworks, San Francisco, CA,

"Body Forth," American Gallery, Los Angeles, produced by FAR

1991

Foundation for Art Resources) and L.A. Freeways, CA

"There Between Here," INFERMENTAL 10, Osnabruck/Skopje, Germany

1990

"Laughing Matters," (Activities made for TV, excerpts 1983-1990), Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

"Witness L.A./Testigo, L.A.," sponsored by Highways, Santa Monica, CA activities: root to a tree and a telephone pole

"December," American Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

"European Media Art Festival," Activities made for TV, Osnabruck, Germany, (catalogue)

"Mimicking Our Perceptions," New American Makers, San Francisco, CA

"Scan Lines," The Screening Series at DCTV, New York, NY

1989

"The LACE Annuale," Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA

"Hot Tamale Picture Show," University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

1988

"A Sculpture in a Fountain," UC Installation/Performance at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA

L.A. Steamworks, "Boiling Water," CRASH, Phoenix, AZ

"No TV, #7," aired summer 1988, Rochester, NY, sponsored by Visual Studies Workshop

1987 Steam Show, "Boiling Water," July 4th at L.A. Boiler Works Factory, Los Angeles, CA

SELECTED ACTIVITIES

2014 "FILM COLOGNE", Cologne Art Fair, Cologne, Germany
2011 "SKIP ARNOLD | Portrait Paris December 2004 & Portrait #2 Paris. December 2004", Pepin Moore Gallery, in conjunction with the third annual Perform! Now! Festival, Los Angeles, CA.
2006 “Mirror Mirror”, Aeroplastics galerie, Brussels, Belgium
2002 “Palace Theatre, Part of the Cast”, 2002, Los Angeles, CA.
2001 “Cleaning in CHINA”, 2nd Open Performance Festival, Bejing, China
2000

“A Modernist Picture”, 3 Day Activity, October 2000, Rencontre Inertnationale d’Art Performance de Quebec, Le Lieu, Quebec, Canada

Activity: At the End of My Rope, September 2000, Prague Steamroller 2000, Prague, CZ

Activity: Looking Down On You, May 2000, Aeroplastics Galerie, Brussels, Belgium

1999 "Marquee",: March 5-7/99, Kunsthuas Glarus, CH. 7. Internationale Performance Konferenz
1997 "Shower",: 4 Day Activity, Grammercy International Contemporary Art Fair, NY
1996

Activity: B.T. Exploration, (Bermuda Triangle)

Activity: Window Dressing, Basel Art Fair

1993

Activity: On Display, " Performance Relikte & Sedimente," Offens Kulturhaus, curated by Gottfried Hattinger, Linz, Austria

Activity: Appendage, 3:00-6:00pm, Nov. 5, wrapped to telephone pole, downtown Los Angeles, CA

1992

Activity: Gargoyle, December 5, Southern exterior of Otis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Activity: Hood Ornament, March 14, Sun Valley, CA

1990

Activity: Shoot Me, 3 days in September, Downtown, South Central, Echo Park, Venice and other major areas of Los Angeles, CA

Activity: Appendage, 3:00-6:00 PM, November 5, wrapped to a telephone pole, downtown Los Angeles, CA

Activity: Appendage (root to a tree), Eagle Rock, Pacific Palisades Park, Santa Monica, CA

Activity: Appendage, 9:00-12:00 PM, May 12, wrapped to a telephone pole, downtown Los Angeles, CA

1988

Activity: Imitation, September, Jacob Javits Center, New York, NY

Activity: Study for Sculpture in a Fountain, November 11-December 24, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, CA

1987 Activity: Closet Corner, Variety Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA
1986

Activity: Scare Crow, April 14, Sunset, 20 minutes, Conklin Forks, NY

Activity: Dirt Piles, April 1986 - November 1987, New York, NY

1985

Activity: Contamination, November 17, Hollywood Reservoir, Los Angeles, CA

Actrivity: Skip Eats an Olive, Norris Jr. Cancer Center, LAC/USC Medical Center

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2009 Black Sphinx: On the Comedic in Modern Art, by John Welchman, Simon Critchley, Jessica Chalmers, Janet Whitmore, p.176-191, “Your Confession Booth is my soapbox: on Skip Arnold” essay by Jan Tumlir.
2008 Phillips, Glenn ed., California Video: Artists and Histories, Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2008, pp.26-29
2007 Neal, Jane, Skip Arnold @ Christine Konig Gallery, Modern Painters, July/August, 2007
2005 Ferre, Sylvie, “Skip Arnold, L’Espirit Californien A Paris” BLOC NOTES, Avril 2005, p. 20. Lyon, France
2004

Gerald Matt, Handlungsanweisungen, “What is Art good for?”, ed.Kunsthalle Wien, Austria. Printed in Germany, 2004

Harry Bellet, Le Monde, “les performances de Skip Arnold” Nov. 27, 04

2002

“Art Unlimited” Art|33|Basel Catalog

Harry Bellet, “Frenesie d’Art et d’achates…”Le Monde, June 14, 2002

2000

Tracey Warr, editor; Amelia Jones, surveyor, THE ARTIST’S BODY, Phaidon Press, London p. 91, Photo Inside Cover

Nys Dambrot, Shana, "Pushed to an Abject Edge," dART International, p. 27.

1999

"Installaction," Inter Art Actuel #74, pp. 14, 15, Quebec

Roth, Charlene, "Abject Edge: Recent American Figurative Art," New Art Examiner, December, pp. 54-55

Labelle, Charles, "Escape Trajectory", World Art, Issue 20, pp. 40-45.

1998

Williams, Gregory, Review, "Sifting Through the Evidence", PAJ, Jan, 1998

Vol. XX, No. 1 pp. 71-75

1997

Turner, Grady T. Review, "Skip Arnold at Spencer Brownstone", Art in America, October, pp. 118-119.

Levin, Kim. Review, Village Voice, April 1, p. 12

"Skip Arnold: The Bermuda Triangle," 10-page documentation, Zingmagazine, Autumn/Winter, 1996/97

1996

"Endurance Art," Performing Arts Journal, #54, September 1996, p. 69

"The Bermuda Triangle: Girls in bikinis get fucked all day," Artland International, vol. 2, nr. 2

Von Fellenberg Walo. "Does Art Stick? ART 27/96," Blick, June 12, p. 12

Genoud Adelita. "When naked Art Puts a Move on the Magistrates," Tribune de Geneve, June 3, p.26

CB."Nude Art Ends at the Police Office," Journal de Geneve, June 3, p. 11

Troester Christian. "Power of Masochism," Die Woche, May 17, p.30

1995

Hess, Elizabeth. "No Exit Art," Village Voice, October 11

1992-1995, Offenes Kulturhaus, Performance: Relics and Sediments, 12/1993", (catalogue) p. 73

Reid, Clavin. "Skip Arnold and Sigrid Hackenberg," Art in America," June, p.104

1994

Butler, Kateri, "Long Gone Train," L.A.Weekly, February 4-10, p. 150

Hess, Elizabeth, "No Exit Art," Village Voice, October 11

"Unfair-Art Cologne-Saatchi Collection," Flash Art, Volume XXVII, no. 174, January/February, p. 51

1993

Mikulan, Steve. "Like a Little Boy in His Fort,", Visions, Winter issue, p. 37

"Performance Relikte & Sedimente," Offens Kulturhaus, curated by Gottfried Hattinger, Linz, Austria, (catalogue), p. 56-59

1992

Willette, J.S.M., "A conversation with Skip Arnold, video artist," Artweek, November 19, vol. 23, no. 28, p. 22 and front cover

Curtis, Cathy, "Of Makeup and Motion," Los Angeles Times, Orange County Edition, Calendar Section, October 9, p. 26

LAX: The Los Angeles Exhibition 1992 catalogue, Director for the Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park, p. 75, 84, 119

1991

"No More Heroes", SF Camerawork Quarterly, Summer/Fall, p. 11, 26

European Media Art Festival, exhibition catalogue, Osnabruck, P. 26

1990 European Media Art Festival, exhibition catalogue, Osnabruck, p. 45
1989 "Metropolis," (television interview and presentation of work), TV1, Madrid, Spain
1987 Tucker, Tim, Interview, Shiny International, No. 2, New York
1986

"ya got tits...," Spectacle, Fall issue

"fuck the horizon," LAICA Journal, Winter issue

"Iwantagirlfriend," High Performance, Winter issue

1985

Grady, Kraig, "Interrogation," Spectacle Magazine

Mikulan, Steven, "Spitting Images," LA Weekly, September 13-15, p. 8

"you wanta get hurt?", Spectacle, Fall issue

Performance documents


Head Shaking / Feb. 9th, 2009
Paris, France
Intent: to shake my head so hard and so fast that it would seem like my eyes are standing still.

Doorstop / 2006/2007
Aeroplastics Galerie, Brussels, Belgium.

Mirror Mirror / April, 2006
Activity for opening exhibition. Aeroplasics Galerie, Brussels, Belgium.


Speciman circa 2003 / 2003
Tea Building, F EST & Union Projects London.

An Occurance in Center Square / 2002
Nove Zamky, SK.
Intent: to fit within the landscape of the square.
There was an eeriness in the square that attracted me, to be able to have my body attract that same eeriness was the interest.
To fit within the landscape.

Gruezi / June 2002
On the occasion of Art Basel/33 & Art Unlimited, Basel,CH.
Performed every day during the duration of the fair and exhibition.
Intent: to welcome people to the fair and exhibition- Grueze- welcome- take a look around, make yourself comfortable...

Looking Down On You / May 7, 2000
Aeroplastics Galerie, Brussels, Belguim.
A three hour activity using the glass ceiling of the Aeroplastics Galerie, Brussels, Belgium.

Marquee / March 5-7, 1999
Glarus, Switzerland.
Intent: To be the "Marquee" (sign) at the entry way for the 7.
Internationale Performance Konferenez held at the Kunsthaus Glarus.
Performed for 2 to 3 hours at the beginning of each day of the konferenz.

On Display / December 1-18, 1993
Offens Kulturhaus, Linz, Austria. Intent: to be experienced as a fetish (part of a collection). To offer myself as object, as something collectable. To be displayed like an object in a natural history museum. Contents: 20 mm thick acrylic, steel stand, skip, total, 720 mm x 855mm x 470 mm.

Shoot Me / September 8, 1990
An all day activity in which I walked through and visited most of the major Los Angeles areas, i.e.. South Central, Echo Park, Venice, Downtown, etc. Mode of Intent: to see if anyone would shoot me. Worn on 3 separate days in September.

Scarecrow / April 13, 1986
An activity performed on Russell's Flats, Conklin Forks, NY at sunset; 20 minutes.

Videos

Floating 1 / 2014
September 24, 2014, 12:21:56. Digital video. Color, sound. 3 sec.
Floating 2 / 2014
September 24, 2014, 2:22:56. Digital video. Color, silent. 1.5 sec.
Head Shaking #2 / 2009
Color, Silent. 3min. 27sec.
Intent: to shake my head so hard and so fast that it would seem like my eyes are standing still. I shot the film at 16 frames per second and I transferred it across to DV at 16 frames per second.
Paris December 2004 / 2004
2 min. color, silent

The films premise:
Self-portrait of me in my studio in Paris on a December Sunday evening. The activity is of me consuming, smoking, drinking- just a typical evening.
I have cut all the actions of my hands entering the frame- it’s kind of twitchy. Reminds me a bit of Francis Bacon and a bit of the Warhol’s portrait after he was shot, I forget the artist’s name that made the painting. These were not reference points it’s just something I noticed after the fact. If anything it really sits there a bit with the screen test films by Warhol
Portrait #2 Paris December 2004 / 2004
color, silent, 60 seconds
An Occurance in Nove Zamky / 2002/2004
Black & White, silent, 2min. 4sec.
56 hours of skip in Nova Zamky, Slovakia.
Excerpts from the Axis Powers tour / 1993/2004
color, silent, 9 min. 25 sec.
Video film concentrates on my experiences in Linz, Austria and Vienna.
Also included "On Display" an activity performed in Linz Austria.
Cleaning in China / 2002/2004
Color, silent, 3min. 40sec.
From my explorations and activities in China from Beijing to somewhere inside Sichuan province.
The video film focuses on the performance “Cleaning in China”.
Jump / 1988
2 min. B&W (tinted), silent.
An activity in which I jumped off a roof in Hollywood Ca.
The piece was shot in super "8" film and transferred to video.
All post-production was done in video (slow motion, tint, editing).
Untitled ("Hey") / 1984
15 sec., color, sound.
Punch / 1984
15 sec., color, sound.
Hello Goodbye / 1984
30 sec., color, silent.

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