Skip Arnold

Skip Arnold


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.



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


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


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
2000 Visiting Faculty, Video/ Multimedia/Performance, FaVU VUT Academy of Art, Brno, CZ


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

“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

“Wall Piece”, ACE Gallery, NYC, NY.

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

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


“DETAILS” Roberts and Tilton, Los Angeles, CA


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



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

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


"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

"OFFICE," Exit Art, NYC

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



"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


"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)


"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

"CONTAMINATION," documented activity done at the Hollywood Reservoir

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


"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.



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

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


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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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.


“Transformations”, galerie Frederic Giroux, Paris France

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

“Unspeakable”, Aeroplastics galerie, Brussels, Belgium


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

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


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

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

“Full Nelson Number 4”, Los Angeles, CA


“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.

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

“Prague Steamroller 2000”, Prague, CZ


“Venus” ARC Galerie, Wien,

"Bone 2," Performance Festival, Bern, CH


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

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


@," 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


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


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


"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


"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


"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)

"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


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

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


"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


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

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


"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


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

“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

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

Activity: Window Dressing, Basel Art Fair


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


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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


“Art Unlimited” Art|33|Basel Catalog

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


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.


"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.


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

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


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


"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


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


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


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


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


"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

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

"fuck the horizon," LAICA Journal, Winter issue

"Iwantagirlfriend," High Performance, Winter issue


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.

Appendage / May 7, 1993
6pm-9pm. Greene Street, New York City.
I am nude facing in at the pole, 3 feet off the ground, wrapped with three layers of translucent plastic.
Intent: to be part of something, to be common place.

Statue LA / 1993
Kim Light Gallery.

Gargoyle / December 5, 1992
An activity utilizing the architectonics of the southern exterior of the Otis Gallery, Los Angeles Exhibitions '92 (LAX).
Performed from dusk to dark.

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.

Appendage (Root to a Tree) / 1990
Intent: to be part of something, like an arm to a body/chair.
In this case a root to a tree.
The interest is to be common place.
Performed over a 2 to 3 hour period.
Performed twice: once in Eagle Rock, CA and once in Pacific Palisades Park in Santa Monica, CA.

Study for "A Sculpture in a Fountain" / November 11, 1988 - December 24, 1988
An activity performed at LACE Gallery in Los Angeles.
Intent: to build a working fountain and be the sculpture in the center of the fountain.
Height 11", Diameter 9 1/2 feet.
Materials: 3/4" plywood, 2 x 2"s, galvanized steel, 30 gallon reservoir, 3/4 " horse motor, centrifical pump, heating element and hoses.

Closet Corner / 1987
Intent: to suspend my body between tow boards and have the boards tilted in a corner.
An activity performed twice in my studio and once at the third floor entrance of the Variety Arts Center, 5/87.
When people first enter the space they see that I am suspended (about 6" off the ground) by the pressure of the clamps.

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


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.
action #6 / 2013
Digital video, color, sound, 16:9 format.
Action 6 is like a prank. A prank on Judd.
Like a fish out of the water.
It’s a bit odd, to make you smile, for a second, in passing. It’s kind of funny but they it’s not. It sticks with you but you wish it didn’t.
action #5 / 2013
Digital video, color, silent, 16:9 format.
To be the subject and to become the object, in this case kind of like a fetish, like a McCracken.
There is a medical, haunting aspect to it. I am a subject and the object, something to study/objectify.
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”.
Jumping / 1989
(from the series)
1 min. 20 sec., color, sound.
Live activity made for TV.
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).
Roll / 1986
55 sec., color, silent.
An activity made for TV. Performed at Saint Patrick’s Wall, NYC.
Intent: to deal with the architectonics of a given space, in this case, the wall.
Untitled ("Hey") / 1984
15 sec., color, sound.
Punch / 1984
15 sec., color, sound.
Hello Goodbye / 1984
30 sec., color, silent.
Girls in Bikinies / 1983
60 sec. color, sound.
Performance made for TV.
It’s a hit single with a flip side.