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Cauleen Smith

Sojourner
2018
Digital video, color, sound
22:41 minutes
Edition 1 of 5 and 4 APs

Cauleen Smith

Sojourner
2018
Digital video, color, sound
22:41 minutes
Edition 1 of 5 and 4 APs

Cauleen Smith

Sojourner
2018
Digital video, color, sound
22:41 minutes
Edition 1 of 5 and 4 APs

Cauleen Smith

Pilgrim
2017
Digital video and 16 mm film transferred to digital video
7:41 minutes
Edition of five and four Artist’s Proofs

Cauleen Smith: Give It or Leave It, Frye Art Museum, June 1 - September 1, 2019

Top: Black and Blue Over You (After Bas Jan Ader for Ishan), 2010, film transferred to video,9:40 minutes, edition of 5 and 2 APs;Middle: Strelitzia Satellite Meditation, 2012, HD digital video, 4:44 minutes, edition of 5 and 2 APs; Bottom: Cotton Plant 187?, 2018, HD digital video, 6:43 minutes, edition of 5 and 2 APs
Photo credit: Jueqian Fang

Cauleen Smith: Give It or Leave It, Frye Art Museum, June 1 - September 1, 2019

Left: Give it or Leave It (Omokehinde), 2018, satin, poly-satin, quilted pleather, upholstery, wool, felt, wool velvet, poly filing, 60 x 48 inches; Right: Give it or Leave It (Taiwo), 2018, satin, poly-satin, quilted pleather, upholstery, wool, felt, wool velvet, poly filing, 60x48 inches
Photo credit: Jueqian Fang

Cauleen Smith

Space Station: Two Rebeccas
2018
A remix of sculpture: Wallpaper, disco balls, turntable, motor, fur, shag carpet, 2 projectors, DVD
Dimensions vary

Cauleen Smith: Give It or Leave It, Frye Art Museum, June 1 - September 1, 2019

Left: Sojourner, 2018, digital video, color, sound, 22:41 minutes, edition of 5 and 2 APs;Right: Space Station: Two Rebeccas, 2018, a remix of sculpture: Wallpaper, disco balls, turntable, motor, fur, shag carpet, 2 projectors, DVD, dimensions vary
Photo credit: Jueqian Fang

Cauleen Smith

Epistrophy
2018
Multichannel video (color, sound), four CCTV cameras, four monitors, projection, custom wood table, taxidermy raven, wood figures, bronze figures, plastic figures, books, seashells, minerals, jar of starfish, Magic 8- Ball, maneki-neko, mirror, metal trays, plaster objects, wood objects, wire object, fabric, glass vase, plants
Dimensions vary
Installation view ICA Philadelphia

Cauleen Smith

Sula
2019
gouache on paper
12 x 9 inches (paper size)
14 1/2 x 11 inches (frame size)

Cauleen Smith

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the
Teachings of Plants

2019
gouache on paper
12 x 9 inches

Cauleen Smith

Sine At The Canyon & Sine At The Sea, By Kelly Gabron
2010/2016
16 mm film transferred to digital video and found digital video
7:06 minutes
Edition of five and two Artist’s Proofs

Cauleen Smith

Riot
2019
gouache on paper
12 x 9 inches

Cauleen Smith

Ivory Anthropologie #21
2010
White Out, graphite and acrylic on magazine paper
10 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

Cauleen Smith

Ivory Anthropologie #5
2010
White Out, graphite and acrylic on magazine paper
10 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches

Cauleen Smith

Ivory Anthropologie #11
2010
White Out, graphite and acrylic on magazine paper
9 1/2 x 8 inches

Cauleen Smith

Ivory Anthropologie #3
2010
White Out, graphite and acrylic on magazine paper
10 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches

Cauleen Smith

Ivory Anthropologie #20
2010
White Out, graphite and acrylic on magazine paper
9 x 8 inches

Cauleen Smith

Ivory Anthropologie #14
2010
White Out, graphite and acrylic on magazine paper
10 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches

Cauleen Smith

Black and Blue Over You (After Bas Jan Ader for Ishan)
2010
Film transferred to digital video, color, sound
9:40 minutes
Edition 1 of 5 and 2 APs

Cauleen Smith

Ivory Anthropologie #17
2010
White Out, graphite and acrylic on magazine paper
10 1/2 x 9 inches

Cauleen Smith

Remote Viewing
2009
digital video
14:00 minutes
Edition of five and two Artist’s Proofs

Cauleen Smith

Ivory Anthropologie #22
2010
White Out, graphite and acrylic on magazine paper
10 1/2 x 9 inches

Cauleen Smith

Remote Viewing
2009
digital video
14:00 minutes
Edition of five and two Artist’s Proofs

Cauleen Smith

Camera Lucida
2015
graphite, watercolor and gouache on paper
12 x 8 1/2 inches

Cauleen Smith

Women, Race & Class
2015
graphite and watercolor on paper
12 x 8 1/2 inches

Cauleen Smith

Open Veins of Latin America
2016
graphite, watercolor, acrylic and gouache on paper
12 x 8 1/2 inches

Cauleen Smith

This Bridge Called My Back
2015
graphite, watercolor and acrylic on paper
12 x 8 1/2 inches

Cauleen Smith

Ivory Anthropologie #16
2010
White Out, graphite and acrylic on magazine paper
13 x 7 3/4 inches

Cauleen Smith

In the Wake: On Blackness and Being
2019
gouache on paper
12 x 9 inches

Cauleen Smith, Apartment Therapy 2, 2019, shelf frame, Grape Agate cluster (Mamuju Sulawesi Indonesia), pastels, found image, 9 1/2 x 12 x 4 inches. Photo: Aron Gent.

Cauleen Smith, Apartment Therapy 5, 2019, shelf frame, Rough Septarian (Madagscar), pastels, found image, 17 1/2 x 12 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches. Photo: Aron Gent.

Cauleen Smith, Apartment Therapy 7, 2019, shelf frame, Fluorite crystal cube cluster (Madagascar), pastels, found image, 17 1/2 x 12 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches. Photo: Aron Gent.

Cauleen Smith

Sinners Keep On Trying: Madikizela
2019
glazed cassius basalt ceramic
12 x 11 x 7 inches

Cauleen Smith

Sinners Keep On Trying: O.D.B.
2019
glazed cassius basalt ceramic
15 x 10 x 9 inches

Cauleen Smith

Sinners Keep On Trying: Rick James
2019
glazed cassius basalt ceramic
17 x 8 x 11 inches

Cauleen Smith

Light up My Life (For Sandra Bland)
2019
Neon, plexiglass, faceted hematite and aluminum chain
78 x 48 inches
Edition 1 of 3 and 1AP

Installation view of Loitering is delightful, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

October 31, 2019 - January 12, 2020
Image courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Photograph by Jeff McLane

Cauleen Smith

Orange Jumpsuit
2019
Film transferred to digital video, color, sound
Edition of five and two Artist’s Proofs

Cauleen Smith

I Appreciate You in Advance
2018
Fiberglass screen, woven metalic polyesters, woven two-tone silk
53 x 310 inches

Cauleen Smith

Cotton Plant 187?
2018
HD digital video
6:43 minutes
Edition of five and two Artist’s Proofs

Cauleen Smith

SOJOURNERS
2018
six mylar and fabric banners Dimensions vary

Cauleen Smith

We Were Never Meant To Survive
2017
satin, poly-satin, wool felt, upholstery, indigo-dyed silk-rayon velvet, metallic thread, embroidery floss,acrylic fabric paint, poly-silk tassels, and sequins
72 x 52 inches

Cauleen Smith

Camera, Pen, or Gun?
2017
satin, poly-satin, silk-rayon velvet, indigo-dyed silk-rayon velvet, indigo- dyed silk satin, rayon-polyester ribbon, acrylic fabric paint, satin cord, poly-silk tassel, and sequins
73 x 47 inches

Cauleen Smith

Pigeons Are Black Doves
2017
satin, poly-satin, indigo-dyed silk-rayon velvet, indigo-dyed silk satin, embroidery floss, acrylic fabric paint, satin cord, polyester fringe, poly-silk tassels, and sequins
70 x 49 1/2 inches

Cauleen Smith

Three Songs about Liberation
2017
16 mm transferred to digital
9:27 minutes
Edition of five and two Artist’s Proofs

Cauleen Smith

Three Songs about Liberation
2017
16 mm transferred to digital
9:27 minutes
Edition of five and two Artist’s Proofs

Cauleen Smith

Chip’s Block
2016
four drawings, graphite, watercolor and/or acrylic on graph paper
8 1/2 x 11 1/5 inches each
14 1/2 x 11 x 1 inches each (framed)

Cauleen Smth, Contuct Your Blooming, 2015, installed at University Art Galleries, UC Irvine 2017.

Cauleen Smith

Conduct your Blooming
2015
seven banners, sequin and satin fabric with felt, cotton, velvet and rayon letters
Dimensions vary

Cauleen Smith

Crow Requiem
2015
Digital Video
11:08 minutes
Edition of five and two Artist’s Proofs

Cauleen Smith

Egungun
2015
Archival pigment print on rag paper
12 x 9 inches; 21 x 18 x 1 1/2 inches (framed) Edition 2 of 8 & 2 APs

Cauleen Smith

Lessons in Semaphore
2015
16 mm film transferred to digital file
1:40 minutes
Edition of five and two Artist’s Proofs

Cauleen Smith

H-E-L-L-O
2014
digital video
11:06 minutes
Edition 1 of 5 and 2 APs

Cauleen Smith

The Score
2012
ceramic
10 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches

Cauleen Smith

Space Is the Place (A March for Sun Ra)
2011
HD video
10 minutes, 56 seconds
edition of 5, 1 AP

BIO

b. 1967

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Cauleen Smith (born Riverside, California, 1967) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work reflects upon the everyday possibilities of the imagination. Operating in multiple materials and arenas, Smith roots her work firmly within the discourse of mid-twentieth-century experimental film. Drawing from structuralism, third world cinema, and science fiction, she makes things that deploy the tactics of these disciplines while offering a phenomenological experience for spectators and participants. 

Her films, objects, and installations have been featured in group exhibitions including the Whitney Biennial (2017), Prospect 4, New Orleans (2017), Studio Museum Harlem; the Contemporary Art Museum Houston; the New Museum, New York; and BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK. She has had solo exhibitions at MASS MoCA; the Art Institute of Chicago; Institute for Contemporary Art Pennsylvania; the Museum of Contemporary, Chicago and upcoming at Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston and a two person exhibition with Theaster Gates at the San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art.

Smith is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the 2020 Wein Artist Prize from the Studio Museum in Harlem, the inaugural Ellsworth Kelly Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Art in 2016, the 2016 Herb Alpert Award for Film/Video, Rockefeller Media Arts Award, Creative Capital Film /Video, Chicago 3Arts Grant, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Artadia, a Rauschenberg Residency in 2015 and most recently in 2019 Smith was an artist in residence at Artpace. Smith was born in Riverside, California and grew up in Sacramento. Smith earned a B.A in Cinema from San Francisco State University in 1991 and an M.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1998. Smith studied with Trinh T. Minh Ha, Angela Davis, and Lynn Hershman-Leeson at San Francisco State University. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2007. Smith lives in Los Angeles and is a Professor at CalArts School of Art.