watercolor, gouache, acrylic on paper,
10x11 inches, 2008

Artist Statement

My most recent work takes the form of full-studio installations of paintings and paper sculptures; this entails a great deal of re-purposing old work, and this in turn harnesses energies of destruction, rebirth, and re-imagining. Installations made of painted objects, found objects, paper constructions, and unaltered paintings, drawings, and panels, all exist to subvert the stability of painting and to create consciousness of using what is on hand.

Though my most recent work exists at the intersection of painting, drawing, and sculpture, I also find writing to be a vital generative practice. I have just completed my Masters Degree in Painting and anticipate my upcoming work to continue building upon my interests in language and semiotics, as well as exploring the poetic and the ephemeral qualities present in the physical environment.



2009 Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
2002 Bachelor of Fine Arts in General Fine Art, Magna Cum Laude, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD  


Solo Exhibitions

2009 Solo Exhibition, NOMA Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008 Inseparability. Solo Exhibition and Artist-Curated Group Exhibition.  FiveTen Studio, Oakland, CA
2005 New Directions.   Irvine Contemporary, Washington, DC
2003 Recent Works.  One World, Baltimore, MD
2002 Deconstructing Place.  American Institute of Architects, Baltimore, MD   


Group Exhibitions

2009  Illusion Helps.  Curated by James Gobel.  Orange Alley Projects, San Francisco, CA
Sweet and Matchless.  Curated E. Biernoff and A. Roberts.  PLAySPACE Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Paradox of the Sets.  Curated by Matt Post and Tanner Borsky.  Onsix Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Post-Bling.  Curated by A. Keefer and E. Mallouk, PLAySPACE Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Mash-up Show.  Curated by Marcella Faustini.  Noma Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Group Exhibition.  Curated by Tamara Lowenstein  Barber Lounge, San Francisco, CA
Forever Summer. Curated by Scott Malbaurn.  Denise Bibro Platform Space, New York, NY
Last Day of Magic.  Gallery Extrana, Berkeley, CA.  Orange Alley Projects, San Francisco, CA. 
Last Day of Magic.  Markers VII, 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy. Curated by Jan Van Woensel.  
Editions and Artist's Books Fair.  X Initiative, New York, NY

2008  Landscape Portrait Pattern, Part One.  Curated by Brion Nuda Rosch.  Hallway Bathroom Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Present Group (almost) 2 Year Retrospective, Oakland, CA
Spectrum Art Auction,
with The Access Institute, San Francisco, CA   

2007  Transformer Silent Auction and Benefit, with Irvine Contemporary, Washington, DC
The Notebook Show, PLAySPACE Gallery, San Francisco, CA
I Began Building on a Piece of Land, Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA 

2006   Aqua Artfair.  Aqua Hotel, Miami, FL
American Diaspora.
  Victory Hall Cultural Center, Jersey City, NJ
Works on Paper. 
With Charbel Ackermann, Orly Cogan, Franklin Evans, Dalek, 
  Peregrine Honig.  Irvine Contemporary, Washington, DC
Friends of 163.  Scott Malbaurn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Selections and Celebrations.  Irvine Contemporary, Washington, DC
Liquid/Solid.  Rice Gallery, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD
BRITE Auction.  Scandinavia House, New York, NY
Irvine In New York.  Aurora Gallery, New York, NY
26th Annual Juried Exhibition.  School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD 

2005  -scope Art Fair.  With Irvine Contemporary, Miami, FL
Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE   

2004   Hybridity.  Curated by Leslie Geddes.  Irvine Contemporary, Washington, DC
Drawings: All Media.  Irvine Contemporary Art, Washington, DC
Moving Outlines.  Curated by Leslie Shaffer.  The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD 

2003   Landscapes and Cityscapes.  Sheppard Art Gallery, Ellicott City, MD
Group Exhibition
.  Angelfall Studios, Baltimore, MD
Out of Order.
  Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD
Wrong War, Right Protest,
Schiavone Gallery, Baltimore, MD 

2002   Night of a Thousand Drawings.  Artists Space, New York City, NY
Group Exhibition.  Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Laurel, MD
Thesis Exhibition.  Decker Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Selected Work from Cortona, Italy: Spring, Summer and Fall.  UGA, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Athens, GA 


Publications and reviews

2009  Regularly Contributing Writer, Art Practical Critical Art Journal.
Exhibition Review, “Three Stories of Generosity: Jacir, Perret, O’Dell:”
Catalog Raisonne Essay for Shaun O’Dell, Forthcoming.   

2007  Rhizome at The New Museum:
Forward Retreat: The Present Group:
Book of Joe:

2006  ‘Christine Kesler: New Directions.’  February, Vol. 105 #2, ARTnewsDirt Press: A Journal of Contemporary Arts and Letters.  Brooklyn, NY

2005 'New Directions.’  November 19, Washington Post

2004  ‘Moving Outlines.’  March 24, Baltimore City Paper
‘Drawings: All Media.’  April 29, Washington Post 


Residencies and grants

2009 Artist and Writer Grant, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2008 Berman Fund Full Fellowship, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
Graduate Student Instructor and Sabbatical Replacement for Full-Time Faculty, Core Undergraduate, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
2007 Grant Recipient for “I Began Building on a Piece of Land.”  The Present Group, Oakland, CA
Viewing Program with Nina Kachadourian, The Drawing Center, New York, NY

2006 Viewing Program with Luis Camnitzer, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Visiting Artist and Juror, Student Independent Exhibition.  Cleveland Institute of Art, OH
2005 Collaboration with Recording Artist Ossobucco.  Album Art for Full-Length Recording “Through The Cardial Window,” Released on Kranky Records, Chicago, IL
New American Paintings #57.  Curator: Jonathan Binstock, Corcoran Museum of Art