08.01.12 “Summer All Present” curated by Kara Jefts


Summer All Present, curated by Kara Jefts.

Works by Leona Christie, Caitlin Foley, Fernando Orellana, Hiramstu Tsuneaki and Misha Wolf.

Aug. 31 – Sept. 21, 2012

Artist statement:  Circe, in Greek myth, had the capacity to turn men into beasts, by disabling their free will through her seductive song. In an endless summer, pleasure becomes a burden, a wheel to which one is yoked to a spinning carousel by one’s desires. In this set of drawings and paintings, I drew and distorted amusement park elephants, natural forms, and cartoon goddesses in order to create a landscape of metaphor and metamorphosis.

Collar Works Gallery, 444 River St., 3rd Floor, Troy, New York

03.05.12 “How to Make a Print with your Autistic Savant Brother” at SGCI, New Orleans

Gavin typing on word processor

How to Make a Print with your Autistic Savant Brother assumes that you, after viewing this instructional video, have all the knowledge and know-how to make a print with your autistic savant brother. The video kicks off with a local TV news story featuring Gavin.  First presented at the Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI) Conference, March 15, 2012, in New Orleans.

More context here.

06.18.11 “Hiding Places: Memory in the Arts” Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

Hiding Places: Memory in the Arts exhibition at the Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI  /  June 26 – December, 2011

Artists include: Gregory Blackstock (WA), Gavin Christie (MI), Leona Christie (NY), Mark Fox (NY), William Powhida (NY), Doris Salcedo (Columbia), Ellen Gallagher (NY/Netherlands), Leon Golub (1922-2004), Richard Misrarch (CA), Ulrike Palmbach (CA), Roger Shimomura (KS), Akio Takamori (WA), and Anna Von Mertens (NH), among others.

Fully illustrated catalogue, including an co-written essay by curator Leslie Umberger and psychiatrist Darold A. Treffert, who consulted on the film Rain Man, and authored Islands of Genius: The Bountiful Mind of the Autistic, Acquired and Sudden Savant. 

The Rumpus wrote about the exhibit here.

The art opening is documented here.

09.29.10 “Courier” University at Albany Art Museum, Albany NY

Courier invite

Courier, University Art Museum, Albany, New York

October 5 -December 4, 2010

Courier, curated by Corinna Schaming, brings together a range of contemporary artists who have created works that are rooted in the physical, communicative, or iconic properties of the typewriter. From emblematic homage to pointed social critique, the works selected for this exhibition demonstrate that despite its obsolete status, the typewriter remains a potent carrier of untapped ideas.

Artists include Leona Christie/Gavin Christie, Daniela Comani, Lee Etheredge IV, Ann Hamilton, William Kentridge, Matt Liddle, Elena del Rivero, Allyson Strafella, Ignacio Uriarte, and Xu Bing.

Courier is documented by a 60-page, fully illustrated catalogue featuring an essay by James Siena.  Full press release.