Bjorn Copeland (b. 1975, Malone, New York, USA) received his BFA in 1998 with a focus in sculpture from the Road Island School of Design in Providence, USA. His artistic practice involves reclaiming the discarded waste of contemporary consumer society to produce collages, prints, sculptures, and drawings that reflect the influence of psychedelia and Pop art. By using these materials to create his works, he side-steps the role of consumer in materially saturated culture. Additionally, in reorienting the viewer around the altered functions of his sculptures’ component parts, Copeland suggests the social potential of multifarious perspectives.

Copeland was an artist in residence at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2001. He has exhibited at galleries internationally including Capital, San Francisco (2019); Bahamas Biennale, Detroit (2019); Night Gallery, Los Angeles (2017); Cooper Cole, Toronto (2017); David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen (2014); and Canada Gallery, New York (2012). He has additionally exhibited in museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (2017); University of Redlands Art Gallery, Redlands (2017); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2015); Kunst (Zeug) Haus, Rapperswal (2014); Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago (2007); and Musée d’Art Contemporaine, Montréal (2007). Copeland is also one of the founding members of the seminal electronic rock band Black Dice. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, USA.

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Bjorn Copeland

Born 1975, Malone, New York
Lives and works in Los Angeles, USA

Education

2001 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, USA

1998 BFA, Sculpture, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, USA

Solo and Two person Exhibitions

2017 Extra Medium, COOPER COLE, Toronto, Canada

2016 CLOSING, with Georgia Dickie, curated by COOPER COLE, Et al etc., San Francisco, USA

2015 Over Easy, Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, USA

Joshua Abelow + Bjorn Copeland, COOPER COLE, Toronto, Canada
Compress / Sustain, China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles, USA

2014 American Fantasy Classics, Green Gallery, Milwaukee, USA

2013 Bjorn Copeland, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, USA

2009 Found Object Assembly, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, USA
2008 The Soft Serve, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, USA

2007  Archival K.O., China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles, USA

2005 Bjorn Copeland, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York, USA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 WE BURN OUR DREAMS JUST TO STAY WARM, Capital, San 

Francisco, USA

Another Music in a Different Kitchen: Studio recordings and records by artists, Karma Bookstore, New York, USA

Tetsuo, by American Fantasy Classics, Bahamas Biennale, Detroit, USA

2018 Nose Job, cur. by Adam Beris, BBQLA, Los Angeles, USA

2017 Strange Attractors: the Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Art Vol 1, Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles, USA

Yawnings and Dawnitecture, U. of Redlands Art Gallery, Redlands, USA

True Lies, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

99 Cents or Less, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, USA

2015 Sweet Sixteen, China Art Objects, Los Angeles, USA

Making Music Modern: design for the ear & eye, MoMA, New York,

USA

2014 This is our Art This is our Music: An exhibition of Art by Musicians and Music by Artists, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Das Optische Unbewusste, Kunst (Zeug) Rapperswal, Switzerland

2013 Weird Science, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, USA

2012 Perfect, China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles, USA
Hot tub time machine, Canada, New York, USA

2010 Inaugural Exhibition, China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles, USA
In there, out there, Leo Koening, New York, USA

2009 A Mind Meld is a Terrible Thing To Waste, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, USA

Group Show, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2008 Journey to the Center of Uranus, Canada, New York, USA

I can see for miles, Cottage Home, Los Angeles, USA

2007 New York Group Show, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, USA

Fit to Print, Printed Media in Recent Collage, Gagosian Gallery, New York, USA
Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967, Curated by Dominic Molon, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, USA; Museum of Contempory Art, North Miami, USA; Musee D’Art Contemporain De Montreal, Montreal, Canada
“Deaf ‘From the audible to the visible’ II”, Curated by Peter Coffin, Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris, France
Quotidian, BUIA Gallery, New York, USA
Panic Room: Works from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Curated by Jeffrey Deitch and Kathy Grayson, Deste Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece

2006 Smoking Mirrors, China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles, USA
Sets, D’Amelio Terras, New York, USA

The Elementary Particles (Paperback Edition), Standard, Oslo, Norway

Ultimate Destination, d.u.m.b.o. Arts Center, Brooklyn, USA
Music Is A Better Noise, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, USA
Forth Estate Editions, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, Brooklyn, USA     

2005 Cut, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, USA
Memphis, Flaca, London, England

Shape Shifters, China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles, USA

Mock Optic: Reed Anderson, Bjorn Copeland, John Perrot, Mixture Contemporary, Houston, USA

2004 The Pattern Playback, with Jean Moreno, Mike Kelley, and Sarah Morris, among others, The Moore Space, Miami, USA
California Earthquakes, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York, USA

Curious Crystals of Unusual Purity, curated by Bob Nickas, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York, USA

Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany

2003 #20- A Paper Habit, Curated by Reed Anderson, Champion Fine Art, Brooklyn, USA

Art Fairs

2020 Nicholas Cheveldave, Bjorn Copeland, Georgia Dickie, Condo

London, Cooper Cole hosted by Emalin.

Selected Performances with Black Dice


05.06.06 Doug Aitken’s “Broken Screen Happening”, New York, USA

09.24.05 Walker Center, Columbus, USA

09.16.05 Warhol Museum, Pittsburg, USA

09.13.05 MFA Boston, Boston, USA

08.08.03 Taki Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

06.10.03 Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris, France

12.17.02 As part of Jutta Koether and Steven Parrino’s “Black Bonds,” Swiss

Institute, New York, USA

05.20.02  Peter Coffin’s “Perfect if On,” Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, USA

09.08.01 Richard Phillips’ “America,” Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, USA

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