Rachelle Sawatsky (b. 1983, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada) received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada in 2005 and her Master of Fine Arts from USC – Roski School of Fine Arts, Los Angeles, USA in 2013. She has exhibited across Canada at National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Vancouver Art Gallery, Artspeak Gallery, Model Projects, Vancouver; Diaz Contemporary, Toronto, Canada. She has also exhibited internationally at 356 Mission Road, Night Gallery, Del Vaz Projects, China Art Objects, Harmony Murphy Gallery, Artist Curated Projects, Arturo Bandini, Finley Gallery, Los Angeles, USA; Material Art Fair, Mexico City, Mexico; Tate St. Ives, St. Ives, United Kingdom; Or Gallery, Berlin, Germany. Sawatsky was finalist of the 2013 RBC Canadian Painting Competition. She was recently artist in residence at Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, Alberta, Canada, and artist in residence at Griffin Projects, Vancouver, Canada. She has a forthcoming solo show at Franz Kaka, Toronto, CanadaSawatsky currently lives and works in Los Angeles, USA and Vancouver, Canada.

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Born 1983, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
Lives and works in Los Angeles, USA and Vancouver, Canada

Education

2013
MFA, USC – Roski School of Fine Arts, Los Angeles, USA

2011
Upper level Art History courses, Philosophy courses, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

2005
BFA, Visual Arts Major, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada

2004
Exchange program, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris, France

 

Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2017
Solo exhibition, Franz Kaka, Toronto, Canada (forthcoming)
Neighbors, two person exhibition with David Gilbert, Del Vaz Projects, Los Angeles, USA

2016
Reincarnation Clash, solo exhibition with China Art Objects, Los Angeles, USA
When I am Music Kissing Musician, solo booth with Kunstverein Toronto,
Material Art Fair, Mexico City, Mexico

2014
Stone Gloves, Harmony Murphy Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
A Club Called Animals, Model Projects, Vancouver, Canada
Over-Mind, Finley Gallery, curated by Sarah Lehrer Graiwer, Los Angeles, USA
NADA Miami Beach with Sam Gordon for Artist Curated Projects, Miami, USA

2013
Dienstag Abend, with Catharina Wronn, curated by Barbara Rüdiger, Vesch, Vienna, Austria
Feeling Tones, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

2011
Mixed Pictures, curated by Jonathan Middleton, Or Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017
Symbolisms, curated by Chris Sharp, Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada
Last, Artist Curated Projects, Los Angeles, USA
Significant Otherness, Angel’s Gate Cultural Center, Santa Ana, USA

2016
Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
How To Make a Living Day, Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
The Fraud that Goes Under the Name of Love, Audain Gallery, curated by Amy Kazymerchyk and cheyanne turions, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada

2015
C-C Artists Programme, Tate St. Ives, St. Ives, United Kingdom
A Line in the Sand, Artist Curated Projects, Los Angeles, USA
Blind White, Diaz Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
Tribal Tats, Arturo Bandini, Los Angeles, USA

2014
Persian Rose Chartreuse Muse Vancouver Grey, curated by Mina Totino, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Cherub, curated by Andrew Berardini and Brian Kennon, 2nd Cannons, Los Angeles, USA
Where Does It Hurt?, curated by Jonah Gray, Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver
Flowers in the Hot Tub, Artist Curated Projects, Los Angeles, USA
Another Cats Show, 356 Mission Road, Los Angeles, USA

2013
August, with Shannon Ebner and Adam Putnam, curated by Tyler Coburn, Galerie Mezzanin, Vienna, Austria
Thought Bungalow, Artist Curated Projects, Los Angeles, USA
RBC Canadian Painting Competition, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
The Stand In (Or A Glass of Milk), curated by Alexandra Gaty and Lauren Mackler, Public Fiction, Los Angeles, USA

2012
Invagination/ Write to Life, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Superpositions, New Wight Biennial, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA
Phantasmagoria, Presentation House Gallery, curated by Helga Pakasaar and Reid Shier, Vancouver, Canada

2011
Rope of Sand, Soi Fischer, Toronto, Canada
La Conference, site specific project for a conference by the Lacan Salon, Vancouver, Canada

2010
All the Rest is Literature, curated by Vincenzo Latronico, with Maria Fusco, Artissima Art Fair, Turin, Italy

 

Selected Publications

2017
“Bodies in a Yolk Loop” (with Tiziana La Melia), The Capilano Review, Vancouver

2016
“Gravity” text published in exhibition catalogue for Made in LA, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.
“Animal Texts” text published in Muscles, a monograph on Davida Nemeroff, Golden Spike Press
“Pennies, Not Dollars, We Are Here to Pay Our Respects” text for The Capilano Review, issue with the Presentation House, Vancouver
Spoiled Rotten, artist book, in collaboration with Kate Hall. Self published.
Rats in Rat Hole, artist book, in collaboration with Kate Hall. Self published.

2015
“Flying” text for Laurel Doody gallery, edited by Fiona Connor and Kate Newby, Los Angeles.

2014
“Yellow Snail,” text for The Eyelash and the Monochrome, solo exhibition, Tiziana La Melia, at Mercer Union, Toronto.
“Waves for Jillian Pritchard,” text published in Unsuitable as an Institution: The Tenacity of Access Artist Run Centre, Access Art Gallery, Vancouver, and Haunt, an artist writing publication, University of California, Irvine.
Untitled text, Night Papers V, Night Gallery, Los Angeles.

2013
“Talk to Me,” Night Papers III, Night Gallery, Los Angeles.
Book review: Dodie Bellamy, the buddhist. C Magazine 115.

2012
“On the Style of Renée Van Halm,” catalogue essay on Renée Van Halm, Burnaby Art Gallery.

2011
“Letter from a Young Woman in Vancouver,” text for Canada Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Conservative shithead, Paris.
“A few days with Robert Arndt’s ‘A Line Meant in Passing’,” essay published in an online magazine, 01 Magazine Fall 2011.

2010
Guest editor of Pyramid Power 8, Fall/Winter 2010. Vancouver. Contributors: Neil Campbell, Michele di Menna, Judith Hopf, Tiziana La Melia, Valentina Liernur, Trevor Mahovsky, Eileen Myles, Ruairiadh O’Connell, Isabelle Pauwels, Molly Sigalet, Peter Schuyff, Michael Turner and Jess Wiesner.
Exhibition review: “Geoffrey Farmer,” Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver. Art Papers May/June 2010.
Exhibition review: “Walk In/Here You Are,” Vancouver Public Library Public Art Commission.  C Magazine 106.

2009
“In Defense of Things,” The Happy Hypocrite Issue 4, Book Works, London, ed. Maria Fusco.
Exhibition review: “The Making of Art,” Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main. Art Papers Vol. 33 No. 5.
Exhibition review: “Making Real,” Mat Bushell, Guido Molinari, Monique Mouton, and Richard Tuttle, Or Gallery, Vancouver. C magazine 101.
Exhibition review: “Back in 5: Accessing the Back Story,” Corin Sworn, Blanket Gallery, Vancouver. C magazine 100.

2008
The Vital Center, Edited artist book coinciding with the exhibition “The Lecture,” Western Front Gallery, Vancouver, 2008. Contributors: Candice Hopkins, Cheryl Meszaros, Kathleen Ritter, Michael Turner, and Holly Ward.
“On the Other Side of the Couch,” interview. C magazine 97.

2007
Pop Philosophy, edited artist book coinciding with the exhibition “Pop Philosophy,” Access Gallery, Vancouver.
“The Margins of Dissent,” essay in An Art of the Weak: Marginalia, Writers and Readers. ed. Melanie O’Brian, Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver, 2007.

2006
“Gloom, Doom & Boom,” interview with Neil Campbell, Access Artist-Run Centre, Vancouver.  Exhibition pamphlet coincided with Gloom, Boom & Boom, Christian Kliegel, Access Artist-Run Centre, 1 April – 6 May 2006.

 

Bibliography

2016
Bernardini, Andrew, Review of Reincarnation Clash, Artforum (online), June 2016.
Oilman, Leah, “Energy and Emotion in Rachelle Sawatsky’s Strong Show at China Art Objects.” Review of Reincarnation Clash. LA Times, June 2016.

2015
Berardini, Andrew, “Future Greats.” Art Review, March 2015.
Hudson, Suzanne, Review of Stone Gloves. Artforum. March 2015.
Various, The Stand In (Or A Glass of Milk), Exhibition catalogue. Public Fiction, Los Angeles, 2015.

2014
Hart, Sydney, Review of  Where Does It Hurt. C Magazine, Issue 124, Winter 2014
Szewczyk, Monika, Review of Persian Rose Chartreuse Muse Vancouver Grey. Artforum July 2014.
Turner, Michael, “A Look at Painting as Journey in Vancouver,” Review of Persian Rose Chartreuse Muse Vancouver Grey. Canadian Art, review
posted online April 9, 2014.

2013
Coburn, Tyler, August. Exhibition catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition August, with Shannon Ebner and Adam Putnam, curated by Tyler Coburn, Galerie Mezzanin, Vienna, 2013.
Stadler, Eva Maria and Bettina Leidl and others, Why Painting Now. Exhibition catalogue for Curated By, Vienna, 2013.
Various, RBC Canadian Painting Competition 2013, Exhibition catalogue for RBC Canadian Painting Competition 2013.

2012
Peck, Aaron, “Aaron Peck in Vancouver”. Akimblog, June 12, 2012
Various, Superpositions, New Wight Biennial, Exhibition catalogue.
University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, 2012.

2008
Fusco, Maria, “Report: Contemporary Art Writing and its Environs”. Map Magazine. Online journal, Issue 15: Summer 2008.

2007
Fusco, Maria, “Looking Back: Books”. Frieze. No. 104. London: January 2007.


Residencies

2018
Contemporary Art Gallery Field House, Vancouver, Canada (forthcoming)

2017
Griffin Projects, Vancouver, Canada
Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada

2016
Del Vaz Projects, Los Angeles, USA (With CUNNT writing workshops)

2010
Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada

 

Awards and Scholarships

2013
RBC Canadian Painting Competition Finalist

2013
University of Southern California, Teaching Assistant Fellowship

2012
University of Southern California, Teaching Assistant Fellowship
BC Arts Council Senior Scholarship

2011
University of Southern California, Teaching Assistant Fellowship

2010
Canada Council Travel Grant

2005
Helen Pitt Award

2003
BC Arts Council Senior Scholarship

 

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