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BIO

Christopher O’Leary (b. Seattle, Washington) is an artist, photographer and researcher. His work in photography expands from still images to video, animation, custom software, and other experimental processes. O’Leary’s projects are generated in dialogue with scientists and laboratories working on contemporary issues in astronomy, cosmology, environmental science, and other fields, across the globe. He was the first artist in residence at the Carnegie Observatories in Las Campanas Chile, and has worked with with researchers at CalTech, LIGO Labs, the Smithsonian, UCLA, CalState Fullerton, and more. He has been awarded a number of artist residencies including the Ucross Residency, the Playa Residency, and the Rockland Residency. His current research is about the science and observation of gravitational waves, which will culminate in a solo exhibition at the Begovich Gallery at CalState Fullerton in 2024. He is also in a group show highlighting the research archive at CalTech, in conjunction with the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Art-and-science event. O’Leary’s work has been shown in museums and galleries around the globe, in both art and science contexts. Chris lives and works in Los Angeles, California, and is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Pasadena City College.

Education

2008

MFA: Design Media Arts, University of California Los Angeles

2004

BFA: Photography, University of Washington

2004

BA: Interdisciplinary Art, University of Washington

Teaching

2015 - Present

Assistant Professor of Photography, Pasadena City College

2023

Visiting Lecturer, Digital Photography, UCLA Dept. of Design Media Arts

2010

Practicum: Generative Form and Code, CalArts, Santa Clarita, CA

2008 - 2013

Visiting Lecturer, Digital Photography, UCLA Dept. of Design Media Arts

Residencies & Fellowships

2022
  • Playa at Summer Lake Art & Science Residency, Summer Lake, Oregon
  • Research Sabbatical, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA
2020

Rockland Woods, Winter Residency, Bremerton, WA

2019

Playa at Summer Lake Art & Science Residency, Summer Lake, Oregon

2018

Rockland Woods Residency, Inaugural Residency, Bremerton, WA

2016 - Present

AxS Incubator: Fulcrum Arts, Pasadena, CA

2016

Artist in Residence, Carnegie Observatories, Atacama, Chile

2014 - 2015
  • Senior Photographer, School of the Arts, UCLA
  • Visiting Researcher, UCLA Art|Sci Research Center
2012

Ucross Foundation Fellowship & Residency

2009

Atlantic Center for the Arts: Associate Artist in video/performance to Carole Kim

2007
  • Real-Presence Floating Sites, Artist Residency, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Real-Presence, Artist Residency, Belgrade, Serbia
2004

Vain Free-Thinking Artist Residency, Seattle, WA

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2024

upcoming: Gravity Well, Begovich Museum, Cal-State Fullerton, Fullerton CA

2020

“Black (W)hole”, Collaborative Installation, Tinworks, Bozeman MT

2013

“Black (W)hole”, Collaborative Installation, Emerson Center for the Arts, Bozeman MT

2009

Multiverse > Future and Dust – A.L.I-Roma, Rome, Italy

2006

Light Play, Swingset Films Gallery, Seattle, WA

Group Exhibitions

2024

upcoming: CalTech Archive, Pacific Standard Time, Pasadena, CA

2018

“100% Synthetic”, Screening & DVD Publication, Estuary Records

2017
  • “Far Bazar”, Cerritos College, Cerritos, CA
  • “Fem Climate”, ARS Electronica, Linz Austria
  • “Faculty Exhibition”, Boone Gallery, Pasadena City College
  • “UNCERTAINTY”, Williamson Gallery at Art Center, Pasadena, CA
2016
  • “Black (W)hole”, Sesnon Gallery at Porter College, UC Santa Cruz
  • “Black (W)hole”, Cambridge Science Festival
  • “Things To Come”, Pitach Tikva Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
2015
  • “Via Negativa”, South Bay Contemporary, San Pedro, CA
  • “Xerodrome”, New Music Festival, San Francisco, CA
2014
  • “Black (W)hole”, Permanent, Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland, CA
  • “Black (W)hole”, Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, Brownsville, TX
  • “Xerodrome”, Sphaerae Experimental Gallery, AxS Festival, Pasadena, CA
2013
  • “Black (W)hole”, MSU Planetarium, Bozeman MT.
  • “Familiar Spirit”, Performance, Marsh Chapel, Boston University, Boston, MA
2012
  • Dark Matter I, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA
  • Dark Matter II, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA
  • Dark Matter III, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA
    “Bandwagon”, Group Performance, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA
  • “Render: New Construction in Video Art”, CA Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA
2011
  • “ARTifact: 53K”, Sixth College Art Gallery, UCSD, San Diego, CA
  • “Calamity Tales”, Performance, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA
  • “Speculative”, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA
  • “Spaceship Earth”, Center for Contemporary Art, Torun Poland
  • “Beta-Release”, Six-Pack Projects, Long Beach, CA
2010
  • Santa Monica Glow Festival, Santa Monica, CA
  • “Real Presence X” – National Museum, Belgrade Serbia
2009

“Pluto” – Group Performance, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL

2008

“Exit Strategies” – MFA Exhibition, New Wight Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Lectures & Performances

2022

Job Talk, Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego

2017

Leonardo LASER Talk, ArtCenter College of Design

2016

Leonardo LASER Talk, UCLA Art-Art-Science Center

2014

“Cloud Chambers” UCLA Art-Science Center Summer Institute, Los Angeles, CA

2011

“SPECULATIVE”, Curator Talk, LACE, Los Angeles, CA

2010

Artist Talk, Los Angeles Dorkbot, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA

Publications & Bibliography

2024

upcoming: CalTech Archive, Claudia Bohn

2017

“Machine Project: The Platinum Collection”, Mark Allen

2016

Things To Come: Exhibition Catalogue, Doreet Harten

2015
  • Via Negativa: Exhibition Catalogue, James McDevott
  • Cloud Chambers Interview, Folio Magazine, Pasadena Arts Council, Winter 2015
2014
  • Black (W)hole, Leonoardo, Spring 2014
  • Casalegno, Mattia, “The SPECULATIVE Exhibition.”, Digicult, 08.2011
2012

“SPECULATIVE”, Drunken Boat Literary Magazine #15

2011
  • “SPECULATIVE”, Catalogue and Reader for LACE, Editor w/ Zach Blas
  • “Spaceship Earth”, Center for Contemporary Art, Torun Poland, curator Dobrila Denegri
2009

Multiverse > Directions for the world > Christopher O’Leary > Future & Dust

2008

Exit Strategies – Exhibition Catalogue

2007

Sabine Zurel, “100 jaar toekomst,” BRIGHT 19 (December-January 2008), 16.

Awards

2015
  • PCC Foundation Faculty Grant – Academic Excellence Award
  • Finalist for Creative Capital Award, Visual Arts
2007
  • D|MA Travel Grant
  • Eugene Wurzel Memorial Fellowship UCLA
2006
  • UCLA Regents Stipend
  • Vain Studios Grant
2004

UW School of Art, Graduating With Excellence Award