American Artist

They // Them // Theirs
He // Him // His

[ID: A portrait of a person from the midriff upwards. They have brown skin and a stoic expression as they stand amongst green foliage. Their eyes are obscured by dark sunglasses and framed by braids that hang loosely around their face. They wear a long-sleeve, black shirt that features two small beefy figures.]

Artist and Educator
New York, NY
2022 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the USA Endowment Fund.

American Artist makes thought experiments that mine the history of technology, race, and knowledge production, beginning with their legal name change in 2013. Artist’s artwork primarily takes the form of sculpture, software, and video.

They are a 2021 LACMA Art & Technology Lab Grant recipient and a resident at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn. They are a former resident of Red Bull Arts, Abrons Arts Center, Recess, Eyebeam, Pioneer Works, and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.

They have exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Kunsthalle Basel, and Nam June Paik Art Center in Seoul. They have had solo exhibitions at the Queens Museum in New York and the Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco. Their work has been featured in The New York Times, Artforum, and Huffington Post.

Artist is a 2021 regents’ lecturer at UCLA and teaches critical theory at the School for Poetic Computation.

Portrait photo by Alex Hodor-Lee.
  • Artwork by American Artist
    Installation view of I'm Blue (If I Was █████ I Would Die), 2021. Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles.
    [ID: A view of a gallery. Three school desks outfitted with ballistic shields are facing a television monitor from which a blue man stares out, a target on his forehead.]
  • Artwork by American Artist
    Installation view of My Blue Window, part of Reality Error group exhibition, 2021. Nam June Paik Art Center, Seoul, Korea.
    [ID: Bleacher seats are arranged facing a screen in a dim room. The screen shows time-stamped footage from a dashboard camera.]
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