John CHIARA - Artist in residence, May, 2017

 

John Chiara was born in San Francisco in 1971. He is an experimental photographer who makes pieces by means of directly manipulating hypersensitive photo paper. In 1993 Chiara decided too much information was lost in the darkroom enlargement process that diluted the inherent effects of a captured image. At the time he was working primarily with making contact prints with large-format negatives, but in subsequent years he developed equipment and processes that allowed him to make large-scale, color, positive photographic images without the use of film. In 2015, Chiara’s work was exhibited along with 7 other living artists in Light, Paper, Process, Reinventing Photography, at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, CA. The Pilara Foundation again commissioned Chiara in 2013 for the group exhibition “A Sense of Place” at Pier 24 Photography. One of Chiara’s proudest achievements thus far was his curation in 2012 of the duel-exhibition “In Conversation: June Schwarcz and John Chiara” at the Richmond Art Center, CA.

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Born 1971, San Francisco, CA
Lives and works in San Francisco

Education

2004 MFA, Photography, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
1995 BFA, Photography, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Awards

2016
Artist in Residence, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA
2010 Artist in Residence, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
Artist in Residence, Gallery Four, Baltimore, M
2006 Artist in Residence, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA
Spark Education Honorarium, KQED, Channel 9, San Francisco, CA
2004 Dennis Leon and Christine Nelson Scholarship, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
All College Honors, Masters of Fine Arts Honorable Mention, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Solo exhibitions (recent)

2016
West Side at Tioronda, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY
In Camera: American Landscapes, Next Level Gallery, Paris, FR
2015 Mississippi, ROSEGALLERY, Los Angeles, CA
Mississippi, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
2014 COAHOMA COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI, Atmos Building, Clarksdale, MS
de • tached, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2013 Los Angeles, ROSEGALLERY, Los Angeles, CA
2012 Crestmont at Coral, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011 Fort at Lime Point, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY
2010 Point Bonita, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Group exhibitions (recent, selected)

2016 Boundless: A California Invitational, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
A Matter of Memory, George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY
New Photography Acquisitions, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin
2015 Light, Paper, Process, Reinventing Photography, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Aperture: Photographs, 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, New York, NY
2014 A Sense of Place, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CA
Initial Public Offering, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
A Photographer’s Playspace, Aperture Gallery, Aperture Foundation New York, NY
2013 Staking Claim: A California Invitational, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
TWISTED SISTERS: Reimaging Urban Portraiture, Museum Bärengasse, Zurich, CH and San Francisco City Hall, CA
Crown Point Press at 50, de Young, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Caspar: FORT BRAGG, LCCM, Fort Bragg, CA
The Road, Luis De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
UNIQUE, Von Lintel Gallery, NY, NY
Cardinal (SW), Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2012 Suspended Disbelief, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY
Imagining Memory, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA
In Conversation, June Schwartz and John Chiara, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
2011 HERE, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CA
Science of Sight: Alternative Photography, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Views, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA
Bending the Light, Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA
Donde El Tempo Se Encuentra, Ana Valasco Gallery, A Coru a. Galicia, ES
California Continued: New Approaches to West Coast Photography, Smith Anderson North, Marin, CA
2010 There is a Way in Which, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Edges of Light, Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA
You and Me Living Today / Vol. 2 / The Land, Gallery Four, Baltimore, MD
Alchemy, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
Front and Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin, CA
2009 John Chiara : Sean McFarland, Swimming Pool Gallery, Chicago, IL
An Autobiography of the San Francisco Bay Area, Part One. SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA

Reviews

Big Town, Big Camera, By JOHN LELAND, [Newspaper] New York Times, APRIL 15, 2016
Art Review by Vince Aletti, [Periodical] The New Yorker, 2016
JOHN CHIARA: WEST SIDE AT TIORONDA By Ratik Asokan [Periodical], Photograph Magazine, 2016
John Chiara, West Side at Tioronda by Loring Knoblauch, [website] Collector Daily, 2016
PERCEPTION THROUGH PROCESS AND THE PERSUASION OF PATHOS, by Jean Black , Artillery, 2015
The otherworldly photography of John Chiara, by Heather King, Angelus, 2015
Art that A) Amuses, B) Challenges, C) Leaves Us in Disbelief, by Edward Goldman, KCRW, 2015
Wood, Sura. Pier 24 Revisted, [Newspaper] The Bay Area Reporter, 2014
Sachs, Danica Willard. John Chiara: de • tached, [Website], Art Practical, 2014
Curiel, Jonathan . Dreamscapes: A Photographer Processes the City's Essence, [Newspaper], SF Weekly, 2014
Wood, Sura. Looking back at the art world, 2013, [Newspaper], The Bay Area Reporter, 2014
Uncanny Images, John Chiara in Santa Monica, [Periodical], afterimage: THE JOURNAL OF MEDIA ARTS AND CULTURAL CRITICISM, May issue, 2013
Baker, Kenneth. A Look Back at the Year in Bay Area Art, [Periodical], San Francisco Chronicle, December 30., 2012
Alleti, Vince. John Chiara, [Periodical], The New Yorker, January 2, 2012
Whiting, Sam. John Chiara’s Camera Obscura Captures Big Picture, San Francisco Chronicle, June 16, 2011
Johnson, Martin L. Chewing the Scenery, Baltimore City Paper, August 25th, 2010
Dawson, Jessica. Portrait of an Artist as an Old Landscape, The Washington Post, August 13th, 2010
Scholz, Zachary Royer. Alchemy, Art Practical, March, 2010

Publications (recent)

Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography, Exhibition Catalog, Getty Publication, 2015
A Sense of Place, (cover and 4 page spread) Pier 24 Photography, Pier 24, San Francisco. CA, 2014
Staking Claim: A California Invitational, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA, 2013
San Francisco: Arts for the City—Civic Art and Urban Change, 1932–2012, Heyday Books, San Francisco, CA, 2013
Paris Photo vu par David Lynch, Steidl, Germany, 2012
Fort at Lime Point, Exhibition Catalog, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY, 2011
HERE, Exhibition Catalog, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CA, 2011
An Autobiography of the San Francisco Bay Area, Part One. San Francisco Plays Itself, SF Camerawork,
San Francisco, CA, 2010

Articles, portfolio reviews (recent)

John Chiara’s Sidewalk Studio: A Conversation with Allie Haeusslein, Aperture Blog, 2016
Photographer Spotlight: John Chiara By Michael Kurcfeld, LA Review of Books, 2016
Interview: Photography in the Internet Age, Looking Back to See Ahead, by FREDDY MARTINEZ, PhotoWhoa, 2015
Camera Obscura Ilfochrome Photography, unique, Portfolio Review and Interview (8 page spread), [Periodical], 2014
Monthly Photography Magazine, Seoul, South Korea, June Issue, 2014
Hodgson, Simon. The Development of John Chiara, [Website], California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2014
Portfolio Review and Interview, (4 page spread), [Periodical], PEN MAGAZINE, November issue, Tokyo, Japan, 2013
Collectors: The Filmmakers Contributions by Jan de Bont, [Periodical], Aperture Magazine, November issue, 2013
Longer Ways To Go, Portfolio Review (3 page spread), [Periodical], Harper's, July issue, 2013
Walker, David. DIY Camera: John Chiara’s Giant Camera Obscura, [Periodical], Photo District News, February 6th, 2012
Goodman, Lauren. Inside the Artists' Studio: John Chiara, The Craftsman [Periodical], 7X7 Magazine, November 22nd, 2012
Interview with Artist Portfolio, [Bound Periodical], PHOTO WORLD , PRC / Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, China, 2011
Baker, R.C. Artists Reveal the Tunes They Work To, [Newspaper], Village Voice, July 20th, 2011
Houston, Johnny Ray. The Photo Issue: John Chiara, [Newspaper], San Francisco Bay Guardian, August 5th, 2009
Artist Portfolio, [Bound Periodical], Blind Spot Magazine, 36th Edition, Beshty, Breuer, Chiara, Deschenes, Fischer, 2007

Lectures and workshops (recent)

2016 Lecture, Penumbra Foundation, New York, NY
2015 Lecture, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
2014 Workshop and Artist Talk, ITALIC Program, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Landscape Alchemy Workshop, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
Creative Minds Lecture, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
2013 PhotoAlliance Lecture, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Lecture, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
Artist Talk / Studio Visit, VIP Collectors Circle, Paris Photo - LA, San Francisco CA
Artist Talk, Photographic Arts Council of Los Angeles, Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2012 Artist Talk, Getty Donors Circle, Haines Gallery, San Francisco CA
Lecture, Mills College, Oakland, CA

Collections (selected)

Pilara Foundation, San Francisco, CA
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CR
Museum of Photographic Art, San Diego, CA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, TX
Elton John Collection, Atlanta, GA

Gallery representations

Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY
ROSEGALLERY, Santa Monica, CA
Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA

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