Skip Arnold

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Born Binghamton, New York; lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
1984 MFA, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
1980 BFA, State University College, Buffalo, NY


2003 Durfee Foundation, ARC grant
1995 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
1993 National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Arts Fellowship Grant
1992 Art Matters Inc., Fellowship for Performance
1992 Brody Arts Foundation, Fellowship for Performance
1990 Foundation for Art Resources, (FAR), Grant for video


2005-2007 Visiting Faculty, ECOLE National Superieure D’ARTS Paris - Cergy
1997-2005 Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Studio Fine Arts and Liberal Arts and Sciences, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
2000 Visiting Faculty, Video/ Multimedia/Performance, FaVU VUT Academy of Art, Brno, CZ


2007 “Skip Arnold Video Films 1983-2007”, Christine Koenig Galerie, Vienna, Austria
2005 “Skip Arnold Documents” University of Houston, Clear Lake
2004 “The Last few Years…and then Sum” galerie Frederic Giroux, Paris

Skip Arnold, Kunsthalle Wien, Video Wall
2003 “Speciman circa 2003” Tea Building, F EST & Union Projects London
2002 “Wall Piece”, ACE Gallery, NYC, NY.

“An Occurrence in Centre Square”, Nova Zamky, SK

“Gruezi”, Art|33|Basel, Basel Switzerland
2000 “DETAILS” Roberts and Tilton, Los Angeles, CA


"DOCUMENTS AND VIDEOS 1982-2000", Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1999 "SKIP ARNOLD", Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, NY

"SKIP ARNOLD," Galerie Montenay-Giroux, Paris, France
1997 "THE EVIDENTIARY FILE", Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, NY
1996 "FACADE", Art & Public, 35 rue des Bains, Geneva, Switzerland
1995 'SKIP ARNOLD," Burnett Miller, Santa Monica, CA
1994 "OFFICE," Exit Art, NYC

"SPIN," Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY

"FREIGHT," shipment via crate from Linz, Austria to the Unfair, Koln, Germany

"STATUE," an activity dealing with the architectonics of the exterior of the Kim Light Gallery and La Brea Avenue, Kim Light Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, July 7, 8

APPENDAGE, Greene Street, NYC
1992 "DIZZY," video sculpture, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA

"PUNCH", video sculpture, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

"HOOD ORNAMENT," activity as the hood ornament of a Kenworth eighteen-wheel truck, March 14, Sun Valley, CA

"GARGOYLE," an activity using the architectonics of the southern exterior of the Otis Gallery at Otis School of Art and Design, sponsored by Los Angeles Exhibitions '92 (LAX 92)
1990 "SHOOT ME,” all-day activity wearing "Shoot Me" T-shirt, Los Angeles, CA

"APPENDAGE," activities: root to a tree and a telephone pole, Part of "Witness L.A./Testigo, L.A."Sponsored by Highways, Santa Monica, CA.
1987 "CLOSET CORNER," an activity performed at the Variety Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA
1986 "SCARE CROW," an activity performed at Russell’s Flats, Conklin Forks, NY 4.13.86
1985 "CONTAMINATION," documented activity done at the Hollywood Reservoir

"THUNDERBALL," an activity performed at Oranges and Sardines gallery, sponsored by the ICA (Independent Composers Association)
1984 "THE PLAGUE," performance, Zero One Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

"MARKS," performance, Studio One, MP/TV, Los Angeles, CA
1983 "THE PLAGUE OF GRIEVESORES," performance, Anti-Club, Los Angeles, CA.


2010 “15 minutes of Fame”: Portraits from Ansel Adams to Andy Warhol Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA.

“Kill Your Timid Notion Festival”, Dundee Contemporary Arts, (DAC), Scotland, UK
2009 “100 Years (version #2, PS1)”, PS1, Long Island City, NY “The MexiCali Biennial 09/10” , La Casa del Tunel Art Center Tijuana, Sala de Arte de la UABC Galeria Comunitaria Mexicali Rose Mexicali, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Design, Los Angeles (2010)

“Hurt So Good”, Rowan University Art Gallery, Rowan University, N.J.

“We Inturupt This Program”, Mercer Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada

“17 Continents”, Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece
2008 “Un-figuring the Body” University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA.

“Black and white” – Part 2, galerie Frederic Giroux, Paris, France

“California Video” curated by Glenn Phillips, The J. Paul Getty Museum
2007 “Til I Die”, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, NYC, NY

“Evidence of Movement”, co-curated by Jennifer Dunlop-Flecher and Glenn Phillips, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA.
2005 “Transformations”, galerie Frederic Giroux, Paris France

“Agir proch” Maison de la Culture d’Amiens, France

“Unspeakable”, Aeroplastics galerie, Brussels, Belgium
2004 “Auto-repeat”, Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

“Le corps en perspective”, galerie Frederic Giroux, Paris
2002 “Final Frontier”, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York City, NY

“Art Unlimited”,Art 33 Basel, Basel, Switzerland

“Full Nelson Number 4”, Los Angeles, CA
2001 “Exit Festival”, Helsinki, Finland

“2nd Open Performance Festival”, Bejing, China
2000 “Made in California 1900-2000”, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA.
2000 “Recontre, Internationale d’Art Performance de Quebec”, Le Lieu, Quebec, Canada

“Prague Steamroller 2000”, Prague, CZ
1999 “Venus” ARC Galerie, Wien,

"Bone 2," Performance Festival, Bern, CH
1998 "Larmes artificielles", Galerie Montenary-Giroux, Paris, France, curated by Muriel Colin-Barrand.

"Identity Crisis, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York City, NY
1997 @," Satellite Gallery, Long Island City, NY, curated by Willoughby Sharp

"Sunshine & Noir: Art from LA, 1960-1997," Louisiana Museum of Art,

Humlebaek, Denmark (traveling to Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany,

Hayward Gallery London, U.K., Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy, and
1997 UCLA at The Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA)

"The Road Show," Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York, NY

"Angel Hair: Ex L.A." Dogenhaus Galerie, Leipzig, Germany
1996 The Basel Film and Video Forum, Basel

A topic site "On Camp/Off Base, Tokyo, Japan

Galerie Satellite, Paris (with Vincent Friot)

"Menu du Jour," Silverstein Gallery, New York, NY

"Sampler 2," David Zwirner, New York, NY
1995 "How is Everything?” Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria,

curated by Edwin Wurm and Martin Walde

"Endurance," Exit Art, New York, NY

"Skip Arnold-Sigrid Hackenberg," Roger Merians Gallery, NY

"Cadeux Paquets," Gallerie Satellite, Paris, France

"Persistent Dispositions - Technetronic Identities," California Institute of the Arts
1994 "Courage," The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY, curated by David Leslie

"Let the Artist Live," Exit Art, New York, NY

"Breda Fotographia '94," Breda, Netherlands
1993 "On Display ," Performance Relikte & Sedimente," Offens Kulturhaus, curated by Gottfried Hattinger, Linz, Austria, (catalogue)

"Sampler," curated by Paul McCarthy, David Zwirner, New York, NY

"Influx," Gallery 400 at University of Illinois at Chicago, IL

"Sampler," Studio Guenzani, curated by Paul McCarthy, Milan, Italy

"Summer Punch 93," Kim Light Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1992 "LAX 92," Otis Gallery at Otis School of Art and Design, sponsored by Los Angeles Exhibitions '92 (catalogue)
1991 "European Media Art Festival," activities made for TV, Osnabruck, Germany, (catalogue)

"No More Heroes," San Francisco Cameraworks, San Francisco, CA,

"Body Forth," American Gallery, Los Angeles, produced by FAR
1991 Foundation for Art Resources) and L.A. Freeways, CA

"There Between Here," INFERMENTAL 10, Osnabruck/Skopje, Germany
1990 "Laughing Matters," (Activities made for TV, excerpts 1983-1990), Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

"Witness L.A./Testigo, L.A.," sponsored by Highways, Santa Monica, CA activities: root to a tree and a telephone pole

"December," American Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

"European Media Art Festival," Activities made for TV, Osnabruck, Germany, (catalogue)

"Mimicking Our Perceptions," New American Makers, San Francisco, CA

"Scan Lines," The Screening Series at DCTV, New York, NY
1989 "The LACE Annuale," Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA

"Hot Tamale Picture Show," University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
1988 "A Sculpture in a Fountain," UC Installation/Performance at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA

L.A. Steamworks, "Boiling Water," CRASH, Phoenix, AZ

"No TV, #7," aired summer 1988, Rochester, NY, sponsored by Visual Studies Workshop
1987 Steam Show, "Boiling Water," July 4th at L.A. Boiler Works Factory, Los Angeles, CA


2006 “Mirror Mirror” Aeroplastics galerie, Brussels, Belgium
2002 “Palace Theatre, Part of the Cast”, 2002, Los Angeles, CA.
2001 “Cleaning in CHINA”, 2nd Open Performance Festival, Bejing, China
2000 “A Modernist Picture”, 3 Day Activity, October 2000, Rencontre Inertnationale d’Art Performance de Quebec, Le Lieu, Quebec, Canada

Activity: At the End of My Rope, September 2000, Prague Steamroller 2000, Prague, CZ

Activity: Looking Down On You, May 2000, Aeroplastics Galerie, Brussels, Belgium
1999 "Marquee",: March 5-7/99, Kunsthuas Glarus, CH. 7. Internationale Performance Konferenz
1997 "Shower",: 4 Day Activity, Grammercy International Contemporary Art Fair, NY
1996 Activity: B.T. Exploration, (Bermuda Triangle)

Activity: Window Dressing, Basel Art Fair
1993 Activity: On Display, " Performance Relikte & Sedimente," Offens Kulturhaus, curated by Gottfried Hattinger, Linz, Austria

Activity: Appendage, 3:00-6:00pm, Nov. 5, wrapped to telephone pole, downtown Los Angeles, CA
1992 Activity: Gargoyle, December 5, Southern exterior of Otis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Activity: Hood Ornament, March 14, Sun Valley, CA
1990 Activity: Shoot Me, 3 days in September, Downtown, South Central, Echo Park, Venice and other major areas of Los Angeles, CA

Activity: Appendage, 3:00-6:00 PM, November 5, wrapped to a telephone pole, downtown Los Angeles, CA

Activity: Appendage (root to a tree), Eagle Rock, Pacific Palisades Park, Santa Monica, CA

Activity: Appendage, 9:00-12:00 PM, May 12, wrapped to a telephone pole, downtown Los Angeles, CA
1988 Activity: Imitation, September, Jacob Javits Center, New York, NY

Activity: Study for Sculpture in a Fountain, November 11-December 24, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, CA
1987 Activity: Closet Corner, Variety Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA
1986 Activity: Scare Crow, April 14, Sunset, 20 minutes, Conklin Forks, NY

Activity: Dirt Piles, April 1986 - November 1987, New York, NY
1985 Activity: Contamination, November 17, Hollywood Reservoir, Los Angeles, CA

Actrivity: Skip Eats an Olive, Norris Jr. Cancer Center, LAC/USC Medical Center


2008 Phillips, Glenn ed., California Video: Artists and Histories, Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2008, pp.26-29
2007 Neal, Jane, Skip Arnold @ Christine Konig Gallery, Modern Painters, July/August, 2007
2005 Ferre, Sylvie, “Skip Arnold, L’Espirit Californien A Paris” BLOC NOTES, Avril 2005, p. 20. Lyon, France
2004 Gerald Matt, Handlungsanweisungen, “What is Art good for?”, ed.Kunsthalle Wien, Austria. Printed in Germany, 2004

Harry Bellet, Le Monde, “les performances de Skip Arnold” Nov. 27, 04
2002 “Art Unlimited” Art|33|Basel Catalog

Harry Bellet, “Frenesie d’Art et d’achates…”Le Monde, June 14, 2002
2000 Tracey Warr, editor; Amelia Jones, surveyor, THE ARTIST’S BODY, Phaidon Press, London p. 91, Photo Inside Cover

Nys Dambrot, Shana, "Pushed to an Abject Edge," dART International, p. 27.
1999 "Installaction," Inter Art Actuel #74, pp. 14, 15, Quebec

Roth, Charlene, "Abject Edge: Recent American Figurative Art," New Art Examiner, December, pp. 54-55

Labelle, Charles, "Escape Trajectory", World Art, Issue 20, pp. 40-45.
1998 Williams, Gregory, Review, "Sifting Through the Evidence", PAJ, Jan, 1998

Vol. XX, No. 1 pp. 71-75
1997 Turner, Grady T. Review, "Skip Arnold at Spencer Brownstone", Art in America, October, pp. 118-119.

Levin, Kim. Review, Village Voice, April 1, p. 12

"Skip Arnold: The Bermuda Triangle," 10-page documentation, Zingmagazine, Autumn/Winter, 1996/97
1996 "Endurance Art," Performing Arts Journal, #54, September 1996, p. 69

"The Bermuda Triangle: Girls in bikinis get fucked all day," Artland International, vol. 2, nr. 2

Von Fellenberg Walo. "Does Art Stick? ART 27/96," Blick, June 12, p. 12

Genoud Adelita. "When naked Art Puts a Move on the Magistrates," Tribune de Geneve, June 3, p.26

CB."Nude Art Ends at the Police Office," Journal de Geneve, June 3, p. 11

Troester Christian. "Power of Masochism," Die Woche, May 17, p.30
1995 Hess, Elizabeth. "No Exit Art," Village Voice, October 11

1992-1995, Offenes Kulturhaus, Performance: Relics and Sediments, 12/1993", (catalogue) p. 73

Reid, Clavin. "Skip Arnold and Sigrid Hackenberg," Art in America," June, p.104
1994 Butler, Kateri, "Long Gone Train," L.A.Weekly, February 4-10, p. 150

Hess, Elizabeth, "No Exit Art," Village Voice, October 11

"Unfair-Art Cologne-Saatchi Collection," Flash Art, Volume XXVII, no. 174, January/February, p. 51
1993 Mikulan, Steve. "Like a Little Boy in His Fort,", Visions, Winter issue, p. 37

"Performance Relikte & Sedimente," Offens Kulturhaus, curated by Gottfried Hattinger, Linz, Austria, (catalogue), p. 56-59
1992 Willette, J.S.M., "A conversation with Skip Arnold, video artist," Artweek, November 19, vol. 23, no. 28, p. 22 and front cover

Curtis, Cathy, "Of Makeup and Motion," Los Angeles Times, Orange County Edition, Calendar Section, October 9, p. 26

LAX: The Los Angeles Exhibition 1992 catalogue, Director for the Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park, p. 75, 84, 119
1991 "No More Heroes", SF Camerawork Quarterly, Summer/Fall, p. 11, 26

European Media Art Festival, exhibition catalogue, Osnabruck, P. 26
1990 European Media Art Festival, exhibition catalogue, Osnabruck, p. 45
1989 "Metropolis," (television interview and presentation of work), TV1, Madrid, Spain
1987 Tucker, Tim, Interview, Shiny International, No. 2, New York
1985 Grady, Kraig, "Interrogation," Spectacle Magazine

Mikulan, Steven, "Spitting Images," LA Weekly, September 13-15, p. 8


1994 "You don't vote...I win," billboard, Gannett Outdoor, Fall, Los Angeles, CA
1986 "ya got tits...," Spectacle, Fall issue

"fuck the horizon," LAICA Journal, Winter issue

"Iwantagirlfriend," High Performance, Winter issue
1985 "you wanta get hurt?", Spectacle, Fall issue


The emphasis is on space and how/what my body does or can do. The work ranges from being extremely physical to extremely passive.

To explore the relationships between self, place, and particular time.
To explore fundamental gestures and concepts.

My interest is the image and nothing else.

I work in media that are evanescent, transient, consumed in passing, not collected.

What is common to all my work is "Skip." Skip is the artwork. The act of doing, my actions, my choices.