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Sappho Room

Sappho Room is a poetry residency at my home in Amenia, New York, founded in 2018. Residents have included Candystore, Charity Coleman, Camila Marambio, Margaret Namulyanga, and Hannah Hiaasen. A series of broadsides will be launched in 2020, in collaboration with printmaker Paloma Barhaugh-Bordas. 

Heart of Goldenrod

Workroom at Swale House, Governors Island, NYC Christy Gast brings her Mobile Tinctorium to Governor’s Island to extract color from goldenrod (solidago sp.), a native plant in the aster family. Gast’s process includes transferring color from plants to fibers (foraging, dyeing, felting), sculptural installations, and exploratory, poetic, performative and collaborative actions. She will work on-site…

It’s Necessary to Talk about Trees @ River Valley Arts Collective

It’s Necessary to Talk about Trees Polly Apfelbaum, Osi Audu, Julia Bland, Mary Carlson, Nicole Cherubini, Taylor Davis, Christy Gast, Tamara Gonzales, Zach Hadlock, Padma Rajendran, Halsey Rodman, Em Rooney, Arlene Shechet, Elise Siegel, Claudio Sebastian Stalling, Josh Tonsfeldt River Valley Arts Collective is pleased to present It’s Necessary to Talk about Trees, an exhibition…

Everything is possibly an oracle at Milani CARPARK, Brisbane

Exhibition at CARPARK, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Australia Opening: Saturday, 7 September 2019, 5-7pm Closing performance: Saturday, 28 September 2019, 2pm-4pm Taking a liquid, archipelagic approach to loosening the knot of the mystifying ways in which things come to matter, Everything is possibly an oracle unfolds the imaginative seeing techniques, languages and sensing practices that Caitlin…

Singing Practice @ MoMAZoZo

Friday April 12, 2019 from 12-1pm at MoMAZoZo’s Lyric Theater. Visiting artist Christy Gast will host a Cari-blow-blow “singing practice.” Gast is a sculptor, performer and video-maker who incorporates singing (with others when possible) into her art making practice. Inspired by composer Pauline Olivaros’ deep listening exercises, we will listen to the wind and make an improvisational…

Visiting Artist Lecture at University of Rochester

Visiting Artist Lecture at University of Rochester: 4 PM, March 5, 2019 in the Gowen Room Printmaking Workshop: 9:40 AM – 12:20 PM in Sage Art Center Printmaking Area, open to the public Supported by the UCIS Cluster Arts at UR and the Department of Art & Art History

Topology

This ongoing series of sculptures and actions proposes poetic and tensile entanglements between human bodies and trees, with textiles as the intermediary. Behind this work is a desire to imagine and queer interspecies intimacy. I have taken a tree climbing course at Cornell University, studied the tensile properties of arborists’ ropes and knots, planted an…

Coastal Curriculum @ Creative Time Summit in Miami

Creative Time Summit: COASTAL CURRICULUM BREAKOUT SESSION November 3, 2018, Museum Park Baywalk, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), 1103 Biscayne Blvd  Ensayo #4 (Coastal Curriculum) research pods exist in Tierra del Fuego, Northern Norway, New York, and Australia. The artists, scientists, and scholars involved in each pod meet at irregular intervals to cross-pollinate and share…

Beaver Diasporas: Thinking with Henry Lewis Morgan

Date: April 27, 2018 Time: 2:-00-4:00 PM (Friday) Location: VISTA Collaboratory, Carlson Library, University of Rochester Beaver Diasporas: Thinking with Lewis Henry Morgan Friday, April 27, 2018 2:00-4:00 PM VISTA Collaboratory, Carlson Library Computer Studies Building 160 Trustee Road River Campus A Multimedia Presentation: Laura Ogden, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College Christy Gast, Visual…

Essay in River Rail

The inaugural issue of the River Rail  includes my essay Admiralty Sound Expedition Report  with an afterword by Dr. Bárbara Saavedra, plus essays and poetry from Ensayos collaborators Camila Marambio (The Go-Between) and Cecilia Vicuña (Con Cón, Chile, 1966 – 2006).

Book Launch @ Kunsternes Hus in Oslo, Norway

Sunday January 21 2018 from 3-5 pm at Kunstnernes Hus, Wergelandsveien 17, 0167 Oslo, Norway,  The anthology “The Wild Living Marine Resources Belong to Society as a Whole” contains a wide range of expressions: poems, essays, photos, articles, manifests and artworks, all of which relate to our management of natural resources or discuss our fundamental views on…

10 Years: The Cameron Print Project

On view at Middlebury College Museum of Art, January 9–April 29, 2018 As an artistic discipline, printmaking grows firmly from the crossroads of creative imagination and the grounded arena of technical skill. The exhibition 10 Years: The Cameron Print Project whisks away any assumptions of the medium as a staid or predictable one, and instead maps out a…

How to Draw a Tyrant

Wayfarers, 1109 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn, December 15, 2017 to January 07, 2018 A Multimedia Exhibition That Explores Labor, Surveillance, and The Political Economies of the Individual Artist’s Voice Curated By Jasmine Dreame Wagner Featuring works by Tahnee Pantig, Hiroki Otsuka, Ivan Rivera, David Colannino, Christy Gast, Cynthia Reynolds, Samantha Robinson, Keil Troisi, David “Scout” McQueen,…

Vi ser på korn på Ruene (Hva skal kyrne f ores med?)

Looking at Grain at Ruene Farm (What to feed the cows?) is the result of a collaboration with Stian Haltuff of the organic dairy Ruene Farm. The project consists of a series of drawing workshops held in the farm’s grain fields; a textile design incorporating those drawings, which was printed onto canvas with the cyanotype process;…

Skiptvet

Galleri F 15 October 21 2017 – January 17 2018  Structures in agriculture and in the natural preconditions for food production are under stress. Skiptvet is an agricultural municipality in inner Østfold, where this traditional, vital and important means of livelihood is also undergoing change. Local conditions reflect global interconnections between climate, market and culture. This…

Errant Landscapes

Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred University November 3 – December 4, 2017 Opening Reception: Friday, November 3, 7-9 pm Curated by Andrew Oesch An upcoming exhibition at Alfred University’s Fosdick-Nelson Gallery will feature the work of four artists, which portray the relationship of people with their surrounding environment. The exhibition, “Errant Landscapes,” opens Nov. 3 with a…

An Ephemeral History of High Desert Test Sites: 2002-2015

Opening: October 21st and 22nd, 11 am–5 pm curated by Aram Moshayedi and Sohrab Mohebbi   An Ephemeral History of High Desert Test Sites: 2002-2015 presents an incomplete and partial look at the organization’s fifteen-year history, based on the artifacts, ephemera, and facsimiles that have been recovered by High Desert Test Sites and past participating artists. It…

CB Radio SEASON 2, EP.5 : CHRISTY GAST, CONTESTED LANDSCAPES

CB Radio hosts Nancy Nowacek and Jake Nussbaum interview artist Christy Gast, whose work across media reflects her interest in issues of economics and the environment, and the role of content in giving meaning to the experience and form of the work.

Book Launch: The Wild Living Marine Resources Belong to Society as a Whole

The title for this book, edited by Randi Nygård & Karolin Tampere, as part of Ensayo #4, is taken from Section 2 of the Norwegian Marine Resources Act where it states that the wild living marine resources belong to Norwegian society as a whole. Taking it to the next level, Nygård and Tampere dropped the…

¿’Onde va la lancha? performance in Detroit

Performing ¿’Onde va la lancha? at 6:30 PM on Friday, October 6 at Detroit Institute of Arts’ Diego Rivera Court.  The Detroit Institute of Arts and James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History, Wayne State University, Detroit, are pleased to present INSTRUMENTAL, a multi-media performance series featuring local and national artists who work in a…

2 Lost Soles: NY Aquarium Residency

2 Lost Soles was produced as the result of a series of workshops with a group of teenagers from the New York Aquarium’s Wildlife Conservation Corps, which focuses on public-facing science and ocean advocacy projects. Led by the Aquarium’s artist in residence Christy Gast, they began by employing the Plastic Census Protocol developed during Gast’s Ensayo #4…

Pioneer Works Journal

Launch Party: July 18th @ 7 PM, Pioneer Works, Red Hook, Brooklyn Feature article DEAR ENEMY: INTERSPECIES COMMUNICATION THROUGH ARTISANAL SCENTS co-authored with Giorgia Graells, Derek Corcoran, and Camila Marambio of Ensayos. Published once a year, Pioneer Works Journal is our magazine with readings that encompass art, music, science, and alternative education. 

Works on Water Triennial

Advocacy Splash-Down Wed June 14th  7:30-9 at 80 Green At one time, art was science’s illustrator. Today, Water Art can go well beyond illustration to serve science and the natural world directly by posing questions, exposing realities, acquiring data, advocating for natural resources, and– in some cases– affecting policy change. Advocacy Splash-Down promises to be…

Admiralty Sound Expedition Report / Miami Rail

In Tierra del Fuego, where the Atlantic meets the Pacific, land and sea are not so much interwoven as fractured—splintered and shattered. At the southern terminus of the Andes, it is as if the mountains are using the remainder of their geological force to dive out of the deep and frigid sea. Originally published in…

¿’Onde va la lancha?

From Discipline / Gertrude Contemporary announcement ¿’Onde va la lancha? is a 15-minute lecture-performance during which Gast provides a live voice-over for a video projection that was filmed in the fjords of Tierra del Fuego. … We find ourselves inside an artisanal fishing boat during a storm, its creaking and rocking provides the rhythm for a song;…

Post-Election @ SEPTEMBER

septembergallery.com PRESS RELEASE SEPTEMBER 449 Warren Street #3 Hudson, NY Post-Election Exhibition Co-Organized by Kristen Dodge and Kate Gilmore Exhibition Dates: January 28 – March 5, 2017 10% of all sales will be donated to the Staley B Keith Social Justice Center and the Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood. SEPTEMBER presents Post-Election, an exhibition of over…

When Species Meet @ Telemark Art Center

WHEN SPECIES MEET 19.11.2016 -15.01.2017 Christy Gast, Søssa Jørgensen, Tove Kommedal, Jean Painlevé and Kjersti Vetterstad Curated by: Karolin Tampere  It is said that the practice of different forms of art is what divides us from other species on the planet. But what happens if we open up to a wider interpretation of expressions in a…

Castora Magellanica

From When Species Meet exhibition text In Christy Gast’s video Castora Magellanica, the figure of a beaver in the form of a rakish, life-size puppet cruises through the canals of Venice in an impeccably crafted wooden motorboat. Biologists know the beaver as an ecosystem engineer, able to transform forests into meadows, the faintest rivulet into…

Belong and Observe @ Médiatheque du FMAC, Geneva

Christy Gast will have three videos on view at Médiathèque du Fonds d’art contemporain in Geneva, Switzerland. The exhibition, “belong and observe”, features work that Gast created in Tierra del Fuego with the research collective Ensayos. From Tierra del Fuego to South Africa by way of Germany, “belong and observe” – or how to belong to the…

Field Work

Galería Patricia Ready, Santiago, Chile 2016 In her first solo exhibition at Galería Patricia Ready, Christy Gast presents Field Work. The exhibition consists of a series of sculptures composed of felt and natural dyes extracted from the Patagonian forest. These works are the result of a lengthy investigation by Gast in the Parque Natural Karukinka,…

Touch & Go @ The LeRoy Neiman Art Gallery

Touch & GO is an exhibition of sculpture and video that brings together a diverse group of artists whose work is connected through an investigation of materials in the specific and the metaphoric. Each of the contributing artists investigates via the hand using unconventional or invented means of making. The sensitivity and irreverence practice of making…

Playing Favorites @ Wayfarers

  Playing Favorites A collaboration between A.W. Strouse & the members of Wayfarers For Playing Favorites, we invited poet and curator A.W. Strouse to explore Wayfarers members’ studios and select works that he thought might serve as points of departure for his writing. He describes the poems he has written in response as “little odes…

Wild Living Marine Resources @ Kurant

PRESS RELEASE–Kurant, Trømsø, Norway Wild living marine resources belong to society as a whole. 11.03 Opening 19.00 12.-13.03 Open Exhibition 12:00 – 17:00 12.03 Performance by Søssa Jørgensen 12.03 Film screening at Verdensteatret followed by a talk. The Agronaut by Kjersti Vetterstad 19:00 Svein Kristian Arntzen (UiT), Camilla Brattland (UiT), Georgiana Dobre, Jørund Aase Falkenberg,…

Mobile Tinctorium

Mobile Tinctorium is an itinerant textile dye studio devoted to foraging for colors in forests, fields and urban environments. The intention, rather than depict a particular landscape, was to allow the forest to determine the color palate and aesthetics of the work. This project was undertaken during residencies at The Shandaken Project / Storm King Sculpture…

Fault Lines @ Gerald Peters Gallery

FAULT LINES Feb 10 – Mar 18, 2016 For additional information, please visit: gppresents.com GP Presents is a newly established Contemporary curatorial/project-based exhibition program located at Gerald Peters Gallery, New York. GP Presents and Gerald Peters Gallery are pleased to announce Fault Lines: The Shifting Perspective on Landscape in American Art. Featuring work by 21st century artists Christy Gast, Shane McAdams, Jason…

Interview / Martine Syms / Miami Rail

In advance of Martine Syms’s public project Nite Life, which will appear on buses throughout Miami this winter as part of Locust Projects’ Art on the Move program, Christy Gast met with her in her Los Angeles studio to discuss her research and creative practice. Syms, who considers herself a conceptual entrepreneur, has a background…

Ensayos in La Tercera

El martes 10 de noviembre un grupo de 18 científicos, humanistas y artistas de diferentes partes del mundo, se reunieron en Pioneer Works, un centro de arte e innovación ubicado en Brooklyn, para hablar sobre conservación en Tierra del Fuego. El centro, de más de dos mil metros cuadrados, es uno de los más importantes…

Dear Enemy

Institute for Art and Olfaction, Los Angeles, 2015 Dear Enemy consists of four perfumes created by a team of artists and scientists in an attempt to initiate interspecies communication between humans and beavers in Tierra del Fuego, and the application of these scents in both human-dominated and beaver-dominated locations through exhibitions and fieldwork. The Dear…

The New Explorers by Kris Timken

The New Explorers examines encounters with the American landscape by twelve contemporary female artist-adventurers. An illustrated narrative with an introduction by author and critic Lucy R. Lippard, the book traces the role that artist-adventurers have played in shaping American identity throughout history. The author traveled across the country to talk with these women about their…

Entangled

From BHQFU press release Collaboration with writer/sociologist Denise Milstein and other members of Ensayos FUG will serve as Ensayos’ New York basecamp—part residency, part exhibition and part seminar. The seminar, led by curator Camila Marambio,​who founded and directs Ensayos, looks at research or project-based artistic practices using Ensayos as a working model. Throughout the month,…

Ensayos @ BHQFU

Press Release Ensayos: Trials on an Archipelago October 21st – November 14th FUG 431 E 6TH BSMT NYC 10009 Office hours: Thursday and Friday, 12-3pm Closing event: November 14th, 6-9pm Additional viewings by appointment. (10/02/15) NY,NY: BHQFU, New York’s Freest Art School, is pleased to present TRIALS ON AN ARCHIPELAGO, a residency, seminar, and exhibition…

Ernesto Neto and the Huni Kuin / Miami Rail

ERNESTO NETO AND THE HUNI KUIN ARU KUXIPA: SACRED SECRET CHRISTY GAST THYSSEN-BOMEMISZA ART CONTEMPORARY, VIENNA JUNE 25–OCTOBER 25, 2015 As dusk descended on a cool summer night in Vienna’s baroque Augarten park, an extraordinary seminar commenced on the lawn adjacent to Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary. The gallery was exhibiting work from a three-location retrospective of…

Dear Enemy

Dear Enemy by Christy Gast + Ensayos September 28 – October 10, 2015 Research in Tierra Del Fuego, Chile Residency at The Institute for Art and Olfaction   AN ARTIST, A CURATOR, A BIOLOGIST AND AN ECOLOGIST TEAM UP TO CREATE A PERFUME DESIGNED TO HELP HUMANS COMMUNICATE WITH THE BEAVER POPULATION IN TIERRA DEL…

Dear Enemy in Atlas Obscura

  In 1946, a group of Canadian beavers got a free one-way ticket to Argentina. Specifically, they were headed for the archipelago Tierra del Fuego, a swath of islands on the southernmost tip of South America. The Argentine government thought the beavers would be the lynchpin of a new fur industry—but they were wrong. Now,…

Global Positioning Systems @ Pérez Art Museum Miami

Global Positioning Systems is the second iteration of Pérez Art Museum Miami’s Overview Galleries, in which selections from PAMM’s permanent collection are displayed alongside loans from important private collections. Consisting of six interrelated parts (titled History Painting, Visual Memory,The Uses of History, Urban Imaginaries, The Contested Present, and Forms of Commemoration), this thematic group presentation explores the intersection between globalization and history. Since…

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