Carl George

b.1958

Carl George is an artist, filmmaker and curator. He has exhibited his films and artwork in New York at ABC No Rio, the Kitchen, MOMA, The Guggenheim, The Whitney Museum, Danspace and Franklin Furnace and in Los Angeles at the Hammer Museum, LACMA and the Steven Cohen Gallery.

Film work includes many short experimental films that have been shown in festivals internationally and have been included in the New Director's Series at the Museum of Modern Art, the Cannes Film Festival Semaine de la Critique, the Whitney, Guggenheim and are in the permanent collection of the New York Public Library, The Hartford Athenaeum, Harvard University and MOMA. He has received New York State Council on the Arts film grants, a film development grant from the Canadian Council on the Arts and is included in the National Archive at the Library of Congress.

He is a founding member of Allied Productions, an artist umbrella organization, and has been actively involved with ABC No Rio, an experimental artist run exhibition and performance space for more than 25 years.

Carl has curated many exhibitions including a 2014/15 retrospective of the work of Gordon Kurtti at Participant, Inc.; an exhibition of film stills from Cinecitta Studios, Rome; and a cross Canada tour of Naked Eye Cinema featuring the experimental film work of Casandra Stark, Nick Zedd, Kembra Pfahler, Erotic Psyche (Bradley Eros and Aline Mare), Penelope Wherli as well as his own film work.

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My artwork and films are informed by myths, irony, humor, politics, sex, sexuality and happenstance. The work of the Kuchar Brothers, Paul Morrissey, Kurt Schwitters, Eva Hesse, Barnett Newman, Susan Salinger, Lina Wertmuller, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Fellini, Luis Buñuel, Kembra Pfahler, Maya Deren, Jack Waters, Brian Taylor and Peter Cramer and others, continue to inspire.

1981 – Founding member of Allied Productions – a non profit arts organization

1981 – Original member of P.O.O.L. – Performance On One Leg

1982 – ABC No Rio – Seven Days of Creation

1983 – ABC No Rio – The Extremist Show

1984 – European tour with P.O.O.L. performance company – Zurich, Barcelona, Berlin, Ibiza, London

1982 – 1990 – Live performances and art installations at The Pyramid Club, Club Armageddon, CBGB's, The Mudd Club, Danceteria, Franklin Furnace, The Kitchen, Artists Space, Dance Space.

1986 – Cross Canada tour with Naked Eye Cinema films

1987 – 1989 – Curated, organized and exhibited artwork and room design at The Leonard Beach Hotel, Miami Beach

1985 – 2000 – Wrote, directed, produced 12 short experimental film works that have been shown internationally and are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, Whitney, Guggenheim, Tate and New York Public Library. Also shown in the New Director's Series at MOMA and at the Semaine de la Critique, Cannes Film Festival.

1989 – present – Developing a feature length film based on the novel "Old Rosa" – "La Vieja Rosa" by Cuban writer and political dissident Reinaldo Arenas.

2000 - Exhibition, with photographer Susan Salinger of photographic storyboards at Stephen Cohen Gallery LA

2005 – Exhibition of rare deities and objects of devotion including museum quality Buddha's, prayer wheels, and paintings at the Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles

2006 – Curated and designed an exhibition of artworks, objects and ephemera from the Kinsey Museum in West Hollywood, CA in conjunction with the release of the film Kinsey starring Liam Neeson and Laura Linney.

2004 – present – Created dozens of new mixed media collage works based on classic American quilt patterns.

2005 - Curated an exhibition of films stills in Hollywood, CA from Cinecitta Studios, Rome to coincide with the 2005 Academy Awards Ceremony.

2008 – Curator, organizer and exhibiting artist for "Scorched Earth" an exhibition in New York City and Los Angeles addressing the devastation of urban centers and indigenous communities by corporate developers.

2007 – present – Developing 2 new experimental film works, "Color Me Alcohol" and "International Scullery Maid". Creating collages, writing and sound as initial step toward completion of projects.

2013 / 14 – Curated the Gordon Kurtti Project at Participant, Inc. New York, a retrospective of the artwork of Gordon Kurtti who died in 1987 at that age of 26 of AIDS related illnesses.

2015 – Created a series of new paintings, collages and drawings.

2016 /17 - Curated four exhibitions at Artspace City Hall Lofts in Dearborn, Michigan

EDUCATION:

McGill University, Montreal

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