Ken Fandell

American, b. 1971

Lives and works in Los Angeles, California




                                    Ken Fandell: New Work, Traywick Contemporary, Berkeley


                                    Lasers and Fog, Crystals and Waves, and Grids, Tomlinson Kong Gallery, New York


                                    Finger, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu

                                    Sex, Death and God, Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago 

                                    Squares and Circles and Sex and Stardust, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago


                                    Me and Galway Bay, 126 Gallery, Galway, Ireland

                                    Evermore, Traywick Contemporary, Berkeley

2008 – 2010               

                                    Days and Nights, Dawns and Dusks, North and South, East and West, Mine and Yours, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (Installation)


                                    Part II: Until It Doesn’t Matter, Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago

                                    Part I: The Most Important Picture Ever, Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago

                                    Old Pictures, Howard House, Seattle


                                    Of Ignorance (and) or Mystery, Traywick Contemporary, Berkeley

                                    Rise & Set (with Diana Guerrero-Maciá), Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago


                                    The Planets, Bodybuilder & Sportsman Gallery, Chicago

                                    The Planets, Howard House, Seattle

                                    It's Hard and I Could Use Some Help, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art


                                    Two Skies, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

                                    From Up and Down and Still Somehow, Bodybuilder & Sportsman Gallery, Chicago


                                    Three Skies, Howard House, Seattle

                                    More Oscillations Between Infinity and Proximity, Traywick Contemporary, Berkeley

                                    Ever, ever, and ever (almost), Revolution Gallery, Detroit


                                    Finales, Revisions, and Asides, Bodybuilder & Sportsman Gallery, Chicago

                                    Sitting on My Porch as the Sun Goes Down in the Year 2000, Suite 106, New York

                                    Project: Ken Fandell, Traywick Contemporary, Berkeley


                                    Well, Southern Exposure, San Francisco




                                   The Middle of Everywhere, Burren College of Art, County Clare, Ireland


                                    Passing Time, Sandra & David Bakalar Gallery, MASS Art, Boston
                                   Word: A Group Text Show, Tomlinson Kong Gallery, New York


                                    Shared Space, Pabellón Villanueva Phot España 2012, Madrid, Spain

                                    Passing Time, The Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

                                    Passing Time, Salina Art Center, Salina, KS

                                    Passing Time, Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN

                                    Write Now, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago 


                                    Wide-Eyed: Panoramic Photographs, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis

                                    The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Electronic Age, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle

                                    Chicago Chocolate Tour, Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland, OR

                                    Space Out, Space In, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago

                                    Vol. 2: Eyeball Witness, Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center, Chicago

                                    Hang in There, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago

                                    New Wall Works, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore

                                    Our Origins, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago


                                    Captured in Time, US Embassy, Paris, France

                                    TypO, Gahlberg Gallery, Glen Ellyn, IL

                                    Blueness, Ben Russell Gallery, Chicago, IL


                                    Collection Highlights, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago

                                    almost surely, almost everywhere, Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington DC


                                    Collection Highlights, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

                                    Time is of the Essence: Contemporary Landscape Art, Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC

                                    Synthetic Supernova, Mixed Greens, New York 


                                    Exposed: Defining Moments in Photography from the MCA Collection, Museum of

                                    Contemporary Art, Chicago

                                    In Words: The Art of Language, University Gallery, University of Delaware, Newark,            

                                    Antennae, Houston Center for Photography, Houston


                                    Still, Things Fall from the Sky, California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA

                                    Into the Midst, Mixture Contemporary, Houston

                                    In the Neighborhood of Infinity, Sixteen:one Gallery, Santa Monica


                                    Uncovered: Recent Acquisitions from the Artists’ Books Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

                                    The Great Indoors, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco

                                    Out of Place Two, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis

                                    Occurrences: the performative space of video, Betty Rymer Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

                                    Subvisuals, Dreizehnzwei, Vienna, Austria

                                    Drunk vs. Stoned, Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York


                                    Acts of Futility, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA

                                    There Goes My Hero, University of Northumbria Gallery, Newcastle, England

                                    Red Square Film and Video Festival, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati

                                    A Clearing (curated by Michael Wilson), Cover-Up, London

                                    Coming to Terms with the Everyday, Indiana University SoFA Gallery, Bloomington


                                    The Body Present: Effigies: Decoys, and Other Equivalents, Museum of

                                    Contemporary Art, Chicago

                                    About The Mind (Not Everything You Always Wanted To Know), Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York

                                    Tasty Dog, Ateiler Top 25, Krems, Austria

                                    Sculpture in Chicago Now II, Columbia College, Chicago


                                    SOUND VIDEO IMAGES OBJECTS, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago

                                    Under the Impression That When You Were Walking Forward You Would End Up Further Onward, Bodybuilder & Sportsman Gallery, Chicago

                                    In Through the Outdoors, Traywick Contemporary, Berkeley

                                    Group Show of Gallery Artists, Bodybuilder & Sportsman Gallery, Chicago

                                    Lifelike: Alternative Realities in Recent Photography, Rockford Art Museum, IL


                                    Bad Directions, Gallery 312, Chicago

                                    Techno – Residium, Cerritos College Art Gallery, Cerritos, CA


                                    Lost Horizons: California Landscapes, Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago

                                    Fact or Fiction, Red Chair Gallery, Kansas City, MO

                                    Depth of Field, Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago


                                    Ordinary Magic, 9251/2 Tularosa, Los Angeles

                                    Baywatch, DePaul University Art Gallery, Chicago


                                    Distractions, TBA Space, Chicago

                                    Road Show ’97, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York

                                    DiLeia Contemporary, Redundant Redundant, Cincinnati


                                    Profiles, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago

                                    Glow, New Langton Arts, San Francisco

                                    Whoosh, Gallery 400, Chicago

                                    Tag (about play), Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago

                                    Custom Complex, Helen Lindhurst Gallery, Los Angeles




                                    Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award

                                    Polk Bros. Foundation

                                    The University of Illinois at Chicago Merit Graduate Scholarship

                                    The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Merit Scholarship



                                    The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York

                                    Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

                                    Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago

                                    Museum of Modern Art, New York

                                    The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH

                                    Ashville Art Museum, North Carolina

                                    The Microsoft Collection, Seattle, WA

                                    The Bank of America/LaSalle Bank Collection

                                    The U.S. Government (The U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria)

                                    City of Chicago




                                    McQuaid, Kate. "What's Up in Boston," Boston Globe. January 29th

                                    Bigman, Alex. “Materials in Procession,” East Bay Express, July 31.


                                    McKenzie, Duncan. "Bad At Sports: Ken Fandell and Christy Matson," podcast audio, June 18th

                                    Segal, Troy. "Opposites Attract," IN New York. December.

                                    Goldberg, David A.M.. "Consulting a Medium," Honolulu Star Advertiser. January 3. 


                                    Browning, Laura M. "The Magical Comedy of Ken Fandell," Sheridan Road. February/March.

                                    Collier, Patrick. "Chicago Chocolate Tour," UltraPDX. June 12th

                                    Weidman, Michelle. "'Chicago Chocolate Tour' Take Portland," fNewsMagazine, July

                                    Rosenstein, Kerri. "Too Much" Trickhouse, Volume 13/Summer 2011

                                    Villarreal, Jose. "Installations at Honolulu Academy of the Arts," ArtDaily. November.

                                    Foerstner, Abigail. "Tour de Art," Quintessential New Trier. May/June.


                                    Dluzen, Robin. "Ken Fandell at Donald Young Gallery," Chicago Art Magazine. March 3. 

                                    Browning, Laura M. "Sex, Death and God," Chicagoist. December 17. 


                                    Apple, Lauri. "An Interview with Ken Fandell," Chicagoist. August 24.

                                    Andrews, Kernan. "A tongue-in-cheek view of Galway for TULCA," Galway Advertiser. November 5.

                                    McDonagh, Tiarnán. "Ken Fandell: Between me and Galway Bay, 126, Galway, November 2009," CIRCA Contemporary art in Ireland. 

                                    Fleming, Simon. "Tulca 2009," Shower of Kunst. December 2.


                                    Nance, Kevin. “No fooling: Wight Gallery re-opens on a ‘serious’ note,” Chicago Sun-

                                    Times. March 21.

                                    Kinkley, Jonathan. “Reviews: Ken Fandell,” Time Out Chicago. March 20-26.


                                    Sozanski, Edwarrd J. “The Power of Language as Image,” The Philadelphia Inquirer. January.

                                    Mylonas-Orwig, Laurel. “One Fine Day,” Chicago Tribune. July 14. 

                                    Ludwin, Torie. “Antennae,” ArtsHouston. July.


                                    Yood, Jim. “International review-The Planets,” ArtForum. February, p.215.

                                    Snodgrass, Susan. “Ken Fandell at Bodybuilder and Sportsman,” Art in America. May. 


                                    Ollman, Leah. “Things Fall, But Not Quite Together” Los Angeles Times. November 23.

                                    Engelson, Andrew. “Visual Arts Pick,” Seattle Weekly. September 14. 

                                    Regina, Hackett. “Flat Objects Gain Fresh Dimension,” Seattle Times. September 16. 

                                    Wilk, Deborah. “Studio City,” Chicago Magazine. November, p.129. 

                                    “Things Fall into Place for ‘Sky’ Group Show,” Chicago Tribune.

                                    “Ambitious Art,” Missoula Independent Magazine. 

                                    “Partners,” Art Access.  

                                    The Sky is Falling in Evanston,” Pioneer Press.

                                    “Things Fall from the Sky,” TimeOut Chicago. 


                                    Hixson, Kathryn. “Ken Fandell,” artUS. September/October.

                                    “ArtBeat: Ken Fandell,” Chicago Tonight (television program). 

                                    “Breaking Space and Time,” The Detroiter. 

                                    “Coming to Terms with the Everyday,” Dialogue.  

                                    “CoverStory,” Mouth to Mouth.

                                    Stamets, Bill. “Seamsters,” Chicago Reader. 

                                    “Ken Fandell,” Chicago Tribune. 

                                    “Picks,” The Flater. Vienna, Austria. 

                                    Berry, S.L. “Exploring Landscapes, Contemporary Art Style,” The Indianapolis Star. August 27.


                                    “The Skies the Limit,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

                                    Harwood, Andrew. “Art Chicago 2003: The Art Industrial Complex,” C Magazine. Summer. 

                                    “Eye Exam/Space Travel,“ New City.

                                    Velez, Pedro. “A Tale of Two Fairs,” ArtNet.  

                                    Baker, Kenneth. “Artists Respond to Bio-Technology,” San Francisco Chronicle. October 4.


                                    “The Body Present at the MCA,” Chicago SunTimes.

                                    Journal of Mundane Behavior. Volume 3, Number 2

                                    “News,” Artkrush.

                                    “SRO,” Pioneer Press.

                                    Butler, Greg. “Ken Fandell gives a show of hands at the Museum of Contemporary Art,” Chicago Arts & Entertainment. February. 

                                    “Destination Art” Where Chicago. 


                                    “Outdoors,” San Francisco Chronicle.

                                    Baker, Kenneth. “In Through the Outdoors,” SF Gate. November 17. 

                                    Ken Fandell “I've Got This Friend,” New Art Examiner. November.

                                    Ferrara, Annett. “Do Ferns Experience Self-loathings? – The Art of Ken Fandell,” 10x10. Vol. 1 no. 3, pp.20-31. 


                                    Mutscheller, Chuck. “There’s Two Kinds of People in this World,” Lumpen. June, p.47.

                                    Camper, Fred. “Distancing Techniques,” Chicago Reader. January 22, p.33. 

                                    “Depth of Field/Peter Miller Gallery,” NewCity. 


                                    “Ken Fandell,…at Southern Exposure,” ArtWeek. 

                                    Baker, Kenneth. “Postmodern Humor at Southern Exposure,” San Francisco Chronicle. March 10. 

                                    Curtis, Cathy. “Raw Talents,” Los Angeles Times. March 10. 

                                    Miffin, Margo. “Twentyfive and Under/Review,” WorldArt. No. 15, pp.66-67.


                                    “Unsentimental Journey,” Self Magazine.

                                    Amy Berk “Twentyfive,” SPEAK. 

                                    “The Art of Endurance,” Everybody’s News. Cincinnati, OH. 

                                    Weinstein, Michael. “Artbeat: Under Developed Photographers,” NewCity. January 16.


                                    “25andUnder,” DoubleTake Books/Center for Documentary Studies. Duke University, NC.

                                    Reiter, Artemesia. “Longing for the Sublime,” Bay Times. Vol. 17 no. 19, June 27.                

                                    “’Glow’ at New Langton Arts,” ArtWeek. San Jose, CA.



1994 – 1996

                                    MFA University of Illinois at Chicago

1991 – 1993

                                    BFA The School of the Art Institute of Chicago 

1989 – 1990

                                    University of California at Santa Barbara