Euan MacDonald Biography


1970

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland
Lives Los Angeles, California

EDUCATION

1983-1984

Grant McEwen Community College Edmonton, Alberta

1984-1985

Alberta College of Art, Calgary, Canada

1986-1987

Independent Study Program, Florence, Italy

1985-1988

Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Canada

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018

A Bigger Plan, ASU Museum of Art, Arizona

2015

A Place Like This, Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp, Belgium

Still Moving, Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery, Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, California, USA

City Limits, AOYAMA | MEGURO, Tokyo, Japan

2012

Open-Tuning, Hayward Gallery Project Space, London, UK. Curated by Ralph Rugoff.

The Great Tidal Wave Played a Final Tune on this Piano (Part 2), Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2011

The Start of a Gauntlet of Beings, (collaboration with Kevin Hanley) Compact Gallery, San Luis Obispo, California.

9,000 Pieces,  Yerba Buena Center for Contemporary Art, San Francisco. Catalog.

KIMBALL 1901,  Pitzer Art Galleries, Claremont, CA. Catalog.

9,000 Pieces, Silver Flag, Montreal.

The Great Tidal Wave Played a Final Tune on This Piano, Galleria S.A.L.E.S , Rome

9,000 Pieces, Loop Video Exhibition. Barcelona

2010

TAKE THE DARK OUT OF THE NIGHT TIME, Arrow Projects, Beijing, China Catalog.

The Sound of Ice Melting, Dripping, AOYAMA/MEGURO Gallery, Tokyo.

The First and the Last, Birch Libralato Gallery, Toronto.

A Little Ramble, Western Bridge,  Seattle. Catalog.

2009

Man Crying, Punching Bag, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York

Mercy Flush, Goodwater, Toronto, Canada

The Field, Galerie Michael Zink, Berlin

Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney Australia

2008

The Field, Galleria S.A.L.E.S., Rome

Birch/Libralato, Toronto

Selected Work 1997-2007  Survey, The Luckman Gallery, Cal-State University  LA       

Everythinghappensatonce  St Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax

Twinset,  Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand, Curated by Justin Patton

2007

Selected Standards,  Stadtische Galerie, Haus Der Kultur, Waldkraiberg (Artist book)

A Mosquito Under A Paper Cup In Tokyo, AOYAMA/MEGURO Gallery, Tokyo 

Selected Standards, Cohan and Leslie, New York

Euan Macdonald Survey, Kenderdine Museum, Canada

2006                  

Two Places at Once, Art Gallery of Windsor, Canada

You Are My Nebula, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver

Where Flamingo’s Fly, Birch Libralato Gallery, Toronto

Healer, Times Square, Creative Time, The 59th Minute, New York

2005 

Galleria S.A.L.E.S., Rome

Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Two Places at Once, U of T, DMG, Scarborough

University of Toronto Blackwood Gallery, Mississauuga             

2004

Eclipse, and Other Chance Appearances, Kunstbunker

Kunstverein Neurnberg, curated by Hans-Jurgen Hafner 

Cohan and Leslie, New York

The Tower, Toronto Sculpture Garden

Natura, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco

2003

Some Summer Day, University Art Museum, Longbeach, CA, curated by Mary Kay Lombino

Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco

Galerie Zink and Gegner, Munich

Tracey Lawrence Gallery, Vancouver

2002

Cohen Leslie and Browne, New York

The Shadow’s Path, D.P.A.G., New Zealand

Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Galleria S.A.L.E.S., Rome, Italy

2001

James Van Damme Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco

Roberts & Tilton Gallery, Los Angeles

2000

Shaheen Fine Art, Cleveland                               

Galerie Zink, Munich

Tracey Lawrence Gallery, Vancouver

1999

Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, Japan

New Phase Art Space, Taiwan

Robert Birch Gallery, Toronto

Four Walls, San Francisco

Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge

1998

Present Tense, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Or Gallery, Vancouver

Oakville Galleries, Oakville

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019

An Opera for Animals, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China

An Opera for Animals, Para Site, Hong Kong 

2017-2018

The Time. The Place. Contemporary Art from the Collection, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle

2015

Fixing the Future – Technics and Time, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

2013

On the Other Hand, Museo De Arte Moderno Y Contemporaneo De Santander Y Cantabria, Santander, Spain

HUMMINGBIRD FILTER, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy

The Start of a Gauntlet of Beings, Ditch Projects, Oregon, USA

Goodwater, G Gallery, Toronto, Canada

In the Good Name of the Company, ForYourArt, Los Angeles. See Me Gallery NYC, USA

This Will Destroy That!, Design Matters, Los Angeles, USA

2012

The Piano, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Projections, Installations from the MAXXI, Arte Collections. Museo Nazionale Delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome

Robert Walser - Der Spaziergang. Galerie Zink Berlin, Germany

Coquilles Mécaniques, CRAC Centre Rhénan d'Arté Contemporain, Alsace, France

I'm Thinking How Happy I Am, Western Bridge, Seattle, Washington, USA

Emily Carr and the Theatre of Transcendence, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Sculptures - Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?, Aoyama/Meguro Gallery, Tokyo

Once Again, Particular, Control Room, Los Angeles

Drawn To The Line, Peter Fay Collection, Goulbern Regional Art Gallery, Goulbern, Australia

2011

Impakt festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Light in Darkness, Western Bridge, Seattle

Super 8, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Work on Paper, ACME, Los Angeles

Paris Texas, STANDING PINE - cube, Negoya, Japan

2010

Everything Everyday, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver

This Modern World?, Public Billboard project, Shanghai, China

CUE: Artists Videos,  Vancouver Art Gallery

Art on Speed, Ulrich Museum of Art Kansas

Like Tears in Rain, Palácio das Artes, Porto, Portugal, curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas (catalog)

Days of The Eclipse, Mercer Union, Toronto

Elogio della Semplicità, Fondazione Stelline. Milan, Italy, curated by Giorgio Verzotti (catalog)

2009

Best of Loop, Film and Video, Pacifc Design Center, Los Angeles,  curated by Paul Young

Disegni Europei, Oredaria Arti Contemporanee gallery, Rome, curated by Giorgio Verzotti (catalog)

Standard TV. Curated by Creative Time, New York, Miami, Los Angeles

For Example, MSUV Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (catalog)

Video Exhibition, Public Sculpture park, curated by Laura Fried,Contemporary Art Museum St Louis

2008

California Video, The Getty Museum, Los Angeles, curated by Glenn Philips, (catalog.)

SchauM,  Maneimer Kunstverein, Germany (catalog.)

Unknown Pleasures, Aspen Art Museum USA

To Illustrate and Multiply, MOCA, Los Angeles, curated by Lisa Gabriel Mark

The Desert Shore, Luckman Gallery Cal State Los Angeles, curated by Jan Tumlir (catalog.)

2007

Tempo AO Tempo, MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Spain, curated by

Isabel Carlos and Iñaki Martínez (catalog.)

Rogue Wave, LA Louver Gallery, Los Angeles (catalog)

Looking Up Noorderzon festival, The Netherlands

Lowlands festival, The Netherlands

Is There a There, There?, National Gallery of Canada (catalog.)

Lucky Day, San Francisco Arts Commission

2006

Supernatural, The Physics Room Christchurch, New Zealand

Lichjaren, Public Art Exhibition Gouda, The Netherlands

Spooky, The Dark Side of Light, Het Gebouw Utrecht, The Netherlands

Strange Powers, Creative Time, New York, curated by Peter Eleey

Into The Black, Western Bridge, Seattle Art in America, Arario Museum, Kore

2005

El equilibrio y sus derivados, Casa Del Lago, Mexico City, curated by Tatiana Cuevos

Seducidos por el accidente, Fundación Luis Seoane Centro de Cultura Contemporánea, Spain         

Irreducible, Wattis Center for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, curated by Ralph Rugoff (Catalog)

blau nacht  kunsthalle Nuremburg

Still Things Fall From The Sky, California Museum of Photography, curated by Ciara Innis

2004

Treble, The Sculpture Center, New York, curated by Regine Basha

The Joy of My Dreams, Sevilla Bienale, curated by Harald Szeemann Seville, Spain (catalog)

2048 km, Or Gallery, curated by  Melanie Ward Vancouver

Dwellan - Contemporary Video Art, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (Catalog)

Friendly Fire, Gus Fischer Gallery, New Zealand

Break Away, curated by Linda Sawchin, Kellowna Art Gallery                                          

2003                               

Adorno, Kunstverein, Frankfurt , curated by Nicolaus Schafhausen (catalog)   

Defying Gravity, North Carolina Museum of Art (Catalog)

Twilight Zone, Hallen für Kunst im E-Werk, Freiburg/Breisgau

Rest Assured, Bard College Museum

Without Fear And Reproach, Pulse of America, Wittezaal, Ghent, curated by Jerome Jacobes

Echo Sparks, ars electronica center (aec), Linz, Austria

Kunstbuero, Vienna, Austria

17 Reasons, Jack Hanley, San Fransisco, curated by Kate Fowle

Friendly Fire, curated by Leonhard Emmerling

Frauenfeld, Shedhalle Im Eisenwerk, Switzerland

Museum Pfalzgalerie, Kaiserslautern, Germany (Catalog)

Silent Ways of World Making Too, Berlin, curated by Harm Lux (Catalog)

Near Life Experience, Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London, curated by Clair Doherty

Inaugural exhibition, Palazo Roccella Museum, Naples, Italy

Sculpture Center, New York

2002                                            

Gimme Shelter, Videos on Urban Discomfort, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City

Event Horizon, Lothingstrasse 13, Munich

Gap Show, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Dortmund

Hammertown, Fruit Market Gallery, Edinburgh, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, curated by Reid Sheir

L.i.s.t. Gallery, M.I.T., Cambridge, MA                                 

Zero Arte Contemporanea, Milan

BANG: When seeing is blinding Canadienne, Institute du Culture Paris, France, curated by Eileen Sommerman (Catalog)

DV Noir California Arts Centre, Escondito, CA

In Szene Gesetze, Museum fur Neue Kunst zkm Karlsruhe, Germany

Zero Arte Contemporenea, Milan

2001

Mayday, Mayday, Swiss Institute, New York, curated by Marc-Olivier Wahlner

Galerie Zink, Munich

Shelf Life, Gasworks Gallery, London, UK, Blue Coat Gallery, Liverpool, UK , curated by Smith and Fowle (Catalog)

Galleria S.A.L.E.S., Rome

Orange marble, Taipei, Taiwan, curated by Manray Hsu (Catalog)

010101, Art in Technological Times, SFMOMA, San Francisco    

2000                                            

Too, Platform Gallery, London, UK

Dave Muller 3 Day Weekend, The Approach, London

Montreal Biennale, Montreal Canada, curated by Peggy Gale (Catalog)

Fresh, New museum of Contemporary Art, New York

Almost, The Living Room, curated by Regine Basha, Santa Monica

1999                          

Altoids Collection, Las Vegas, Chicago, Miami

National Aviation Museum, Ottawa

The Time it Takes to Eat a Sandwich: Recent video Art from Canada, Depot Kunst und Diskussion, Vienna

Platform, London, England

1998                                            

Version City, Buffalo, New York

In Lieu, Toronto

57 HOPE, Brooklyn, New York

Optica Gallery, Montreal, Quebec

1997                                            

Floating Gallery, Winnipeg

Waiting For Something to Happen, Toronto

Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, New York

1996                                            

Gallery 101, Ottawa

1995

Mercer Union, Toronto

1993         

Birganart, Toronto

1990

Gallery 76 Toronto

PAGE ART

2003

Plan for a Billboard in America, Front cover, C Magazine, Spring 2003, issue #77 edited by Eileen Sommerman

RECENT AWARDS

2011

Canada Council for the Arts Long Term Artist Grant

2009

California Community Foundation Artist Fellowship

Canada Council for the Arts Artist Projects Grant

PUBLICATIONS

2011 Views From A Little Ramble, Western Bridge, Seattle WA.

2011 KIMBALL 1901-, Pitzer Art Galleries, CA

2011, 9,000 PIECES, Yerba Buena Center for Contemporary Art, San Francisco

2010, TAKE THE DARK OUT OF THE NIGHT TIME,  Arrow Factory, Beijing

2007 Selected Standards, JRP RingierStadtische Galerie, Haus Der Kultur, Waldkraiburg

2006  You Are My Nebula/You are My Sunshine, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver 

2005  Euan  Macdonald (everythinghappensatonce) mongraph Verlag Fur Moderne Kunst, Nurnberg

2003  You Are Here, DPAG, New Zealand (Catalog)

1999 Euan Macdonald, SAAG (Catalog)

COLLECTIONS

MAXXI, Museo Nazionale Delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome

The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA.

Museum Of Contemporary Art, Turin

Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich

Musée d'art Contemporain de Montréal

DAIWA Radiator collection museum Hiroshima, Japan

NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA

NEW MUSEUM, New York

Western Bridge, Seattle

A.G.O. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Oakville Galleries Canada

V.A.G. Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Arning, B., Obrist, H., Ritchie, C., Salzman, S Euan Macdonald, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, 1999

Berardini, A. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. in Mousse Contemporary Art Magazine, Issue #17, February/March 2009, pp.122-125

Berardini, A. review, Art Forum 2008

Berwick, C. Euan Macdonald ARTnews 1 November 2004

Bishop, J. Euan Macdonald 010101: Art in Technological Times catalogue 2001

Brennan, S. Strangely Normal, Pavement, #52, April/May 2002

Braun, A. Euan Macdonald, The Gap Show (ex.cat.), Museum AM Ostwall ortmund, Germany, 2002

Chu, I. Review, Frieze, January-February 2000

Church, A. Art on Paper 2007

Cooper, J. everything happens at once Canadian Art 2001

De Bois, N. withstanding the Obvious L’envers des Apparences exhibition catalogue, 2005

Ed. Open Gallery in The Sydney Morning Herald Spectrum, 24-25 March 2012, p.12

Ennis, C. The Dust Blows Forward and the Dust Blows Back,(interview). Kimball 1901- catalogue. Pitzer Art Galleries 2011       

Gale, P. Every Time, Every Time: La Biennale de Montreal (ex.cat.), Montreal, Canada, 2000

Gavaghan, A. Taiwan News, 15 October, 1999

Gereben, J. Euan Macdonald reflects on the piano in his ‘9,000 Pieces’ exhibit in The San Fransisco Examiner, 2 April 2011

Gilmore, J. Euan Macdonald tema celeste 1 April 2003

Godmer, G. Art That Resists L’envers des Apparences exhibition catalogue, 2005

Gopnik, B. Globe and Mail, 14 January, 1999

Gosselin, C. Canadian Art, Primer La Biennale de Montréal, Fall 2000, page 38-43

Guaglianone, P. Euan Macdonald, S.A.L.E.S. Arte E Critica, April 2005

Hafner, H. KunstforumSpring 2003                    

Harrison, A.S.A For Real: Telling the Truth in Art and Writing, C International Contemporary Art, issue #76, Canada, winter 2002/03

Hart, D. Home Sweet Home: an artist-collector’s passion, Home Sweet Home: Works from the Peter Fay collection exhibition catalogue, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

Howard, V. Artists brush away stereotypes Ottawa citizen 17 March 1996

Holubitsky, I. MUD, Catalogue Essay, November 1996

Jordan, B. review The Globe and Mail, 28 September 1996

Jordan, B. MUD Canadian Art, Spring 1996

Fischer, B. Still Speed or Speed Still in Euan Macdonald everythinghappensatonce 2006

Fowle, K. Shelf Life (ex.cat.), Gasworks Gallery, London, 2001

Kern, K. Between the still and the moving image, Dwellan (ex.cat.), Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall, Charlottenborg, Germany, 2004

Knight, C. review Los Angeles Times, January 26, 2001, page 27

Knight, C. review, Los Angeles Times 2008

Lacayo, R. Euan Macdonald Time Magazine (Canadian Edition) 14 October 2002

Laurence, R. Euan Macdonald: You are my nebula in Straight.com, 7 December 2006, www.straight.com/article/euan-macdonald-you-are-my-nebula

MacKay, G. Globe and Mail, 28 September, 1996

Madill, S. Thinking Space: Selections from the Ann and Marshall Webb Collection (ex.cat.), Art Gallery of Hamilton, Canada, March 2000

Mark, L.G. Images of Change, Kimball 1901- catalogue. Pitzer Art Galleries 2011

Martens, A. Euan Macdonald Flash Art 1 November 2003

Martin, V.  review, Artweek 2008

Matsui, M. Shadows of a Continuous Universe, Euan Macdonald’s Art of Synchronic Perception in Euan Macdonald everythinghappensatonce  2006

Massier, J. Or Gallery Exhibition Booklet Essay, 1998

Massier, J. A Spy in the House of Art (Curatorial essay) 1994

Miles, C. Euan Macdonald, in Artforum, March 2001, page 149

Monk, P.  review, Parachute (Summer) 1999

Motley, J. review FRIEZE MAGAZINE 2010

Myers, H. Crawling through time LA Times 2003

Nero Magazine. Euan Macdonald – The Great Tidal Wave Played a Final Tune on this Piano, in Nero Magazine, 14 September 2011

Paton, J. You are Here, catalogue essay, In the Shadow’s Path, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand, June 2002

dwellan, exhibition catalogue, Charlottenborg Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, 2004

Pollack, B. Spirited Away Time Out 2006

Rebick, S. & Lee, E. (Eds) An interview with Euan Macdonald in Here & Elsewhere, http://hereelsewhere.com/see/an-interview-with-euan-macdonald/, Pub. 14 Feb. 2012, Vancouver, Canada

Ritchie, C. Based On A True Story, A.G.O. Exhibition Brochure 1996

Rodney, L. Still Life, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Catalogue Essay, 6 January- 5 February, 2000

Rugoff, R. Irreducible (ex.cat.),  CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, January 2005

Rugoff, R. Responsiveness Testing, 9,000 Pieces catalog, YBCA 2011

Salzman, G. review, Canadian Art Review, Summer Issue 1999

Smith, R. At shows painted with sound be prepared to see with your ears The New York Times 21 May 2004

Sommerman, E. the Potential threat of nothingBang (ex.cat.), Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris, 2002

Stebbins, J. Euan Macdonald SAAG 1999                              

Szeeman, H. The joy of my dreams, I Bienal de Arte Contemporaneo de Sevilla (ex.cat.), Seville, Spain, 2004

Taylor, K. A courageous modesty The Globe and Mail 12 May 1993

Thorn, K. work vs play Nothing BANG – When seeing is blinding catalogue 2002

Tranberg, D. Bending Time, Cleveland Free Times, November 1, 2000

Turner, M. This Land is Your Land Hammertown catalogue 2002

Urban, R. Der ball in wasser ist ein mond Nurnberg Mittwoch May 2004

Verlag Fur Moderne Kunst, Nurnberg everythinghappensatonce, (Monograph) 2005

Verzotti, G. Euan Macdonald. Galerie Zink & Gegner, Artforum, XXLI No.10 Summer 2004

Verzotti, G. Catalog. Elogio della Semplicità, Fondazione Stelline. Milan, Italy 2010

Verzotti, G. Mysterioso, The Oneiric Work of Euan Macdonald, in Euan Macdonald everythinghappensatonce 2006

Williams, A. Tema Celeste, March-April 2001, page 84

Yao, P.  TAKE THE DARK OUT OF THE NIGHT Catalog. Arrow Factory Publication, Beijing, China 2010