Susanna Battin
info@susbatt.com

Susanna Battin uses research and visual art to investigate landscapes she has intimate ties to. Her work specifically focuses on popular conceptions of nature that influence politics, ecology, and human relationships to land. Battin’s work about the Chiquita Canyon Landfill began in 2009, when she lived in the adjacent canyon town of Val Verde. This past work has taken form as video, writing, social practice, and site interventions. She has shown at the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, Gas Gallery, Angels Gate Cultural Center, Human Resources, PhotoLA, Colorado College, CalArts, and abroad. In 2018 she was the visiting artist in residence at Turning Point School, Culver City, and Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts, where she led exercises in landscape visualization and storytelling. She is the founding member of the environmental reading group, OOLA.

Solo and two-person shows

Key Observation Point, solo exhibition –Aug 31-Sept 28, 2018, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, Los Angeles, CA
Las Vegas Pinks, solo exhibition—Dec 2015, A402, Calarts, Valencia, CA
White Line Fever, solo exhibition and screening—Mar 2014, The L-Shape Gallery and The Bijou, Calarts, Valencia, CA
With Abandon, Terra Psyche Night, two-person show with Tanya Brodsky—Oct 2013, Laura Ingalls Wilder Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
Mother Daughter, two-person show with Patricia Cartabiano-Battin—May 2004, Silver Creek Gallery, Silverton, OR

Group exhibitions, screenings, and performances

2019
Three Years: the Davyd Whaley Foundation, acrylic and graphite on canvas, June 8, cur. Nick Brown, Castelli Art Space, Culver City, CA
It’s Not Easy Seeing Green, scanned 35mm video, words & images by students of Turning Point School, May 11, cur. Pen Pal Pictures, Top Banana, Roundhouse Platform, Los Angeles, CA
A River in Eden, HD video, Mar 31, cur. Pen Pal Pictures, Top Banana, Roundhouse Platform, Los Angeles, CA
Plantago Major/It's Not Easy Seeing Green, Hi8/35mm scans, Mar 16, cur. Dicky Bahto, NEW WORKS SALON XLIX, Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, CA
KOPS, digital collage, Feb 16, cur. Metro Art and A. Dola Baroni, Union Station, Los Angeles, CA

2018
Save Lake Mead!, performance, Dec 12, Hiking Club LA, Mentryville, CA
Gas-for-Water, performance/installation/edition, collab. Kate Kendall, Sept 15-24, Anatomy of Oil, cur. Ceci Moss, Gas Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Story on an Ocean Floor Border, installation, Aug 26-30, Making Kin, cur. Amanda Vincelli, NAVEL, Los Angeles, CA
It’s Not Easy Seeing Green, scanned 35mm video & installation, words & images by students of Turning Point School, Mar 8-May 31, cur. Rory Sloan, Turning Point School Gallery and Lobby, Culver City, CA
Stile at Some Point, installation documentation, Sept 4-28, Made on the Mountain, Phaze II Gallery, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV
Plantago Major: Left and Right Hand, ceramic, Feb 3, Maiden LA, OPaf (Other Places art fair), Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA

2017
mingling-with in company, performance by OOLA, Pieter Performance Space, Los Angeles, CA
Plantago Major, Hi8 video, Tiger Strikes Asteroid at Monte Vista Projects, cur. Mother Ditch, Los Angeles, CA
My Vote Cunts, printed editions, Amplify & Multiply, cur. Aaron Cohick, Coburn Gallery, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
Key Observation Points of the Chiquita Canyon Landfill, workshop, Share Show, cur. A. Dola Baroni, Los Angeles, CA
Double Positive, installation, collab. Kate Kendall, Memphis Hotel, cur. Joanna Swan, Deep End Ranch, Santa Paula, CA
Double Positive, installation, collab. Kate Kendall, Bookend Show, cur. Braid Books, Pophop, Los Angeles, CA

2016
Sculpture Garden, HD video & installation, Exit Interview, Human Resources LA, Los Angeles, CA
Thursday Valero, Hi8 video, Infiniti Claws, cur. Neven Lochhead, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA
John Wayne is Marion Morrison, installation, Afterparty, cur. Aaron Elvis Jupin and Joe Parmer, Los Angeles, CA
The Lake Meadmaids, performance, A Park Row Reading, Park Row Drive, Los Angeles, CA
Open Studio, installation, Price Self Storage, Los Angeles, CA

2015
¡RIO RIVER!, HD video, SWAY, group show, cur. Nuong Tran, Mt. Fuji, Nara, Japan
A River in Eden, HD video, Photo LA, International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition, Los Angeles, CA
Stile at Some Point, installation, North Mountain Residency, Shanghai, WV
Story on an Ocean Floor Border, installation, MFA MidRes Show, The Lime, Calarts, Valencia, CA
The Rock Show, installation, curatorial collab. Kate Kendall, Stevenson Blanche Gallery, Calarts, Valencia, CA
Nine Prosthetic Fins, ceramic, CSSSA Faculty Show, D300, Calarts, Valencia, CA

2014
PSAs, Hi8 video series, collab. Tasha Bjelic, featured on KCHUNG TV, Made in LA, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
The Poppy Report, HD video, GLAMFA 2014 (Greater Los Angeles Master of Fine Art Exhibition), UCLB, Long Beach, CA
John Wayne is Marion Morrison, installation, Art Farm, Marquette, NE
In Memory of Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson, earthwork, Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, MI
Where Did My Vanity Go?, installation, collab. Kate Kendall, BB5, Calarts, Valencia, CA

2013
Dada d’Adda, installation and island tour, Ecoismi Public Art Event, cur. Ylbert Durishti, Cassano d’Adda, Italy
Intersection, public performance, Colorado Blvd and De Lacy Ave, Pasadena, CA

2012
Artist for Hire, wearables/performance, Time Capsule Build 2012, Laura Ingalls Wilder Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
When You’re Young, Super8, cur. Michael Winter, The Wulf, Los Angeles, CA

2011
Window, digital billboard installation, cur. David Morrison, Interstate 15 Southbound, Corona, CA
Mulholland (Taxi) Drive, mobile performance, collab. Eliot Eidelman, cur. Stephen Van Dyke, LA Road Concert Mulholland Dérive, Los Angeles, CA
In Paper, wearables/performance, cur. Nicole Disson, The Series, The Standard, Los Angeles, CA

2010
In Transit, performance, The Series, group show, cur. Nicole Disson, The Standard, Los Angeles, CA
Coastal Oracular Travelogue, performance tour, collab. Eliot Eidelman, HWY 101 in CA, OR, WA
Fast and Curious, wearables/performance, The Backhaus, Val Verde, CA
Solastalgic Sleep, performance, cur. James Klopfleish, Sleep Concert, Herb Alpert School of Music, Calarts, Valencia, CA
Bird Cat Moon, performance, cur. James Klopfleish, Sleep Concert, Loulou Courtyard, Calarts, Valencia, CA
A Shave, performance, collab. Eliot Eidelman, Roy O. Disney Concert Hall, Calarts, Valencia, CA

2009
Cows on Anger Island, performance film as Colectivo Oraculo, Brooklyn, NY
Your Worth in Dirt, performance, Deconstructing the Other, Calarts, Valencia, CA

2008
Duet Dress, wearables, La Limonia, Polimoda School of Design, Florence, Italy
Animals I Have Met, pastel paintings, Janus Looking Forward Looking Back, Dovetail Gallery, Silverton, OR

2007
All in One Soap, oil on canvas, In Community with Trees, Dovetail Gallery, Silverton, OR

2005
Light Me Up Turn Me On, sculpture, class collaboration, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR

2004
I Might Live on this River, acrylic on canvas, collab. Leslie Kacalek, Crosscreek Gallery, Silverton, OR

Curation and Organizing
2016-present, founding member, OOLA, environmental philosophy research and reading group, Los Angeles, CA
2017-2019 co-creator, Banner Moment, weekly action dance company, Los Angeles, CA
2016 curatorial committee, Exit Interview, Human Resources LA, Los Angeles, CA
2015 curator, A Park Row Reading (Series), Park Row Drive, Los Angeles, CA
2015 co-curator, The Rock Show, Stevenson Blanche Gallery, Calarts
2014 co-director, Hilltop Artist Residency, artist-run residency, Val Verde, CA
2011–2013 co-director, Laura Ingalls Wilder Contemporary, artist-run gallery and venue, Los Angeles, CA
2013 board member, Newtown Arts, nonprofit arts organization, Pasadena, CA
2011–2012 resident curator, Namaste Highland Park, yoga studio gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2004 curator, Solstice Show, Silverton Arts Association, nonprofit arts organization, Silverton, OR

Education
2016 MFA Photography and Media, Calarts, Valencia, CA
2010 BFA Theatrical Design and Production, Calarts, Valencia, CA
2008 AAS International Fashion Design, The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
2008 Certificate in International Fashion Design, Polimoda School of Design, Florence, Italy

Honors and membership
2019 Emerging Artist Grant, The Davyd Whaley Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
2018 member, SCOPE (Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment), Santa Clarita, CA
2018 Artist in Residence, Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Collective Member, NAVEL, test site for collective autonomy, Los Angeles, CA
2017 Artist in Residence, Turning Point School, Culver City, CA
2016 Panel Speaker, Annual Conference, The Alliance of Artist Communities, Portland, OR
2015 Artist residency, North Mountain Residency, Shanghai, WV
2015 Merit grants and scholarships, Calarts, Valencia, CA
2014 Artist residency, Art Farm, Marquette, NE
2014 Dale Metternich Memorial Scholarship, Loretta Grellner Scholarship, Ox-Bow, MI
2014 Merit grants and scholarships, Calarts, Valencia, CA
2013 Artist residency, Ecoismi, Cassano d’Adda, Milan, Italy
2008 Independent Design Talent, the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City, NY
2008 International All Japan Fashion Teachers Award, Tokyo, Japan

Press
‘Keys to Observation: To Make a Picture and to Take a Landscape,’ Ryan S. Jeffery, X-TRA, Summer 2019 Vol. 21 No. 4
https://www.x-traonline.org/article/the-keys-to-observation-to-make-a-picture-and-to-take-a-landscape
‘Floating Paintings, Apocalyptic Sunsets, and Windows ‘98: It’s not a dream, it’s Susanna Battin’s Key Observation Points at Los Angeles Contemporary Archive,’ Georgia Lassner, UN-PUB-LISHED, 24 Sept 2018
https://un-pub-lished.com/2018/09/24/susannabattinatlosangelescontemporaryarchive/
‘Four Arts & Culture Organizers Speak Up on the Centrality of Equity in Their Work,’ Bethany Martin-Breen, The Rockefeller Foundation Blog, 22 Mar 2017
https://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/blog/four-arts-culture-organizers-speak-centrality-equity/
‘Art, celebrity and how Standing Rock will shape protest in the Trump years,’ Carolina A. Miranda, The Los Angeles Times, 7 Jan 2017
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-hollywood-values-updates-art-celebrity-and-how-standing-rock-1483650229-htmlstory.html
‘Fine art, writ large: Billboards become gallery space,’ Greg Hanscom, Grist, 10 Dec 2011
https://grist.org/cities/2011-12-09-fine-art-writ-large-billboards-become-gallery-space/
‘Horizon Repair,’ BLDGBLOG, 29 Nov 2011
http://www.bldgblog.com/2011/11/horizon-repair/
‘Window by Susanna Battin ~ 15 Freeway,’ LA TACO, 30 Nov 2011
https://www.lataco.com/susan-battin-window-15-freeway/
Interview with Holland Brown, End of Century NYC, 2 Dec 2011
Featured work, guest editor Ian Garrett, Mammut Magazine: SOLASTALGIA, Fall 2010


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