Susanna Battin
info [at] susbatt [dot] com

Susanna Battin mixes research with visual art to turn a playful lens on past, present, and future environmental politics of the West. She is interested in how images influence people’s relationships with land, and the performance of images in land use politics. She is the 2019 recipient of the Emerging Artist Grant from the Davyd Whaley Foundation. She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and Tucson, AZ.

Solo and two-person shows:

Key Observation Point, Aug 31-Sept 28, 2018, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, Los Angeles, CA

It’s Not Easy Seeing Green, words & images by students of Turning Point School, Mar 8-May 31, cur. Rory Sloan, Turning Point School Gallery, Culver City, CA

Las Vegas Pinks, Dec 2015, A402, Calarts, Valencia, CA

White Line Fever, Mar 2014, The L-Shape Gallery, Calarts, Valencia, CA

With Abandon, two-person show with Tanya Brodsky, Oct 2013, Laura Ingalls Wilder Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

Select group shows:

Key Observation Points, acrylic and graphite on canvas, Three Years: the Davyd Whaley Foundation, June 8, 2019, cur. Nick Brown, Castelli Art Space, Culver City, CA

Gas-for-Water, performance/installation, collab. Kate Kendall, Sept 15-24, 2018, Anatomy of Oil, cur. Ceci Moss, Gas Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Story on an Ocean Floor Border, installation, Aug 26-30, 2018, Making Kin, cur. Amanda Vincelli, NAVEL, Los Angeles, CA

Stile at Some Point, ink on paper/photo, Sept 4-28, 2018, Made on the Mountain, Phase II Gallery, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV

Plantago Major, Hi8 video, 2017, cur. Mother Ditch, Tiger Strikes Asteroid at Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles, CA

My Vote Cunts, printed edition, 2017, Amplify & Multiply, cur. Aaron Cohick, Coburn Gallery, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

Sculpture Garden, HD video & installation, 2016, Exit Interview, Human Resources LA, Los Angeles, CA

¡RIO RIVER!, HD video, 2015, SWAY, cur. Nuong Tran, Mt. Fuji, Nara, Japan

A River in Eden, HD video, 2015, Photo LA, International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition, Los Angeles, CA

PSAs, Hi8 video series, 2014, collab. Tasha Bjelic, featured on KCHUNG TV, Made in LA, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

The Poppy Report, HD video, 2014, GLAMFA, University of California Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

Dada d’Adda, installation and island tour, 2013, Ecoismi, cur. Ylbert Durishti, Cassano d’Adda, Italy

Window, digital billboard installation, 2011, cur. David Morrison, Interstate 15 Southbound, Corona, CA

Honors and residencies:

2019 The Davyd Whaley Foundation Emerging Artist Grant
2019 Panel Speaker, Unscene LA, Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, Studio MLA, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Collective Member, NAVEL, test site for collective autonomy, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Visiting Artist in Residence, Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA
2017 Visiting 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
2014 Artist residency, Art Farm, Marquette, NE
2013 Artist residency, Ecoismi, Cassano d’Adda, Milan, Italy

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

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  http://mammutmagazine.us/download/mammut_issue4_v10_screen.pdf