Twelve Earths is a planetary sculpture currently in development, launched as an extended collaboration with L.A. based group Fathomers—a creative research institute based in Los Angeles. With the assistance of a transdisciplinary team of scientists, geographers, designers, technologists, the project will grow to connect twelve invocatory sites around the earth along a perfect ring – a great circle. Over the next twelve years – with the project scheduled to conclude in 2028 – Twelve Earths will reveal a complex, multivalent portrait of the earth.
Very excited to announce that The University of Oregon will be purchasing a suite of works from the exhibition Proxima Centauri b. Gleise 667 Cc. Kepler-442b. Wolf 1061c. Kepler-1229b. Kapteyn b. Kepler-186f. GJ 273b. TRAPPIST-1e.
Look out for the release of the first Twelve Earths flatwork, an edition of 100, produced with Fathomers.
FEBRUARY 24 – MARCH 24 2019
Solo Exhibition, Super Dutchess, New York, New York
Will be in San Francisco to begin large-scale tasing of The Rainbow \ San Francisco in cooperation with Crystal Fountains, el dorado inc., Fort Mason Center, Carollo Engineers, and many, many others. For more info contact el dorado inc., or MJM Studios.
Visiting Artist, ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, CA.
APRIL – MAY 2019
Happy to be in working in Paris and in residence at Cité internationale des arts.
Group show at A+B Gallery in Brescia, Italy. Curated by Manor Grunewald and Gabriele Tossi.
JULY 26-28 2018
As part of an ongoing collaboration with Fathomers and with generous support from WeTransfer, we organized a two day convening at NeueHouse in Los Angeles, CA for Twelve Earths. Titled Open Signal, the sessions, Moderated by David Kim opened discussions on time, the earth, and communication over long time horizons. Convening members included Ahmed Best, Damian Bradfield, Lonny J. Avi Brooks, David Kim, Melissa Lo, Saki Mafundikwa, Elizabeth Metzger, Bridget D. Samuels, Safiya Sinclair, Nina Tandon, Rosten Woo, Elise Co, Jeremiah Chiu and Jackson Cantor.
Group exhibition at Arnaud Deschin Galerie in Bagnolet France in cooperation with Galerie Valeria Cetraro w/ Pierre Clément, Laura Gozlan, Hendrik Hegray, Anouk Kruithof, Michael Jones McKean, Laura Porter, Pétrel I Roumagnac, Andrés Ramirez, Pia Rondé et Fabien Saleil, Ludovic Sauvage, Florian Sumi and David de Tscharner.
Twelve Earths beta site is up – twelveearths.com.
CURRENT – 2027
I’m happy to announce the launch of Twelve Earths – a 10-year project with FATHOMERS – a “creative research institute based in Los Angeles dedicated to producing sites and encounters that challenge to us to live and act differently in the world.” Very excited to share more roll outs in the months ahead – in the meantime here’s the project trailer for some work we are up to in the Caymans.
APRIL 1 – JUNE 24, 2018
The Figure: The Indicative and The Allusive, The Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, Delaware, curated by Katherine Page.
MAY 18 2018
Very happy to be supporting the MFAH Core Program for their 35th anniversary in this Paddle8 auction. So many incredible artists.
MAY 15 2018
Honored to receive a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Award.
APRIL 19 – 22, 2018
Pleased to be showing with Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro at Art Brussels in the DISCOVERY section.
Collection n°8, organized with Interior and the Collectors, curated by Christel Montury and Fabien Villonat Hotel Amigo, Brussels with:
Jean-Baptiste Bernadet / Aline Bouvy / Wang Du / Albrecht Dürer / Hr Giger / Gregor Hildebrandt / Ištvan Išt Huzjan / Michael Jones Mckean / Adrien Missika / Anne Neukamp / David De Tscharner
Marelle, group exhibition with Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro w/ Galerie Thomas Bernard/Cortex Athletico, Curator, Septembre Tiberghien, Brussels, Belgium
Some Press for Collection no8 in Brussels, Belgium.
APRIL 22, 2018
I’ll will be co-moderating with Curator, Andres Payan a panel discussion at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles. Our talk will center around the current exhibition On Clay: Melting Point. Other panelists include Kristen Morgin, Julia Haft-Candell and Brian Benfer.
Very excited to be included in Daniel MacCannell’s new book, Rainbows: Nature and Culture
FEBRUARY 26 – 27, 2018
Honored to be invited as part of the Scott Visiting Artist Series at Colorado State University. Will be in giving a lecture and doing some studio visits. Contact CSU for details…
FEBRUARY 13, 2018
Will be giving a talk as part of Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design’s Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer Program series titled, COLLAPSING TIME. Humbled to be with such great artists: David Horvitz, Andrea Zittel, Sondra Perry, Sophie Clements, Michael Jones McKean, Lilli Carré… The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. Please contact RMCAD for more details.
SEPTEMBER 2017– JANUARY 2018
In residence at the San Francisco Art Institute as part of the Harker Award.
DECEMBER 11 2017
As apart of ongoing research for Twelve Earths, I’ll be participating on a panel Ancient Atmosphere, w/ Stacy Switzer, the Executive Director and Curator at Fathomers and paleophysiologist John VanDenBrooks, Assistant Professor at MidWestern University. The event is at NeueHouse, Los Angeles, CA – seating will be limited 🙂
NOVEMBER 10 – JANUARY 10
Happy to be included I Won’t Let You Say Goodbye This Time, with Katrina Moorhead, Demetrius Oliver, Dario Robleto, and Sigrid Sandström at INMAN GALLERY.
NOVEMBER 7 2017
For the conclusion of the current exhibition at MOBY: MUSEUMS OF BAT YAM , The Kids Want Communism, I’ll be talking with curator Joshua Simon about my ongoing project Twelve Earths.
OCTOBER 24 2017
Will be visiting Montana State University for a lecture and more. Contact MSU for details
SEPTEMBER 15 2017
Visiting Artist, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.
SEPTEMBER 14 2017
I will be giving a presentation at the Phillips Collection in Washington DC as part of their ongoing series CONVERSATIONS WITH ARTISTS. Later I’ll be doing studio visits for grad students at University of Maryland. Please contact The Philips Collection for more details.
SEPTEMBER 2 – 26 2017
GALERIE ESCOUGNOU-CETRARO, Paris, France. Proxima Centauri b. Gleise 667 Cc. Kepler-442b. Kepler-452b. Wolf 1061c. Kepler-1229b. Kapteyn b. Kelper-62f. Kepler-186f. GJ 273b. TRAPPIST-1e.
JUNE 16 – JULY 15, 2017
CABINET, David B. Smith Gallery, Denver, Colorado
Curated by Adam Milner
Some recent press from THE GROUND with The Contemporary:
I’ll be working with a select group of post –baccalaureate artist/students at the Summer Studio Program @ VCU along with Christine Navin and Irvin Morazan.
APRIL 2 – MAY 28 2017
Very excited about our first ASMBLY_ SESSION ONE. Framed as a platform for the development of new and extended communities in which artists to discuss their work and those of their peers. Head by Julie Grosche and Christine Navin with guests: Deana Haggag, Hayden Dunham, Ivana Bašić, Alisa Baremboym, Lena Henke, Jessica Lynne, and Elizabeth Orr.
FEBRUARY 18 2017 – MAY 18 2017
The Ground, Solo Project, The Contemporary, Baltimore, Maryland
Visiting Artist / Lecture, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas
MARCH 30 2017
Very excited to be participating in Yale Sculpture MFA thesis reviews as an outside critic.
MARCH 30 – APRIL 3 2017
My work, along with artwork by Moyra Davey, Martine Gutierrez, Nina Katchadourian, Mariko Mori, Narcissister, Virginia Poundstone and John Waters was shown with Art + Culture Project at THE PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW on Pier 94, 711 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10019
Also showed a limited-edition artwork alongside Senga Nengudi, Andrew Kuo, Tschabalala Self, and Carlos Rolón/Dzine with Art + Culture Project and NADA, New York.
MARCH 25 2017
THE CONTEMPORARY is hosting a rendition of Pauline Oliveros “Sonic Meditations” at The Ground lead by Adam Holofcener and April Camlin, Ami Dang, Wedndel Patrick and Jess Solomon. The performers and audience will utilize/respond to the sculpture throughout the performance, creating sounds of self-healing that span the entirety of the sound/silence spectrum…
FEBRUARY 27 2017
Will be giving a lecture about my work and the development of the exhibition – The Ground, commissioned by THE CONTEMPORARY, in Baltimore Maryland. The Lecture begins at 6pm.
JAN 13 – 15 2017
NOVEMBER 17 – DECEMBER 22 2016
Au-delà de l’image III
GALERIE ESCOUGNOU-CETRARO Paris, France group show with Gaia Fugazza and Haroon Mirza, Anouk Kruithof, Muriel Leray, Laura Porter, Andrés Ramirez, Florian Sumi, and Romain Vicari
DECEMBER 1 – 2, 2016
Visiting Artist / Lecture
SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, Chicago Illinois USA
OCTOBER 29 – DECEMBER 4 2016
Slow, dimwitted carnage
COUSTOF WAXMAN, New York, NY. A group show w/ Alina Tenser, Anne Deleporte, Azikiwe Mohammed, Cody Hoyt, Corin Hewitt, Dwyer Kilcollin, Jake Borndal, Joanna Malinowska, Josh Schwartz, Kristen Jensen, Kristof Wickman, Leah Dixon, Lior Modan, Lucas Blalock, Michael Jones McKean, Morgan Pearse, Nick Van Woert, Ryan Crowley, Sacha Ingber, Siebren Versteeg, Stephen Dean, Zach Bruder
Scott Indrisek talks about my ongoing project with Fathomers in Fathomers Reinvigorates the Grand Arts Mission in L.A. in BLOUINARTINFO.
Mention in i-D by Malou Briand Rautenberg talking about Au-delà de l’image III HERE
Mentioned in Les 5 expos à ne pas rater cette semaine in Les In Rocks
NOVEMBER 9 2016
Included in Artists to Artists Vol 2 published by THE SHARPE WALENTAS STUDIO PROGRAM featuring work of alumni from 2002-2016.
OCTOBER 19 – 22 2016
Excited to be included in Problems and Provocations: Grand Arts 1995 -2015. The book is available at D.A.P \ Distributed Art Publishers.
OCTOBER 17 2016
Will be speaking at Fun Problems with Smart People: A Book Opening, a lecture/event with artists and thinkers in celebration of newly published twenty-year survey Problems and Provocations: Grand Arts 1995 – 2015 presented by FATHOMERS at RED BULL STUDIOS.
OCTOBER 28 2016
Have some work on view in the BEMIS CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS’ Benefit Art Auction.
Visiting Artist / Faculty
SSP @ VCU, Richmond, Virginia, USA
FEBRUARY 1 – JUNE 5 2016
The Future We Remember
SOUTHEASTERN CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA. Curated by Cora Fisher, Curator of Contemporary Art, SECCA; Sarah Higgins, Curator, Zuckerman Museum of Art w/ Sterling Allen, Vija Celmins, Ragnheiđur Gestsdóttir, Kelly Jazvac & Patricia L. Corcoran, Lina López & François Bucher, Emil Lukas, Michael Jones McKean, Iman Person, Dario Robleto and Tejal Shah
APRIL 14 – MAY 25 2016
APRIL 20 2016 – PERMANENT
The Seer 预言
Public sculpture for Chengdu, China. Check out the short trailer HERE
MARCH 31 2016
Shout outs in Zachary Cahill’s essay EYE EXAM: A REFLECTION ON THE ART OF THREEWALLS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF ALTERNATIVE SPACES in New City Art
MARCH 28 2016
Amy White writes at length in BURNAWAY about the “The Future We Remember” at Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art.
JANUARY 23 – FEBRUARY 21 2016
The Treachery of Objects
FINE ARTS GALLERY, UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS, Curated by Margaret Meehan with essay by Noah Simblist w/ Brian Bress, William Cobbing, Jennifer Ling-Datchuk, Julia Haft-Candell, Brian R. Jones, Kristen Morgin, Michael Jones McKean, and Thomas Müller
JANUARY 1 2016
Happy to announce I’ve been awarded a VIRGINIA COMMISSION FOR THE ARTS AWARD in Sculpture.
NOVEMBER 7 – DECEMBER 19
Three Carbon Tons
Two-person exhibition w/ Jered Sprecher, ZEITGEIST GALLERY, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
GORKY’S GRANDDAUGHTER, studio visit, video interview
ASMBLY_ 001_ 5D, Panel discussion moderated by Michael Jones McKean with Joshua Citerella, Judy Fan and Gean Moreno.
JULY 17 – 19, 2015
Ssleeping, Bb, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Happy to be included in Jo Dahn’s new survey book on contemporary ceramics NEW DIRECTIONS IN CERAMICS: FROM SPECTACLE TO TRACE published by Bloomsbury.
JULY 17 – AUGUST 28
INMAN GALLERY, Houston, TX Group show w/ David Aylsworth, Michael Jones McKean, Demetrius Oliver, Jim Richard, Dario Robleto, Robert Ruello, Sigrid Sandström, Brent Steen, Emily Joyce, and Mark Allen
JUNE 27, 2015
Interview with Mike Drake in Issue 2 of the THE BLAAAH
Visiting Artist / Faculty SSP @ VCU
JUNE – JULY 2015
In Residency with THE DRIFT in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
JUNE 19 – AUGUST 9 2015
Group Exhibition at the INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, BOSTON, curated by kijidome for the Foster Prize Exhibition.
some summertime press:
Some good words from Susie Tommaney about a hundred twenty six billion acres at Inman Gallery. HERE
Small shout from Michael Antony Farley from Art F City re: the Foster Prize Exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston HERE
Small shout from Catherine D. Anspon Papercity for a hundred twenty six billion acres at Inman Gallery HERE
a hundred twenty six billion acres is the second best thing in Texas according to Glasstire VIDEO HERE
Molly Glentzer writes about a hundred twenty six billion acres at Inman Gallery in the Houston Chronicle. HERE
In Portuguese, João Santos Duarte, writes about the Donald Crowhurst Legacy, July 10, HERE
Paddy Johnson from Art F City writes about the Bb booth at the Artist Run Fair in Baltimore. HERE
MAY 29 – JULY 11 2015
a hundred twenty six billion acres
solo exhibition, INMAN GALLERY, Houston, Texas, USA
Happy to announce that colors passing through us from 2014 as been acquired by the PEREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI (PAMM) for their permanent collection.
Dinah Ryan has written a beautiful piece about my work in the May issue of Sculpture Magazine – MICHAEL JONES MCKEAN AND THE SET OF ALL THINGS.
APRIL 14, 2015
Visiting Artist / Lecture
SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE, San Francisco, CA, USA
MARCH 26, 2015
Visiting Artist / Lecture
YALE UNIVERSITY, New Haven, CT, USA
SEPTEMBER 2014 – AUGUST 2015
I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be in residence this year at the SHARPE WALENTAS SPACE PROGRAM in New York City
Excited to announce the release of a small printed publication with some unreal texts – Gean Moreno’s PHARMACEUTICAL TESTS ON AXOLOTLHUMANS: ON MICHAEL JONES MCKEAN’S OBJECTS and Tara Strickstein’s introduction Always Already Becoming. The publication is published on occasion of, we float above to spit and sing at EMERSON DORSCH in Miami, Florida, USA. View PDF HERE
DECEMBER 3-7 2014
Two person presentation with Gilad Efrat, at UNTITLED, Miami, FL with INMAN GALLERY, Houston, Texas, USA
DIS Magazine, conversation with Gean Moreno – DARK PSYCHEDELIA
NOVEMBER 20 2014
This short essay by Stephen Dillon popped up on ARTSY: AN ARTIST’S CRYPTIC VITRINES EXPLORE OUR PHYSICAL AND DIGITAL WORLDS
NOVEMBER 3 2014
Visiting Artist / Lecture
Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio, USA
OCTOBER 30 2014
Visiting Artist / Lecture
Carnegie Mellon University / STUDIO FOR CREATIVE INQUIRY, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
SEPTEMBER 12 – OCTOBER 25, 2014
Group show at PARC SAINT LEGER CENTRE D’ART CONTEMPORAIN in partnership with les Archives of Nevers, France, curated Celine Poulin. With work by Erik Bunger, Aleksandra Domanovic, Dominique Gilliot, Jack Goldstein, Alexis Guillier, William E. Jones, Mark Leckey, Marc-Antoine Mathieu, Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet, Ceel Mogami de Haas, Michael Jones McKean, Maya Palma, Aude Pariset, Pierre Paulin, Post Document, Jon Rafman, Manon Recordon, Sébastien Rémy, Soraya Rhofir, Rita Sobral Campos, Stephen Willats.
JULY 18 – AUGUST 3 2014
Paper for the Sky
Group show at INTERSTATE PROJECTS, Brooklyn, NY organized by Cave out of Detroit, Michigan
JULY 7 – JULY 30
In Residence, THE MACDOWELL COLONY, New Hampshire, USA
MAY 24 2014
Hunter Braithwaite writes about we float above to spit and sing in the Miami Rail. Link HERE
MAY 17 – JULY 31
we float above to spit and sing
solo exhibition at EMERSON DORSCH, Miami, Florida, USA
MAY 15 – JUNE 15 2014
In Residence, CANNONBALL, Miami, Florida, USA
APRIL 3 – 8, 2014
I’ll be on campus at the University of Oregon visiting the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and White Box in Portland while doing some research for an upcoming project slated for 2015. I’ll also be giving a lecture while on campus – please contact the Jordan Schnitzer Museum for details.
FEBRUARY 17 2014
Visiting Artist / Lecture
MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), Baltimore, Maryland, USA
JANUARY 28 2014
Visiting Artist / Lecture
Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Columbia University, New York, New York, USA
JANUARY 25 – MARCH 1 2014
Archive of Representation and Collections
FAVORITE GOODS, Los Angeles, California, USA, w/ Catherine Czacki, Carson Fisk-Vittori, Julie Grosche, Michael Hunter, Michael Jones McKean, Matthias Merkel Hess, Aude Pariset and Kate Steciw.
FEBRUARY 1 2014
Art Papers Art Auction, Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
DECEMBER 12 – 13 2014
Goldsmiths University, London, UK
NOVEMBER 21 2013
I will be talking about my work at the UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS, AMHERST on November 21. Contact UMass Amherst’s Art Department for more information.
NOVEMBER 11 – 12 2013
Visiting Artist Lecture at CRANBROOK ACADEMY OF ART, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA. Please contact Cranbrook for more information.
NOVEMBER 1 2013
Solo exhibition, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred, New York, USA
OCTOBER 24 2013
I will be talking about my work Alfred University. The lecture begins at 430pm at the Holmes Auditorium. Please contact The School of Art and Design at Alfred University for more details.
OCTOBER 20 2013
I’ll be participating on a panel – Learning From Higby – coinciding with Wayne Higby’s retrospective exhibition at the Renwick Gallery. The discussion will be led by Ezra Schales and include Kim Dickey and Joey Ellis. The program will take place at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 20th. Please contact the Renwick for more information.
SEPTEMBER 19 2013
Visiting Artist Lecture at New York University. The talk begins at 5:30 and is open to the public. Please contact NYU for more information.
AUGUST 31 2013
CISCO SYSCO SISQO
Group show, organized by Tom Simon, Alina Tenser and Kristof Wickman at La Fonda, Beach 97th and Rockaway Freeway, The Rockaways, New York, USA
A short video of certain principles of light and shapes between forms is up on VIMEO – watch HERE
Interview with Sean Horton talking about the exhibition up this summer at Horton Gallery. CHECK IT OUR HERE.
JUNE 19 – AUGUST 23 2013
Two person exhibition, w/ Jackie Gendel, Horton Gallery, New York, New York.
MAY 4 2013
Interview about my work on National Public Radiio’s With Good Reason.
AN EVOLVING TURN, a conversation with Timur Si-Qin, Pablo Larios and Michael Jones McKean in DIS Magazine.
FEBRUARY 6 – 7 2013
Visiting Artist / Lecture
Metro University, Denver, Colorado, USA
JANUARY 12 – FEBRUARY 16 2013
Love and Resources
Two person exhibition w/Timur Si-Qin, FAVORITE GOODS, Chinatown Los Angeles, California
JANUARY 9 2012
DIS MAGAZINE gives Love and Resources at Favorite Goods some love….