CASSILS

Biography

(B. Toronto, Canada)

CASSILS is a visual artist working in live performance, film, sound, sculpture and photography.

Listed by the Huffington Post as “one of ten transgender artists who are changing the landscape of contemporary art,” Cassils has achieved international recognition for a rigorous engagement with the body as a form of social sculpture.

Drawing on conceptualism, feminism, body art, gay male aesthetics, Cassils forges a series of powerfully trained bodies for different performative purposes. It is with sweat, blood and sinew that Cassils constructs a visual critique around ideologies and histories.

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Solo Exhibitions

2019 Perth Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia 2018 Station Museum, Dallas, TX, USA

2019 Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Powers That Be, Reading, PA (Postponed)

2017 Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Monumental, New York, NY

2017 National Gallery of the Republic of Macedonia, ExPEAUSition, Skopje, Macedonia

2017 Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Cassils: The Phantom Reverent, Omaha, NE
2016 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Melt/Carve/Forge: Embodied Sculptures by Cassils, Philadelphia, PA

2016 School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University, Breaking News: Cassils, Boston, MA

2015 MU, Incendiary, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2014 Trinity Square Video, Cassils: Compositions, Toronto, Canada
2013 Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Body of Work, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 It’s Not Me, It’s You, Gazelli Art House, London, United Kingdom
2019 French National Museum Mucem, Shall We Dance, Marseille, France
2019 MASS MoCA, Suffering from Realness, North Adams, MA, USA
2019 Oakland Museum of California, Queer California: Untold Stories, Oakland, CA, USA

2019The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Building A House Without Walls: The Value of Sanctuary, New York, NY, USA

2018 Museum of Contemporary Art, Blessed Be: Mysticism Spirituality, and the Occult In Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ, USA

2018 Bureau of General Services—Queer Division Division, Cast of Characters, New York, NY, USA Navel, Queer Biennial, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2018 SOMA Arts, A History of Violence, San Francisco, CA, USA
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, City of LA Individual Artist Fellowships Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2018 VCU Institute for Contemporary Art, Declaration, Richmond, VA, USA
2018 Houston Center for Photography, Margin and Center, Houston, TX, USA
2018 Kunstpalais, Altered Substances, Erlangen, Germany
2018 Boehm Gallery at Palomar College Ceramic Biannual

2018 Humanize, San Diego, CA, USA

2018 Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, Haptic Tactics, New York, NY, USA

2018 University of Victoria Transgender Archives, Trans History in 99 Objects, Victoria, BC, USA

2018 National Gallery of Art, Sopot, Poland,

2017 Everson Museum, Seen & Heard, Syracuse, NY, USA

2017 P.P.O.W., Visual Notes From An Upside Down World, NY, NY, USA
2017 Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Art on the Front Lines, NYC, NY, USA
2017 SOMArts, Self to #Selfie, San Francisco, CA, USA
2017 Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Digital Aura, Madison, WI, USA
2017 Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, Expanded Visions: Fifty Years of Collecting, New York, NY, USA
2017 Beall Center for Art and Technology, UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts,
2017 Masculine — Feminine, Irvine, CA, USA
2017 Wignall Center for Contemporary Art, Chaffey College, Man 2017 Up! Masculinity in Question, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA
2017 Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, The Ecstasy of Mary Shelley, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2016 III° Venice International Performance Art Week, European Cultural Centre, Fragile Body – Material Body, Venice Italy

2016 Never Apart Centre, Non-Binary, Montréal, Canada
2016 Galerie Confluences, Trans Time, Paris France
2016 Le Musée d’Art Contemporain des Laurentides, Réponse, Quebec, Canada
2016 Roundhouse Gallery, Drama Queer, Vancouver, Canada
2016 Museum of Contemporary Art, Intersectionality, Miami, FL, USA
2016 Galerie im Taxispalais, Mapping the Body: The Body in 2016 Contemporary Life, Innsbruck, Austria Jack Shainman Gallery, For Freedoms, New York, NY, USA
2016 LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, HOMOSEXUALITÄT_EN, Münster, Germany

2015 Southbank Centre, Being A Man, London, United Kingdom
2015 University Art Museum, Central Michigan University, Gender, Mt. Pleasant, MI, USA
2015 Deutsches Historishes Museum, HOMOSEXUALITÄT_EN, Berlin, Germany
2015 Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Wave & Particle: A Group Exhibition Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of

2015 Creative Capital, New York, NY, USA
2015 Mohsen Gallery, Strength and Struggle, Tehran, Iran National Gallery of Art, Body Slang, Sopot, Poland

2014 Mobile exhibition, Transient, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2014 Kendall College of Art and Design, I Am, Grand Rapids, MI, USA
2014 Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, Classical Nudes and the Making of Queer History, New York, NY, USA
2014 Art Gallery of York University, Labor Intensive, Toronto, Canada
2014 Galerie L’Espace Créatif, Trans Time, Montreal, Canada
2014Highways Performance Space, Trigger Warnings, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2014 SOMArts, Projected Persona, San Francisco, CA, USA
2014 Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Labor Intensive, New York, NY, USA
2014 MU Art Space, Genderblender, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2014 Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, After Our Bodies Meet: From Resistance to Potentiality, New York, NY, USA

2013 Stamp Gallery, Queer Objectivity, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
2013 Bargehouse, Moving Image Contemporary Video Art Fair, London, Uinited Kingdom
2013 Cypress College Art Gallery, Within, Cypress, CA, USA
2013 Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University, 2013 Material Traces: Time and Gesture in Contemporary Art, Montreal, Canada
2013 Rutgers Institute for Women and Art, Rutgers University, 2013 Trans Technology: Circuits of Self, Culture and Belonging, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
2012 Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Battleground States, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

2012 One National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Pacific Standard Time, Cruising the Archives, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2012 Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Have We Met Before? New York, NY, USA

2011 FADO Performance Art Center, Commitment Issues, Toronto, Canada

2011 Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Pacific Standard Time, Los Angeles Goes Live: Exploring a Social History of Performance Art in Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2010 Movement Research Festival, Theater of Operations, New York, NY, USA Los Angles Contemporary Exhibitions, Gutted, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2009 Chez Bushwick, Peaking, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Gallery 114, It’s Alive: Brave Live Art from Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2008 Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California Riverside, You Belong To Me: Art and the Ethics of Presence, Riverside, CA

2008 Praxis Mojave, AIR, Desert Hot Springs, CA

2008 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Way That We Rhyme: Women Art and Politics, San Francisco, CA

2008 Trinity Square Video, The House That Lust Built, Toronto, Canada
2007 Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Shared Women, Los Angeles, CA, USA 2006 The Other Gallery, Banff Center for the Arts, Ahh Ahh, Banff, Canada

2007 Gatov and Merlino Galleries, CSU Long Beach, Engendered Species, Long Beach, CA, USA

2005 Whitechapel Gallery, Wormhole Saloon, London, Uinited Kingdom

2005 Thomas Dane Gallery, A Certain Tendency in Representation, London, Uinited Kingdom

2005 Museum Moderner Kunst Stifung Ludwig, 10104 Angelo View Drive (in collaboration with Dorit Margreiter), Vienna, Austria

2004 Art in General, Practice More Failure, New York City, NY, USA 2003 Center of Contemporary Art, Neoqueer, Seattle, WA, USA

2003 MUCA Roma, National Autonomous University of Mexico 2003 (UNAM), Testigos, Mexico City, Mexico 2002 LA Freewaves: TV or not TV, LATT, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2003 Michael Dawson Gallery, Gendered Geographies, Los Angeles, CA, USA Track 16 Gallery, Messy Fingers, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2003 Manifesta, IKEA Poster Collection, Frankfurt, Germany
California Institute of the Arts, Promise, Valencia, CA, USA

2003 Oldenburg Center for New Media, Cyberfem Spirit: The Spirit of Data, Oldenburg, Germany

2003 Schnitt Ausstellungsraum, Joint Ventures Series: Strength in 2003 Numbers, Cologne, Germany 2000 Stevenson Blanche 2003 Deveraux Gallery, Beautiful Strangers, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2003 California Institute of the Arts, Pink Process, Valencia, CA, USA 1999 Holland Tunnel, Moving into Outside, New York, NY, USA

Education

2002 MFA Art and Integrated Media, California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, CA, USA 1997 BFA Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, NS, Canada
1996 Ecole Nationale Superieur des Beaux Arts, Paris, France

Public Collections

Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library (Hard Times) Wellcome Trust, London, United Kingdom Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, NY, USA

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