JIMMY RIORDAN


Photo Credit: Michael Conti

Photo Credit: Michael Conti

Jimmy Riordan is an Alaskan conceptual artist and educator. Technically trained in book-arts and printmaking, his practice extends beyond the bounds of any specific medium. Riordan's projects have involved earth building, comics, letterpress and translation. All united by an emphasis on research and his interest in autodidactics, the self-taught and group learning. 

Riordan’s experience with traditional and experimental print methods, and book-making informs the documentation and overall aesthetic of his practice. He accompanies  both gallery and immaterial projects with books and other print material designed to serve simultaneously as an entry point into the work and as artifact of the experience. Aware that many, if not most people will understand temporary and site-specific artwork solely through forms of documentation, Riordan is interested in how a deliberate use of print media can expand the narrative scope of a project and how this ephemera can be worked back into exhibitions and artworks.  

He is the founder of Rabbit Rabbit Press, an imprint that publishes artist books and comics, co-director of the Girdwood Summer Arts Camp and the editor of SOWSEAR, a quarterly collection of Alaskan made comics.  Riordan regularly teaches for the University of Alaska and participates in artist residencies in schools throughout Alaska. His artwork has been shown internationally and the bookwork comprising the Le Roman du Lièvre project can be found in the library collections of the New York MOMA and the Tate Britain.

 


Contact:

riordanjimmy@gmail.com

216.400.2410

9951 Prospect Dr. 
Anchorage, AK 99507


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Education
2008     Masters of Book Arts, Camberwell College of the Arts, London, UK

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2015     Micro Art Space, “21.5cm,” Cleveland, OH
2014     
Zygote Press, “LRdL: 1902, 2008, 2014,” Cleveland, OH
2012     
Arc Gallery, “Sculpture,” Anchorage, AK
2012     
International Gallery of Contemporary Art, “Return to Me,” Anchorage, AK

Participatory and Installation
2015    Institute of American Art, “Social Object Organic Line," Portland, ME
2015    
Anchorage Museum, “Views: Basecamp and Viewfinders,” Anchorage, AK
2015     
Chester Creek Trail, “Seeking the Source,” Anchorage, AK
2014     
Bunnell Art Center, “Searching for the Sublime at the End of the Road” Homer, AK
2011     
Undisclosed Location, “BRICK U-Haul Festival,” Anchorage, AK
2010     
Carr Gottstein Gallery, “House,” Anchorage, AK
2010     
International Gallery of Contemporary Art, “Dial #00,” Anchorage, AK
2010     
MTS Gallery, “Parque?” Anchorage, AK
2009     
International Gallery of Contemporary Art, “BERTH: Bicycle Library,” Anchorage, AK
2009     
U-Haul Truck, “BRICK Mobile Gallery,” Anchorage, AK
2009    
MTS Gallery, "Uno De Mayo,” Anchorage, AK

Selected Group Exhibitions
2016     Neu Kirche, “The Seen and The Unseen,” Pittsburgh, PA (upcoming 4/1/2016)
2014     
Edsvik Art, “Half of Heaven,” Stockholm, Sweden
2014     
Art In General, “Flux Not So Silent Auction,” New York, NY
2013     
Out North, “native ALASKAN,” Anchorage, AK
2012     
Bunnell Art Center, “Process Alaska,” Homer, AK
2012     
Peanut Underground, “Process Alaska,” New York, NY
2012     
Good Question Gallery, “Process Alaska,” Brooklyn, NY
2012     Anchorage Museum of History and Art, “Rarified Light” Anchorage, AK
2010
    International Gallery of Contemporary Art, “Object Runway,” Anchorage, AK
2009     MTS Gallery, “From There to Here” Anchorage, AK
2008,     23 Sandy Gallery, “Secrets and Lies,”  Portland, OR
2008,     
Dorset, “Geekfest,” UK
2008,     
Book of a Book, “Leeds Book Fair,” Leeds, UK
2007,     
Red Gate Gallery, “A Happening,” London, UK

Selected Artist Books and Publications
2016    Minutes Two, Rabbit Rabbit Press & Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK (upcoming 2/26/2016)
2015    Minutes One, Rabbit Rabbit Press & IfAA, Portland, ME
2014     
Held Up Book One, Rabbit Rabbit Press, Anchorage, AK
2014    
Seagull Library, Rabbit Rabbit Press, Anchorage, AK
2014     
Le Roman du Lievre, Rabbit Rabbit Press / Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH
2013-15 SOWSEAR 1 - 5, Rabbit Rabbit Press, Anchorage, AK
2012    
Process Alaska, Rabbit Rabbit Press, Anchorage, AK
2011     
Marginalia: Appendix G, Rabbit Rabbit Press, Anchorage, AK
2009    
40th in the 49th State, Rabbit Rabbit Press & Maria Yoon, Anchorage, AK
2008     
Le Roman du Lievre: Appendix A-D, Rabbit Rabbit Press, London, UK

Selected Curatorial Activity
2016    Anchorage Museum, “Talking Translation,” Anchorage, AK
2014     Flux Factory, “From Baudelaire to Levitation,” Queens, NY
2010     The Green Gallery, “Marginalia: Return To Me,” Milwaukee, WI
2010     
Royal Nonesuch Gallery, “Marginalia: Return To Me,” Oakland, CA
2010     
SkyDive, “Marginalia: Return To Me,” Houston, TX
2010     Porridge Paper, “Marginalia: Return To Me,” Lincoln, NE
2010     Carr Gottstein Gallery, “BRICK Retrospective,” Anchorage, AK
2009     MTS Gallery, “Marginalia,” Anchorage, AK

Permanent Collections
2015     UW Special Collections, “Le Roman du Lievre,” Milwaukee, WI
2015    Center for Cartoon Studies’ Schultz Library, “SOWSEAR 1-3,” White River Junction, VT  
2012     Tate Britain, “Marginalia Appendix G,” London, UK
2009     MOMA, “Le Roman du Lievre: Appendix A-D,” New York, NY
2008     Tate Britain, “Le Roman du Lievre: Appendix A-D,” London, UK
2008     
UAL: Chelsea School of Design & Camberwell College, “LRdL: Appendix A-D,” London, UK

Awards and Grants
2015    Mini Grant, Alaska Humanities Forum, Anchorage, AK
2015    
Individual Artist Award, Rasmuson Foundation, Anchorage, AK
2014     
Career Opportunity Grant, Alaska State Council for the Arts, Anchorage, AK
2014     
Northern Placemaking Pilot Project, Art Place America, Anchorage, AK
2014     
Ephemeral Art Award, Bunnell Art Center & Art Place America, Homer, AK
2013     
Artist In Residence Program Award, Rasmuson Foundation, Anchorage, AK
2013     
Community Development Grant, Alaska State Council for the Arts, Anchorage, AK
2010     
Individual Artist Grant, Rasmuson Foundation, Anchorage, AK
2009     
Career Opportunity Grant, Alaska State Council for the Arts, Anchorage, AK

Residencies and Fellowships
2016     Hewnoaks, Lovell, ME
2015    Flight School, Pittsburgh, PA
2014
    Island Institute, Sitka, AK
2014
    Hewnoaks, Lovell, ME
2014     
Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH
2014     
AIS, Nome & Homer, AK
2013     
Flux Factory, Queens, NY
2013     
Artist in School, Homer, Golovin, Cooper Landing  & Voznesenka, AK
2012     
Bunnell Art Center, Homer, AK
2012     
Artist in School, Kokhanok, Chevak, AK
2011     
Contemporary Artist Center, Troy, NY
2011     
Artist in School, Pribilof Islands, AK
2010    
Artist in School, Kwig, AK
2006    
Contemporary Artist Center, North Adams, MA

Readings and Performances
2015    “Feast of the Beasts,” Neu Kirche Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh, PA
2015    “Le Roman du Lievre,” Sunview Luncheonette, Brooklyn, NY
2015    “Le Roman du Lievre & Held Up,” Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction, VT
2015    “Le Roman du Lievre,” Woodland Pattern, Milwaukee, WI
2014    “Le Roman du Lievre,” Three Walls, Chicago, IL
2014    “Le Roman du Lievre,” Island Institute, Sitka, AK
2014    
“Le Roman du Lievre,” Resurrect Art, Seward, AK
2014    
“Le Roman du Lievre,” Anchorage Community Works, Anchorage, AK
2014    
“Le Roman du Lievre,” Blue Holloman Gallery, Anchorage, AK
2014    
“Le Roman du Lievre,” Birdsell Project, South Bend, IN
2014    
“Le Roman du Lievre,” Salt and Cedar, Detroit, MI
2014    
“Le Roman du Lievre,” Guide to Kulchur, Cleveland, OH
2014    
“Le Roman du Lievre,” Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH
2014    
“Le Roman du Lievre Salon,” Home of Terrance Hayes and Yona Harvey, Pittsburgh, PA
2014    
“Le Roman du Lievre,” Encyclopedia Distructica, Pittsburgh, PA
2014    
“Le Roman du Lievre,” Institute for American Art, Portland, ME
2014    
“Le Roman du Lievre,” Bunnell Street Art Center, Homer, AK

Artist Talks, Lectures, and Workshops
2015    Book Arts and Advanced Printmaking, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
2015    Digitally Mediated Performance, Carnegie Mellon School of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
2015    Printmaking, Micro Publishing, Graphic Design, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
2015    DIY Printmaking, Anchorage Community Works, Anchorage, AK
2015    Artist Talk, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN
2015    Panel on Artist Residencies, The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH
2015    
Book Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
2015     
Printmaking, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
2014    
Letterpress, Gotham Arts Academy, Brooklyn, NY
2014    
Artist Talk, Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH
2014     
“FareWelcome”, Spaces, Cleveland, OH
2013     
Flux Thursday: December, Flux Factory, Queens, NY
2011     
“The Dying Arts,” Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, AK
2010     “Barbe Bleue,” Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI