Exhibitions & Installations

Artist and director of 667Shotwell, Chris Sollars work revolves around the reclamation and subversion of public space through interventions and performance. The results are documented using photographs, sculpture, and video that are integrated into mixed-media installations. Awards include 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, 2013 San Francisco Arts Commission: Individual Artist Commission Grant, 2012 Center for Cultural Innovation Investing in Artists Grant, 2007 Eureka Fellowship Award, 2007 San Francisco Bay Area Artadia Grant, & 2009 Headlands Center for the Arts residency. Sollars in 2008 completed C RED BLUE J which screened at SFMOMA on Election Day and was included in CREATIVE TIME’s Democracy in America show at the NY Park Armory. Recent exhibitions include Off Shore at Southern Exposure, The Swimmer at Steven Wolf Fine Arts, Bay Area Now 6 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Trash at the new children's museum in San Diego; and the newly released Left Behind published by Publication Studio. Sollars' work is sorted chronologically starting in 1996 as a record of his work regardless of failures.
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2014  
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Water Shed
Off Shore at Southern Exposure
May 28 - July 3, 2014

An exhibition documenting a series of performances that lead viewers to water thru the physical properties and dividing ideas flowing within the city of San Francisco that both comprise and compromise the watershed. Watershed is composed of: Creek Walks (Lead to Water) and Water Shed (On the Water).

   
2013  
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THE SWIMMER
Steven Wolf Fine Arts
October 26 - December 20, 2013

The Swimmer features photos, videos, and sculptures that intertwine street and sea through endurance actions and the transformation of objects. In a large-scale environmental drawing, Sollars traverses the coast of San Francisco, dragging behind a pointed staff that literally draws a line in the sand. In another epic work, he revisits John Cheever's short story The Swimmer, navigating his way across the city through pools and fountains in a Speedo. Echoing the tradition of Venetian grotto furniture, Sollars created a waterfront studio in the Bayview and repurposed a series of barnacle-encrusted objects pulled in from the bay for use back in town..

   
2012  
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COFFEE & DONUTS
Southern Machine Exposure Project
Home of Bruce
Tomb & Mary Sheppard
Tuesday June 19, 2012
Utilizing this former Mission Police Station as a set, Sollars will activate the former station through actions, sculpture, and taste and make the inaccessible areas of the home visible through video. Southern Machine Exposure Project is a project developed by Southern Exposure (San Francisco) and Machine Project (Los Angeles), involving 20 combinations of artists and performers from LA and SF, .

   
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the Missing Pig

version 1.
Cook Bacon, do not serve.

 


version 2.
Cook Bacon, do not serve, hide in front of live camera feed and transmit bacon image sporadically.

   
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Working Alternatives: Breaking Bread
Franklin Street Works
Tuesday June 19, 2012

“Breaking Bread” imagines the kitchen table as an alternative space, presenting contemporary participatory, culinary art projects in juxtaposition with several 1970’s food art projects. Paul Branca, Tom Marioni, Legacy Russell, Chris Sollars and Jerome Waag take on these ideas through works that incorporate food and drink with performance, sculpture, and interactive installations.

   
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Street Clean
Temple Gallery
January - Feburary, 2012

Rebuilt Street Cleaner based on original specs with video projection of Sollars first intervention Street Clean 1997.

   
2011  
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Trash
the new children's museum
Oct 15, 2011 - Sept 2013

Multi-media installation using a dumpster as a play-set and landfill as backdrop, with videos of trash rain and Pile of Trash San Diego a Narrative following anthropomorphic Trash from Mirmar Landfill, through downtown San Diego to Balboa Park the former landfill.

   
Positive Tax

Bay Area Now 6
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
July 9 - Sept 25, 2011

Chris Sollars' installation Hairy, featuring video and 19th century style wigs made from his long hair and beard, for Bay Area Now 6 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

   
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Digger Bread Bakery
OPENrestaurant @ Berkeley Art Museum
August 27, 2011


In the mid-60s the Diggers in San Francisco proposed a form of ‘community anarchism’ in which they offered free food, medical care, and street performance. They also baked and gave away bread, and were rumored to have introduced whole-wheat flour into US counterculture. Artist Chris Sollars , Steve Sullivan from Acme Bakery and James Whitehead from Fist of Flour bake Digger bread in cans while David Simpson and Jane Lapiner recount stories from their experience as Diggers.

   
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Project Space: Chris Sollars
...might be good issue #174 (fluent collab)
Sept 16, 2011


For …might be good, Sollars presents a series of works from 1980-2040 juxtaposing time, physical and social space..

   
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Lost in Space
Steven Wolf Fine Arts
March 12 - April 2, 2011


San Francisco group exhibition showing documentation of the past 2 years of making sculptures in my neighborhood.

   
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ARTHUR ALLAN : CITY HALL
Isn't It Obvious? SF Arts Commission Gallery
Jan 21 - April 2, 2011


Arthur Allan through a series of actions will investigate the unoccupied open space of San Francisco civic buildings.

   
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Crossing the Rubicon
JAS Gallery
April 28 - June 11, 2011


Drawing of the Bohemian Grove conservative U.S. Presidents and friends pounding beers naked like frat boys around the Grove's totem Owl Rock under the northern California Redwoods.

   
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The End of Failure
Louis VESP
April 29 - May 13, 2011


Sollars investigates Failure through a multi-media installation of Mis-haps, consisting of a fleece security blanket to wear while they watch a compilation of short video mistakes.

   
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Summer of Video Art
Kroswork
July 1 - Aug 27, 2011


déjeuner sur la barbe (to lunch on the beard ) 2011
a new video by Chris Sollars & Jerome Waag

   
Positive Tax

Open Source:
Instructions Towards a New Economy

Invisible Venue
August 2011


Instructions Towards a New Economy: Resistance 2011 (sent as text), Global Partners 2011 (posted on Facebook) & Jobs Jesus Jobs - Interchange 2011 (posted as Tweet).

   
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Procedural
MacArthur B Arthur
May 6 - May 29, 2011


Sollars creates A Great and Mighty Walk along MLK WAY in 3 Parts Instructions for connecting MacArthur B Arthur to their neighborhood block.

   
2010  
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2929 A Double Take
A New Museum
Jan 1-10 2010


2929 is an exhibition using A NEW MUSEUM's address as a double take. Using his series of Public Sculptures made with ready-made-trash and debris on streets and sidewalks around San Francisco Mission, Sollars will be installing some of these recent creations in the Museum over the course of the two weeks.

   
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Chris Sollars
Glitter Box
August 7 - Sept 7 2010


A solo exhibition of sculptures, photographs, and videos installed in and around Ian Colon's apartment gallery Glitterbox in Oakland, CA. At Glitterbox, Sollars has mined Ian’s collection of works, objects, and archive into an exhibition that creates portrait of the artist, the owner and his space.

   
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Chris Sollars - Museum Residency
SFMOMA OPEN SPACE BLOG
August 20, 2010


This summer I invited Sollars to use SFMOMA as a site for art-making. As a parameter the artist used only materials on hand in the museum itself, from paper products, posters, debris left behind, to the shirt off his back. At no point was his project made official to the staff of the museum, similar to working in his neighborhood, Sollars came and went and made pieces while integrating himself as an everyday museum guest.

   
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ri-FLEKT
WEartspace
Oct 3 - Nov 20 2010


At WE, Sollars will create a series of works based on the interior and exterior of WE. Inside, Sollars will use images and objects from around the WE space as inspiration and outside he will utilize the Bus stop and neighborhood for a series of interventions, sculptures and videos. Watch the PROMO

   
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Trouble Everyday
Booklyn Exhibitions
Sept 11 - Oct 9 2010


Taking inspiration from Frank Zappa’s 1966 song Trouble Everyday Chris Sollars throws caution to the wind with facing current state of affairs. Through drawings, photographs, sculptures, and videos of critical humor, Sollars blurs the past with the present in his investigation with the troubles we find ourselves with 9 years later on September 11, 2010.

   
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Other Possibilitiess: Alison Pebworth
Michael Rosenthal Gallery
April 10 - May 8, 2010

Video in conjunction with Alison Pebworth's solo exhibition
Other Possibilities of drawings.

   
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Decalogue: Films You Can Count on Two Hands
organized by Eve Sussman
Winkleman Gallery
March 27 - May 1, 2010
Opening: Saturday, March 27, 6-8 PM

Line Up includes: Johan Grimonprez, Leslie Thornton,
Julian Rosefeldt, Simon Lee + Algis Antanas Kizys,
Christine Rebet, Erin Cosgrove, Jim Finn, Matt Stokes, Marcus Coates, & Chris Sollars.

   
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GLOBAL/NATIONAL - The Order of Chaos
Exit Art
March 13 - May 1, 2010
Opening March 13, 7-10 PM


An exhibition that “addresses the anxieties of economics, environmental tragedies, and societies of control that define the chaos of globalization. It explores these social issues in an aesthetic way to demystify the notion of art only as an ornamental production.

   
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PAPER! AWESOME!
Baer Ridgeway Exhibitions
Feb 20 - March 27 2010

PAPER!AWESOME!, a group exhibition of new works on paper by over 100 artists. Curated by gallery artist Brion Nuda Rosch, this exhibition contains over 300 8.5 x 11 inch brand new works on paper by an incredibly varied group of artists.

   
   
2009  
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ARTHUR ALLAN
HALLWAY PROJECTS & 667SHOTWELL
NOV/DEC 2009


Together Hallway Projects (Arthur) and 667 Shotwell (Allan) investigate the domestic nature of each venue through new works within each other's space and in the neighborhood between each residence to create a series of collaborative works in varying media. Art Practical Review by Zachary Scholz

   
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Brautigan
Headlands Center for the Arts, CA

Sculpture & Video Installation Featuring 7 sculptures for 7 books by SF Bay Area art organizer and writer Richard Brautigan. Videos based on each book interrupt the live video feed in the space.
   
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Cartographic Imagination: Mapping in Contemporary California Art

Exhibition: September 19 - October 15, 2009
SF STATE University Gallery

   
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OPENfuture: Spinning Marinetti's WheelsChris Sollars Jerome Waag Matt Volla

Event: October 17, 2009
SFMOMA Sanfrancisco, CA
video projections

   
   
2008  
democracyinamerica

C RED BLUE J in
Creative Time's Democracy in America:
The National Campaign

Opening: September 21 - 27, 2008
Opening Reception: Sept 21, 2 TO 10 PM

Park Avenue Armory; New York, NY

 

 

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(EDIT) THE UNCERTAIN STATES OF AMERICA

June 20 - July 20

@ Maniac Gallery, Oakland, CA

   
   
2007
 

The Innocent Gaze @ Jack Hanley Gallery

August 3 - August 26

   

Locked Bike: A Still Life in Motion
Keys that Fit: Oakland, CA

April 6- May 25

   
2006
 

Accumulative Dissipation
Southern Exposure SF, CA

January 16, 2006 - February 6, 2006

 

Accumulative Rubbings
at SOEX On-Site Education Program (OSEP)

January 16, 2006 - February 6, 2006

   

Malleable Marion Ohio

February 1 - 24 2006

Curated by Sanford Biggers at Kuhn Fine Arts Gallery The Ohio State University at Marion

 

Bard College Install

June 2006

   

Jar / Drain Bard MFA Show

July 8,2006 - July 20, 2006


A flood with a bread dough levee is reconstructed in my bathtub, and is displayed on a TV monitor on top of its packaging box at waist high. A video projection of a jar of dirty water is shaken vigorously and appears sporadically.

 

Tokyo-San Francisco Art Festival'06 Tokyo Japan

July 29th to August 5th 2006

   

Haunted curated by Pat Rock at Disjecta Portland, OR

September 5 - October 4 2006

   

Flavour of Democracy
in collaboration with Jerome Waag

October 20, 2006 - November 11, 2006
Detourned Menu curated by Brianna Toth
Installation at The Lab

   

Kimono News Install

December 2006

Listening: Living Art from Japan and San Francisco
The Lab - San Francisco, CA

 
2005  

SUV RUB & Double Tether

 

Bard College

   

The Shirt That Gets Around

December 2005

Artist Space New York, NY

   
2004  

Bjorn Again

January 24 - March 7, 2004

Multiplex curated by Eve Sussman
Smackmellon Brooklyn, NY

   

Come Walk With Me

March 12 - April 10, 2004

Suite 106 Gallery, New York, NY

   

Soap Boxes

 

Bard College

   
2003
 

Bjorn Again

December 2003

NADA ART FAIR, Miami, FL

   
paperball

Paper Ball

Mill College Museum Install

   
   
2002
 

Urban Evidence

APRIL 2 - MAY 4, 2002

Sesnon Gallery UCSantaCruz Santa Cruz, CA

   
2001  

We're Waiting with Mads Lynnerup

September 20, 2001

New Langton Arts San Francisco, CA

   
1998  

MY BANK

August 1998

Bank Show Skowhegan, ME

   
donation

Donation Boxes

January 1998

RISD MUSEUM Providence, RI

   
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Finding Providence

June 1998

Providence, RI

   

World Cup Bar Install

August 1998

Skowhegan, ME

   
1997  
makingbread

Making Bread

Freshly baked homemade Whole-Wheat bread is served to viewers.
A video shows me touching myself bare handed and making bread with gloves on.

   
1996
 
bridge

Bridge

November - December 1996

Providence, RI