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Raphaele Shirley

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Wisconsin, US

Birth year

Lives in
NewYork, NY

Works in
Brooklyn, NY


sculpture, photography, landscape, video-art, installation, mixed-media



My work takes root in questions of space and scale, time past andfuture, engaging themes of dystopias, utopias, and the problematic of hopefacing the human experience. Drawing from elements of the everyday (man-madeobjects and constructions), as well as natural phenomena (wind, water andlight) my work undertakes a portraiture of the possible, of paralleluniverses and sites of transformation.

Components of chance are central to my process; they grant my work access to a primalenergy and a fertile space of possibilities. It is important for me to approachart in a freehanded manner. I tread lightly in my attempt to harness theephemeral, fusing minimalist aesthetics with the power of new media and attempting to leave ample room for the unexpected.


"0910 Light Shots" - Chelsea Art Museum. Project Room for New Media - NY, NY (solo)
"Arctic Lights" - Dorfman Projects - NY,NY (solo)
"The Arctic Circle 2010" - Svalbard, Norway( residency)
"StarGaze in Sandnes" - KinoKino - Sandnes, Norway (commission)
"Soap Box Opera" Vernissage TV Screening - Art Cologne - Cologne, Germany ( group)

Solo Exhibitions:
Jewels of Kvinesdal - Utsikten Art Center - Kvinesdal, Norway (public art commission)
Docks Art Fair - Marc de Puechredon Gallery - Lyon, France (solo)
Sunken City - Marc de Puechredon Gallery - Basel, Switzerland
Sunken City Episode II - Emily Harvey Foundation - New York, NY

Sunken City Preludes - presented by PowerHouse projects - Brooklyn, NY 

Selected Group Exhibitions:
"Play" curated by Leah Stuhltrager. Concent art. Berlin, Germany.
The New New. EastWest Gallery Berlin Germany

"Shooting Stair" Presented by Dorfman Porjects, L.I., NY
[PAM] Cyland Festival -Hermitage Museum. St. Petersburg, Russia
A-List Canibal Cage Match - with Artist’s Meeting. Post Master Gallery - New York, NY
Triptych Party - with Artist’s Meeting. Post Master Gallery - New York, NY
Shrink Wrap - Curated by Liza Phillips - Narrowsburg, NY
Old school show - Jack the Pelican Presents - Brooklyn, NY
Soap Box Opera - Artists Meeting -OTO - Brooklyn, NY
Drift - National Center for Contemporary Art - Moscow, Russia
ScopeLondon - special [PAM] screening - London, UK
YouTube slam - with Artist’s Meeting. Postmasters Gallery - New York, NY
Perpetual Art Machine - Utsikten Kunstsenter - Kvindesdal, Norway 
Conflux Festival - with Artist’s Meeting - New York, NY 
Perpetual Art  Machine - Wake Forest, NC 
Festival Seconde Nature - with Perpetual Art Machine - Aix-en-Provence, France
The Art of Displacement - curated by Elizabeth Grady and Julie McKim - Brooklyn, NY 
The Dark Fair - Swiss Institute - New York, NY
[PAM] Perpetual Art Machine - Featured project. ScopeNY - New York, NY

Photo Miami - Marc de Puechredon Gallery - Miami, Florida
Istambul Art Fair - Marc de Puechredon Gallery - Istambul, Turkey 
Sunken City Preludes - Presented by PowerHouse projects - Brooklyn, New York
Artist’s Meeting: Gumbo Dumbo - Dumbo art Festival - Brooklyn, New York 
Video Art in The Age of the Internet - Curated by N.Colosi. Chelsea Art Museum - New York, NY  
Video As Urban Condition - Museum of Modern Art Linz Curated by A. Auerbach - Linz, Austria
Video-Salon 2 - 10m2 gallery - Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovinia.
10 plus 10 - Marc de Puechredon Gallery - Basel, Switzerland
Between the Stone and the Flower - Circa Art Fair, Curated by Lee Wells - SanJuan, Puerto Rico. 
12th International Media Art Biennale WRO 07 - National Museum -  Wroclaw Poland
[PAM] Perpetual Art Machine - Media Plaza artDC, Curated by R. Douzoglou - Washington DC. 
[PAM] Perpetual Art Machine - Coachella - California
Emergency Room - by Thierry Geoffroy at PS1/MOMA - New York, NY  
LIVE - Scope art Fair - NewYork, USA
LIVE - Supreme Trading Curated by Elizabeth Grady - New York, NY
[PAM] Perpetual Art Machine - Featured project. ScopeNY - New York, NY  

[PAM] A Sampler - Art Basel Video Lounge - Miami, Florida 
PAM] Perpetual Art Machine - Featured project Scope Miami - Miami, Florida
Scanners: The 4th Screen - Postmaster’s Gallery - Lincoln Center New York, NY 
[PAM] Perpetual Art Machine - Featured project. Scope London - London,UK 
Split Film Festival - Split,Croatia
LeName Festival - Lille, France 
DiGit festival - Woodstock - New York, NY
Curator’s Choice - Curated by Lee Wells. Scope Hamptons - East Hampton, NY
Cinemascope - Future Perfect” Curated by Lee Wells. Scope Hamptons - East Hampton, NY 
Coup - Curated by Lee Wells and Allen Hasty.  Weiss Pollock Gallery - New York, NY 
Video Salon - Galerija10m2 - Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovinia 
[PAM] Perpertual Art Machine Featured project Scope-New York, NY

The Momentary Seduction of Now - Cinema-Scope curated by Lee Wells. Scope - Miami, FloridaPool Video - Pool Art Fair - Miami, Florida
Tomorrow was the day before - Cinema-Scope curated by Lee Wells.Scope - London, UK
Two Continents and Beyond - curated by Renee Vara. Invitational 9th Istanbul Biennale - Istanbul, Turkey
Micro-scope - Scope-Hamptons - East Hamptons, NY
Waterways - curated by Rene Vara.  Independants  51st Venice Biennale - Venice, Italy

Yellow pages et autres projets du Team 404 - MAMCO - Geneva, Switzerland 
Soundscapes - Museo di Photographia Contemporanea - Milan, Italy
Generations - 04 A.I.R. Gallery - NewYork, NY

Christoph Gossweiler, Maler und Sammler - Kunstmuseum - Olten, Switzerland
Yellow Pages - Turm Gallery - Helmstedt, Germany 
Yellow Pages - Kunsthalle Palazzo - Liestal, Switzerland 
Transits in E - Theatro Kismet - Bari, Italy
Sintesi Festival - Museo Routa degli Espositi - Napoli, Italy 
Far Festival - ZO Centro di Cultura Contemporanea  - Catania, Italy   
Antus - Palermo, Italy 
Agatha - Bracaleone - Roma, Italy
ElletroWAVE -  Arezzo, Italy  
Distortionia - Bologna, Italy 
Shit design - Salone del Mobile - Milan, Italy

Collaborative Projects:
Artist’s Meeting - New York, NY
[Pam] Perpetual Art Machine - New York, NY
Sanctum with Brian Eno and Alex Haas - New York, NY
Transits in E - with Dino Lupelli. - Italy 
The Times Square Arts Center with Aaron Beall - New York, NY
Fringe Alfresco and The New York International Fringe Festival - New York, NY

Selected Bibliography/Interviews:
Astrid Persans - PowerHouse Presents. Interview with Raphaele Shirley. PowerHouse Website - September 2008
Althea Viafora Kress - Vernissage TV. Interview with Raphaele Shirley.  VTV website - February 2007
Michael Rush - Rush Interactive. Radio PS1 [PAM] interview - December 2006
Constance Wyndham - Front Page review of [PAM] Perpetual Art Machine,  Art in America - May 2006
Adrian Dannatt - Small fairs attract major collectors. The Art Newspaper - No.168 - April 2006 
Walter Robinson - Weekend Update - review of [PAM] - ARTNET - February 2006 
Michael Wang - Fair Game - review of [PAM] Perpetual Art Machine - Art Forum - February 2006
Margery Cote - Armory Show Report:  Ancillary Fairs - review of [PAM] - ArtInfo - February 2006
Heinrich Schmidt - Vernissage TV.  Basel - Lee Wells on Cinemascope - review of [PAM] - Feb. 2006
Team 404 - Yellow Pages - Ecart Publications - 2004
James Traub -The Devil’s Playground - chapter about Show World Art Club - Random House 2004
La Repubblica - review of Transits in E - December 5, 2003 
Corrieire del Mezzogiorno - review of Transits in E - December 6, 2003
Quotidiano di Bari - review of Transits in E - December 6, 2003 
Dino Lupelli - Aerosol Clubbing - review of Show World Art Club - Label Magazine #6 Summer 2002
Peter Marks - Wild, Woolly, Maybe Wondrous - review of Fringe AlFresco & NY International Fringe Festival - NYTimes,  August 21, 1998

Shared Awards:
Best New Project for 2000 - New York Magazine - for the New York International Fringe Festival
Best Outdoor Sculpture - ILDA 2001 Awards - for Nam June Paik Laser Water Screen

The Artist’s Cut. School of  Visual Arts. New York, NY. November 1, 2008
Curating Time-Based Art: The Fourth Dimension. White Box/ DIVA Art Fair - March 30, 2008
DIY Panel: (Do It Yourself) Feminisms: from Pioneer to Punk to Post Digital. Tribeca Performing Arts Center.  A.I.R. Gallery. New York, NY. March 29, 2007
Video in the Age of the Internet. Chelsea Art Museum - New York, NY. September 7, 2007
Video Art and New Media.  ArtDC - Washigton DC.  April 24, 2007 
Video art and the web. Diva Art Fair - New York, NY. February 24, 2007
On the development of Multi Media Scuptures. Villa Arson - Nice, France. October 18, 2006
[PAM] Presentation. Split Film Festival - Split Croatia. September 22, 2006  
L’Arte Fuori al Museo. Universita delle Tuscsia - Viterbo, Italy. March 29, 2006
On the logistics of Public Art installations. Domus Academy - Milan, Italy. February 23, 2003
Creating sustainable structures in the public realm. Pratt University - New York, NY. July 15, 1998


Recent Exhibits

Raphaele Shirley participated in these exhibits:

May, 2015 Torched & Scorched
Sep, 2013 Mykonos Biennale
Galerie Vanessa Quang
May, 2010 0910 Light Shots
Chelsea Art Museum
Chelsea Art Museum
May, 2010 Raphaele Shirley: Arctic Lights
Dorfman Projects
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