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Lives in
Los Angeles, Berlin

Works in
Los Angeles, Berlin


Claremont Graduate College, MFA
CalArts (California Institute of the Arts), BFA

conceptual, photography, mixed-media, silk-screen


Dean Sameshima, an LA artist recently transplanted to Berlin, works in photographic media focusing on the contemporary state of gay men and the history of gay media. His work has a vintage fee; some of it, like ‘Men at Play,' reminiscent of the 50's, while other work, such as his John Rechy silk screens, summon Warhol in the 70's. Sameshima often works from found images, whether from magazines or the internet, but it's his slight (or sometimes vast) manipulations and transformations from found media to digital prints, silk screens, paintings and books, that make the images all his own. Dean's photographic work mirrors the obsessive nature and style of his practice with appropriated imagery.



MFA - Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
BFA - California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA


, Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany


Obsession, Retribution, Appropriation, Obliteration, Depression, Distribution, Confusion, Collaboration, Isolation, Annihilation, Gallery Sora, Tokyo, Japan
Unknown Pleasures, Extra City Center for Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium

Young Men at Play II / Boys in My Bedroom, Peres Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Young Men at Play,Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Outlaw II (Silverlake)
, aspreyjacques, London, UK
Outlaw, peres projects, Los Angeles, CA

Art Statements
, Art/33/Basel, Switzerland (catalogue)

He sang the soundtrack to my life: Too young to reason, too grown up to dream
, Galerie Hohenlohe & Kalb, Vienna, Austria
Too young to reason, too grown up to dream, Low, Los Angeles, CA

, Gavlak Projects, Los Angeles, CA


Global Cities
, Tate Modern, London, U.K.
Mario Testino : Mario Testino at Home
, Yvon Lambert, New York 
Fit to Print
, Gagosian Gallery, N.Y, New York
Blow Both of Us
, curated by Shannon Ebner and Adam Putnam, Participant Inc., New york


Public Storage, Temple Hospital, curated by John Pearson, Mandrake, Los Angeles, CA
Glory Hole, curated by Pablo de la Barra, Renegade City, London, UK
Many, Many Guys and Girls, All Real Beauties, curated by Julian Hoeber, Circus of Books, LA, CA
Swallow Harder: Selections from the Collection of Ben and Aileen Krohn Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA

Log Cabin
, curated by Jeffrey Uslip, Artists Space, New York
Farsites: Urban Crisis and Domestic Symptoms in Recent
Contemporary Art
, curated by Adriano Pedrosa, Centro Cultural Tijuana, Tijuana and San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA

Will Boys Be Boys? Questioning Adolescent Masculinity in Contemporary Art
, curated by Shamim Momim, The Salina Art Center, Salina, KS, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
The Stars of Track and Field are Beautiful People, Changing Role Move Over Gallery, Naples, Italy
10 Year Anniversary, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

The rules that everyone will follow from this day forth
, peres projects, Los Angeles, CA
Inaugural Exhibition, Golinko Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Hovering, peres projects, curated by Daniele Balice & Anne Du Boucheron, peres projects, Los Angeles, CA
Portraits, Karen Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Gallery Artists, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Domestic Sprawl: Recent Los Angeles Photography
, curated by Andrea Feldman, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
Bystander, curated by John Connelly, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
Say Hello, Wave Goodbye, curated by Simon Wachsmuth & Franziska Lesak, Hohenlohe & Kalb, Vienna, Austria
LA on My Mind: Recent Acquisitions, curated by Michael Darling, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Andere Raume/Other Spaces, curated by Yilmaz Dziewior, Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany
Nachgemacht: reproduzierte Naturlichkeit-simulierte Natur, curated by Martin Prinzhorn, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria
Inframince, curated by David Bussel, Cabinet, London, England
Who Can it Be, New L.A. Portraiture, curated by Jill Martinez, Los Angeles, CA
Song Poems, curated by Steven Hull, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (catalogue)

, curated by Jeffrey Walkowiak, Henry Urbach Architecture, New York, NY
Song Poems, curated by Steven Hull, Cohan, Leslie & Browne, New York, NY
Two Friends and so on..., curated by Rob Pruitt and Jonathan Horowitz, Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Artificial Real
, Low, Los Angeles, CA
Sightings, curated by Jeffrey Walkowiak, Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, New York, NY
Urban Hymns, curated by Michael Darling, Cal State Los Angeles, CA
Carpooling From L.A., curated by Tam Van Tran, Asian American Art Center, New York, NY

2nd Annual Wight Biennial UCLA
, curated by Delia Brown, Wight Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (catalogue)
Good Vibrations, curated by Sarah Gavlak, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
The Mourning After: Art of Loss, curated by Susette Min, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (catalogue)
Flaming June II, Gavlak Projects/Works on Paper Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Transit, curated by Margaret Morgan, Miller/Durazo, Los Angeles, CA
antiworld, curated by Marcos Rosales, gallery:untitled, Dallas, Texas

Hollywood Premiere
, curated by Popular Mechanics, Hollywood Premiere Hotel, Hollywood, CA

I'm Still in Love With You
, curated by Steven Hull, 20th Century Women's Club, Eagle Rock, CA (catalogue/LP)
Flaming June, curated by Sarah Gavlak, The Art Exchange, New York, NY

The Autobiography of Difference
, curated by Karin Higa, Side Street Projects, Santa Monica, CA


"Instilled and Lost", Peres Projects, Los Angeles/Berlin

Rosen, Misako, "Art", Tokion vol. 11, no. 53, 2006
Yamashita, Shiyo, "Photographers 002", Esquire November 2006, Vol. 20, no. 11
"LA Artland: Contemporary Art From Los Angeles", Black Dog Publishing, 2006
"Vitamin PH: New Perspectives in Photography", Phaidon Publishng
"Critic's pick",, "A Lover's Discourse..."
i-D magazine #264, "The Upbeat Issue", 2006
"Freddie", artist book, DIS Publications

Walkowiak, Jeffrey: 9th Baltic Triennial, "BMW: Black Market World" catalogue, September 2005
Badi Magazine, June 2005
"Seijo", artist book, DIS Publications
"Ivan", artist book, DIS Publications
"Young Men at Play" #1 & #2, artists' books, DIS Publications, 2005
Cotter, Holland, "Log Cabin", New York Times, Friday January 28, 2005
Visionaire #46, "Uncensored" issue, curated by Mario Testino

i-D magazine, "Celebration" issue, December/January 2004/05
Hakim, Jaime, "Dean Sameshima", Attitude Magazine, October, 2004
"Hidden Histories: 20th Century Male Same Sex Lovers in the Visual Arts", curated by Michael Petry, ArtMedia Press (catalogue)
"Figures of Lust, Furtively Encountered in the Nights", self-published artist book
Pethick, Emily, Critic's Pick,, April, 2004
Herbert, Martin, TimeOut London, (review), April 21-24, 2004
Martinez Kyrgowkski, Jill, "Artworker of the Week no. 85", KultureFlash, April 21, 2004
Ratnam, Niru, "say hi to photographer dean sameshima, he's hot", i-D Magazine, March 2004
BUTT Magazine, "Deaf Dude", (artists' page), Spring 2004

CSNA, (artists' page), issue #1, Fall 2003
CREAM 3, curated by Ruben Gallo, Phaidon Press

Wood, Catherine, "Inframince", Artext, Fall 2002, #78
Loss: The Politics of Mourning, edited by David L. Eng & David Kazanjian,
"Remains to be Seen: Reading the Works of Dean Sameshima and Khan Vo", by Susette Min, University of California Press
Cotter, Holland, "Bystander", New York Times, Friday, July 12, 2002
Schwenden, Martha, "Bystander", Critics' Pick,
Comer, Stuart, "The things we do for art", i-D Magazine, issue #220, pages 22 & 94, May 2002
Andere Raume, essay by Yilmaz Dziewior and Katrin Sauerlander (exhibition catalogue)
Amalfitano, Madelynn, SOMA, Vol.16.4 May/June 2002
Dean Sameshima, essay by Bruce Hainley, Hysteric Glamour, Tokyo, Japan (monograph)

Hainley, Bruce, ArtForum, (review), May 2001
Rickels, Laurence, "Dean Sameshima: Secret Agency", Artext,  #72, Feb/April, 2001
Goldwyn, Liz, Hanatsubaki #618, (interview), December 2001

Prinzhorn, Martin, "Conceptualism with a Splash of Cranberry", Camera Austria #71, pg. 27-38

"2nd Annual Wight Biennial UCLA", essay by Delia Brown (exhibition catalogue)
Ise, Claudine, "Articulating Grief Through the Art of Loss", Los Angeles Times, April 16, 1999

"Greater Los Angeles, a Handbook for", edited by Florian Haas & Martin Schmidl, Frankfurt, Germany, Verlag Hausser
Arning, Bill, "Honcho Featured Artists: Dean Sameshima, Glen Ligon,
Adriano Pedrosa, Matts Liederstam", Honcho, Volume 21, #2, pg. 53-54

"I'm Still in Love With You", edited by Steven Hull (catalogue/LP)

Steam: a quarterly journal for men, (photo reproductions) PDA Press Inc. Volume 3, issue 4, pg. 419/443


"Contemporary Photography", slide lecture and critique class, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
"Identity Politics in Contemporary Art", instructor: Jean Rasenberger, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
"Artists in Their Studios", instructor: Eve Fowler, Art Center College of Design

"Contemporary Photography", instructor: Eve Fowler Art Center College of Design, CA

"Racialized Desires and Contested Space(s)", moderator: Viet Le, Cal State Northridge, Northridge, CA
"Studio Visits: lots of pictures/some sound", instructor: Cindy Bernard, Art Center of Design, Pasadena, CA
"Artists Studios", instructor: Eve Fowler, Art Center of Design


Japan/US Friendship Exchange, 2006

Recent Exhibits

Dean Sameshima participated in these exhibits:

Mar, 2015 Serialize
Peres Projects
Apr, 2014 Tony Greene
Iceberg Projects
Oct, 2012 Battleground States
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
Dec, 2011 Coming After
The Power Plant
Apr, 2011 Cruise or be Cruised
Peres Projects
Apr, 2011 a painting show
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