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Caroline Picard

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Happiness Machines, June, 2011 Fugitive Materials (including but Not Limited to Permanent Marker, Florescent Pen, Nail Polish, Graphite, White Out and Perfume on Construction Paper) Edition of 500 Variable © Caroline Picard
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Happiness Machines, June, 2011 Energy Drinks, Edition of 1,500 Variable © Caroline Picard
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Happiness Machines (detail), June, 2011 Fugitive Materials (including but Not Limited to Permanent Marker, Florescent Pen, Nail Polish, Graphite, White Out and Perfume on Construction Paper) Edition of 500 Variable © Caroline Picard
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Happiness Machines (detail: MJ & Orlan), June, 2011 Fugitive Materials (including but Not Limited to Permanent Marker, Florescent Pen, Nail Polish, Graphite, White Out and Perfume on Construction Paper) Edition of 500 Variable © Caroline Picard
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Rehearsal of a Grand Opera for One Person (installation view), November 2012 Installation and Performance (sound Loop, Video Projection, Gouache on Cardstock and Glue, Wood, Lightbulb) Variable © Caroline Picard
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Rehearsal of a Grand Opera for One Person (video still), November 2012 Video Projection 20 Minute Loop © Caroline Picard
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Rehearsal of a Grand Opera for One Person (detail 1), November 2012 Installation and Performance (sound Loop, Video Projection, Gouache on Cardstock and Glue, Wood, Lightbulb) Variable © Caroline Picard
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Rehearsal of a Grand Opera for One Person (detail 2: Fukishima), November 2012 Installation and Performance (sound Loop, Video Projection, Gouache on Cardstock and Glue, Wood, Lightbulb) Variable © Caroline Picard
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Installation view of a sketch from Divining Transhuman Space © Courtesy D Gallery
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Tokyo
Birth year
1980
Lives in
Chicago
Works in
Chicago
Schools
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2010, MFA
St John's College, 2002, BA
Tags
performance, sculpture, exhibition/performance
Statement

Caroline Picard is a Chicago-based artist, writer and curator who explores the figure in relation to systems of power. While that interest began with various investigations about public and private space (via running an apartment gallery, The Green Lantern (2005-2010), and co-founding the bi-annual directory PHONEBOOK: an index of alternative exhibition spaces) it has since transformed into an on-going investigation of inter-species borders, how the human relates to its environment and what possibilities might emerge from upturning an anthropocentric world view. To further accent the porousness of borders and bounds, Picard’s projects manifest in a variety of cross-disciplinary mediums including painting, video, administrative practices, interviews with artists, works of fiction, comics, and critical essays. Her work has been discussed in American Book Review, Poets & Writers MagazineTime Out ChicagoNew CityArt21,Artforum.comhtml giant and Punk Planet. In 2005, she founded the Green Lantern Press and has since released 30 slow-media titles ranging from the first English translation of a 19th Century Polish classic, Kordian, debut novels by emerging writers, collections of arts administration essays and an Arctic newspaper from 1821. She writes regularly for Artslant and Art21 blogs, as well as Art ltd.Magazine. Recent short stories, essays and comics were published in Projecttile, The Coming Envelope no. 5 (Bookthug), Artifice Magazine, Anobium, Bicycle Review, MAKE Magazine and Everyday Genius; she has two contributions in vols 1 & 3 of The Graphic Canon (Seven Stories Press, 2012).  Other books include Psycho Dream Factory (Holon Press, 2011) and The Chronicles of Fortune (Holon Press, 2011). She is the Managing Editor of the Bad at Sports blog on contemporary art and culture, and runs The Paper Cave, an on-line bookstore dedicated to small press books.