Cara Levine

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Pillow Sighted 24hrs, Pillow Blinded 38 hrs, 2014 Carved Bass, Milk Paint, Wax Life Size
Prostheses: Distance Wrist to Floor, 2014 Concrete, Steel 30" X 9" X 9"
Untitled: Chapter 4 Which Recounts What Will Soon Be Seen, 2014 Digital Video, 5 Min Variable
R.O.Y.G.B.I.V., 2013 Digital Video And Sculpture, Wood, Paint Video Variable, Object 8' X 5' X 1/2"
Untitled: Knight of the Sorrowful Face, 2014 Dual Screen Digital Video Variable
The Trouble with Building a Hole in the Floor
Horse of Many Colors, 2011 Digital Video
We Have Lift Off, 2011 Digital Video Variable
The Great Escape (or Nowhere Fast), 2012 Poplar, Ebony Glass 22' X 5' 1'
What's Your Native Place? 1, 2011 Digital Photograph Variable
What's Your Native Place? 2 Digital Photograph Variable
India Rope Trick, 2013 Digital Photograph Variable
Levitation Chair
Levitation Chair 2, 2012 Steel, Mirror, Plated Steel
Levitation Chairs 3-8, 2014 Steel 30" X 8" X 1/4" Each
Three Large Men Stepped Into a Box Labelled Ghost, or Steps for Sol Lewitt, 2013 Steel Approx 60" X 35" X 45"
Untitled: The Grass Grows from the Middle, 2011 Wood, Mixed Media 10' X 8' X 3'
The Man in the Chair with the Broken Leg, 2011 Digital Photograph Variable
A Leg to ____ On , 2012 Carved Wood, Mixed Media, Video Wood: Just Bigger Than Life Size, Video Variable
Disappearance Act 1, 2013 Digital Video 1:23 Variable
Play Dead, 2013 Digital Video 5:00 Variable
Person Suit, 2014 Silk Suit With Image Of Human Skin, Digital Photograph Fitting To Dog
Ein Sof: In Summary, It’s The Only Thing That Isn’t Everything , 2014 Wood, Mixed Media Site Specific Installation Containing Multiple Large Scale Sculptures
Re-Mothering: What is Love's Perspective?, 2015 Video Still
Quick Facts
Los Angeles, CA
Birth year
Lives in
San Francisco
Works in
San Francisco
University of Michigan School of Art & Design, 2007, BFA
California College of the Arts
animals, pigeon, escape, magic, play, figurative, sculpture, mixed-media, installation, video-art, performance, photography

Cara Levine explores the intersections of the physical, metaphysical, traumatic and illusionary.  A personal history with chronic injury informs her perception of spatial experience and investment in the prosthetic; a longstanding practice of yoga and meditation underlies her understanding of the mind as a portal; and an upbringing in Los Angeles feeds her interests in special effects. She uses these elements to create and distill illusions to their most essential parts—maintaining the initial marvel all while exposing the trick.  Levine works across sculpture, photography and video.  Her research stretches between neurology, illusion, disability, movement, language and inter-species communication.

Levine’s recent work delves deeper into understanding perceptual and experiential learning and includes 2, 3 ft. conical hand prostheses poured from concrete which explore the absence of the body in space, wooden pillows carved while her sight was restricted and videos, which explore language, site and form through movement in a contained environment.

Levine’s work spans multiple media and philosophical intersections but ultimately, comes down to a single struggle:  The struggle to keep the loop open between what we know and what we search to know, between fantasy and reality, the ground and everything beyond.


BioCara Levine lives and works in Oakland CA.  She received her MFA in sculpture from The California College of the Arts (CCA) in 2012. She grew up in Los Angeles CA.  Over the last 12 years Cara has lived in Segovia Spain, Ann Arbor MI, Kyoto JPN, Philadelphia PA, Chicago IL, Los Angeles, and Bangalore IN.  Levine currently teaches ceramics at Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland CA and is completing a Teaching Fellowship at CCA.  She has shown work in various places including the Wattis Center for Contemporary Art, the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art and has been an artist in residence at Anderson Ranch Art Center, Kala Center for Art, Vermont Studio Center.  Cara is also a long time yoga practitioner and 500 RYT certified instructor.  She lives with her dog, Pigeon.  

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