Biography

eddie gesso grew up in rural Tennessee and spent his young adult life drinking coffee and writing depressing poetry in grey and rainy Seattle. An Oakland resident since 2004, gesso enjoys the almost endless sunny days in the East Bay. He loves cooking, chubs, color, light, abstraction, masking tape, minimalism, painting, making mixes, and unicorns. gesso received his BFA from California College of the Arts in 2008 where he wrestled to incorporate theory into his art practice. Now he loves to make up new theoretical terms, mostly by adding -ness to the endings.

While gesso considers himself an interdisciplinary artist, he identifies mostly as a painter, yet gesso's installations are often sight-responsive and incorporate sculptural elements. In his writings, gesso explores ways in which his artwork performs gender difference, transgender embodiment, and inbetweenness. Gesso's work has been exhibited locally at playSpace Gallery, Swarm Gallery, Femina Potens Gallery, Million Fishes, SomArts, the Spare Room Project, and most recently was included in a show at the Conrad-Wilde Gallery in Tuscon, Az.

Statement

It might seem somewhat improbable to be concerned with creating the sense of time passing within a painting when perhaps a time-base medium, such as film or performance, are assumed better suited. Yet, in the making of each painting I search for ways in which the use of layers, color, mark making, and shapes can indicate movement and embody past, present, and future within the picture plane. Compelled by theoretical notions of temporality, oppositional spaces, inbetweenness, and becoming, I search for ways in which my work can resist completion or resolution. It is the process--the space between a blank canvas and the resulting painting--the performance, where new ideas and identities emerge.

Curriculum Vitae

Education


2008 BFA in Painting and Drawing with high distinction, emphasis in Visual and Critical Studies, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
1991 Associate of Arts Degree, Seattle Central Community College, Seattle, WA

Exhibitions


Solo

2008 Between Bodies, BFA Exhibition Thesis, Tecoah Bruce Gallery, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
2005 Hir/Hirs, (Site-specific installation) California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
2005 Binding (Video installation) California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA

Group

2008 Present Perfect, collaboration with Analisa Goodin, The Spare Room Project, San Francisco, CA
Queerity, Million Fishes Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Making Room for Wonder, SOMArts, San Francisco, CA
trans-masculine self-representation: images of identity, Azariah's Cafe, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH (catalogue)
Baccalaureate Exhibition, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
8th Annual Monster Drawing Rally, Southern Exposure, The Verde Club, San Francisco, CA
2007 Borders, Fresh Meat in the Gallery IV, ODC Theatre, San Francisco, CA
Drawing in the Margins, Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA
2007 Senior Moment, Oliver Arts Center, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
Centennial All-College Honors and Scholarship Awards Exhibition, paper "Pronouns Not of My Own Making: Language, Gender Misrecognition, and Racism in the Academy," Oliver Arts Center, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
2006 Best of Junior Review, Oliver Arts Center, Californian College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
Fresh Meat 2006 in the Gallery III, ODC Theatre Gallery, San Francisco, CA
New Work by Stacy Nathaniel Jackson and eddie gesso, Fresh Meat Productions, Femina Potens Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Unexpected Developments, PLAySPACE Gallery, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
2005 Fresh Meat 2005 in the Gallery II, San Francisco LGBT Community Center, San Francisco, CA
2004 First-year Student Group Exhibit, CCA, Oakland, CA
2003 Infra / Intra-structure, Seattle LGBT Community Center Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

Exhibitions Curated


2008 Present Perfect, collaboration with Analisa Goodin, The Spare Room Project, San Francisco, CA
Changing Landscapes, Artists Maxx Sizeler and Jackadandy, Fresh Meat Productions, Femina Potens Gallery, San Francisco, CA, March 1-30, 2008
2009 Defying Gravities, Fresh Meat in the Gallery VI, San Francisco LGBT Community Center, San Francisco, CA
2007 Borders, Fresh Meat in the Gallery V, ODC Theatre Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006 Fresh Meat in the Gallery III: Third Annual Transgender Visual Art Exhibition, ODC Theatre Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003 Infra/Intra-Structure, artists Thu Nguyen and eddie gesso, Seattle LGBT Community Center Art Gallery, May
Reparation, artist Robert Hall, Seattle LGBT Community Center Art Gallery, March
2002 It's a ...?, artists Miles Conrad, Cory Peek, Manuel Tapia, and Brian Watson, Seattle LGBT Community Center Art Gallery, June
Happiness, artists Kristine Evans and Sabina Noelle Walker, Seattle LGBT Community Center Art Gallery, August/September
Graphic, artists Patrick Baroch and Christopher Rollins, Seattle LGBT Community Center Art Gallery, November/December
Three Women, Lesbian Resource Center Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

Awards


Malcolm Wood Writing Award, Undergraduate Award for Academic Paper "Pronouns Not of My Own Making: Language, Gender Misrecognition, and Racism in the Academy," California College of the Art, Oakland, CA

Bibliography


2006 Pacific Noise, Interview, Episode 8, March 3, 2006,
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Artist Lectures


Artist Lecture, Undergraduate Seminar, "Queer Art" with Professor Tina Takemoto, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Conferences


2006 Queer ID Academic and Art Conference, Paper, "Pronouns Not of My Own Making: Language, Gender Misrecognition, and Racism in the Academy," Boise, ID
FTM 2006 - A Gender Odyssey, Multi-media installation with video, book, and sound, Richard Hugo House, Seattle, WA
2005 Film/Video Screenings, GenderQueer/QueerGenders: Conversations among Artists, Activists and Academics, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
2004 A Gender Odyssey, Conference Exhibition, Seattle, WA

Professional Experience


Grant Research Assistant, artist Taraneh Hemami, San Francisco, CA
Grant Application Processing Assistant, Center for Cultural Innovation, San Francisco, CA, March 2008
2007-2008 Intern, Alternative Exposure Grant Program, 8th Annual Monster Drawing Rally, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
2005-2007 National Queer Arts Festival Intern, Queer Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
Media Center Technician, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
2005 Teaching Assistant, 2D Visual Dynamics, Assoc. Professor Liz Ledger, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
2002 Gallery Curator, Lesbian Resource Center, Seattle, WA

Professional Affiliations


2005-Present Curatorial Committee Member, Fresh Meat in the Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2002-03 Art Gallery Committee Member, Seattle LGBT Community Center Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
1996-98 Member/Studio Artist, Project 416/Wonderful World of Art, Seattle, WA