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HEATHER CASSILS
From Montreal, Canada
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, USA
hcassils@gmail.com

EDUCATION:
2002 MFA Art and Integrated Media, California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, CA, USA
1997 BFA Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, NS, Canada
1996 Ecole Nationale Superieur des Beaux Arts. Paris, France
ADDITIONAL:
2013 Corrective Exercise Certification, National Academy of Sports Medicine, CA
2011 Personal Training Certification, National Academy of Sports Medicine, CA
2007 United Stunts Men's Association, International Stunt School, Seattle, WA

GRANTS/ AWARDS/ FELLOWSHIPS:
2014 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship
2013 MOTHA Art Awards (Museum of Transgendered Art) for Best Solo Exhibition of 2013
2013-14 Canada Council of the Arts, Long Term Assistance Grant to Visual Artists
2013(FOCA) Fellows of Contemporary Art. 2013 nominee.
2012 (CCF)California Community Foundation Visual Artist Fellowship
2010 Los Angles Contemporary Exhibitions Artist Research Grant
2010Travel grant, Canada Council of the Arts
2009 Intra Arts Creative Production Grant. Canada Council of the Arts
2009 Franklin Furnace Performance Art Fund

EXHIBITIONS/ PERFORMANCES
Upcoming 2014:
Inaugural Artist for Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) Artist in Residence Program, Toronto, ON
Genderblender, MU Art Space, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
Exhibition at Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, NYC, NY
Bitforms Gallery, NYC, NY

Solo 2014:
CASSILS: COMPOSITIONS, solo show, Trinity Square Video, Toronto, ON
Becoming An image, opening night of the Rhubarb Festival, Toronto, ON

2013
BODY OF WORK, SOLO SHOW. Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NY NY
Queer Objectivity, Stamp Gallery, University of Maryland, Maryland.
Within, Cypress Collage, CA
Becoming An Image, Fierce Festival, Birmingham, UK.
Performance Studies International, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Solo Exhibition, Ronald Feldman Fine Art, NY, NY
SPILL International Festival of Performance, The National Theater Studio, London UK
Trans Technology: Circuits of Self, culture and Belonging. Rutgers University, New Jersey
Material Traces: Time and Gesture in Contemporary Art, curated by Amelia Jones. Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal, Quebec
Becoming An Image, Edgy Woman Festival, Montreal, Quebec
Battleground States
, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, Utah

2012
Performance of Teresias in Kuopio, Finland at the ANTI International Contemporary Art Festival.
Cruising the Archives, One National Gay and Lesbian Archives, LA, CA. Part of Pacific Standard Time
Have We Met Before? Ronald Feldman Fine Art, NY, NY
Teresias, Perforatorium Festival of Queer Performance, Regina, Canada

2011
Commitment Issues, Curated by Jess Dobkin In conjunction with FADO Performance Art Center in Toronto, Canada
Los Angeles Goes Live: Exploring a Social History of Performance Art in Southern California (LAGA), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, LA, CA. Part of Pacific Standard Time
City Of Women Festival in conjunction with The Kapelica Gallery in Ljubljana, Slovenia

2010
Theater of Operations, Movement Research Festival ’10, NYC, NY
Gutted, Los Angles Contempory Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA

2009
Peaking , Chez Bushwick, Brooklyn, NYC
IT’S (A)LIVE: BRAVE LIVE ART FROM LOS ANGELES, Gallery 114, Los Angeles, CA

2008
You Belong To Me, Sweeny Art Gallery and University of Riverside, Riverside , CA
Praxis Mohave, Desert Hot Springs, CA
The Way That We Rhyme: Women Art and Politics, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), San Francisco, CA
The House That Lust Built, Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Canada

2007
Shared Women, Los Angeles Conteperary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA

2006
Ahh Ahh, The Other Gallery, Banff Center for the Arts, Banff, Canada
Engendered Species,Gatov and Merlino Galleries CSU, Long Beach, CA

2005
Wormhole Saloon, White Chapel Gallery, London, UK
A Certain Tendency in Representation, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, UK

10104 Angelo View Drive, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, Florida (in collaboration with Dorit Margreiter)
10104 Angelo View Drive, Museum Moderner Kunst Stifung Ludwig, Wien, Vienna, Austria (in collaboration with Dorit Margreiter)

2004
Be My Patron, performance, USC , Center for Feminist Research, Los Angeles, CA
Be My Patron, performance, Pratice More Failure, Art in General, New York City, NY

2003
Be My Patron, performance, Neoqueer, Center on Conteperary Art, Seattle, WA
Testigos, MUCA Roma, Mexico City, Mexico
Be My Patron, REDCAT, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA
Toxic Troopers, Outside Field: International Festival, Ex- Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City, Mexico
The Future of Now, Intersectional Femenisim Conference, , UC Riverside, Riverside, CA

2002
LATT, LA Freewave: TV or not TV, Los Angeles, CA
Gendered Geographies publication Launch, Michael Dawson Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Messy Fingers, Track 16 Gallery, Los Angeles CA
IKEA Poster Collection, Manifesta, Frankfurt, Germany
Promise, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
Camp TT D301 Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
Toxic Union, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
Cyberfem Spirit: The Spirit of Data, Oldenberg Center for New Media, Oldennberg, Germany
Joint Ventures Series; Strength in Numbers, Schnitt Ausstellungsraum, Cologn, Germany

SCREENINGS:
2013
FAST TWITCH//SLOW TWITCH Human Animal, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

2012
FAST TWITCH//SLOW TWITCH Dirty Looks On Location Festival, NY, NY

2008
10104 Angelo View Drive International Film Festival Cinema Le Melies, Art Center of the Maison, Paris, France
10104 Angelo View Drive, Palms Festival, Palm Springs, CA

2006
10104 Angelo View Drive,Vienale International Film Festival, Vienna, Austria
10104 Angelo View Drive, Out Fest: The Los Angeles Gay, Lesbian, Transgendered and Bisexual Film Festival
IKEA Project, Paris Gay, Lesbian, Transgendered and Bisexual Film Festival

2004
LATT Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA

LECTURES:
2014
Upcoming:
The Facebook Eye: Selfies, Self-Documentation, and Self-Portraiture in Contemporary Art and Life. In conversation with Jack Halberstam, Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art (LACMA)
Artist Talk, University of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
The Body As Social Sculpture, San Francisco Art Institute, CA

Past 2014:
Human Printing Press, Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), Toronto Canada
Artist Talk, Buddies In Bad Times Theater, Toronto, ON, (with support of the Pleasure Dome, V Tape, Trininty Square Video, Art Gallery of York University)

2013
The Shaping of Desires, in conjunction with Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland, Museum Of Contemporary Art (MOCA)Los Angeles. Panel with Monica Majoli and A. L. Steiner. Moderated by MoMA PS1 Curatorial Associate Mia Locks.
Discussion Live Art in 2113, Live Art UK, Birmingham, UK
SPILL Festival of Performance Think Tank: SPILL Congregation, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
Artist talk by Heather Cassils. Presented in collaboration with FEM.ME.S: Feminist Media Studio Leonard and Ellen Bina Art Gallery, Montreal, Quebec
Artist Talk: The Body as Social Sculpture, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. November 7-10th, 2012
Nature-Body-Sex International Seminar, Kuopio Academy of Design, Finland
Part of a panel asked to give feed back to the Ph.D. candidates at Media Arts and Practice (iMAP) program at University of Southern California
Visiting Artist Lecture, University of Saskatchewan,
Regina Canada
Artist Lecture MY BODY AS A STAGE with Zackary Drucker, Luis De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2008
Visiting Artist Lecture, San Fransisco Art Institute, Graduate Seminar Class

2006
Visiting Artist Lecture, Banff Center for the Arts, Future of Idea Art, Banff, CA
Visiting Artist Lecture, University of Manchester, Graduate Seminar Class,

2005
Visiting Artist Lecture, UC Irvine, “Contemporary Artists”: Undergraduate class of 350 students
Panel Discussion “Trespassers”, Rosseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmo, Sweden

2004
Panel Discussion, Intersectional Feminism, UC Riverside

2002
Visiting Artist Lecture, Being an individual is exhausting, California Institute of the Arts

2001
Visiting Artist Lecture, Schnitt Austellungsraum,Cologne, Germany

RESIDENCIES:
2010-11 Artist Researcher in residence, Los Angeles Goes Live: Exploring a Social History of Performance Art in Southern California (LAGA), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, LA, CA

2008 Praxis Mojave 08 with Ron Athey, Los Angeles, CA

2006 The Future of Idea Art, Banff Center for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada

2004 IASPIS International Artist Studio in Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
2013 (UPCOMING)
Ameila Jones, Reading Contemporary Performance. For for Cheng and Cody, ed

2013
Ameila Jones, Reading Contemporary Performance. For for Cheng and Cody, ed
Jovanovich, Alex. Heather Cassils. Artforum Magazine. Best of 2013. Dec, 2013
Albracht, Amy. Clay: Heather Cassils’ Becoming An Image. C File Magazine. Nov 2013
Friezzell, Nell. Heather Cassils: The Transgendered Body Builder Attacks Heaps of Clay. The Guardian, UK, Oct 3, 2013.
Artsy Editorial. Bodybuilder Artist Heather Cassils Channels Lynda Benglis and Eleanor Antin. Artsy Online. Oct 2013.
Gopnick, Blake. The Terminatrix. The Daily Beast. Oct, 2014.
Grey, Kris. Cassils: Body of Work. Original Plumbing Magazine. Sep, 2013.
Cassils, Heather. Bashing Binaries -- Along With 2,000 Pounds of Clay. Huffington: Post Gay Voices. September 2013.
Crary, David. Jason Collins' Coming Out Breaks New Ground For Gay Rights Trend. Huffington Post. April, 2013
Mortimer, Dora. Live Art Review: Becoming An Image. Diva Magazine, UK. April 2013
Jankovic, Bojana. Becoming an Image at National Theatre Studio. Exeunt Magazine, UK. April 2013.
Henry, Joseph. Material Traces: Time and the Gesture in Contemporary ArtEsse Magazine, May, 2013
Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal, February 16 – April 13, 2013
Bojana Jankovic, Review of Becoming An Image at the National Theater Studio,Exeunt Magazine, April, 2013
LGBT Athletes: 27 Players Who Have Come Out Of The Closet, Huffington Post, April, 2013
Dora Mortimer, Live Art Review: Becoming An Image, Diva Magazine, Spring, 2013
Amelia Jones, Material Traces: Process, Matter, and Interrelationality in Contemporary Art Catalogue, Concordia University, Montreal, Spring, 2013

2012
Megan Hoteger, Re-performance: History as and Experience to Be Had; Los Angeles Goes Live: Performance Art in Southern California 1970-1983; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, Falll 2012 / Volume 15, no. 1

2011
Linda Yablonsky, California Dreamin', Artfourm Magazine, October 7, 2011
Cuts A Traditional Sculpture, Heather Cassils,
Huffington Post, Gay Voices, October 4,2011
Catherine Wagley, Heather Cassils Gets Ripped for LACE Performance Art Show,, LA Weekley, September 29, 2011
Michael Anthony, Arron Drake, Leslet Goldberg, Stephan Horbelt, Karen Ocamb, Our Hot 25 List: Locals Who Influence and Inspire Us, Frontiers Magazine - Vol 26,Number 04, June 2010, pp.44
Louise Carolin, Inside Story, Diva Magazine, vol 169, June 2010, pp 43-47

2007
Raizada, Kristen, Interview with the Guerrilla Girls, Dyke Action Machine (DAM!), and the Toxic Titties, NWSA Journal- Volume 19, Number 1, Spring 2007, pp 39-58

2006
Jennifer Doyle, Sex Objects: Art and the Dialect of Desire, The University of Minnesota Press, 2006
Christine Ross, The Aesthetics of Disengagement: Contemporary Art and Depression, The University of Minnesota Press, 2006

2004
Joey Tang, Art Protest-Toxic Titties, ”Black Book Magazine, Spring 2004, p 60

2003
Nancy Rommelmann, Basement Revelry, Los Angeles Times, Nov. 23
Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, 24 Hour Party People, LA WEEKLEY, Nov 28
Edgar- Alejandro Hernandez, Tropa Toxica, Reforma, Mexico City, July 7

2002
Jose Munoz, Dinner Reservations, Tema Celeste. Nov-Dec
Jade Chang, Boob Tube Cube, LA WEEKLEY, Nov 15-21
Scott Timberg, Experimental Art Takes to the Streets, Los Angeles Times.Nov 4, p E5

2001
Susanne Boecker, Die Starken eines Bundnisses, Kolner Stadanzeiger, July 13

PUBLICATIONS:
2013
Art and Queer Culture, Richard Meyer and Catherine Lord, Phaidon Press, London, UK

2011
Behind Enemy Lines: Toxic Titties Infiltrate Vanassa Beecroft, Heather Cassils, Clover Leary, Julia Steinmetz. Luis Jacob, Commerce by Artists, Art Metropole, pp 318-335

2006
Behind Enemy Lines: Toxic Titties Infiltrate Vanassa Beecroft, Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society, Heather Cassils, Clover Leary, Julia Steinmetz.. University of Chicago: Journal Division, Chicago, US, 2006

2005
Rachel Green, Internet Art, Thames and Hudson, World of Art Series.

2002
Artist Projects: Gendered Geographies, Kaucyila Brooke. Ed. Zurich: Hochschule fur Gestalung und Kunst Zurich

2001
SITE and Shnitt Austellungsraum, Schnitt Site. Krefeld, Germany: Kunstlrt Posteredition 2001