Resume

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017

  • upcoming (Nov 8 - Dec 2): "Out of Breath," a sound installation, to be included in the exhibition Love & Longing, curated by Melissa Day, Root Division, San Francisco
  • Stavros at His Bath (solo installation), Mercury Twenty Gallery, Oakland

2016

  • Sexting (solo installation), Mercury Twenty Gallery, Oakland
  • Mercury 20 at 10, Mercury Twenty Gallery, Oakland

2015

  • Scylla & Charybdis (solo installation), Mercury Twenty Gallery, Oakland

2014

  • Chris Komater & Rita Cihlar Hermann, Burkholder Project, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • A Bouquet of Bears & a Dozen Little Roses (solo installation), Mercury Twenty Gallery, Oakland 

2013

  • Small Works, Mercury Twenty Gallery, Oakland 

2007

  • Garden (solo installation), Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art, San Francisco

2006

  • Spring (solo installation), Meridian Gallery, San Francisco
  • Honeymoon Hotel (online solo installation), Marjorie Wood Gallery, San Francisco

2005

  • Hairy Bodies, The LAB, San Francisco

2003

  • Out of Breath (online solo installation), Marjorie Wood Gallery, San Francisco
  • R&D: 20 Years, 20 Artists, The LAB, San Francisco

2002

  • The Armory Photography Show, The Armory, New York
  • Disembodied.Reconfigured, Soundvision Gallery, Portland, Oregon
  • Orange, Hey Gallery, Oakland, California
  • Configuring Identity: Fragmented Self & Others (catalog), Untitled [Space] Gallery, New Haven, CT
  • Crush: Obsession, Desire & Idolatry, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston

2001

  • Harem (solo show), Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston

2000

  • Something About the Girl, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston
  • Chris Komater: New Work (solo show), Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco
  • Knowing You, Knowing Me, curated by Dean Smith (catalog), The LAB, San Francisco
  • Love Stinks, curated by Harry Roche, Gallery Luscombe, San Francisco 

1999 

  • Ideal City (solo installation), Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco 

1998 

  • Bottoms Up, co-curator with Robert Glück (catalog), The LAB, San Francisco 
  • Dark Passage, poster series for 24 advertising kiosks on Market Street, San Francisco Arts Commission Market Street Art-In-Transit Program
  • Work in Progress, Second Space Gallery, San Francisco 

1997

  • Allegory (solo installation), Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco 
  • Stirred Not Shaken, Refusalon, San Francisco 
  • Night of the Hunter: In Pursuit of the Hirsute (solo installation), Luggage Store Gallery/509 Cultural Center, San Francisco 

1996

  • Betrothed: Contemporary Perspectives on the Bride, Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, California
  • A Shoe Show, Capp Street Project, San Francisco

1995

  • Obsession, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco
  • Millennium Coming: The New Degenerate Art Show, co-curator with Michelle Rollman (catalog), The LAB, San Francisco
  • Next Time, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, California
  • Anonymous Arrangement, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California

1994

  • Screening Space: Reflections on the Cinema in Recent Art, Jan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles
  • Mirror, Mirror: Gender Roles and the Historical Significance of Beauty (catalog), Oliver Arts Center, California College of the Arts, Oakland, California

1993 

  • High Noon (solo installation), The LAB, San Francisco 
  • Windows, Fillmore Center Interim Arts Project, San Francisco

1991 

  • Site: Western Union, Haines Gallery, San Francisco

 

EDUCATION

  • SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE (1984-88), BFA
  • ZHEJIANG ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS (1987), Hangzhou, China
  • TOKYO, JAPAN (1986), independent study grant

 

AWARDS

2005

  • THE BAUM: AN EMERGING AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHER AWARD
    Nominee for $10,000 cash award and exhibition of new work at the UC Berkeley Art Museum

1999-2000

  • SAN FRANCISCO AIDS FOUNDATION
    Designer of images for "Assumptions" safe-sex poster and billboard campaign 

1999

  • QUEER ARTS RESOURCE
    "www.chriskomater.com" selected as featured 'site-of-the-month'

1998 

  • SAN FRANCISCO ARTS COMMISSION
    Market Street Art-In-Transit Grant 

1995 

  • WESTAF-NEA REGIONAL VISUAL ARTS FELLOWSHIP
    Sculpture 

1994 

  • VILLA MONTALVO CENTER FOR THE ARTS
    Artist Residency award, Saratoga, California

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • Kenneth Baker, “Back to the Past at Western Union,” San Francisco Chronicle, December 27, 1991
  • Ray Beldner, “The San Francisco Bay Area: Ten Artists on Their Way Up,” Art West, January, 1995
  • Amy Berk, “Chris Komater at 509 Cultural Center,” Artweek, July, 1997
  • David Bonetti, “A Telegram Out of the Past,” San Francisco Examiner, December 24, 1991
  • Brian Bouldrey, editor, Short stories photo illustrations, Harrington Gay Men's Fiction Quarterly, Vol. 1, #3, Fall, 1999
  • Terri Cohn, “Advanced Placements: Site-Specific Installations in the Bay Area,” Visions Art Quarterly, Summer, 1992
  • Sarah Coleman, “Critic's Choice: ‘Knowing You, Knowing Me,’” San Francisco Bay Guardian, May 17, 2000
  • William Corbett, “Cover Story: Entering Komater's Harem,” artsMEDIA Magazine, February 15-March 15, 2001
  • Jon Denton, “Reviews: West Coast - Recent Work at Patricia Sweetow Gallery,” Art Papers, July/August, 1999
  • Peter Frank, “Art Picks of the Week: ‘Screening Space,’” LA Weekly, August 12-18, 1994
  • Roberto Friedman, “Out & About: Fur and Bellies,” Bay Area Reporter, May 8, 1999
  • Beth Goldberg, “Through the Looking Glasses: Female Identity De- and Reconstructed in Bay Area,” Visions Art Quarterly, Spring/Summer, 1995
  • Robert Glück, with photos by Chris Komater, “Ten Illustrations for the Fall of the House of Usher,” ZYZZYVA #58, Spring Issue, 2000
  • Robert Glück, “Cell,” essay accompanying online solo installation, Marjorie Wood Gallery onlinewww.marjoriewoodgallery.com, May/June, 2003
  • Glen Helfand, “Stirred Not Shaken,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, March 19, 1997
  • Glen Helfand, “Critics’ Pick: ‘Hairy Bodies,’” ARTFORUM Online, February, 2005
  • Shawn Hill, “Refracted Intimacies,” Bay Windows, February 15, 2001
  • Mary Hull Webster, “Manipulated Desires,” Artweek, July 21, 1994
  • Steven Jenkins, “For Your Eyes Only,” Bay Area Reporter, March 27, 1997
  • Steven Jenkins, “Up Close & Personal: Chris Komater's ‘Allegory’ at Sweetow,” Bay Area Reporter, October 9, 1997
  • Kevin Killian, The Kink of Chris Komater, chapbook/catalog essay, 1999
  • Cate McQuaid, “Beauty Gets a Makeover..,” Boston Globe, February 8, 2001
  • Christopher Millis, "On and Off the Street," Boston Phoenix, February, 2001
  • Laura Moriarty, book cover design by Chris Komater, Nude Memoir, Krupskaya Books, 2000
  • Barbara Morris, “‘Knowing You, Knowing Me,’ at The LAB,” Artweek, June, 2000
  • Bruce Nixon, editor, “Memory and Time,” Artweek, April 7, 1994
  • Wayne Northcross, “Art Portfolio: Chris Komater,” Pride.02 Magazine, p. 115, 2002
  • David Pagel, “Reflections on Cinema,” Los Angeles Times, July 22, 1994
  • Harry Roche, “Critic's Choice: ‘High Noon,’” San Francisco Bay Guardian, October 27, 1993
  • Harry Roche, “Art, Museums and Galleries: Chris Komater,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, May 14, 1997
  • Scott Ruesher, "The Bear Body: Komater's Boston Exhibit, Reviewed," ArtsEditor, March 2001
  • Donna Schumacher, “Chris Komater,” Art Papers, September/October, 1997
  • JoAnne Severns Northrup, “‘Love Stinks’ at Gallery Luscombe,” Artweek, April, 2000
  • Kathleen Shields, “Chris Komater,” Parallaxis; Fifty-Five Points to View, pp 75, 128, 1997
  • Ruthe Stein, “Gallery Puts Art in Real Life Settings,” San Francisco Chronicle, August 15, 1990
  • Ron Suresha & Scott McGillvray editors, Fur: The Love of Hair, hardcover, Bruno Gmünder publisher, May 2012
  • Robin Tremblay-McGaw, “What's More Crude Than a Curl? The Photographs of Chris Komater,” Lipstick Eleven, Issue #2, 2001
  • David White, “Beauty and the Beef: The Pornographic Renaissance of Photographer Chris Komater,” Unzipped Magazine, pp. 22-23, August, 2003