Debra Scacco

(b. 1976, New York)
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California

Debra Scacco’s practice is based around a conversation between memory, language, impulse, and control, driven by the persistent need to (re)discover permanence in a contemporary life that is by nature always in transition. Scacco’s work is both overtly emotional and highly systematic. The act of repetition is vital to her process, as is allowing factors out of her control (i.e. nature, history) to create rules on her behalf. Her approach to making is self-conflicting: oftentimes perpetually repeating phrases from her own personal writings, the contours she meticulously follows are not chosen by impulse, but by the set of rules Scacco has established in order to rationalize her interrupted sense of time and place. Her dualistic process leads us to the impossibility of fixing a moment in time — either in memory of the past, or perception and narrative of the present and future.

Debra Scacco (b. 1976, New York) received a BA in Studio Art from Richmond University, London in 1998. She has exhibited extensively, including solo exhibitions at Klowden Mann and Marine Contemporary (Los Angeles), and group exhibitions at Royal Academy of Arts (London), Charlie James Gallery (Los Angeles), Patrick Heide Contemporary (London), and Royale Projects (Palm Desert). Scacco’s work has been written about and featured in the Los Angeles TimesHuffington Post, and Art in America. In 2012 she was the first Artist-in-Residence at the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Museum. In 2009, she was nominated for the Jerwood Drawing Prize (UK). Her sculptural installation “Origins” is currently on view at the Los Angeles State Historic Park. Her work is held in private and public collections internationally, including Fidelity Investments, and The Hammer Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.


1998 BA (Studio Art), Richmond University, London

Solo Exhibitions

2018 The Narrows, Klowden Mann, Culver City, California
2017 Origins, Los Angeles State Historic Park, Los Angeles, California
2015 The Letting Go, Klowden Mann, Culver City, California
2013 The Space Between, Marine Contemporary, Los Angeles, California
2012 Richiama, Ellis Island Museum, New York
Birds of Passage, Marine Contemporary, Los Angeles, California
2011 Forever In Between, Marine Art Salon, Los Angeles, California

Group Exhibitions

2019 The Letting Go, LAX Airport (Arts Exhibition Program with Los Angeles World Airports and Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs), Los Angeles, California
2018 Archeology of the Present, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, Los Angeles, California
Lost in the Sky,
LAX Airport terminal 7(Arts Exhibition Program with Los Angeles World Airports and Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs), Los Angeles, California
, presented by Big City Forum, Blue Roof Studios, Los Angeles, California
Relative Space, curated by Asha Bukojemsky, Elevator Mondays, Los Angeles, California
AIR Artist-in-Residence, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, Los Angeles, California
Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Klowden Mann, Santa Monica, California
2017 Transporter, curated by Sean Higgins and Katie Shapiro, Kopeikin Gallery, Culver City, California
VRBBQ, ICALA / Butcher Bird Studios, Los Angeles, California
2016 Office Hours, Beta Main, Los Angeles, California
Imagine Awards
, California Science Center/Inner-City Arts, Los Angeles, California
Urban Garden
, The Viaduct, Los Angeles, California
Take me home
, Maxfield, Los Angeles, California
2015 Via Negativa: The Transcendence of the unReal, South Bay Contemporary, Cerritos, California
LIVE ACTION – Repetition, Routine, and Redundancy in the Moving Image, Mint Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia (screening)
2014 Texas Contemporary, Klowden Mann, Houston, Texas
White Balancing, Curated by Hayley Miner, 3629 Medford St, Los Angeles, California
Monster Drawing Rally, Armory Center, Pasadena, California
Salon Zürcher, Studio Zürcher, New York, New York
Reds, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2013 APLA, Bonhams, Los Angeles, California (through 2015)
Pulse New York
, The Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, New York
Drawing Now Paris, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris
2012 (text)ure, Patrick Heide Contemporary, London, UK (With Carl Andre, Michael Landy, Aleghiero Boetti)
Art Platform—Los Angeles, Barker Hanger, Santa Monica, California
Artist-in-Residence, Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island, in conjunction with New Jersey City University
2011 Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, California (through 2015)
If these walls could talk: A conversation
, Charlie James Gallery and Marine Art Salon, Los Angeles, California
Kiosk, The Collection, London
2010 Outside the Lines, Royale Projects, Los Angeles (With Sol Le Witt, Dennis Oppenheim)
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Gem, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, California
Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Marine, Los Angeles, California
Postcards from the Edge, Zeiher Smith, New York
Salon No. 3, Marine, Los Angeles, California
2009 Follow Your Art, Royal Institute of Great Britain (In association with Sotheby’s and Summaria Lunn)
Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London (Followed by national tour through 2010)
Salon No. 1, Marine, Los Angeles, California
2008 Postcards from the Edge, James Cohan Gallery, New York
Allotment, Seven Seven Contemporary, London
Random, Wagdas, London
2005 70 Years of Penguin Design, V&A, London
Untitled, Selfridge’s, London
2004 Metamorphosis, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
La Isla, Teatro Odisséia, Rio de Janiero
Ocularis, Galapagos Art Space, New York
Carbonari, Florean Museum, Romania
Mesh, Seven Seven Contemporary, London
ArtExpo, Solaris Observatorio, Morelia, Mexico
2003 Signes de Nuit, Cinema Balzac, Paris
Reduced, Century Gallery, London
Viper Basel, Littmann Kulturprojekte, Switzerland
Intervals, ATA, San Francisco, California
ART/CAN, Michael Perez Gallery, New York
Arte Digital Rosario, Center de Expresiones Contemporanias, Argentina
Open Screen Belgrade, Alternative Film Centre, Belgrade
Covert, Whole Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland
Other, The Century Gallery, London
Mutiny, Oxo Tower, London
2002 Land, ArtSway, Hampshire
Area 10, Old Whitten Timber Building, London
No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith, Central Space, London
Cream, 1181, Atlanta, Georgia

Curated Exhibitions

2018 La Reina de Los Ángeles, Sturt Haaga Gallery, Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge, California
2017 On Going Home, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Collections and Corporate Exhibitions

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Fidelity Investments, Massachuetts
Ellis Island Museum, New York
The Penguin Group, London
London Chamber of Commerce, City of London
International Art Consultants (Art for Offices), London
The Florean Museum, Romania
The Media Centre, London
Financial Dynamics, London
Galerija Doma Vazduhoplovstva, Belgrade
Private collections throughout the UK, America and Europe.

Selected Press and Publications

2018 Furman, Anna, “‘Defining” L.A. in VR light,” Los Angeles Times, November 18.
Napier Neely, Jane, “The Valley Line: Water theme of latest Sturt Haaga exhibit; teens embark on 16-month Les Fleuretts program,” Los Angeles, September 18.
Ziemba, Christine N., “19 Of The Best Things To Do This Week In Southern California,” LAist, September 17.
Nichols, Greg, “Artists use AR to display politically-charged art in provocative places,” ZDNet, September 14.
“‘La Reina’ Exhibition Debuts at Descanso on Sunday,” Pasadena Now, September 11.
Debra Scacco @ Klowden Mann,” 2-TIMES, February 7.
Dambrot, Shana Nys, “Debra Scacco at Klowden Mann,” Art and Cake, February 1.
Caldwell, Ellen C., “On Immigration, Liminality, and Ellis Island: Debra Scacco’s The Narrows,” Riot Material, January 31.
Featured Artist,” Los Angeles Review of Books, January 28.
O’Shannessy, Matthew, “5 Must See Art Exhibitions in Los Angeles this January,” Eventbrite, January 2.
2017 Debra Scacco,” Wall Street International, December 28.
2016 Caldwell, Ellen C., “Light, Letting Go, and the LA River with Debra Scacco,” New American Paintings, September 6.
2015 Debra Scacco, The Letting Go,” 2-TIMES, December.
Debra Scacco, Gold Topographic Drawings,” 2-TIMES, August.
2014 Frank, Priscilla, “44 Stunning Art Studios That Will Inspire You To Get Back To Work,” Huffington Post, August.
Debra Scacco at Marine Projects and Contemporary,” 2-TIMES, July.
2013 Sobieski, Elizabeth, “The Space Between,” Huffington Post, November.
Meetze, James, “Dark Art,” Manor House Quarterly, November.
“Featured Work,” Manor House Quarterly, Spring.
2012 Soto, Paul, “Feature on Art Platform,” Art in America, October 4.
Corbett, Rachel, “Art Platform LA Returns…,” ArtInfo, September 26.
Johnson, Alexis, “Top Galleries at Art Platform,” Los Angeles Confidential, September.
Frances, Megan, “Birds of Passage review,” WhiteHot Magazine, July.
Rolnik, Daniel, “Debra Scacco unlocks the 3 keys of greatness at Marine Contemporary,” Beautiful Decay, June 12.
Ollman, Leah, “Debra Scacco maps the psyche at Marine Contemporary,” Los Angeles Times, May 25.
Shaw, Michael, “Reconciling displacement, “The Conversation Podcast, May 23.
Moret, A., “If these walls could talk review,” WhiteHot Magazine, April.
Kruezer, Terese Loeb, “Resident artists reflect on family, food and history,” Downtown Express July.
Shapiro, Julie, “Ellis Island Resident Artists Draw Inspiration from Immigration,” DNA Info, July.
2011 “Creators Aid for Japan,” Publication curated by Satoru Yamashita. Including Nick Knight, Trevor Jackson and Build. April.

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