Morgan Mandalay

(b. 1985, Long Beach, California)

Lives and works in Chicago, Illinois

Morgan Mandalay (b. 1985), along with being an artist, is the founder and director of the itinerant exhibition project SPF15 and co-organizer of Fresh Bread Gallery in Chicago, IL. Morgan has had solo exhibitions at Klowden Mann (Culver City, CA), Everybody (Chicago, IL), Cat Box Contemporary (Queens, NY), BWSMX (Mexico City, MEX) and Et Al Gallery (San Francisco, CA) among others. His work has been included recently in group exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Flag Foundation (New York, NY), Bahamas Biennale (Detroit, MI), DAMA (Turin, ITA), Kimberly Klark (Queens, NY), 0-0 (Los Angeles, CA), David B. Smith Gallery (Denver, CO), Galleria Acapella (Naples, ITA), Left Field (San Luis Obispo, CA), LVL3 (Chicago, IL), and Yautepec (Mexico City, MEX). He was a 2018 Fellow of Shandaken Project’s Paint School in New York, NY. In 2017 he completed his MFA at University of California San Diego, and holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His works has been written about in Artforum, Hyperallergic, Autre Magazine, Artillery Magazine, Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Times.


2018 Fellow, Shandaken, Project’s Paint School, New York, New York
2017 MFA, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, California
2014 BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
2004-2007 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California

Solo & Two Person Exhibitions

2020 FAIR, Klowden Mann, NADA Online
On Colonus
, Extase, Chicago, Illinois
2019 Dog & Pony, with Chloe Seibert, No Place Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
The Sun Hung Low or a Question Loomed
, Everybody, Chicago, Illinois
Bad Sin Frutas, Klowden Mann, Culver City, California
2018 Thank Your Squash Banana. I’m Not an Ape, You Are!, BWSMX, Mexico City, Mexico
Holy, Holy, Holy, Cat Box Contemporary, Queens, New York
Topography of a Terrestrial Paradise, Et Al Gallery, San Francisco, California
2017 DMA, with Kim-Anh Schreiber, BWSMX, Turin, Italy
Norman Amygdala, City Limits, Oakland, California
Scene of Shipwreck, VAF Gallery, San Diego, California
2016 ArtBo Proyectos, curated by Jens Hoffmann, Yautepec, Bogotá, Colombia
8Rows Back, with Audrey Hope, Helmuth Projects, San Diego, California
2015 Ikebana///Anemone, Common’s Gallery, San Diego, California
Happy Little, with Todd Kelly, LVL3, Chicago, Illinois
2014 Flower Shoppe, Edition Chicago with Yautepec, San Diego, California
2013 The Futility of Trying, Helmuth Projects, San Diego, California
Roses On Your Grave, Yautepec, Mexico City, Mexico

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 Adventure Paintings, 1969 Gallery, New York, New York
2019 UNTITLED, Klowden Mann, Miami Beach, Florida
Collection No. 10, Interior and the Collector, Lyon, France
Only Human
, H.G. Inn, Chicago, Illinois
The Passenger
, Klowden Mann, Culver City, California
New American Paintings Review: Part 2, Steven Zevitas, Boston, Massachusetts
Community, Sibling Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Klowden Mann, Santa Monica, California
Tetsuo, curated by American Fantasy Classics, Bahamas Biennale, Detroit, Michigan
2018 El terror en lo profundo, curated by Deslave, Human Resources, Los Angeles, California
freshly cut and softly bound, curated by Lisa Kehler and Timo Fahler, Vacation, New York, New York
Paint School, Flag Art Foundation, New York, New York
Gnaw the Bone That Falls to Thy Lot, curated by Sophie Jennis Kimberly Klark, Queens, New York
Annex, curated by Jay Ezra Nayssan, M+B, Los Angeles, California
Prairie’s Inaugural Auction, Chicago, Illinois
Velvet Ropes, R/SF Gallery, San Francisco, California
Velvet Ropes, NADA, 0-0 LA, New York City, New York
2017 Necronomicon Uploaded, Deslave, Tijuana, Mexico
GIFC 6, The Hole, New York, New York
All the Small Things, Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, California
A Step Away, curated by Anthony Graham and Lara Bullock, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, California
Domestic Tranquility, 0-0, Los Angeles, California
AnthroMorphoCene, curated by Lee M. Lavy, Bread and Salt, San Diego, California
Cabinet, curated by Adam Milner, David B. Smith Gallery (Project Room), Denver, Colorado
2016 Float in a Dark Tank, Yautepec, Mexico City, Mexico
How High?, Left Field, San Luis Obispo, California
Le Domaine Enchanté, curated by Domenico di Chirico, Galleria Acappella, Naples, Italy
Felifita, A Ship in the Woods, Escondido, California
Quickie Dingler, curated by Audrey Hope, Common’s Gallery, San Diego, California
Sugar Talk, LVL3, Chicago, Illinois
2015 Public Utility, New Capital, Chicago, Illinois
Here | Hear, Space 4 Art, San Diego, California
Material Art Fair, w/ Yautepec, Mexico City, Mexico
The Originals s01 e01, curated by Annie Warhol and Tatjana Pieters, Galerie Tatjana Pieters, Ghent, Belgium
Deep Play Fun House, Seed Space, Nashville, Tennessee
2014 Ducks, curated by Ryan Travis Christian, Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Until Then, Alcatraz, Chicago, Illinois
New Soil, Sullivan Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Yautepec, Los Angeles, California
2013 A Man Walks Into A Bar, Alcatraz, Chicago, Illinois
2012 On Paper, Galería Yusto/Giner, Marbella, Spain
Endless Summer III, curated by Angella D’Avignon, 3rd Space, San Diego, California
More Real Than Life, curated by Alexander Jarman, Southwestern College Art Gallery, San Diego, California
Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Yautepec, Los Angeles, California
2011 California is a Girl I Saw Dancing on a Bridge, Gloss Gallery, Portland, Oregon
XX, selected by Kathryn Kanjo and Joseph Bellows, The Athenaeum, La Jolla, California
Fifth Season, curated by Ben Malcolm-Strauss, Space4Art, San Diego, California
…There’s More After We’ve Finished…, Sight School, Oakland, California

Curatorial Projects

2020 A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock’N’Roll, Circle Contemporary North Shore, Glenview, Illinois
2018 Topography of a Terrestial Paradise, Et Al Gallery, San Francisco, California
2017 Plucked, 100% Gallery, San Francisco, California
Cell, as part of Mind Control, Alter Space, San Francisco, California
2016 This Psychodrama, SME Gallery, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California
2015-Present SPF15, Director, San Diego, California
2015 DATE NIGHT, co-organized with Trevor Amery, Seth Ferris, & Kim-Anh Schreiber, Horton Plaza Mall, San Diego, California
2014 Sunday Project, Director, Chicago, Illinois
2010-12 Space 4 Art, Curatorial Committee Member, San Diego, California

Selected Bibliography

2020 Kaye, Gareth, “On Colonus,” Journal, February.
Filchak, Ryan, “Doubling in the Dark: A Review of Morgan Mandalay at Extase,” Newcity Art, February 19.
2019 Matthew Stromberg, Morgan Mandalay at Klowden Mann, Contemporary Art Review, Los Angeles, May 1.
Osbergm, Annabel, Morgan Mandalay, Artillery Magazine, April 24.
Knight, Christopher, Review: In Morgan Mandalay’s new paintings, life carries on as Eden burns, Los Angeles Times, April 23.
Bowie, Summer, Bad Sin Frutas: An Interview with Painter Morgan Mandalay, Autre, April 19.
2017 Grand, Robert, Q&A: Morgan Mandalay’s SPF15 Gallery Avoids Gentrification By Hosting Exhibition on Public Beaches, Artspace, June 30.
2016 Van Houten Maldonado, Devon, Itinerant and Off-the-Map Galleries Find a Place in Mexico City’s Material Art Fair, Hyperallergic, February 5.
2015 Morris, Matt, Critics Pick: Todd Kelly and Morgan Mandalay at LVL3, Artforum

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