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Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and Joshua Tree, CA
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EDUCATION

University of California, Los Angeles Extension- Advanced Web and Interactive Design Certificate- Los Angeles, CA
University of Arizona – Master of Fine Arts – Tucson, AZ
Kansas City Art Institute – Bachelor of Fine Arts – Kansas City, MO

AWARDS AND RESIDENCY PROGRAMS

2017
Espronceda Center for Art and Culture – Residency – Barcelona, Spain
Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia – Residency – Venice, Italy
2013
California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Arts – Los Angeles, CA
2011
Foundation For Contemporary Arts – Grant – New York, NY
Center For Cultural Innovation – Creative Capacity Fund Grant – San Francisco, CA
Babayan Cultural House – Residency – Cappadocia, Turkey
2010
Durfee Foundation – Artist Resource for Completion Grant – Los Angeles, CA
2009
Pollock-Krasner Foundation – Grant  – New York, NY
Takt Kunstprojektraum – Residency – Berlin, Germany
2008
Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts – Residency – Omaha, NE
2006
Raid Projects- Residency – Los Angeles, CA
Arizona Commission of the Arts – Professional Development Grant – Pheonix, AZ
2005
Sculpture Space – Residency – Utica, NY

EXHIBITIONS *denotes solo

2017
* Espronceda Center for Art and Culture – You’re a Tourist In My Town – Barcelona, Spain
Pasadena Museum of California Art – Interstitial – Curated by John David O’Brien – Pasadena, CA
2016
Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market – Presented by LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) – Los Angeles, CA
Arena One Gallery- fresh stART presented by McCall Family Foundation – Santa Monica, CA
The Marks Art CenterThe Salton Sea: Lost in Paradise – Palm Desert, CA
Titanik Gallery – Lazy Susan – Turku, Finland
BLAM Projects Los Angeles – The Night – Los Angeles, CA
2015
ACME.Works of Paper II – Los Angeles, CA
Fellows of Contemporary Art – 6H to HB – Curated by Sydney Croskery – Los Angeles, CA
East Side International – Two Person Exhibition, with Ian Pines – Time, Time, Form – Curated by Manual History Machines – Los Angeles, CA
Ada Hatch Center at Copper Mountain College – Mirrors and Windows – Joshua Tree, CA
Outpost Projects – Primo Lane – Joshua Tree, CA
2014
Friedman Benda GalleryApocryphal Times – New York, NY
Ichibeicho Gallery – From The Dust Returns – Curated by Kio Griffith – Tokyo, Japan
Gallery MCLine of Sight – New York, NY
Universidad de Guanajuato – Esferas – León, Mexico
Autonomie Projects – DraftPunk: Contemporary Drawing Practices – Los Angeles, CA
Centro Cultural Atarazanas – Una Casa Como Yo – Veracruz, Mexico
Torrance Art Museum – MAS ATTACK 6 – Torrance, CA
The Hoxton Gallery – Up and Coming, Kids of Dada – London, UK
LA Art Book Fair at the MOCA Geffen – Feminist Dossiers Project with WCCW (Women’s Center for Creative Work) – Los Angeles, CA
Torrance Art Museum – Prep School – surviving an Apocalypse, or not. Prepper and Survivalist ideologies and utopian/dystopian visions. – Torrance, CA
2013
* Project Room Gallery, Grand Central Art Center, California State University Fullerton – Santa Ana, CA
* Commonwealth & Council – Permanent Site Specific Installation, Portal – Los Angeles, CA
* Prescott College Art Gallery – Tomorrowland – Prescott, AZ
Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery, Santa Monica College – SMC Faculty Exhibition – Santa Monica, CA
José Drudis-Biada Gallery, Mount Saint Mary’s College – Divergent Geometry – Los Angeles, CA
Galeria La Miscelanea, Universidad Del Arte – Una Casa como Yo: Asuntos Domésticos – Puebla, Mexico
2012
Zatoka Sztuki – Projekt Papier – Curator: Gosia Wojas – Sopot, Poland
Pacific Design Center – Ground Control – Curator: 5790projects – Los Angeles, CA
High Desert Test Sites – Postcard Project 2012 – Joshua Tree, CA
California State University, Northridge Gallery – Singles and Series – Northridge, CA
Land of Tomorrow Gallery – F/Utility – Lexington, KY
Vincent Price Museum – East Los Angeles College Art Faculty Show – Los Angeles, CA
Cerritos College Art Gallery – Architectural Deinforcement: Constructing Disaster and Decay – Los Angeles, CA
Jardin De Las Esculturas – Una Casa como Yo: Asuntos Domésticos – Xalapa, Mexico
Torrance Art Museum – Blank Land – Torrance, CA
Shangrila 2012 – Joshua Tree, CA
Central Utah Art Center – The Gangs all Here; Art from LA – Ephraim, Utah
University of South Dakota – Binary Inventions Print Portfolio – Grand Forks, ND
2011
* Museum of Contemporary Art – Tomorrowland – Tucson, AZ
Asihlquaiss Offspace – Anonyme Zeichner Archiv – Zurich, Switzerland
Summercamp Project Project – Friday Night Lights & Sunday Afternoons – Los Angeles, CA
Occidental College Gallery -Land Mark – Los Angeles, CA
El Bauhaus Gallery – Una Casa Como Yo: Asuntos Domésticos – Monterrey, Mexico
Washington State University Gallery – Build Up – Curator: Michelle Forsythe – Pullman, WA
The Lodge – Coming and Going – Bloomington, IN
Co/Lab- LA Mart – Los Angeles, CA
2010
* Greenleaf Gallery – La Fuente de la Vida – Los Angeles, CA
Golden Parachutes Gallery – Flat File – Berlin, Germany
Museum of Contemporary Art – MADE in Tucson/BORN in Tucson/LIVE in Tucson – Tucson, AZ
Jen Bekman Gallery – New Topographies – New York, NY
AT1 Projects – Volume – Curator: Andrea Neustein – Los Angeles, CA
Archer Gallery, Clark College – Alight – Vancouver, WA
2009
Gallery Satori – Invisible Duck Tape – New York, NY
Phantom Gallery – Molasses Happens Rather Quickly – Long Beach, CA
Liste Basel – Anonymous Drawings no.9 Archive – Basel, Switzerland
Freie Universitat Berlin – Anonymous Drawings no.9 Archive – Berlin, Germany
Lumenhouse Gallery – Abstractions and Contractions – Brooklyn, NY
The Sketchbook Project Traveling Exhibition – Venues: Museum of Contemporary Art- Washington DC, 3rd Ward Gallery- Brooklyn,NY,
Antena Gallery- Chicago IL, Chris’ Jazz Café- Philadelphia, PA, Laconia Gallery- Boston, MA, Art House Gallery -
Atlanta, GA, Museum of Design- Atlanta, GA
The Armoury Gallery – Western States -Milwaukee, WI
2008
* Locust Projects – The Magic City – Miami, FL
* Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts – Gods Eye – Omaha, NE
* Gardiner Art Gallery, Oklahoma State University – Storm Tracking – Stillwater, OK
Kreuzberg/Bethanien – Anonymous Drawings no.9 – Berlin, Germany
Jen Bekman Gallery – X Marks the Spot – New York, NY
Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock – Drawing Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CA
Torrance Art Museum – Torrance Juried Exhibition – Juror: Gosia Wojas – Torrance, CA
Barnsdall Park – Los Angeles Biennial Juried Exhibition – Jurors: Carl Berg, Lisa Melandri & Tyler Stallings
Art for Empty Walls – March Featured Artist – Los Angeles, CA
2007
Rosenburg Gallery – The Ethnography of No Place – Baltimore, MD
The Affair at the Jupiter Hotel – with Tilt Gallery – Portland, OR
Urban Institute for Contemporary Art – Console – Grand Rapids, MI
Portland Art Center – Console – Portland, OR
2006
* Tilt Gallery and Project Space – Comfort Food – Portland, OR
Gallery 825 – Southern California Open – Juror: Ann Philbin – Los Angeles, CA
Gallery 500 – Inertia – Portland, OR
Dinnerware Gallery – Systemic – Tucson, AZ
Sam Hill Warehouse Gallery – Prescott College Faculty Showcase – Prescott, AZ

PRESS

2017
Artillery Magazine – Pasadena Museum of California Art: Interstitial – By Anise Stevens – July 26 – Los Angeles, CA
Range Podcast: Stories of the New American West – interview – Desert Love, The Original Tiny Homes, and Joan Didion’s West – Megan Burks reporter – July 11
Fabrik Magazine – Pasadena Museum of California Art: Interstitial, Craft and Folk Art Museum: Material as Metaphor – By Peter Frank – June 19 – Los Angeles, CA
Art and Cake – Interstitial at the Pasadena Museum of California Art; The Meaning In-Between – By Lorraine Heitzman – April 28 – Los Angeles, CA
Modern Magazine – The Art of In-Between – By Marieke Treilhard – March 16 – New York, NY
2016
Curate Joshua Tree – interview and studio visit podcast – October 22 – Joshua Tree, CA
2014
Fabrik Magazine – Eight LA Artists To Know – by Kio Griffith – June 16 – Los Angeles, CA
2013
Otis College of Art and Design, Freeway Studies: Studio Visits with L.A. Artists blog – Aili Schmeltz, Baldwin Hills – by Jeseca Dawson – October 30 – Los Angeles, CA
Anderson Ranch Arts Center Blog – Spotlight on Summer 2013 Painting Faculty: Aili Schmeltz – May 3 – Aspen, CO
Belio Magazine – Aili Schmeltz, Recycled Utopias – April 19 – Madrid, Spain
20 x 200– A Jen Bekman Project – Crystaline Bunker limited print edition – January 10 – New York, NY
2012
Juxtapoz Magazine – The Conceptual Works of Aili Schmeltz – December 29
Green Prophet; Environmental News of the Middle East – Save the Cave Dwellers of Cappadocia – May 22 – Tafline Laylin
GYST Radio Interview – Hybrid Artists Aili Schmeltz and Danielle McCullough – March 8 – Kara Tome
20 x 200– A Jen Bekman Project – Urban Storm limited print edition – January 10 – New York, NY
msbehaved.com – Q&A With Artist Aili Schmeltz – June 7 – Sarah Saxon
Big Artist Now – featured artist & commissioned design – Las Vegas, NV
Cerritos College – Architectural Deinforcement exhibition catalogue – Los Angeles, CA
2011
Tucson Weekly – The ‘Good Life’ – May 5 – By Margaret Regan
Ruby: Otherworldliness book – April 15 – Edited by Irana Douer – Gestalten Publishers – Berlin, Germany and London, UK
2010
Build Up – exhibition catalogue – essay ‘Paint Misbehavin’ written by Craig Drennen – Washington State University Gallery – Pullman, WA
Volume – exhibition catalogue – Los Angeles, CA
La Fuente de la Vida – catalogue – ‘Overlapping Narratives’ by David Hernández Casas – Los Angeles, CA / Monterrey, Mexico
NY Arts Magazine – ‘Best of the West Coast’- Nov/Dec. issue – New York, NY
TAKE (artist) ‘Our Mountain’ (album title) – Album and CD cover – AstroPup Records – April 20 – Los Angeles, CA
Studio Visit Magazine – The Open Studios Press – November 1 – Curator: Carl Belz
2008
The Daily O’Collegian of Oklahoma State University – ‘Art Gets in Shape’ by Matt Johnson – September 22 – Stillwater, OK
Baltimore City Paper – ‘Road to Nowhere’ – April 16 – Baltimore, MD – Deborah McLeod
Elvis in Hawaii Blogspot – ‘Interview with Aili Schmeltz’ – by Claudio Parentela – April 17 – Catanzaro, Italy
Ruby Mag – Feature – January 15 – Buenos Aires, Argentina
20 x 200– A Jen Bekman Project – ‘Embedded’ limited edition – April 1 – New York, NY
Miami Art Review – Interview with Aili Schmeltz – by Aimee Sinclair – February 9 – Miami, FL
2007
Ethnography of No Place – catalogue – Rosenburg Gallery – Baltimore, MD
20 x 200– A Jen Bekman Project – ‘Radar’ limited edition – November 13 – New York, NY

ARTIST STATEMENT

My current body of work in process, Psionic Generators, combines an interest in utopic architecture and philosophy to investigate forms
that claim to be ‘ESP activating’ from a 1970’s New Age book about psionic generators. Psionic generators are devices that propose to activate
the energy streaming from your eyes with specific proportions and relationships to induce paranormal phenomena. I manipulate the patterns and
proportions of these psionic generators as neither a believer or a critic, I think of them as fascinating tools to generate form and question
the resulting function.

The Tomorrowland series explores the idea that utopia can be considered not only a place or a goal, but also as the very act of
striving for such a target.These hybridized structures are materializations, remnants of an ideal that never was and may never be.
As fallen monuments to a utopic philosophy, they function as relics of both a “good place” and “no place.” They nod
towards a bright future and a fallen past, recontextualizing and recombining materials that are both nostalgic and
futuristic. An embedded sense of naiveté is inherent to the objects, formed from a chemical bond of sunshine and noir that
was repeatedly cooled and heated by urban temperament and artifice. Part architectural, part fossil, part potential: these
works utilize discarded building materials that appear to have crystallized within a ‘natural’ process—strata that have
undergone philosophical transformation yet to be fulfilled.

This process of research began with an interest in the history of the midwestern suburban landscape and culture from my youth,
where the middle class idea of “the good life” fueled a massive overhaul of the American landscape that would drastically
alter how we live for generations to come. This background, combined with my fascination and love/hate relationship with
the city of Los Angeles, where I currently live, has lead me to examine mid-century philosophies of utopia and idealism.
Los Angeles has a sordid environmental history as a strange apocalyptic theme park. Its plush, manicured landscape is a
reminder of both a forced growth in an otherwise desert geography, and as a monument to human ingenuity made possible by diverting an
unfathomable amount of water from distant sources. I am captivated by the hybridized structures and blatant artifice of the city in both its
natural and man-made environments where hill top homes float precariously overhead on earth that has a topographical complexity
of embedded catastrophe.

 

AILI SCHMELTZ