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David Colosi - bio


David Colosi - Bio

David Colosi was born in Fairport, NY. After starting his university education in Fisheries and Wildlife, underperforming in both Chemistry and Zoology and misidentifying lobster sperm through a microscope, he decided to shift to a macro lens. He turned to the funnels of Art and Literature, practice and theory, and received a BA from SUNY Plattsburgh (1989), an MFA from CalArts (1991) and an MA from NYU (2006). After finishing graduate school in 1992 he fled from Los Angeles and moved to Valdez, Alaska for three months to process Salmon, then to Tokyo for two years to improve his English and finally settled in Brooklyn where he has continued to experiment with Three-Dimensional Literature since 1994.



2006 MA:  New York University, Draper Progra: Art and Literary Theory
1998 Middlebury College, VT: Japanese language intensive, level 2.5
1991 MFA:  California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, Art & Writing
1989 BA: State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Art and Creative Writing
1985-86 State University of New York at Cobleskill, Fisheries and Wildlife


2015 Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY, The Proof: Third Laboratory
2011 NYU Broadway Windows, NYC, The Superintendent's Keys
2009 Cueto Project, NYC, Imaginary Numbers and Other Calculated Fictions
2008 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Swing Space program, NYC, The Proof
2007 Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels, Annals of Roentgenology · Vol · XXII: Drawing the Flight of the Arrow through its Psychosomatic Molting from Indicator to Instigator. A tragic comedy in Two Acts: Peptic Ulcer to Cranial Injury
2005 Art Basel, Art Statements, Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels
1999 Visual-Text Art Venue, Verticulating a Tree
1992 Highways, Los Angeles, CA. Between Candy in the Village and Home

2015 ABC No Rio: The Purloined Letter, NYC
2014 Le Centre du monde, Fonds regional d’art contemporain, FRAC Bretagne
2011 Help Me Out, ABC No Rio, NYC
  Decorative Punch: The #$&()^% Of Logorrhoea, ABC No Rio, NYC
  Dallas Art Fair, TX, Cueto Project
  Art Los Angeles Contemporary, CA, Cueto Project
2010 Floating World, LMCC Arts Center, Governors Island, NYC
  A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cueto Project, NYC
  2000-2010, Galerie Catherine Bastide, Ten-Year Anniversary, Brussels
2006 Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Nova, Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels
2005 NADA Art Fair, Miami Beach, Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels
2004 Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Positions, Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels
2003 NY Arts Gallery, NYC, Drawing Conclusions II- Works by Artists/Writers
  Jeff Bailey Gallery, NYC, There’s Got to be a Morning After
2002 Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL, Science Friction
1999 Visual-Text Art Venue, Group Text
1998 Cool Ranch, Antelope Valley, CA, Line of Sight
  450 Broadway Gallery, NYC, Y.G.A.H.A: Revisiting Duchamp
  Round Table New York Inc, 580 Broadway, NYC, Round 1
1993 Floating Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.  In Between

1999 SoundLab Cultural Alchemy @ Farenheit, with Boaz Barkan, NYC. Verticulate
1994 Proto Theater, with DA.M, Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo Style
1992 Interdisciplinary Arts Festival, with Veronica LaJambe, LA. Stove Crushing 

2015 Night of Philosophy, April 24, Ukrainian Institute, NYC
  CLOCKTOWER RADIO: Reading from Letters to Poly: March 8
2014 Match #3: David Colosi & Eric Mattijssen, Amstel 41, Amsterdam
  Morgantown Bar, Brooklyn
2012 Miss Pumpernickel Bread Book Launch: NYC, Miami, Los Angeles
2009 Cueto Project, NYC, Prometheus' Chariot (or Frankenstein Was Not a Monster): An Interpretive Exocism, Thurs. Nov. 19, 2009
2004 Bowery Poetry Club, Laughing Blood Release Party, NYC, Left Hand Books
  Maryland Institute College of Art, Spectrum of Poetic Fire: Postmodern Blues with Ishmael Reed
  Jeff Bailey Gallery, NYC, with Amy Holman, and Jeremy Sigler
  Bowery Poetry Club, NYC, From Totems to Hip Hop release
  Tribes Gallery, NYC, From Totems to Hip Hop release
2002 TriBeCa Temporary, NYC
2001 Serena, NYC, Featured Reading:  David Colosi and Jimmy Raskin
2000                        New York Underground Music & Poetry Festival, Tribes Gallery, NYC
  KGB Bar, NYC, An Evening with David Colosi & Jimmy Raskin
  Cyclic Voices @ Gershwin Hotel, NYC
  Thermal Dynamic Reading Series @ Tonic, NYC
1999 Good World Bar and Grill, NYC
  Four Walls, Brooklyn, NY, Slide and Film Club
1998 Greene Naftali Gallery:  Contemporary Literature Series, NYC
1995 NY:  Nuyurican Poets Cafe, Alterknit Theater, Biblio’s, NP Le Poeme Cafe
1991-90 LA:  Beyond Baroque, Highland Grounds, Toltec Poetry Series, Lizards

2015 Intercourse, Issue 4, portfolio of Polyte and Synesthesia
  Konch Magazine, October-November Issue, The Bugle Boy and Albert
2013 "The Gun Permit," LA Times, OP-Poetry, August 25, 2013.
  "A Fixation With a Poem's Disgrace," chapter included in Corner Jump: Birth of The Documentarian; Mispronouncing 'Polyphony,' by Jimmy Raskin. Paris: One Star Press, 2012
2012 Miss Pumpernickel Bread
  Towards A Three-Dimensional Literature, Part 1
2011 Dynamic Duels and Embattled Bromances: Spy Vs. Spy - Network Awesome Magazine, Tuesday, June 21, 2011
  Imaginary Numbers and Other Calculated Fictions, Cueto Project, exhibition catalog
2010 The Life And Thoughts Of A Retired Apostrophe, Governors island, NY
2004 Profound Shapes:  The Art of Don Osborn – Twenty Years in Plattsburgh, 1985-2005 Retrospective exhibition catalog essay, SUNY Plattsburgh
  Laughing Blood:  Selected Poems of David Colosi 1987-2003. NY: Left Hand Books
2003 The Left-Hand Side Show, (selected pieces), NY: Left Hand Books
  From Totems to Hip Hop: A Multicultural Anthology of Poetry Across the Americas, 1900-2002, (selected piece) ed. Ishmael Reed (NY: Thunders Mouth Press)
1999 Ten Impressions of Kamepao, Kakegawa, Japan
1997 C31.  Impossible Monkeys/Possible Imps
  Nasunogahara Sculpture Symposium in Ohtawara ‘97. Catalog Co-translation with Mochizawa Aiko, City Ohtawara, Japan
1996 An Untold Story.  Artist’s book: Printed Matter Bookstore & Dia Bookstore, NYC
1995 Tender.  Artist’s book:  Printed Matter Bookstore & Dia Bookstore, NYC
1990 400 Rubs Magazine.  (Selected pieces):  Rubs Pub. Co., Los Angeles, CA
  Oversight Magazine.  (Selected pieces):  CalArts, Los Angeles, CA
1988 Z-Platt Almanac. Robert Frost Poetry Award:  Plattsburgh, NY

2015 Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY
2014 Le Grand Phare (Le Centre du Monde), residency in Belle Ile, France, Feb.-March
2012-2010 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Arts Center in Building 110, Governors Island, NY, Swing Space Studio Residency Program, March 2010 - July 2012
2010 Le Centre Du Monde, residency in Belle Ile, France, Oct. 8-Nov. 8
  The Fountainhead Residency, Miami, Fl. (June)
2002 Atlantic Center for the Arts.  Associate Artist with Ishmael Reed (July 18 - Aug. 10) New Smyrna Beach, Fla.


2015 SUNY Stony Brook
2014 Le Cambre Ecole Nationale Superieure Des Arts Visuels, Bruxelles
2013 University of California, San Diego, CA, 3D Lit presentation
2012, 2005, 2004 Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, visiting artist


2009 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award



CLOCKTOWER RADIO: Interview: February 8

2014 The Art Book Review, review of Towards a Three-Dimensional Literature Part 1, Kara Hansen, March 24
2013 SWIM International, No. 1, ENSAV La Cambre, Bruxelles: Herman Byrd
2012 Lee, A.C. From The Miser, Art On Governors Island, (New York Times, May 24, 2012)
  Raskin, Jimmy. The Lisbon Lecture. NY: Sequence Press, 2012
2011 McEvilley, Thomas. Edward Kienholz's Shifting Position: Five Car Stud In Europe Again. (Kienholz/Five Car Stud, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, 2011, pgs.) 94-5
  Rosenbaum, Lee (aka CultureGrrl). "Still Chill: Colossal Colosi Documents Denver’s "Betrayal of Trust'", Arts Journal, CultureGrrl, Lee Rosenbaum’s Cultural Commentary, October 4, 2011
2010 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, catalog
2009 David Colosi's "Imaginary Numbers." Robert Shuster, The Village Voice, NYC, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009
  Avant Guard, X-Initiative’s No Soul For Sale, fanzine by Swiss Institute, NYC
  Phaenex: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture, Vol. 4, No. 1
2008 Hersatt, Claudia. Women Gallerists in the 20th and 21st Centuries. Ostfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz, 2008. (image)
2007 Phaenex: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture, Vol. 2, No. 1
2006 “Art Basel Miami Beach” preview by Michelle Weinberg: Flavorpill
2005 "Am harten Rand der etablierten Kunst:  Die Statements der Art Basel:  Eine Vorstellung in Vorfreude auf eine deutliche Sprache," Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Kunstmarkt extra, Juni 2005, Seite B7
  Art Basel 36, June 15-20, 2005, Catalog
2004 Art Basel Miami Beach, Dec. 2-5, 2004, Catalog
  "Bizarre Bazaar," Naples Daily News, by Donald Miller, Dec. 3 (photo)
2002 "ART SEEN:  Dorsch Show,"  by Damarys Ocaña. Street Miami, November 23
  "Hallucinogenic Ogres and Anatomical Machinery,” by Jessica Misener (w photo) Miami Hurricane, October 31
  “Science Friction,” by Sarah Stites, Nov. 23.
1993 Japan’s Artists vs. Galleries, Round II.” The Asian Wall Street Journal, Sept. 3-4
  Esquire Magazine Japan.  October, Vol. 7, No. 11, p. 145 (photo)
  Weekly AsahiGraph, September 24, p. 116
  In Between,” APO Tokyo 2 Weeks, September. 19, p. 160 (photo)
1992  Art Takes on a Hot New Form,” The Santa Clarita Daily News, April 3, page 1
  CalArts Wants to Show Off,” Santa Clarita Daily News, April 4
  Is it Art or is it Compacting?”  LA Times, April 1

  Fonds regional d’art contemporain, FRAC, Bretagne, France
  Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, M HKA, Antwerp
  State University of New York, Plattsburgh
  Sherman Art Library, Dartmouth College
  various private collections



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