Kean O’Brien

kean.obrien@gmail.com


EDUCATION

 

2011 Master of Fine Arts, School of Photography, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA.

 

2008 Bachelor of Arts, School of Photography and Performance, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.


 

EXHIBITIONS / SCREENINGS / PERFORMANCES

 

2019

Upcoming: FTM Searching, Czong Institute of Contemporary Art, South Korea

Upcoming: Curator, Let The Vulnerable Be Free

 

2018

UnFunction, Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts, RI

Beyond Subjectivity, Nuit Rose, Toronto, CA

Beyond Subjectivity, Fire In The Mountains, Jackson, WY

Get Well Soon, Nous Tous Space, Los Angeles, CA

Distance Makes The Heart Grow Harder, Dorset, VT

 

2017

Mapping A Genocide, PhotoLA, Los Angeles, CA

 

2016

Mapping A Genocide, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA

 

2015

Genocide Project. The Gay and Lesbian Canadian Archive, Toronto, Canada

Genocide Project, Waterloo Arts, Cleveland, OH.

 

2014

Curator of Transient, Los Angeles and The City of West Hollywood, CA

Man And His Dog, LA Photo, Los Angeles, CA

Man And His Dog, Venice Arts, CA

 

2013

Hope, Queer Arts Collective, CalArts, Valencia, CA.

 

2012

Man And His Dog, Barnsdall Art Center, Los Angeles, CA.

I Use Male Pronouns, The City of West Hollywood, CA.

 

2011

FTM Search(ing), Screening- REDCAT theater, Los Angeles, CA.

Curator of Transient, Valencia and Los Angeles, CA.

FTM Search(ing). The Farley Building- CalArts MFA show, Los Angeles, CA.

 

2010

FTM Search(ing), Screening- Queer Mondays, Highland Art Center, Los Angeles, CA

Curator of In Relation to Each Other, CalArts, Valencia, CA.

I Can’t Feel It Anyway, Risky Sex Conference, Emory College, Atlanta, GA.

 

2008 I Can’t Feel It Anyway, SAIC gallery, Chicago, IL.

Metabolic Growth, SAIC gallery, Chicago, IL.

QueerAbilities, Screening- SAIC, Chicago, IL.

Metabollic Growth, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL.

 

2006

Be This, Around The Coyote, Chicago, IL.

Gender Sculpture, Studio B., Three Oaks, MI.

Gender Sculpture, Columbia College, Chicago, IL.

 

2005

Photo Gender Italia, SRISA, Florence, Italy.


 

SELECTED ARTIST LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS

 

2017

Visiting Artist Lecture, University of Illinois Chicago- Museum Studies Dept.

CalArts, Valencia, CA

 

2016

Visiting Artist Lecture, CCA, San Francisco, CA

 

2015

Visiting Artist Lecture, Long Beach State University, Long Beach, CA.

College Arts Association, New Media Caucus Panel, NYC.

 

2014

Curator and Moderator, Transient Exhibition panel at the city council chambers,

West Hollywood,CA.         

Artist/Curator Presentation, The City of West Hollywood Art Council, West Hollywood, CA.

 

2013

Artist Presentation for faculty and students, The Art Institute of California, Inland Empire, CA.

 

2011

Queer Caucus, In conjunction with CAA, NYC.

 

2010

Queer Visibility Conference, Studies in Sexuality, Emory College, Atlanta, GA.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series, The School of The Art Institute of California, Chicago, IL.


 

GRANTS / AWARDS / RESIDENCIES

 

2018

Marble House Projects, Dorset, VT

 

2016

Artist Grant Review Panel, The City of West Hollywood, CA

 

2015

Artist Grant, Genocide Project, The Gay and Lesbian Canadian Archive, Toronto, Canada

 

2014

Curatorial Grant, Transient Exhibition, The City of West Hollywood, CA.

Curatorial work featured on city billboards, West Hollywood, CA.

Art Farm Residency, Marquette, NE.

 

2010

Dean’s Reserve Grant, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA.

Artist Grant, Queer Visibility Conference, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.

Diversity Grant, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA.

 

2009

Photography Department Grant, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA.

Academic Scholarship, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA.

Merit Scholar, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA.

 

2008

Ox-Bow Residency, Saugatuck, MI.

Photography Project Grant, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

 

2007

Merit Scholarship, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Academic Scholarship, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Incentive Scholarship, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

 

2004

Photography Projects Grant, Columbia College, Chicago, IL.



 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

2019

Upcoming: O’Brien, Kean and Leonard Vilchis. Ed. Corina Maritescu. American Studies      

Quarterly Journal. Boyle Heights and The Fight Against Gentrification As State Violence.

 

2018 “Tracing Trauma.” On The Bus, BazBam Press, 2018, pp. 100–105.

 

2016

Ed. Sarah Brophy, Janice Hladki. Pedagogy, Image Practices, and Contested Corporealities, Routledge, Feb 5, 2016. Print.

Gottesdiener, Sarah Faith and Killian, Nicole, eds. Issues #2. Vol. 2. Los Angeles: Pixel Pact Pack, 2016. Print.

 

2015

LaFleur, LIss. "Disrupting Bodies, Disrupting Narratives." NMC MediaN. Journal of The New Media Caucus, 15 June 2015. Web. 16 Sept. 2015.

Gottesdiener, Sarah Faith and Killian, Nicole, eds. Issues #1. Vol. 1. Los Angeles: Pixel Pact Pack, 2015. Print.

Manson, Caden, and Jemma Nelson, eds. Contemporary Performance Almanac 2015.Vol. 2. N.p.:Contemporary Performance, 2014. Print.

Museum of Transgender History and Art (MOTHA) http://www.buzzfeed.com/motha/transgender-art-culture-in-2014-15ig3

 

 

2014

O’Brien, Kean and Whitney, Emerson. Transient. Minneapolis: Book Mobile, 2014. Print.

“West Hollywood: Transient Exhibition.” Web log post. Niipy.com. N.p., 1 Nov. 2014. Web.

“Transient Exhibition Los Angeles.” Web log post. Alejandrosantiagophotography.com. Ed. Alejandro Santiago. N.p. , 22 Nov. 2014. Web.

“Transient Panel Discussion.” Web log post. Timeout.com. N.p., 24. 2014. Web.

“ ‘Transient’ Mobile Exhibit Shares Ideas About Transgender Identity.” Web log post. Wehoville.com. N.p., 12 Nov. 2014. Web.

“FTM Searching: Trans YouTube Culture: FTM Search(ing), By Kean O’Brien.” Wild    Gender. Ed.  Emerson Whitney. N.p., 13 Feb. 2013. Web.

Manson, Caden, and Jemma Nelson, eds. Contemporary Performance Almanac 2013, Vol. 1. N.p.: Contemporary Performacne, 2013. Print.

“Man And His Dog, By Kean O’Brien.” Wild Gender. Ed. Emerson Whitney. N.p. 9 April. 2013. Web.

 

2012

Eunjung Kim (2012): Why Do Dolls Die? The Power of Passivity and the Embodied

Interplay Between Disability and Sex Dolls, Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 34:3-4, 94-106

 

2011

Into My Seas, CalArts MFA Thesis Catalog

“Creating in the Queer Diaspora.” Web log post. Kean O’Brien- FTM FUCK FEST and Developmental Emotional Complexity. N.p., 31 Jan. 2011. Web.