ROSS SIMONINI

 

is a writer, artist, musician, and dialogist. He splits his time between Guerneville, California and Los Angeles. His first novel, The Book of Formation was published in 2018 by Melville House Books. He has shown and performed his work at the Sharjah Biennial 13 (2017), Et Al in San Francisco (2021), Shoot the Lobster in Luxembourg (2014), Jack Hanley gallery in New York (2012), and Human Resources in Los Angeles (2013). He currently hosts the podcast Subject, Object, Verb and previously produced SFMOMA's Raw Material (season 1) and The Organist. He contributes monthly to ArtReview and is a staff interviewer at The Believer. His writing appears in the New York Times, The Paris Review, McSweeney's, Mousse, Frieze, etc. His new solo musical project is ROOS. He is also a member of the band, NewVillager and the former bassist for Trespassers William. He teaches seminars on process, sound, and dialogue at Columbia University's MFA program.

CURRENT

2021, Refrains, ROOS (album)

2021, Refrains, Et Al, San Francisco, (solo show)

UPCOMING

2021, Massage Tools, Fresh Bread, Chicago (solo project)

2021, Flood, Gualala Arts Center, CA (group show)

SHOWS

2017, Anxiety Napkins, Sharjah Biennial 13, UAE (solo presentation)

2016, Suncakes, Vacancy, LA (two)

2016, Picnic, Eddie Martinez studio, NY (pop up solo show)

2015, Sweather, Fredericks & Freiser gallery, NY (with Brian Belott)​

2014, Quartering Myself, Shoot the Lobster, Luxembourg (solo)

2014, Bathers, Blackston, NY (two)

2013, Temporary Culture, Human Resources, LA (as NewVillager)

GROUP SHOWS

2020, Birds Sun Such Trees, Et al + Arts of Life, Chicago

2020, 100 Sculptures, No Gallery, LA

2018, Gnaw The Bone That Falls To Thy Lot, Kimberly Klark Gallery, NY

2017, Mind Control, Alterspace, SF

2016, Shakey Towns, AlterSpace, SF

2016, World Made By Hand, Andrew Edlin Gallery, NY

2015, Negative Hand, Anonymous Gallery, Mexico

2015, Box Lunch, SkyLab, Columbus, OH

2013, Draw Gym, 247365 & Know More Games, NY, curated by Brian Belott

2013, Brushcrusher, NY curated by Gerasimos Floratos

2013, Age of Small Things, Dodge Gallery, NY

2013, Devotional Spaces, Ventana 244, NY

2013, Bad Fog, Martos Gallery, NY, curated by Eddie Martinez

2012, Nature Balance, Fredericks and Freiser Gallery, NY

2013, Eat or Die, Denny Gallery, NY

2012, Human Resources, curated by Dawn Kasper, NY

PERFORMANCES

2019, My Whole Entiled World, Escolar, Forestville, CA

2019, Quartering Performance, Interface, Oakland

2018, Mudslinger, Other Places Art Fair, LA

2012, NewVillager, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York

PROJECTS

2020, The Well, Mother Culture, November

2020, To Your Under, Heavy Breathing, (audio exercise)

2019, Thank You, Cat Box Contemporary, NY

2019, Contradict Yourself, Other places Art Fair, Los Angeles (flag edition)

2018, GIFC, Agnes B Gallerie Du Jour, Paris (pop up)

2018, Books of Deformation, an edition, Exhibition A, New York (books)

2016, Algae Bibs for Colpa Press (bib edition)

2016, "Prospect Drawings" for Exhibition A (drawing edition)

2015, "Digestive Napkins" for Martos Gallery (napkin edition)

EVENTS

2019, The Feeling Sense: a lecture, Kadist Foundation, San Francisco

2018, On Interviewing: a talk at Likeminds, Hudson, NY

2018, Fluid Humanity: A talk with Anicka Yi, Printed Matter, NYC

​2017, People Pool Pie, Performa 17, NYC (conductor)

2017, A Conversation with Anna Halprin, Jessica Silverman Gallery

2015, Queens Museum (solo musical performance)

2015, Feast with Brian Belott, Performa 15 (conductor)

2014, Interview with John Maus, Frieze art fair

2012, Brooklyn Museum (as NewVillager)

2011, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (as NewVillager)
2011, Powerplay festival, Bridgehampton (as NewVillager)

MUSICAL PROJECTS

 

2017 — ongoing, ROOS

2007— ongoing, NewVillager

2003 —2007, Trespassers William

PUBLICATIONS

The New York Times, McSweeneys, The Believer, T Style Mag, ArtReview, The Paris Review, Art in America, The Fader, Interview, Mousse, LitHub, California Sunday Magazine, ArtNews, frieze, Salon, Bomb, Los Angeles Times, Vegetarian Times, LA Weekly, Bookforum, Seattle Weekly, Identity Theory, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Stranger, Psychology Today, SFMOMA's Open Space, Affidavit, 11:11, Hazlitt, The Globe and Mail, Poetry Magazine, Yeti.

BOOKS (author)

2017, The Book of Formation, Melville House Book

2014, Ross Simonini Drawings

 

BOOKS (editor)

2012, Always Apprentices, Believer Books (editor, with Sheila Heti)

2014, The appearance of Confidence: Believer Books (editor, with Vendela Vida)

BOOKS (contributor)

2013, Eddie Martinez Paintings , Picture Box Books, (essay)

2015, My Life As a Man, Carmen Winant, (poem)

2016, Serious T'ings Gonna Happen: on Jamaican Dancehall, Hat and Beard (essay)

2015, Sender, Peter Sutherland, Printed Matter (essay)

2015, Devendra Banhart and Adam Tullie (introduction)

2015, 33 1/3's How to Write About Music, Da Capo (essay)

2015, Matthew Barney's River of Fundament, Rizzoli (essay)

2013, Jacob Cooper, Silver Threads, New Amsterdam (liner notes)

CURATION

2018, Guerneville, NIAD Art Center, with Gerasimos Floratos

2016, "Dek Hed" at The Thing Quarterly (Terence Koh, Marlon Mullen, Seth Price, Candice Lin, Mort Drucker, Peter Shear, Ashley Carter, Keegan McHargue, Quintessta Matranga, and Karen May)

PODCASTS

2020 — present, Subject, Object, Verb presented by ArtReview

2017, Raw Material presented by SFMOMA

2015 — 2019, The Organist presented by McSweeney's and KCRW

TEACHING

2013 — present, Columbia University, School of the Arts, graduate/undergraduate

2019, California College of the Arts, Creative Writing, graduate

RESIDENCIES

2019, Orchard House Residency, Boulder, CO

2017, Fritz Haeg's Salmon Creek Farm, Mendocino, CA

2016, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Audio Artist in Residence

2016, Andrea Zittel's Wagon Station Encampment, Joshua Tree, CA

EDUCATION

B.M. (Music Composition) University of California

M.F.A. (Fiction Writing) Bennington College

European American Musical Alliance, Julliard