ROSS SIMONINI

is a writer, artist, musician, teacher, audio designer and dialogist.  

 

His first novel, The Book of Formation was published in 2018 by Melville House Books.

 

He has exhibited his art internationally at the Sharjah Biennial 13 in the United Arab Emirates, Et Al Gallery in San Francisco, Shoot the Lobster in Luxembourg, Jack Hanley Gallery in New York, Anonymous Gallery in Mexico and Human Resources in Los Angeles.

He is a staff interviewer at ArtReview and The Believer, where he served as interviews editor for 12 years. His essays have appeared in the New York Times, The Paris Review, Frieze, Mousse, and in many monographs.

 

He hosts the podcast Subject, Object, Verb at ArtReview. Previously, he was the audio-artist-in-residence at SFMOMA for Raw Material season 1 and executive produced KCRW's The Organist.

 

He has released an album (Refrains) and EP (Standards) under his own name and has been a member of several musical projects, including NewVillager and Trespassers William.

He teaches seminars on experimental process, sound, and dialogue at Columbia University's MFA writing program. 

He lives in Altadena, California.

CURRENT

2021, Creative Mood, Galeria Marta Cervera (essay)

2021, 100 Sculptures, Anonymous Gallery (group show)

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

2021, Fifth Dimension Cookbook, Susan Cianciolo, LumberRoom, (monograph essay)

2021, Painter Pants, Bausch Haus, Vermont (group show)

UPCOMING

2022, Anonymous Gallery (solo)

2021, Standards volume 2 (album)

2021, N.Dash, Casey Kaplan (monograph essay)

2021, In Praise of Generalism, The Believer (essay)

SELECTED SOLO AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS 

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

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

2019, Thank You, Cat Box Contemporary, NY

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

2016, Suncakes, Vacancy, LA (two)

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

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)

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2021, The Shaker, Sgomento Zurigo, Zurich, Switzerland (group show)

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)

2020, Stir Crazy Coloring Book, Other Places Art Fair (contributor) 

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,  Exhibition A (drawing edition)

2015, Digestive Napkins, 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— 2012, 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, Quintessa 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

2014 — present, Columbia University, School of the Arts, graduate/undergraduate

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

2019, Stanford, Guest lecturer, Italic program

2010, Stanford, Guest lecturer, MFA writing program

EDITING

2007- 2020, Interviews Editor,  The Believer magazine

2005- 2007, Music Editor, Resonance Magazine

2004 - 2007, Music Editor, Identity Theory

RESIDENCIES

2019, Orchard House Residency, Boulder, CO

2017, 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

Certificate, European American Musical Alliance, Julliard

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