nathaniel-sullivan-artist

About

Nathaniel Sullivan is a “creative non-fiction” artist. His research into the lives of real people and events combine documentary realism and rational processes with conjecture and desire. He makes videos and multimedia lecture performances that blur the line between subject and performer. He has created performances and videos about former French president Francois Mitterrand’s last meal, basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain’s sex life, and the love letters of JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon.

Sometimes, he takes this practice out into the streets; he has led a guided walking tour of an abandoned housing project re-imagined as a Richard Serra sculpture, conducted a seminar on desire from the back of a limousine and performed for one person at at Brooklyn Nets game.

He has received a special mention prize at the Montreal Film Festival in 2006, a festival prize at the FilmWinter in Stuttgart, Germany and an audience award at The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Most recently, his performance work has been written about on Hyperallergic. and he has been performing regularly in New York at alternative art and theatre venues like Galapagos Art Space and Glasshouses in Brooklyn and at the Prelude Festival at The Graduate Center CUNY. An 11 page spread of his latest work, Before the Nation Went Bankrupt about JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon was featured in Vice. He has been an artist in residence at Contemporary Arts Center in Troy, New York, at I-Park in East Haddam, Connecticut and the Bemis Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

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SELECTED EXHIBITIONS / PERFORMANCES / PUBLICATIONS

Upcoming

IIPPE Conference, 8th Annual Conference on Political Economy, Berlin, Germany, September 2017

2017

Economia, A Festival on Economy Without The Economists, Eindhoven, NL, April 28-30, 2017

Filmideo, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ, April 22, 2017

2016

Jamie Dimon: Before The Nation Went Bankrupt (performance), Dividing Zero, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA. December 16, 2016

Jamie Dimon: Before The Nation Went Bankrupt (performance), Kresge Theatre, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. November 9, 2016

Before The Nation Went Bankrupt (video) & Remembering Capitalism (performance) Debt+ , Flux Factory, Queens, NY. June 3-24, 2016

2015

Jamie Dimon: Before The Nation Went Bankrupt, performance at Performancy Forum, Panoply Performance Lab, Brooklyn, NY October 18, 2015

Hotel Wars, Flux Factory, Queens, NY. October 1-31, 2015

The Artist Plays Basketball, Drain: Journal of Art and Culture, Issue: Athleticism, 2015

Jamie Dimon: Before The Nation Went Bankrupt, performance at Dixon Place, New York, NY, August 19, 2015

A View From Above, Performance at San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA, March 27, 2015

Good Morning To My Inbox, To My Penis, To My Impending Demise, performance at Dixon Place, New York, NY January 7, 2015

2014

Vice Magazine, Vol 21 Issue 12: The Wall Street Issue Artist project: Letters From The Lost Weekend; Collaboration with Rose Cromwell, 11 pages

Prelude Festival CUNY, New York, NY. Before The Nation Went Bankrupt (3 Acts) Multimedia Performance, Curated by Chloe Bass, October 10, 2014

Collaborative Concepts at Saunders Farm, Garrison, NY A Modest Proposal, Performance, Curated by Marcy B Freedman, August 30, 2014

American Medium, Brooklyn, NY Good Morning to my inbox, my Penis and to My Impending Demise Multi-Media Performance, Curated By Ann Hirsch, May 27, 2014

Sunview Luncheonette, Brooklyn, NY Before The Nation Went Bankrupt (2 acts) Multimedia Performance, Curated by Dylan Gauthier, March 05, 2014

2013

Enclave Series Cake Shop, New York, NY Dating in New York and the Movement of Bodily Fluid Multi-media performance, December 14, 2013

Start the Car: Surprises, Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, NY December 12, 2013

Shifting Identities, SPARK! Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY Before The Nation Went Bankrupt (multimedia performance) November 22, 2013

‘13’ Nuit Blanche, Propeller Center for the Arts, Toronto, Ontario ‘Thirteen’ HD Video, November 5, 2013

Start the Car: Getting Lost, Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, NY Good Morning To My Inbox, to My Penis, To My Impending Demise, Multimedia performance, October 10, 2013

Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, Brooklyn NY The Last Meal (multi-media performance) Curated by Chloe Bass July 20, 2013

Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, Brooklyn NY Before The Nation Went Bankrupt (multi-media performance) Curated by Angela Washko July 21, 2013

Start the Car: Stories of Change, Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, NY Before The Nation Went Bankrupt (multimedia performance) May 29, 2013

Fake It Till You Make It, Flux Factory, NY, NY May 15, 2013

Performance Heart, Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY Dating in New York and the Movement of Bodily Fluid (performance) March 19, 2013

This Red Door, Kunsthalle Galapagos, Brooklyn, NY Dating in New York and the Movement of Bodily Fluid (performance) January 15, 2013

2012

Diamond Mouth Surprise, Brooklyn, NY A View From Above (multimedia performance) December 8, 2012

CONFLUX 2012, NYU Barney Building, New York, NY Off Site Performance: Before The Nation went Bankrupt October 20-21 , 2012

Deconstructing the Habit, Spattered Columns New York, NY, June 6- 23, 2012

PS122, New York, NY, March 24, 2012

Brooklyn Fireproof, Brooklyn, NY, The Last Meal video, March 3- 9, 2012

2011

DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY, The Last Meal video, November 5-14, 2011

MFA 2011, SUART Gallery, Syracuse, NY, Museum of Speculative Science (Installation and performances), April 2-May 11, 2011

You Are Here, CFAC, Syracuse, NY, Installation of Walking On Water, a guided, interactive audio tour of Water Street in Syracuse., April 8-20, 2011

Diaristic Indulgences, Flux Factory, New York, NY, A View From Above performance, February 19, 2011

Expert Oddities, Flux Factory, New York, NY, The Last Meal performance, January 5, 2011

2010

Mirror Mirror, Gallery Atsui, Vancouver, Canada, tensecondwebcam, September 7- October 5, 2010

Freishichtkino, Baden-Wurttenberg, Germany, On The Way To The Theatre, We Egged A Trans-Am, August 2010

Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, Curated by Amanda Donnan, July 15, 2010 *won show award

Loadbang, Butcher Gallery, Toronto, ON, The Cute Videos, Curated by Jennifer Chan, July 10,2010

Expert Oddities, 51/3rd, Troy, NY, Curated by Angela Washko, Performance of A View From Above, June 25, 2010

I-Park Open Studios, East Haddam, CT, Performance of A View From Above, June 20, 2010

Vienna Shorts Film and Video Festival, Curated by Wicktoria Peltzer, On The Way To The Theatre, We Egged A Trans-Am, May 27- June 2

Contemporary Arts Center, Troy, NY, Installation of Its Hard To Dazzle Us, May 1, 2010

Video Now! Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, On The Way To The Theatre, We Egged A Trans-Am, I’m Too Sad To Tell You, A View From Above screened, Curated by Tom Sherman, April 7, 2010

Urban Video Project, Syracuse, NY, Curated by Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby, February- March 2010, On The Way To The Theatre, We Egged A Trans-Am will be projected on three large outdoor screens, playing from dusk to 11pm nightly

Lightwork, Syracuse, NY, Wall text for graduate photo exhibition, January 14- March 10, 2010

FilmWinter, Stuttgart, Germany, Curated by Igor Hirschfeld, January 21-24, 2010, On Cute and On The Way To The Theatre, We Egged A Trans-Am screening. *Trans-Am received a festival prize

Converge, SPAS Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, Installation of That Obscure Object of Desire, January 21- February 1, 2010

2009

2nd Harvest, New York, NY, Curated by Ana Wolovnik, Michael Stickrod, Michel Auder, On Cute screened on September 21, 2009

Hard Hats Required, XL Projects, Syracuse, NY, Curated by Alicia Guiliani, November 19-December 2, 2009, 4 channel installation of On the Way To The Theatre, We Egged A Trans-Am

Jerkin’ Paradise 2, Curated by Katherine Micak, On Cute included in a traveling video program that toured in the summer of 2009 (AKA Gallery, Saskatoon, SK, White Water Gallery, North Bay, ON, Ed Video, Guelph, ON, Artspace, Peterborough, ON, Forest City Gallery, London, ON, XPACE Cultural Centre, Toronto, ON)

SUKC Exchange: Curated by Emily Vey Duke and Barry Anderson, On the Way To The Theatre, We Egged A Trans-Am, screened as part of a video program that played in two cities on October 13, 2009 (Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO, Lightwork Gallery, Syracuse, NY)

Square Pegs Two, Modern Fuel ARC, Kingston, ON, Curated by Cecily Taylor and Michael Davidge, What Doesn’t Kill Me screened on August 19, 2009

Interdisciplinary Show, XL Projects, Syracuse, NY, Curated by Laura Heyman and Sam Van Aitken, On Cute screened as part of a group show running from July 7-August 15, 2009

Video Now! Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, Curated by Tom Sherman, On Cute, What Doesn’t Kill Me and Lesser Majesties screened on April 9, 2009

Spark Contemporary Art Gallery, Syracuse, NY, A two-screen installation of On Cute included in a two-person show with, Darcy Van BusKirk on April 1, 2009

2008

Spark Video, Spark Contemporary Art Gallery, Syracuse, NY, Win, Place or Show screened on November 21, 2008

Spark Contemporary Art Gallery, Syracuse, NY, The Rhetoric of Unseen Things screened in a group show running, from September 15-25, 2008.

2007

Focus on Film, Vancouver Film Center, Vancouver, BC, Win Place or Show screened on April 5, 2007

2006

Montreal Film Festival, Montreal, PQ, Win, Place or Show screened on August 23, 2006

 

AWARDS

Maurice E. and Dorothea I. Shaffer Fellowship in Fine Arts

Audience Award, 2-minute video festival, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

Festival Prize, 23rd FilmWinter, Stuttgart, Germany

Canada Council Travel Grant

Syracuse University Creative Grants

Koerner Foundation Arts Grant

Special Mention Prize, Montreal Film Festival

Jack Long Award, National Film Board of Canada

 

RESIDENCIES

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE

Contemporary Arts Center, Troy, NY

I-Park, East Haddam, CT

 

COLLECTIONS

Simon Fraser University Media Library

Syracuse University Video Art Collection

Bemis Center Collection

Collection of Ginger Shulick Porcella

Collection of Sarah Baker Hansen