CV

Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

education

  • MA in Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London
  • BA in Anthropology, University of Colorado at Boulder

solo exhibitions

  • 2010 Wrecked, Cavalier Galleries, Nantucket
  • 2008 In Search of the Miraculous, the Coop, San Francisco

Selected Group Exhibitions + Screenings

  • 2016 Gallery Tally RetrospectiveLos Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles
  • 2016 Gallery Tally, Gallery Tally, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe
  • 2015 Double X Redux, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange
  • 2014 Gallery Tally, Area: Lugar de Projectos, Caguas, Puerto Rico
  • 2014 (en)Gendered (in)Equity: The Gallery Tally Poster Project, ForYourArt, Los Angeles
  • 2013 Reinventing the Road Trip: a collaboration with the I-10, High Desert Test Sites
  • 2012 Recits des Trois Perverses, Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 2011 Try2 Benefit Art Show, Jen Beckman Gallery, New York
  • 2011 Unrealised Potential, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland
  • 2010 Harmonious Opposites, Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake
  • 2010 Try Benefit Art Show, Jen Beckman Gallery, New York
  • 2010 Phantom Galleries, Torrance Art Musuem, Torrance
  • 2009 Night Tide, Riptide/Spiral Walkway, San Francisco
  • 2009 eros/thanatos, project space kreuzberg + PØST gallery, Berlin + Los Angeles
  • 2009 Favorite This!, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco
  • 2009 Out of the Flat Files II, Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco
  • 2008 Running Time: 24:00:00, Ralph Gleason Theater, Los Angeles
  • 2008 LAAGAFLBLA08: LA Art Girls Art Fair Biennale LA 08, Phantom Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 2008 Overflow: LA Art Girls Reinvent Allan Kaprow's Fluids, Getty Center, Los Angeles
  • 2008 Fine (Collaboration with Tricia Avant), Thee Parkside, San Francisco
  • 2006 String Theory with the LA Art Girls, Kbeach Radio, Long Beach
  • 2006 LA Art Girls Fluxwear Event, LACE, Los Angeles
  • 2006 Total Art Performance Event, Getty Center, Los Angeles
  • 2005 LA Art Girls' Work, Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 2005 Apocalypse Soon!, QED gallery, Los Angeles
  • 2004 Ambulantes, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Sevilla
  • 2004 Fleamarket, temporarycontemporary, London
  • 2003 Bootleg, Spitalfields Market, London
  • 2003 Exploding Cinema, Hatcham Social Club, London
  • 2002 Potential Hits, Unit 2, London
  • 2002 LA Freewaves Digital Film Festival, Los Angeles
  • 2002 Portobello Film Festival, Bowie Art, Westbourne Grove Studios, London
  • 2002 London is Balling, The Bart Wells Institute, London
  • 2002 Across the Pond, the practice space, Los Angeles
  • 2001 artlab 11, Cal Tech, Pasadena
  • 2001 Portobello Film Festival, London
  • 2001 The Tender Trap, 15c, London
  • 2000 Assembly, Stepney City, London
  • 2000 Beck's Student Prize for Video, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

Awards/Commisions

  • 2014 Semifinalist, BlueCat Screenplay Competition
  • 2008 Best Picture, 5 Minute Film Festival, San Francisco
  • 2005 Most Original, 5 Minute Film Festival, San Francisco
  • 2003 Director, Fox Searchlight Director's Lab, Los Angeles
  • 2002 LA Freewaves Digital Film Festival, Los Angeles
  • 2000 Beck's Student Prize in Film and Video, Institute of Contemporary Art, London

Public Collections

  • Allan Kaprow Estate, Los Angeles
  • The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles
  • Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco

Teaching/Residencies

  • The Arctic Circle Autumn Art & Science Expedition 2016, International Territory of Svalbard 
  • Visiting Artist, Graduate Program, School of Visual Arts, New York
  • Artist in Residence, Open to the Elements, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito
  • Visiting Artist, Graduate Program, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
  • Assistant Teacher, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena

Articles and Reviews

  • 2011 "We Might be Snowmakers - Glacial Risk Management Institute: Angela Ellsworth and Leigh McCarthy" , e-flux, April 26, 2011.
  • 2011 "Project Launch: New in the Pharmakon Library - Leigh McCarthy: Doppelgänger" Rhizome.org, July 15, 2011.
  • 2011 "Leigh McCarthy and the Art of Maritime Disastertelstarlogistics.typepad.com, January 21, 2011.
  • 2010 "Wrecked: Leigh McCarthy" The Inquirer and Mirror, September 2, 2010 vol 190, No. 14.
  • 2010 Kholeif, Omar "Unrealised Potential" at Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK, frieze magazine,  August 23, 2010.
  • 2009 Gottelier, Luke and Upritchard, Francis (2009) The Bart Wells Institute. London: Dent-De-Leone.
  • 2008 "That Sinking Feeling -- In Search of the Miraculous: Leigh McCarthy" The San Francisco Chronicle, November 20, 2008 section G-21.
  • 2008 "Art Girl in Search of the Miraculous" thestarkguide.com, November 18, 2008
  • 2007 "Art Pick" LA Weekly, Mar. 7, 2007
  • 2005 "LA Art Girls at Anna Helwing" artnet.com, Dec. 13, 2005.
  • 2002 "Inspiration Can Be Found in Everything: Mike Dawson Picks His Top Three Turn-Ons",  Dazed and Confused. p.141 August, 2002.
  • 2002 "London Is Balling", Rebecca Geldard, Timeout London, March 13-20, 2002 p. 50
  • 2001 "The Graduates", i-D magazine October 2001 p. 100.

affiliations

  • 2008 Founding Member, Glacial Risk Management Institute, art collective
  • 2004 Founding Member, LA Art Girls, art collective
  • 2003 Member, Directors Guild of Great Britai