Rowan Smith

Exhibitions

Biography

Rowan Smith was born in 1983, Cape Town, where he currently lives and works.

In 2007 Smith completed his BA in Fine Art from Michaelis School of Fine Art, South Africa and was awarded the Michaelis Prize for top graduate.

Smith graduated from CalArts, USA in 2012, with an MFA degree and the prestigious Joan Mitchell MFA Grant award.

His first solo show was in 2008 and since graduating with Where There Is Smoke at California Institute of the Arts, USA has also presented his work at VOLTA NY, New York in 2012 and had a third solo exhibition No Everything at Whatiftheworld, Cape Town in 2014.

Smith participated in the group show Green Flower Street at the 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013) and collaborated with the composer Ingrid Lee for ‘Come on you Fuckers’ at The Wulf, Los Angeles, USA (2013).

Education

2012

MFA Fine Art, California Institute of the Arts, California, USA.

2007

BA Fine Art, Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town, South Africa.

2002

Sound Recording & Engineering Diploma, City Varsity, Cape Town, South Africa.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014

No Everything, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa. (C)

2011

How Are You All Feeling Tonight?, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California, USA.

Where There Is Smoke, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California, USA.

2009

If You Get Far Enough Away, Youʼll Be On Your Way Back Home, Whatiftheworld & Co-Op Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa. (C)

2008

Future Shock Lost, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa. (C)

Two person Exhibitions

2016

Chamber of Mines, two-person show with Xhanti Zwelendaba, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016

Dear Europa…, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa.

When Tomorrow Comes, Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town, South Africa.

2015

Broken English, Tyburn Gallery, London, UK.

Foreign Bodies, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa.

2014

Uncertain Terms, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa.

Bazaar, Atlantic House, Cape Town, South Africa.

2013

Speak Now, Deering Estate, Miami, Florida, USA.

Green Flower Street, Istanbul Off Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey.

2012

“Come on you Fuckers”, The Wulf, Los Angeles, USA. (C)

Closer, Spinello Projects, Miami, Florida, USA.

Positive Tension, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa.

2011

Chain Letter, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.

Hegemony is a Hard Word to Pronounce, Main Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, California, USA.

Circulate, White Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA. (C)

We Got Next, Untitled Art Projects, Los Angeles, USA.

2010

Ways of Seeing, ORE Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

Ampersand: A dialogue of contemporary art from South Africa & the Daimler Art Collection, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany. (C)

Art Collection, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany.

Twenty: South African sculpture of the last two decades, Nirox Sculpture Park, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2009

Printing Money, South African Print Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

Social Pattern, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town, South Africa.

Objects of Revolution, Dominique Fiat Gallery, Paris, France.

Holiday, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa.

Wood, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town, South Africa.

2008

Greatest Hits 2007, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town, South Africa.

Prints and Editions, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa.

2007

3C-Committee and Critics Choice, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town, South Africa.

2006

Creatures Great and Small, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa.

Choice Assortment, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa.

Not Yet Famous: Nobody Likes Nothing, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa.

2003

Picnic, Brendan Bell Roberts Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

2000

Soft Serve 2, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

Monographs

2014

Rowan Smith, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa, 2014. (C)

Publications

2009

Smith, Rowan (ed.), If You Get Far Enough Away, You’ll Be On Your Way Back Home, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa, 2009. (C)

2008

Smith, Rowan (ed.), Future Shock Lost, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa, 2008. (C)

Residencies

2012

The Fountainhead Residency, Miami, Florida.

Biography & Press

2016

Steadman, Ryan, The Armory Show Unveils a New Era for African Art, observer.com, 02 March 2016.

2014

Leiman, Layla, FNB Joburg Art Fair: Rowan Smith | Post-Modern exhaustion, 10and5.com, August 2014.

2010

Stupart, L., Artist Melts Down Carrol Boyes for fresh New Work, The South African Art Times, April 2010.

2009

Leibbrant, T., Big Wednesday at Whatiftheworld Gallery, Artthrob, February 2009.

Partridge, M., Big Wednesday, Art South Africa, V 7.3, January 2009.

Jacobs, K., ‘Social Pattern’ at AVA, Artthrob, April 2009.

Edmunds, P., Is there Anybody Out There?, Artthrob, September 2009.

Sloon, R., Interview with Rowan Smith, artheat.net, September 2009.

O’Toole, S., If You Get Far Enough Away, You’ll Be On Your Way Back Home, Artthrob, October 2009.

Paradissis, A., Checkout [GLOBAL ART] – South Africa. Checkout {Art}, checkoutart.ca, November 2009.

2008

Botha, N., Bright Young Things: Nostalgic Technological Futures, Art South Africa, V.7.1, September 2008.

Cotton, S., Rowan Smith’s Future Shock Lost. A Student Review, ArtHeat, 28 August 2008.

Suptow, F., Michaelis Graduate Show at Michaelis, Artthrob, January 2008.

Jacobs, K., Rowan Smith at Whatiftheworld Gallery, Artthrob, September 2008.

Keylock, M., Bleak Future, Mail and Guardian, 15-21 August 2008.

Awards

2012

Joan Mitchell MFA Grant, New York, USA.

2011

Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Grant.

David Bermant Fellowship in Art and Technology, California Institute of the Arts.

Rondebosch Old Boys’ Union Overseas Study Scholarship.

Art School Project Grant, California Institute of the Arts.

Student Affairs Project Grant, California Institute of the Arts.

2010

Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Grant.

David Bermant Fellowship in Art and Technology, California Institute of the Arts.

2007

Michaelis Prize: Top Graduate, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Simon Gerson Prize, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

1998

First in Grade 10 & 11 Michaelis School of Fine Art, Fairheads Trust Award, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Collections

Hollard Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa.