Caroline Picard is a Chicago-based artist, writer and curator who explores the figure in relation to systems of power. While that interest began with various investigations about public and private space (via running an apartment gallery, The Green Lantern (2005-2010), and co-founding the bi-annual directory PHONEBOOK: an index of alternative exhibition spaces) it has since transformed into an on-going investigation of inter-species borders, how the human relates to its environment and what possibilities might emerge from upturning an anthropocentric world view. To further accent the porousness of borders and bounds, Picard’s projects manifest in a variety of cross-disciplinary mediums including painting, video, administrative practices, interviews with artists, works of fiction, comics, and critical essays. Her work has been discussed in American Book Review, Poets & Writers Magazine, Time Out Chicago, New City, Art21,Artforum.com, html giant and Punk Planet. In 2005, she founded the Green Lantern Press and has since released 30 slow-media titles ranging from the first English translation of a 19th Century Polish classic, Kordian, debut novels by emerging writers, collections of arts administration essays and an Arctic newspaper from 1821. She writes regularly for the Art21 blog, as well as Art ltd. Magazine. Recent short stories, essays and comics were published in Artslant, Projecttile, The Coming Envelope no. 5 (Bookthug), Artifice Magazine, Annobium, Bicycle Review, MAKE Magazine and Everyday Genius; she has two contributions in vols 1 & 3 of The Graphic Canon (Seven Stories Press, 2012). Other books include Psycho Dream Factory (Holon Press, 2011) and The Chronicles of Fortune (Holon Press, 2011). She is the Managing Editor of the Bad at Sports blog on contemporary art and culture, and runs The Paper Cave, an on-line bookstore dedicated to small press books.
- The Strangers Among Us, e-pamphlet edited by Craig Eppelin (Rattapallax, forthcoming).
- The Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature, with a graphic transcription of The Jungle Book. (Seven Stories Press, forthcoming).
-Anthology of Etiquette & Terrifying Angels with Many Heads, edited by James Tadd Adcox and including the work of various authors, (Nap, 2012).
- Graphic Canon vols. 1 & 3, with graphic transcriptions of Incan play, Apu Ollantay and Virgina Woolf’s A Voyage Out. (Seven Stories Press, 2012).
- The Chronicles of Fortune, a collection of comics about Fortuna, “the greatest super hero in the world who suffers from ennui.” (Holon Press, 2012).
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Select Solo Exhibitions/Performances
- “Rehearsal for Grand Opera for One Person : Bugonia / These Necrotic Ethos Come the Plains” with Devin King at A Slender Gamut (New York, May, 2013)
- “Rehearsal of a Grand Opera for One Person with Two More People” with Devin King, Mark Booth, and Laura Goldstein at The Cultural Center (Chicago, April 2013)
- “Coyote Umwelt ” with Jessica Speer at The Cultural Center (Chicago, April 2013)
- “Rehearsal of a Grand Opera for One Person” with Devin King at New Capital (Chicago, November 2012)
- “Between You & Me” with Thea Liberty Nichols at SHOP (Southside Hub Of Production) (Chicago, October 2012)
- “Losing the Gloves” with Lady Rollins at Carrie Secrist Gallery (Chicago, March 2012)
- “Happiness Machines” Roxaboxan (Chicago, June 2011)
- “Twilight of the Vanities” minidutch (Chicago, May 2009)
- “Second Artists Kickball Festival” Wicker Park (Chicago, June 2008)
- “Bygone(s)” Around the Coyote Gallery (Chicago, January 2008)
- “First Artists Kickball Festival” Wicker Park (Chicago, June 2008)
- “Asia Again: Traveling Trunk” performance/installation (Tokyo, Manila, Hong Kong, March 2006)
- “The Wedding Party” Green Lantern Gallery (Chicago, July 2005)
Select Group Shows/Performances
- “Slippery Slope” Woman Made Gallery, (Chicago, July 2013)
- “Point of Sale: Methods of Vending Identity” 17 Cox (Beverly (MA), May 2013)
- “Euphemize,” SLOW Gallery, (Chicago, September 2012)
- “Erythrophobia,” Co-Prosperity Sphere, (Chicago, May 2012)
- “Black Arts,” Roxaboxen (Chicago, May 2012)
- “Death Rites” (performance w/ Young Joon Kwak), Roxaboxen (Chicago, December 2010)
- “Between the Studio and Facebook,” Mainline Art Center (Haverford, October 2010)
- “Change Your Lane,” Swimming Pool (Chicago, July 2010)
- “Dont Piss on Me and Tell Me It’s Raining”Apex Art (New York, May 2010)
- “The Chacon-Soto Show” Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, June 2009)
- “My Dog” Seraphim Gallery (Philadelphia, May 2009)
- “Dusty Bunnyfield vs. Molotovia Cottontail” minidutch (Chicago, March 2009)
- “An Associate Degree in Science” Finch Gallery, (Chicago, November 2008)
- “Liv Ullman, Anaerobic Digestion, Post-Psychiatry” Open Lot Studios, (St. Louis, October 2008/ Kansas City, October 2008/ Chicago, February 2008)
- “67th Annual Juried Exhibition: Emerging Artist Series,” Woodmere Art Museum (Philadelphia, January 2007)
- “Vomitorium,” Gallery 40000 (Chicago, November 2006)
- “Picture Journal for SubTerrane” The Felicity (Bebe) R. Benoliel Gallery, (Philadelphia, September 2006)
- “Twelve Galleries Quarterly Site #12: Epic Something” at the Hyde Park Art Center. Co-curated with Zach Dodson and Dan Gleason this group show examines the nexus between text and image. Featuring the work of Jesse Ball, Irina Botea, EC Brown, Lilli Carré, Ezra Claytan Daniels, Edie Fake, Heather Mekkelson, B. Ingrid Olson, Frank Pollard, Aay Preston-Myint, Deb Sokolow, Bill Talsma and Viktor Van Bramer.
- “Field Static: A Group Show About the Object,” at The Co-Prosperity Sphere from June 2 – June 14, 2012. Featuring the work of Ellen Rothenberg, Mark Booth, Stephen Lapthisophon, Heather Mekkelson, Christian Kuras and Duncan MacKenzie, Carrie Gundersdorf, Justin Cabrillos, and Rebecca Mir.
- 24 exhibits and public programs at The Green Lantern Gallery from 2005-2009
- “Isolated Fictions,” A touring show featuring the work of Rebecca Grady, Deb Sokolow, Jason Dunda and others; this show traveled in conjunction with The North Georgia Gazette, a reprint of an old newspaper published in 1821 by a fleet of ice bound sailors forced to winter in the Arctic. The NGG was published by The Green Lantern Press in 2009. AS220, Providence, RI, Fall 2009 and FLUXSpace, Philadelphia, PA, Winter 2010
- html giant, “Psycho Dream Factory” a review by August Evans (May 2012)
- Chicago Sun-Times, “Quick Fiction” (March 2011)
- Chicagoist, “2010 Literary Review” (December 2010)
- NewCity, “Darkness Falls?” (December 2010)
- Chicago Sun-Times, “The Green Lantern has Super-Artistic Powers” (Sept 2010)
- Chicago Now, Printer’s Ball interview with Amy Guth (June 2010)
- Art21 blog, “Center Field: Art in The Middle with Bad at Sports” (June 2010)
- Time Out Chicago, “After a year like 2009, little plans seem like lifelines” (December 2009)
- Red Eye, “Roommates Turn Logan Square Apartment into Art Gallery,” (November 2009)
- NewCity Lit, “Westward Through the Ice: Green Lantern Press Looks Back 200 Years” (September 2009)
- Time Out Chicago, “Buried Treasure” (September 2009)
- NewCity, “Lit 50: Who Really Books it in Chicago” #45 on the annual literary list (June 2009)
- NewCity, “Breakout Artists 2009: Chicago’s Next Generation of Image Makers” (April 2009)
- NewCity, Eye Exam: “Gallery Moves” (February 2009)
- Huffington Post, “Winter Art Season Starts Now” (January 2009)
- Poets & Writers Magazine, “Profiles of Green Lantern Press, Flood Editions, and Academy Chicago” (September/October 2008)
- Bookslut.com, “Books Uncovered” an interview about Lust & Cashmere” (June 2008)
- ArtForum.com, “Critic’s Picks: Review of Around the Coyote Show by Lori Waxman” (February 2008)
- Time Out Chicago, “Rescue Worker,” by Jonathan Messinger (January 2008)
- Lumpen 106, “Interview: Phonebook” (November 2007)
- Punk Planet, “Zine Review” (July/August 2007)
- Bad at Sports, Interview (July, 2007)
- Chicago Reader, Section 2, “The List: Art Kegger” (November 2006)
- Flavorpill, “#114 triptophanic flavor: Vomitorium with AgitProp” (November 2006)
- Chicago Reader, Section 2, “The List: First Pressing” (November 2006)
- New City, 411, “Green Words” (November 2006)
- Chicago Reader, “Arts and Events A-List” for MessHall performance (September 2006)
- New City, Moxie, “Art Kids take the kickball field” (July 2006)
- Chicago Journal, “Sculptors Face Sound Artists in a Game of Dirtball” (July 2006)
- Chicago Reader, “Arts and Events A-List” for Artist Kickball (June 2006)
- UR Chicago, “Zine Rack: Green Lantern” (February 2005)
- BA from St. John’s College, Thesis: The Book of Job: The Song of The Ostrich (Annapolis, MD 2001)
- MFA from SAIC, Creative Thesis: WOOF and Other Stories (Chicago, IL 2010)
- Madeline P. Plonsker Prize Quarter Finalist for Drowned in the Woods: Wherefrom Joseph Beuys (Lake Forest College, 2012)
- SAIC Writing Fellowship Winner for Regarding the Death of One Barry Maguire (Juror Ben Marcus, SAIC, May 2010)
- EDES Foundation Prize Finalist (SAIC, May 2010)
- Hodgkins Fellowship Award (St. John’s College, May 2002)