Stephen SeemayerPhoto: Stephen Seemayer (2007) at the Malibu Wall, waiting for the ghost of Miki Dora. (photo by Jesse Easter)
Stephen Seemayer is a Los Angeles-born performance artist, filmmaker and painter. In a career spanning more than 30 years, he has mounted performances and exhibitions at galleries and museums across the United States. Using controversial imagery, such as aborted fetuses and masks on fire, Seemayer has confronted his audience with the question of what it means to be human in a dehumanizing society. In his latest work, he uses stencils and spray paint to create baseball haikus with an undercurrent of scathing social commentary.His gallery is his front yard in Echo Park where drivers and passersby can view the paintings any time, night or day.
Yard show/installation, L.A. Blue Bum paintings, Echo Park.
Solo exhibition, paintings and drawlngs, “Buddha on Moneybags,” Random Gallery, Los Angeles
Solo exhibition, painting/installation. “Spring Haiku,” UNI Gallery, Los Angeles.
Solo exhibition, “1,440 Paintings,” Random Gallery, Los Angeles.
Paintings and video installation, Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica, Callfomia.
Retrospective exhibition, 15-year survey of paintings, drawings, sculpture,
film, video and performance, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los
Video drawings, Stux Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
Exhibition and performance, “Triple Cross,” Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica,
Performance, “Rise and Fall,” Downtown Gallery, Los Angeles
Exhibition and performance, “Jesus Says Don’t,” WPA Gallery, Washington.
Exhibition and performance, “Metropolis,”WPA Gallery, Washington
Exhibition and performance, “Kunstkathedral,” Neill Gallery, New York
Exhibition and performance, “Meccanization,” Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica
Film event, Jetts Cafe, Inglewood, Callfomla
Exhibition and performance, “Pope Video,” Skeleton Club, San Diego, California.
Exhibition and performance, “You’re Crazy,” Artemesia Gallery, Chicago
Exhibition and performance, “Unit in Orange,” Donnelly Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts;
Photostructures, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art. Los Angeles
Photostructures and firecarbon drawings, Neill Gallery, New York.
Photostructures and masks, Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Performance, “Guardian,” 8th Street and Central Avenue, Los Angeles
Performance, “Fuoco,” 5th Street and Central Avenue, Los Angeles
Performance, “Up Against Daniel,” 2nd Street and Alameda Avenue, Los Angeles.
Explosion sculpture performance series, 9th Street and Central Avenue, Los
Exhibitions, Orlando Gallery, Encino, California.
Fire performances, Los Angeles.
Paintings/installation, “Tricked Out Kicks,” The Art of Transportation, Crewest Gallery, Los Angeles
Paintings/installation and video presentation “Being Human,” Have You Seen My Privacy?, 18th Street Arts Complex, Santa Monica.
Paintings on Cardboard, “Baseball Haikus” Love To Hate, Baseball Reliquary, Burbank Public Library
Paintings on Cardboard, “Baseball Haikus” Cardboard Fetish, Baseball Reliquary, Pasadena Public Library
Paintings, Sidestreet Projects, Downtown Los Angeles.
Paintings, In the Pocket, Random Gallery, Los Angeles
Paintings and drawings, Bred Up! Lyn/ Bassett Gallery, Los Angeles
Paintings/installation, “Zen Paintings,” Fabrication, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange
Paintings, “Double Zen,” The Pulse of L.A., El Pueblo Gallery, Los Angeles
Paintings/installation, “Buddhas,” Red Zone 7: In the Pit, Los Angeles.
Painting/installation, “American Salute,” Downtown Lives, DADA, Los Angeles
Paintings, L.A. Fair Art, Spanish Kitchen Gallery, Los Angeles
Painting/installation, FAR BAZZAR, Foundation for Art Resources Inc., Los Angeles.
Painting/ installation, FAR Parked, Foundation for Art Resources Inc., Los Angeles
Painting, Downtown Lives, DADA, Los Angeles
Paintings, group exhibition, Spanish Kitchen Gallery, Los Angeles.
Paintings, photographs and installation, Red Zone 6, FAR BAZZAR,
Foundation for Art Resources Inc., Los Angeles
Paintings and event, Red Zone 5: Defiantly Incorrect, Los Angeles.
Paintings, group exhibition, The American Gallery, Los Angeles
Veiled paintings and event, Red Zone 4: Right to Remain Silent, Los Angeles.
Sculpture installation and event, Red Zone 3: No Admission, Los Angeles
Paintings, group exhibition, The American Gallery, Los Angeles
New paintings and event, Red Zone 2: Defend Yourself, Los Angeles
Installation and event, Red Zone: Art Above the Law, Los Angeles.
Paintings, group exhibition, The American Gallery, Los Angeles.
“Los Angeles View,” video installation, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles.
“Between the Freeways,” WAMM, traveling exhibition
“Young Turks,” Downtown Gallery, Los Angeles.
Donnelly Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts.
San Diego State University Art Gallery, San Diego, California.
Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica, California.
“Photodocuments,” Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, Arizona
M.H. DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, California
Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; “100+ Current Concerns in Southern California Art,” Los Angeles Institute ofContemporary Art, Los Angeles
“Beyond the Garden Wall,” Downey Museum, Downey, California.
Redlands University, Redlands, California
Santa Monica City College, Santa Monica, California
Cerritos College, Norwalk, California.
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington.
California Arts Commission Headquarters, Sacramento. California.
Young Talent Exhibit, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Feature film, “Twist of Fate,” writer/director, Summit International Pictures.
Feature video, “Miami Vendetta,” writer/director, Summit Intemational Pictures.
Feature video, “Sushi Ole,” director/co-producer, City Pictures.
Documentary film, “Young Turks,” writer/director, City Pictures.
Ray Zone, exhibition essay, ArtScene, Vol. 15, No. 2, October
Michael Duncan, catalog essay, Fabrication, March.
Mat Gleason, Coagula Art Journal, Issue #14, September
Mat Gleason, Coagula Art Journal, “Far BAZZAR Best,” Issue #13, Summer
Miles Beller, Artweek, Jan. 6.
Mary Ann Evans, Venice magazine, November 1993
Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times, Dec. 4.
Barbara Kruger, Artforum, September 1982
Hunter Drohojowska, Artforum, September.
Christopher Knight. Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, May.
Linda Burnham. High Performance (cover story), Vol. 3, No. 1, March
High Performance, Vol. 2, No. 4, January.
SoHo Weekly News, Vol. 6, No. 37, June 14-20; High Performance, Vol. 2, No. 3, September
High Performance, Vol. 2, No. 2, June
High Performance, Vol. 2. No. 1, March.
Peter Schjeldahl, Art in America, November-December
Adrienne Rosenthal, Artweek, Vol. 9, No. 32, September
William Wilson, Los Angeles Times, Sept. 28
High Performance, Vol. 1, No. 4, December
High Performance, Vol. 1. No. 3, September.
Nancy Marmer, Los Angeles Times, Oct. 13.
Gordon J. Hazlitt, Art News, November
Adrienne Rosenthal, Artweek, Sept. 18
Gordon J. Hazlitt, Art News, February.
Clark Polak, Los Angeles Free Press, Oct. 10
William Wilson, Los Angeles Times, Sept. 26
Ronald E. Steen, Artweek, Sept. 20.
“L.A. Rising: SoCal Artists Before 1980,” edited by Lyn Kienholz, Los Angeles: The California/International Arts Foundation, ISBN: 978-0-917571-13-8.
“Young Turks” by Stephen Seemayer, Los Angeles: Astro Artz, ISBN: 0-937122-06-8.
“Performance Anthology: Source Book for a Decade of California Performance Art,” edited by Carl Loeffler and Darlene Tong, San Francisco: Contemporary Arts Press, ISBN: 0-931818-01-x.
WBAI-FM, New York, “Artbreaking” with Charlie Finch. Interview about new work, Sept. 8.
KNBC-TV, Channel 4, Los Angeles. Interviewed by Kelly Lange about walk with cross to San Diego.
KPFK-FM, Los Angeles, radio performance.
Great to see you are still up and running wild. Do you remember the peach wine we made in my backyard….you Kim and I?
Saw your ‘Occupy’ exhibition at District Gallery many times- enjoyed it immensely! Currently,
I’m involved in a beautiful project that’s combining visual art w/music to express the aspects of peace, unity of people, & the environment. There seems to be a strong, common interest and
compatibility between the work you’ve created and what I’m expressing today. I’m contacting
you to find out if you offer any services (such as web/graphic design, social media, online marketing, etc.) and to set up a possible meeting (I live in the artist’s district- downtown L.A.).
Or, I would appreciate the opportunity to speak with you over the phone, and go from there.
Also, interested if you have any info or contact regarding the upcoming 2yr. anniversary of
Occupy Wall St. in NYC. So, if you could please get in touch with me- I’m including my info
below. Look forward to hearing from you! Until then…….
Peace & Love,
Jon St. August
Sorry about the loss of your mom. She was truly original and unique. I remember her and you at Darlene and Merle’s home. Happy and healthy 2017
Thanks for your kind thoughts, Carol. She was a wonderful mother, who inspired me to be an artist. Best, Stephen
Hello I’m watching Miami Vendetta on VHS and had to learn more about it.