Sean Duffy at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery

December 29, 2010 - February 1, 2011
Jonathan Ferrara Gallery
400A Julia Street

For a diehard music fan, the hardest adjustment of all is the silence that descends when the band has finished playing and the lights are turned back up. In the absence of music, other senses fill the void. This exhibition looks at the paradoxical phenomenon of hearing music when nobody is playing.

“Can’t Stop It”, 2009
Acrylic on scrap wood
91” x 164” x 2” (91 records, 12” x 12” each on 7 shelves)
Gallery Inventory #231

“dropping Gold”, 2010
Cut Art Forum magazine (summer 2009) and cut Art in America magazine (Oct 20)
20” x 15”
Gallery Inventory #248

Lives and works in Los Angeles
1992 MFA, University of California, Irvine
1988 BA Studio Art and Political Science, University of California, San Diego
Solo Exhibitions
Sean Duffy, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna CA
“Can’t Stop It”, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA
“Hilites”, New Work Gallery, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
“Group Show 3”, Howard House, Seattle, WA
“The Grove”, Luckman Gallery, California State University Los Angeles, CA; Arizona State University Art Museum,
Tempe, AZ; Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA
“Group Show Part 2”, Susanne Vielmetter Berlin Projects, Berlin, Germany
“Group Show”, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA
“Casual Friday”, California 101, San Francisco, CA
“Temporary Worker”, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA
“Bakersfield Smoker”, Project Space, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA
“Sorry Entertainer”, Howard House, Seattle, WA
“Greatest Hits, Volume II”, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA
“cream”, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA
“mod2”, Howard House, Seattle, WA
“Endless Sunday”, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Miramar Artist Project Space, Santa Barbara
“mod”, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA
“first wave”, Quotidian Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“teach me to love”, Deep River, Los Angeles, CA
“Living Plan B; Go Captain Baby Vol. 2”, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA
“The Real Captain Commander; Go Captain Baby Vol. 1”, Lemoyne Kennels, Los Angeles, CA
“Lump-o-coal”, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA
“Enough Rope”, UCI Fine Arts Gallery, Irvine, CA
“Wayne, Trent, Carla, Brenda”, UCI Fine Arts Gallery, Irvine
Group Exhibitions
“The Record”, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, curated by Trevor Schoonmaker
"New Art for a New Century: Recent Acquisitions 2000-2009 ", Orange County Museum of Art, Newport
Beach, CA
“ReCycle”, University of California Riverside Sweeney Art Gallery, Riverside, CA
“Resounding”, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
COLA, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Art Park
Because I say so…, Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami, Florida
GIMME; From Inspiration to Appropriation, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle
“Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”, World Class Boxing, the Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection, Miami, FL
“Noise”, SiteLA, Los Angeles, CA
“Like Lifelike: Painting in the Third Dimension”, Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California Riverside, CA
“Something from Nothing”, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA (organized by Dan Cameron)
“Sculptors’ Drawings: Ideas, Studies, Sketches, Proposals, and More”, Angles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, curated by
Nowell Karten
“Soundwaves”, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA
“Time Machine”, curated by Brad Eberhard, High Energy Constructs, Los Angeles
“Greetings from the American Dream”, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA
“Back Room”, Kinkead Gallery, Los Angeles
“CUT”, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
“Lost in Music”, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS, curated by Bruce Hartmann
“The Realm of the Senses”, James Cohan Gallery, New York, with Vito Acconci, Douglas Gordon,
Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Mike Kelly, Christian Marclay, Fred Tomaselli, Bill Viola
“California Biennial”, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
“kurzdavordanach”, Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, Germany, curated by Wilhelm
“New”, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
“Black Belt”, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, curated by Christine Kim, traveling to Santa Monica Museum of Art,
Santa Monica
“Hot Summer in the City”, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York
“Remix/Experimenter”, CENAR Centro Nacional del Arte, San Salvador, El Salvador
“21 Paintings from LA”, Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum, Cal State San Bernadino, CA, curated by James Gobel
“Painting Beyond Painting”, Christinerose Gallery, New York
“Pleasure Seekers”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver
“Game Show”, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington
“What On Earth”, Nevada Institute for Contemporary Arts, Las Vegas
“Happy Trails”, College of Creative Studies, UC Santa Barbara, CA
“Tweeners”, Spanish Kitchen, Los Angeles
“Make a Move”, Lemoyne Kennels, Los Angeles
“Neotoma”, Otis Gallery, Los Angeles
“Second Anniversary Fashion Show”, Food House, Santa Monica, CA
“Germinal Notations”, Food House, Santa Monica, CA
“Hands”, Venice Art Walk
“Visual Exchange”, Otis Parsons, Los Angeles
“Cheese Toast”, UCI Fine Arts Gallery, Irvine
“Visual Exchange”, UCI Fine Arts Gallery, Irvine
“Ho Down at High Noon”, UCI Fine Arts Gallery, Irvine
“Art Facory II”, UCSD Annex Gallery, La Jolla, CA
“Art Facory”, UCSD Annex Gallery, La Jolla, CA
Schad, Ed, “Sean Duffy, Can’t Stop It”, Art Review, March
Maine, Stephen, “Sean Duffy at Susanne Vielmetter”, Art In America, February 23
“New Art for a New Century: Contemporary Acquisitions, 2000-2010”, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach,
Cronk, Desiree, “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”, (Interview with Sean Duffy), World Class Boxing Pamphlet,
Brad Spence, “Like Lifelike”, UCR Sweeny Art Gallery Catalogue
Peter Boswell, “Sean Duffy - Hilites”, Miami Art Museum Booklet
Schleussner, Laura, “Vinyl is Back”, XYMARA, September
Andrews, Scott, “Sean Duffy: The Grove Asu Art Museum”, Java Magazine, July/August
Hackett, Regina, “The Valuable and Obscure on top”,, July 22
Gutel, Rene, “Step into the Grove”, KJZZ 91.5 NPR Phoenix, July 20
Tassoni, Kristy, “what”s that noise?” 944 Phoenix, July
Hwang, Kelly, ” Artists hopes exhibit hits right notes with viewers”, The Tempe Republic, June 29
Jansen, Steve, “Groovin’ Grove”, Phoenix New Times, July 19-25
Lengel, Kerry, “Turntables, sound entice interaction” Arizona Republic, June 10
Miles, Christopher, “Sean Duffy: The Grove”, Flaunt, June
“Gallery Weekend Berlin (Part 4)”, vernissageTV, May 7
Freeman, Tommy, “Sean Duffy at the Luckman Gallery”, Artweek, April
Zellen, Jody, “Sean Duffy: Luckman Gallery”, artillery, March
Brooks, Amra, “Fair Report: Art LA”, artinfo, February 10
Ting Lipton, Shana, “One good turntable deserves another”, Los Angeles Times, February 1
Labong, Leilani, “The Best in Art, Auctions and Gallery Openings”, California Home + Design, January
Frank, Peter, “Sean Duffy”, ARTnews, October
Balaschak, Chris, “Back: Sean Duffy”, frieze, September
Gray, Emma, “L.A. Confidential”, artnet, May
Knight, Christopher, “One artist enough for this ‘group’”, Los Angeles Times, April 21, p. E22-23
Duncan, Michael, “Sean Duffy at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects”, Art in America, September
Choksi, Neha, “An Ode to the Universal Worker”, X-tra, Summer Issue, Volume 7, Number 4
Wyland, Jessica, “Get in Gear for ‘Drive Time’ exhibit”, Daily Bulletin, August 16
Muckenfuss, Mark, “The Art of Traffic”, Press Enterprise, August 15
“Project Space”, NYFA, May 10
Harvey, Doug, “Lost in Music”, Exhibition Essay, Johnson County Community College Gallery of Art, February
Newhouse, Kristina, “Experiencing the California Biennial”, X-tra, Volume 7, Number 3, Spring
Tumlir, Jan, “California Biennial”, Artforum, February, p. 168
Schuermann, Wilhelm, “Kurzdavordanach” (catalogue), p. 95
Knight, Christopher, “Biennial arrives, and so does a museum”, Los Angeles Times, October 13
Bollen, Christopher, “Sculpture Culture—Sean Duffy”, VMAN Magazine, Issue 03, Fall/Winter, p. 62
Muchnic, Suzanne, “No more coasting for OCMA”, Los Angeles Times, October 24
Di Blasi, Johanna, “Dem Bild unter den Rock geschaut”, Koelner Stadtanzeiger, October 23
Chang, Richard, “The art of the new”, Orange County Register, October 10
Armstrong, Elizabeth and Simon, Jane, “Sean Duffy”, 2004 California Biennial (catalogue), p. 40-43
Worman, Alex, “L.A. Confidential”, artnet, January 24
Secret, Mosi, “Africana Reviews Black Belt”, Africana, November 21
Kim, Christine Y, “Black Belt”, The Studio Museum in Harlem (catalogue)
Stasiek, Tony, “Wall to Wall”, The Bellingham Harold, October 2
Hall, Emily, “Do This”, The Stranger, August 21
Gleason, Matt, “Sean Duffy: Greatest Hits Volume II”, Modern Painters, Summer, p. 126
Gopnik, Blake, “Standouts in a Crowd: A Select Sampling of the NY Armory Show”, The Washington Post, March 13
ArtScene, preview, March
Martinez, Lilian, “Scratch Visual”, El Dario de Hoy, February 6
Schlueter, Christian, “Irrlaeufer im Kunstparcours”, Frankfurter Rundschau, September 27
Rump, Gerhard Charles, “Kunst ab Fuenf Euro: Art Forum Berlin”, Die Welt, September 26
“Gucken and Kaufen”, Berliner Morgenpost, September 26
Gobel, James and Miles, Christopher, “21 Paintings from LA”, Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum (catalogue)
“Sonic Perspectives”, Bijutsu Techo Magazine, Volume 54, Number 821, June, p. 103
Lunenfeld, Peter, “Anthropomorphometrics”, Artext, Spring
LaBelle, Charles, “Sean Duffy”, Bijutsu Techo Magazine, Volume 54, Number 814, January
Harvey, Doug, “Synthetics”, LA Weekly, November 16
Mastbaum, Blair, “Trends come, go and come again”,, November 13
Knight, Christopher, “Art History and Pop Culture: Just a Couple of His Targets”, Los Angeles Times, November 2
Kurtz, Katie, “It’s a ‘mod’ world of art and furniture”, Seattle Times, March 23
DeVuono, Frances, “Sean Duffy at Howard House”, Artweek, Volume 32, Issue 5, May
Ise, Claudine and Lombino, Mary-Kay, “Bestiary”, Armory Center for the Arts (catalogue)
Frank, Peter, “Art Picks of the Week”, LA Weekly, August 11
Duncan, Michael, “L.A. Confidential”,, July 13
Hall, Emily, “The Art of Play”, The Stranger, December 12
Knight, Christopher, “Imaginative ‘Daydreaming’ Alters Familiar Narratives”, Los Angeles Times, August 20
Harvey, Doug, “Non-Museum Top 10—1998 Year in Review”, LA Weekly, January 8
Harvey, Doug, “Sean Duffy at Deep River”, Art Issues, Summer
Moore, Boothe, “Culture Watch”, Los Angeles Times, February 15
Hansson, Bobby, “The Fine Art of the Tin Can”, Lark Books, p. 56
Figuls, Carl, “Pumpkinheads”, Los Angeles Times, October 28
Public Collections
The Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
The Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, TX
The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA

“Lonesome Town”, 2003
2 Marantz 6300 turntables, Ricky Nelson “Lonesome Town” 45 record
14” x 17” x 5.5”
Gallery Inventory #157