John Opera

John Opera: Ropes 1

Ropes I, 2012

Cyanotype on stretched linen
48 x 36 in / 121.92 x 91.44 cm
AP 1 of 1

John Opera: Chains 2

Chains II, 2012

Cyanotype on stretched linen
48 x 36 in / 121.92 x 91.44 cm
Edition 1 of 1

John Opera: Devonian 1

Devonian I, 2012

Cyanotype on stretched linen
16 x 23 in / 40.64 x 58.42 cm
AP 1 of 1

John Opera: Hands 1

Hands I, 2012

Cyanotype on stretched linen
25 x 32 in / 63.5 x 81.28 cm
Edition 1 of 1

John Opera: Forms 3

Forms III, 2013

Cyanotype on stretched linen
21 x 27 in / 53.34 x 68.58 cm
Edition 1 + 2 AP

John Opera: Silicates 2

Silicates II, 2013

Cyanotype on stretched linen
48 x 36 in / 121.92 x 91.44 cm

Bottles I, 2012

Bottles I, 2012

Cyanotype on stretched linen
19 x 23 in / 48.26 x 58.42 cm
Edition 1 of 1

Born in 1975
Lives and works in Chicago, IL

Education

2005
MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL

1998
BFA, S.U.N.Y. New Paltz, NY

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2013
a priori, Longhouse Projects, New York, NY

2012
People, Places, and Things, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL

2011
Anthotypes, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL
John Opera and Matt Sheridan-Smith, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, MO

2009
Drinking Water In Bed, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL

2008
Zoar and Other Works, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL
John Opera and Amir Zaki, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL

2007
John Opera: Recent Photographs, Macalester College Art Gallery, St. Paul, MN

2006
For Once, Then, Something, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY

2003
John Opera: Soup, Buffalo Arts Studio, NY

2002
John Opera: New Work, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY

2001
Soup: Recent Photographic Work by John Opera, Olean Public Gallery, NY

Group Exhibitions

2013
Histories/Photographies, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL
The New Now, Carter and Citizen, Los Angeles, CA

2011
Let Your Light In, Country Club, Los Angeles, CA
To Tell the Truth, curated by Joe Pflieger, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY
Over the City and Through the Woods, curated by Fritz Chestnut and Molly Larkey, Statler Waldorf Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Indexing the World: invention, abstraction and dissonance, curated by Andrew Young, The Art Center of Highland Park, IL
Art Los Angeles Contemporary Fair, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2010
NADA Art Fair, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Miami, FL
Welcome to the Neighborhood, William H. Cooper Mfg. Co., Chicago, IL
MP3II, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
High School Art Show, Marmion Academy, Aurora IL
Interrupting a Beam Of Light, David Cunningham Projects, San Francisco, CA

2008
Pictures of Nothing, Llyod Dobler Gallery, Chicago, IL
The World Is A Handkerchief, Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY
Crit 3, Spencertown Academy, Spencertown, NY
Gateways: Space, Place and the Transformative, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY

2007
Summer Group Show, Rowley Kennerk Gallery, Chicago, IL
Concerning Tomorrow, Harold Arts Residency, Chicago, IL

2006
Project Room, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL

2005
Can I Get A Witness, Bucket Rider Gallery, Chicago, IL
Into the Woods, Thomas McCormick Gallery, Chicago, IL
Cross Cuts, Northern Lights, San Francisco, CA
Jonesing, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, NY
M.F.A. Exhibition, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL

2003
Rockwell, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, NY

2002
Area Artists 2002 Collection, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Convergence 2002, Carnegie Art Center, Tonawanda, NY

2001
Exposure, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY

2000
John Opera: Photographs, Niagara County Community College Art Gallery, Sanborn, NY

1998
The Uncertainty Principle, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, S.U.N.Y New Paltz, NY

Publications

2012
John Opera, Stevie Rexroth, Adam Schreiber. Location Books: Volume 6, Minneapolis, MN, 2012

2009
Irvine, Karen.  Midwest Photographer’s Project MP3: John Opera. New York, NY: Aperture Books, 2009.

2005
Massier, John.  Jonseing Catalog. Buffalo, New York: Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, March 2005.

2003
Hodge, David. “The Grammar of Origin.” Soup Catalog. Buffalo, New York: Buffalo Arts Studio, 2003.

2002
Cavell, Stanley. Emerson’s Transcendental Etudes, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2002, (illus.).
Licata, Elizabeth.“Trigger Suite.” Convergence Catalog.  Tonawanda, NY: Carnegie Art Center, 2002.

Grants and Awards

2008
Aperture/MOCP Photographer’s Publication Project, Aperture Foundation, New York, NY

2005
Weinstein Fellowship, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL

2002
Special Opportunity Stipend, New York State Foundation for the Arts, Buffalo, NY

1993
Banking on Creativity $10,000 Scholarship, Rochester Community Savings Bank, Buffalo, NY

Lectures

2012
University of Illinois, Form Fit Lecture Series, Chicago, IL
Columbia College, Graduate Photography Seminar, Chicago, IL

2010
Columbia College, Graduate Photography Seminar, Chicago, IL

2009
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL

2008
Lloyd Dobler Gallery, Chicago, IL

2007
Macalaster College Art Gallery, St. Paul, MN

2005
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL

2002
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY

2001
Olean Public Library, Olean, NY

Curatorial Projects

2012
For Once, Then, Something, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY

2011
Polarities, Williams-Cornelius Vault Gallery, Jacksonville, FL

2004
Three on Three, Higher Gallery, Chicago, IL

2002
Signals From the Electronic Cloud, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY

2001
George Smith: Recent Sculpture and Drawings, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY

2000
The Filmic Art of Paul Sharits, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY

Bibliography

2012
Grabner, Michelle. “John Opera: Andrew Rafacz Gallery” ArtForum, December 2012. Page 283

2009
Weinberg, Lauren.  “MP3, Volume 2.” Time Out Chicago, Issue 234, August 20-26, 2009.

Waxman, Lori. “Television, Nature and the News, Mediated.” Chicago Tribune, August 21, 2009.

Grabner, Michelle.  “MP3, II: Curtis Mann, John Opera, Stacia Yeapanis.” Artforum.com, August 30, 2009.

Cochran, Jessica. “Rising Stars.” Chicago Social Interiors Magazine, Fall 2009.  Pages 58-60

Ritchie, Abraham. “MPIII.” Artslant.com, August 31, 2009.

Sutherland, Emilie.  “Media Reports.” Photo District News Edu, Volume 8, Issue 2, Fall 2009.  Page 20

2008
Menzies, Michelle.  “Flash Review.” Flash Art, November/December 2008.  Page 91

Cochran, Jessica.John Opera and Amir Zaki.” Chicago Social, January 2008.

Eler, Alicia.  “John Opera.”  Artforum.com, September 2008.

Foumberg, Jason.  “Eye Exam: Taking a Walk In Nature.New City, September 16, 2008.

Lang, Karissa.  “John Opera and Amir Zaki.” New City, January 24, 2008.

Wenzel, Erik.  “Black Forest.” Artslant.com, September 15, 2008.

2006
Cain, Amina. “Into the Woods.” Chicago Artists’ News, February 2006.

Huntington, Richard. “Human Nature.” The Buffalo News, September 1, 2006.

2005
Huntington, Richard. “Valley Views.” The Buffalo News, February 11, 2005.  Page G23

2003
Adams, Bruce. “Apples and Oranges.” The Buffalo News. May 30, 2003.  Page G21

2002
“Three Artists, Three Visions.” The Buffalo News, March 1, 2002. Page G22

Lavatelli, Mark. “Bodies of Work. The Buffalo News. October 27, 2002.

Collections

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Belgravia Group, Chicago, IL
O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Los Angeles, CA
Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY
The Ruth Horwich Collection, Chicago, IL
The Campos Collection, Chicago, IL